wabeost is a digital media installation that experiments with various forms of communication of memory and narrated history. Contemporary witnesses were interviewed about their life in the GDR for this installation. Vocalized by actors and actresses these narratives were implanted into the bodies of computer-generated avatars. These avatars paint a fragmentary and broad picture of identity through their collectiveness. Their narration of worries, feelings of happiness and everyday life show a society which presence is questioned just as much as its past.
German with English subtitles
Accompanying program in cooperation with the Ost-West-AG:
The East-West-AG is an NGO which was founded in 2021. It is interested in connections or the reasons for the lack of connections between East and West. It shows mainly works of female directors and artists and meets in East and West – at best in the provinces. The major theme of the AG is “inheritance” and the question of which socially inherited traditions may or even must be rejected and which should be continued and adapted.
wabe ost invited the Ost-West-AG for a side-program. The AG appears with the theme ”folksy feelings” and invites to two occasions:
16.03.2023, 4-7 pm
local dancing: the local initiative local dancing invites visitors to dance local dances, accompanied by live keyboard. The dances of the initiative include the Leg Swing Dance, the Exquisite Dance, the 5-5-5-5-5 Dance, the Summertime Sadness Dance, the Skeleton Dance, the Bird Dance and the Lazy Dance.
Using queer transmission and speculative instant tradition as methods, local dancing imagines popular group dances that may have travelled through time and now become non-binary and unpaired. Detached from a national narrative, the dances pretend to be local wherever they are.
17.3.2023, 7 pm
music and Frankfurt Grüne Soße: visitors are invited to bring music on LP, CD, USB or phone, to eat together and to exchange some dance moves. We invite you to a dinner, with hot food and wine, and to an exchange about peculiarities, dances and rites you have taken from home and which may be completely unknown to the other guests. For this purpose, visitors are asked to bring personal heirlooms – this can be music on any media or sung or danced.
For reservations please send an e-mail with the subject “I am coming” at email@example.com!
More information on the East-West-AG at: www.ostwestag.com
Accessibility to the installation
The exhibition space is accessible via the level ground court and stairs (5 steps). The toilet is 30 m away and not on level ground.
The installation can be visited standing or sitting. For orientation and explanation of technical devices there is a contact person. The installation consists of audio and visual material but can also be visited without the visuals. Therefore, blind and paritally sighted visitors are very welcomed. Headphones can be given out on the spot.
If required, visitors can be fetched in front of the building. Please call 0175 1962609 when you arrive.
The installation is in German, however, English subtitles are available. The length of the visit can be chosen individually within opening hours.
How to get to us:
Take the tram 11 in direction of Hugo-Junkers-Straße and alight at Schwedlerstraße. Walk 30 m in the direction of travel of the tram and turn right into Schwedlerstraße. Walk 70 m straight and you will find the Atelier Frankfurt on the right handside. Walk through the archway onto the yard – the exhibition room is to your right.
More about Ost-West-AG:
KONZEPT, KÜNSTLERISCHE LEITUNG Caroline Creutzburg KÜNSTLERISCHE MITARBEIT Elisabeth Hampe CROSS MEDIA AND TECHNICAL ART Todor Stoyanov RAUM David Reiber Otálora ÜBERSETZUNG Susan Wille, Konrad Jandavs SPRECHER*INNEN Ruby Behrmann, Jacob Bussmann, Katrin Bussmann, Caroline Creutzburg, Jan Gehmlich, Lisa Gehring, Elisabeth Hampe, Klemens Hegen, Stine Hertel, Andreas Jahncke, Lena Jenschovar, Eva Königshofen, Filomena Krause, Wiebke Christin Lebus, Maria-Alexandra Meißner, Cornelia Niemann, Sophie Osburg, Laura Palys, Janna Pinsker, Nora Schneider, Malte Scholz, Nikolas Stäudte, Joana Tischkau, Anette Voigt PRODUKTION Lisa Gehring UNTERSTÜTZUNG 3D GRAFIK Luis Krawen 3D DRUCK Andre Zänker
Credits Wiederaufnahme Frankfurt am Main:
PRODUKTION Nora Schneider ÖFFENTLICHKEITSARBEIT Laura Palys ASSISTENZ Susi Maruschke
Eine Produktion von Caroline Creutzburg in Koproduktion mit SOPHIENSÆLE. Gefördert von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa und aus Mitteln des Hauptstadtkulturfonds im Rahmen von Das Ost-West-Ding sowie vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Zed Up Gaming PC und dem Frankfurt LAB