Wesser, Diana

Im Namen des Volkes / 2009

Performance (30.01./06.02./13.02.2009)

Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes


A prepared walk was developed as part of the exhibition project “Evil is a Squirrel”. The historically charged building of the Federal Administrative Court and its immediate surroundings served as the location.

In a two-day preparatory workshop the location was explored via a mixture of perception exercises, motion experiments, improvisations, audio and visual recordings: how is the building organised? What is the prevalent atmosphere? Which stories have sedimented? What can you feel that you cannot see? How can all of this be translated into performances, installations, interventions?

The results were combined in a walk, for each of its different stations an artist or a team were responsible. The everyday was used as a “theatrical setting” and as an opportunity to interleave planned, prepared actions and accidental situations. In surprising ways the audience experienced an alternative perspective on the things around them.


Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes

Im Namen des Volkes

Situs Opera / 2006

Dance performance
Placet: Buffet, 2nd story, Opera House Leipzig
Length: 40 min
Flexible Response: Diana Wesser, Herrmann Heisig, Ole Schmidt, Chris Weihnheimer

Situs Opera

(© Diana Wesser 2006, Photos: Karsten Wendt/Best Picture Point, 12-05-06, 3 a.m.)

Situs Opera investigates the acoustic and visual memory of opera, its theatrical codes, and its gestures and patterns of movement — both those enacted onstage and those of visitors — which are inscribed in the opera house. Chosen as a stage was a refreshments foyer, a place of self presentation where the boundary between staged drama and the theatre of everyday life remains fluid. The large glass doors were closed, forming a classical proscenium stage. The performance took place both within and outside of the foyer. Microphones transmitted the noises within out into the public space. In combination with live improvisation and singing, an audio track — consisting of modified opera music played at 30 times normal speed and extremely slowed down early 19th century arias formed the building’s acoustic memory. In a comparable manner, the performers reflected the theatrical gestures of opera singers and visitors in their repetitions, accelerations, exaggerations, decelerations, and reductions. Developed through these means was a 40 minute performance, one that concluded in the same way it began. A theatrical extract of opera.

Performance: Diana Wesser, Hermann Heisig
Sound, clarinet: Ole Schmidt; Performance, violin: Chris Weinheimer
Conceived for a one-time exhibition in the framework of the project »Eine Frage (nach) der Geste / A Question(ing) of Gesture« in the Opera House

Situs Opera

Dancing about Architecture / 2005

Dancing about Architecture

Dancing about Architecture

Dancing about Architecture

Knocking at abandoned rooms / 2005

Knocking at abandoned rooms

Knocking at abandoned rooms

KUNST BREAKS / 2003

Video, DVD PAL, 2:36 min

Kunstbreaks

Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Ammann stands behind a lectern and gives a talk. But the only thing to be seen are the long pauses in which he lends expression to his words through inflated gestures and emotive pantomime. I took the kunst breaks from the recording of his opening speech for the exhibit »Seven Times Painting,« which addressed the »New Leipzig School of Painting« at the Museum of Visual Art in 2003.

(The release of the video was made possible by the friendly permission of Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Ammann)

Kunstbreaks

Visitation / 2002

Performance / Video / Installation

Visitation

Diana Wesser realized an installation combining video, objects, photography and a performance collaboration for with Suzana Richie (Zurich/Berlin), Doris Weidmann (Berlin/Berlin) and Rolf Summer (Bern/Leipzig).

Centred was her work with actionist actors performing a “theatre of reality” moving away from reality only a little. As Diana Wesser says about it: VISITATION build upon the performance of ROOM 707 AND ITS INHABITANTS. For this five people developed new identities formed of outer appearance, movement- and other behavioural patterns. Then they spent 5 days within a hotel room of 25 square meters which during this period could for some hours be visited by spectators. The material collected during practising and within the performance was presented within ATTENTION by 2 video monitors. On ground there was to be seen an installation of clothes and objects connected to the 5 characters from room 707.

During opening and 2 other days two of the actors performed within the showroom. They undressed for then dressing up with the clothes used within the installation. During this 1-hour long action the performers changed their identities thus always resembling a new couple. Normal gestures and behavioural patterns mixed up with exaggerated forms finally becoming independent acts.

Visitation

Visitation

Vita

* 1970 in Stuttgart
lives in Leipzig (DE)

www.dianawesser.de

Selected exhibitions, festivals, screenings

2010
Expo 2010, German Pavilion, Shanghai (CN)
WAC: Partnering, Group Exhibition, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (UK)
FEDAME, International Dance and Electronic Media festival, Guadalajara (MX)
Metropolis Laboratory, Copenhagen (DK)
play! LEIPZIG – Movement in Urban Space, Dance Archive and Centraltheater Leipzig (DE)

2009
New Media Festival, Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka (BD)
DAS ZIMMER Installation – Visual Music, Mozarteum Salzburg (AT)
Work Exhibition Diana Wesser, Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig (DE)
Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge (UK)
Nightjar Festival, Art in Public Space Festival, Cambridge (UK)
Crop Marks Art Trail, Orchard Park, Cambridge (UK)
Subvurt Surveillance Festival, The Britons Protection, Manchester (UK)
Metropolis Biennale, Copenhagen (DK)
zwischengruen09, Art in Public Space Festival, Kunstverein Leipzig (DE)
Das Böse ist ein Eichhoernchen, Landgericht, Leipzig (DE)

Projects