#45 Autumn 2015

9/11. The Greek referendum. Tonight‘s opening. The many events that have nothing to do with spectacle or even remain invisible. The event holds the promise of the collective encounter; it is ubiquitous and rare. When does it begin: on Facebook, when you step through the door or when the live-stream is running? Or only when something happens that can no longer be undone?

New York; Berlin; Vienna; London; Mexico City; Los Angeles; Portugal; Switzerland
or the things we like: by Than Hussein Clark, Daniela Stöppel, Alex Israel, Raphael Gygax, Elvia Wilk
Theatre: We are all but menschions
For almost 25 years Frank Castorf has put on a stridently modern kind of “Regietheater” (director’s theatre) at Berlin’s Volksbühne. After the fall of the Wall, the famously grouchy Castorf persuaded the likes of Christoph Schlingensief and René Pollesch to stage works at the theatre on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. They let disenfranchised subjects stumble elegantly through superannuated ideologies, speaking in voices that are not their own. And they won’t be doing it for long. Jan Küveler knows what we’re going to miss.
Q/A Benjamin Noys
What kinds of events can change history?
Postcard from Las Vegas
After a night on the town, Dean Kissick takes a stroll through Las Vegas. He comes across hope and misery, Mike Tyson and a stripper with a real bullet wound.
Roundtable: The event
How have art and theater changed in an era of performative production? With Matthias Lilienthal, Tino Sehgal and Carolyn Christov-Bakagiev
Curator's Key
Tim Griffin, director of "The Kitchen" in New York, on Lou Reed's sound installation "The Drones" (2008).
Q/A Benjamin Noys
What kinds of events can change history?