The Montag Modus performance series continues in 2019 at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB) and Flutgraben Berlin under the new curatorial team, MMpraxis. Functioning as a year-long interdisciplinary project, this year’s theme is ‘Klimata’, which explores in five subsequent events current global economic, political and social developments. The first event of the series, ‘Touch and Go’, will take place on Monday, March 11th, and explores the ephemera of the digital age and their impacts on our consumption of relationships, images and communication across intimacies and distances.
‘Touch and Go’ features four artistic productions in one evening. Through a lecture performance and an installation, Hungarian architect-artist Andi Schmied offers a glimpse into the unimaginably luxurious private world of New York billionaires. Reflecting on the era of constant self-improvement, Dragana Bulut uses coaching methods to examine the promises of positive psychology. Melanie Jame Wolf, on the other hand, examines ancient communication forms such as gossip, judgement, rumour and justice, using contemporary artistic methods with a pastiche of classical myth. The textual contribution of Hungarian poet and critic Márió Z. Nemes was created especially for this occasion and can only be experienced with on-the-spot viewer registration.
The format of the evening is open and self-directed in an assemblage of ongoing productions throughout the space. This allows viewers to coordinate and control the duration, level of immersion and overall experience of each piece in a way that reflects the dramatic shifts in media consumption heralded by the digital age, a kind of choose-your-own-adventure world.