March 22, 2012 - Signal - Center for Contemporary Art - Kerstin Cmelka
March 22, 2012

Kerstin Cmelka

Kerstin Cmelka, “The Individualists”, 2012,
set photo Copyright Kerstin Cmelka.

Kerstin Cmelka
Step in Shelter
9 March–29 April 2012

​Monbijougatan 15, entrance from the backyard
SE 211 53 Malmö, Sweden
Thu–Fri 2–6pm, Sat-Sun noon–4pm

“4 Stars! Spellbinding” “Intensely pleasurable”  “Mesmerizing. A must-see”
“By turns funny, strange, and disturbing. A vivid portrayal of a phenomenally odd bunch of people whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult them over the edge into distorted realities and eccentric conversations.”

In Kerstin Cmelka’s Microdramas we encounter condensed excerpts of classical drama. Sometimes the scenes are borrowed from the realm of theatre, cinema or literature, while sometimes they are taken out of traditional folk songs and popular culture. Everything gets covered from fateful relationship dramas such as Henrik Ibsen and Michael Haneke, to absurdly improbable dialogues between well-known personalities, as in the case of a hotel room interview with Steven Spielberg and Bianca Jagger available on YouTube.

Self-obsessiveness, attempts to manage dysfunctional relationships, the desperation to break loose from assumed roles or everyday boredom are recurring situations that are portrayed in Cmelka’s performances and films. Cmelka does not use professional actors, but friends, colleagues and family. In doing so she consciously lets fictitious and actual relationships mix freely both on stage and beyond it. Human relationships and how we relate to each other therefore become, at one and the same time, the very core of the microdramas’ action and making. Rather than giving us the perfect reproduction of the original model, Cmelka’s Microdramas bring together a motley troop of archetypical behaviours that tell the story of a melancholic, inexorable, and absurd human condition, put on repeat.

Kerstin Cmelka (born 1974 in Mödling, Austria) lives and works in Berlin. A graduate from the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule), Frankfurt am Main. Recent exhibitions include “Kerstin Cmelka, Nora Schultz: A wave of certain needs”, after the butcher, Berlin, 2012; “Lavender Mist” (togehter with Martin Hoener), Galerie Eva Winkeler, Cologne, 2011; “Autumn Rhythm” (together with Martin Hoener), WestGermany, Berlin, 2011 and “Based in Berlin”, Berlin, 2011.

New release: Kerstin Cmelka, “Mäuse”, Merve Verlag, Berlin, 2012.

Signal is run by Carl Lindh, Emma Reichert and Elena Tzotzi.

Kerstin Cmelka at Signal
Signal - Center for Contemporary Art
Share - Kerstin Cmelka
  • Share
Click to subscribe to e-flux and be the first to receive the latest news on international exhibitions and all e-flux related announcements
Subscribe to e-flux
Be the first to receive the latest news on international exhibitions and all e-flux related announcements.
Subscribe to architecture
Explore the most recent content from e-flux architecture and urbanism
Subscribe to e-flux programs
Keep up-to-date on all upcoming talks, screenings, and exhibitions at e-flux in New York