Join Melanie Jame Walsh (Triage Live Art Collective/Savage Amusement) tonight as she explores “the C word” at KuLe Gallery. Ms. Walsh has landed back in Berlin from her native Australia after beasting over 100 performances in two months. Good thing she just got back in time to grab Berlin’s Month of Performance Art by the horns. And we’re being quite literal: she just got off the plane. There’s neither time for rest nor shower, she’s already on her way directly from Tegel to the gallery in order to test the limits of physicality and mental health for the good of performance art. And I suspect that this will be for the good of all of us as well: Ms. Walsh’s work is raw and unfettered on her most fresh of days, and one can only speculate what can happen when that carefully curated craziness collides with a mind that’s just flown from Melbourne to Berlin. Happily, she’s not doing this alone. All of us are invited to participate in this beautifully bizarre scenario. Audience members and supporters are encouraged to either send or bring objects to KuLe to stimulate Ms. Walsh during her adventure.Described in her own words as an “experimental moment of performance art madness,” “the C word” is without a doubt an experiment of strain: no wonder she and KuLe describe the piece as a “commitment of the performance animal.” For one must transcend normative and civilized, nay, “human” understandings of performance: one must tap into something absolutely anti-cognitive, something purely animal, because the human thing to do would be to just shut down.
Ms. Walsh is also curating a program for the Month of Performance Art Berlin appropriately entitled Anima/Animus, to be performed on the May 18th at Panoply Performance Laboratory. If it’s anything like I expect “the C word” to be, it’s something not to be missed.
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Blog entry by Elizabeth Feder in Berlin; Tuesday, May 15, 2012.