OPEN CALL for Performers // Montag Modus Total Chaos

Article by Alice Bardos in Berlin // Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

At each bi-monthly event, Montag Modus explores different elements of performance in three collaborative pieces by artists with Hungarian and international backgrounds. These performance series, housed at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB), are composed of selected applicants coming from all disciplines that display performative qualities. The second year of this program is likely to offer similar opportunities to last year’s performance series entitled Berlin Dream which, through the guidance of the curatorial team Léna Szirmay-Kalos and Kata Krasznahorkai, showcased and promoted the diverse expressive and technical growth of 34 international artists, over the course of 6 exhibitions and 19 performances.

T3 Kollektiv: Schnecke // Courtesy of the Artist, and Photographer Roger Rossel

T3 Kollektiv: Schnecke // Courtesy of the Artists, and Photographer Roger Rossel

This year’s opportunity offers to cover the production costs of the performances, and provides €100 per performance to the artists. For those coming from abroad, accommodations will be provided onsite. Additionally, during the creation of the pieces, Montag Modus will provide communication, photographic, technical, and organizational provisions to help bolster the artists and their works’ professional exposure. Finally, the productions will be housed in the enticing architectural setting of the Collegium Hungaricum, during the time between February to June 2016.

The curators anticipate to exceed the well-received highlights from last year, one of which included a piece that broke the forth wall, with Neno Belchev’s Immigration in Suitcase. The performance was created by the artist’s recording live events happening within a box marked “Product of Bulgaria” as audience members reacted in excitement, curiosity, and provocation – all of which culminated with a discussion, when the artists finally emerged. These kinds of interactions and explorations of self and the unknown are strongly supported by Montag Modus.

To add a thematic kick to this year’s program, organizers have decided to focus on Total Chaos to guide the performances in the program. Materially, this means that there will be a broader welcoming of elements such as visual arts, literature, and music to complement the performative focus. The central idea is to pose a question for the future, of how the interconnection between the analog and the digital aspects of life might effect performance. For artists who wish to submit their works – with a description of their concept as well as video documentation of it. Applications close on February 15 for the April to June events.

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