Here's a chance to see the contemporary side of Lena Willikens, with this unusual multidisciplinary performance.
Lena Willikens, Sarah Szczesny, Jules Gimbrone
Wednesday, September 19th, ISSUE and Brooklyn-based music institution RVNG Intl. present Phantom Kino Ballett, an audiovisual drama by renowned German producer Lena Willikens and multidisciplinary artist Sarah Szczesny. The evening also features artist, composer, and 2012 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence Jules Gimbrone presenting an in-process showing of a recording and performance project called "Invisible Objects." Both projects demonstrate the artist’s uniquely multiplicitous interpretations of performative objects, materials, recordings, surfaces, and mediums.
Phantom Kino Ballett combines experimental video, interview extracts, and spoken word with visual art, painted costumes, stroboscopic light, smoke machines, and sculptural interpretations of the performance area. The result is an expanded-cinema performance and hallucinatory multimedia collage that aptly evokes the project’s namesake: processual, ongoing, constantly morphing, and existing at the intersection of both Wilikens’ and Sczcesny’s myriad art practices. More mysteriously, Phantom Kino Ballett is described as “fragmented theatre, Holly Woodlawn´s nervous breakdowns, Taros arpeggiated anime, Mario Montez´ mobilee, Maria Callas´ chiffre, and Anna Oppermann´s eyelashes.” The current version, which has been developed in Japan during a three month residency of Szczesny and Willikens at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, will be released in September as an artist edition vinyl and limited edition cassette on Commend See, an imprint of RVNG Intl's retail and community space, Commend, located at 172 Forsyth St in the Lower East Side, NYC.
Expanding upon a lecture/performance given at ISSUE’s Regenerative Feedback symposium held in May, 2018, Jules Gimbrone presents an in-process showing centered around a series of recordings/performances called "Invisible Objects." In these recordings, Gimbrone evokes a physical object through revealing specific recording methods. Building on this is an expansive idea of the phenomenology of resonance–social performativity, identity development, subject/object relationships, etc.–all being inherent to the accumulation of layers that are built on materially transparent, fragile, surfaces. Resonance, as a set of conditions or relationships between things, becomes activated and legible through light and sound then complicated through abstraction and perceptual manipulations.