March 13, 2019 - Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf - Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny: Phantom Kino Ballett
March 13, 2019

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny, Phantom Kino Ballett, 2019.

Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny
Phantom Kino Ballett
March 15–May 5, 2019

Opening: March 14, 7:30–11pm

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +49 211 21074211
F +49 211 21074229
mail@kunstverein-duesseldorf.de

www.kunstverein-duesseldorf.de
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Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny
Phantom Kino Ballett
March 15–May 5, 2019

Opening: March 14, 7:30–11pm

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +49 211 21074211
F +49 211 21074229
mail@kunstverein-duesseldorf.de

www.kunstverein-duesseldorf.de
Facebook / Instagram

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf is pleased to present Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny’s Phantom Kino Ballett in the framework of a comprehensive exhibition. Their collaboration centers around a soundtrack comprised of music, film quotes, and interview excerpts, which is visualized through a video. According to the artists, the "Phantom Kino Ballett is sound fragment and black theatre, Holly Woodlawn’s nervous breakdowns, Taro’s arpeggiated anime, Mario Montez’ mobile, Maria Callas’ chiffre, and Anna Oppermann’s eyelashes." Like an eternally morphing, anti-narrative cabinet of curiosities, the work is constantly being revised by Willikens & Szczesny. Individual audio and video sequences can thus be added, removed, or altered, and site-specific settings are created for each manifestation of the project.

Lena Willikens, who lives in Amsterdam, and Sarah Szczesny, currently based in Cologne, are both graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. While Szczesny subsequently explored the possibilities for expanding the medium of painting into other fields of cultural production through her highly detailed and intricately fabricated works, Willikens has been internationally active as a DJ and producer since 2011. Parallel to their longstanding friendship, they have maintained an ongoing artistic exchange over the years. The joint production of music videos for Willikens’ EP Phantom Delia (2015) and a shared interest in subcultural currents in music, art, and club culture served as the starting point for the Phantom Kino Ballett. As a collage of sound, video, performance, and installation, this cross-genre work combines painterly gestures and music executed by each artist with appropriated fragments of image, sound, and film.

Following performances and screenings in clubs, theaters, art venues, cinemas, and project spaces in Bregenz, Tokyo, Osaka, New York, San Francisco, and Montreal, among others, the Phantom Kino Ballett will be presented in Düsseldorf for the first time over a period of two months in an installation specifically developed for the exhibition. The Kunstverein will be temporarily transformed into a space for projection, staging, and production, which will be regularly activated by performances. In addition to Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny, other guests have been invited to enter into dialogue with the Phantom Kino Ballett – however, the bodies of the actors involved only appear as ephemeral uniformed mediums, whose movements animate the phantoms painted on their costumes.

Curated by Eva Birkenstock

Events

Phantom Kino Ballett
Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny
Performance, March 14, 2019, 8:30pm

Identikit Transkript Seance
Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny, Viktoria Wehrmeister, Detlef Weinrich
with Charlotte Ficat, Vladimir Ivkovic, Tommy Peirin, Hedda Schattanik, Roman Szczesny
Performance, March 28, 2019, 8pm

PICA PICA
Nika Son
Sound-Video-Performance, April 16, 2019, 7pm

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