Mara Mattuschka - Films, paintings, songs/performance and talk
Les Miserables, 1987, 2 min.
Cerolax II, 1985, 3 min.
Parasympathica, 1986, 5 min.
Es hat mich sehr gefreut, 1987, 2 min.
Burning Palace (together with Chris Haring), 2009, 32 min.
Moderation: Dietmar Schwärzler
Talking Screen aims to explore the question of the diverse forms of presentation of films in the exhibition context, but also the cross-media interferences with other artistic practices. The presentation formats, conceived together with the guests, are deliberately kept open and are intended to include multifaceted varieties of (performative) self-presentation as well as to enable a critical discourse on cinematic formats & forms. As a respective setting, a combination of films, conversation and micro-exhibition is intended for one evening.
The polymorphously designed, theatrical worlds of filmmaker, painter, and performance artist Mara Mattuschka are filled with characters whose sexual desires point in all directions. In her early films from the 1980s, Mattuschka, a.k.a. Mimi Minus, often uses her own naked body as a canvas to humorously foreground it from different angles and relate it to the comic. In a queer sense, the categorical transgressions and displacements so typical of Mattuschka emerge most clearly in her film Burning Palace (2009) - realized together with Chris Haring and the performance group Liquid Loft. Burning Palace is based on the stage play The Art of Seduction and features five characters in a hotel, asleep, who are awakened by the Greek shepherd god Pan to confront their (sexual) fantasies. Le Mort de Sardanapale (1827) by the French painter Eugène Delacroix did serve as a source of inspiration. This evening will celebrate the inherent relationship between painting, (animated) film and performance; a triptych will be on display. Between the films Mattuschka sings short songs. There will be communication as well. Chant & talk, dance & scream. (Dietmar Schwärzler)
A cooperation between Künstlerhaus Wien and sixpackfilm