The Berliner Festspiele hosts tonight a surrealistic and unusual music performance THE FESTIVAL OF STUFF. The piece elaborated by the london based artist Scott King is an open question to daily routine fantasy and pop culture dream. Do not expect any wood carving activities here but rather some epileptic dancing and an accumulation of ephemeral gestures.
The festival of stuff is a laptop late night fantasy, a human YOUTUBE live stream embodyed by the sound of Luke Haines, Mathew Sawyer, Russell Haswell, The Romanian Karaoke Pistols, Lady Bruts of Disco, The Ian Curtis Dance Contest, Jeremy Deller, Bob Stanley supported by the text of Tom Morton, Bob Stanley and Matt Worley.
Scott King explores in his work the borders of pop and politics, art and music and reorganizes a landscape of inner projections and fascination. These themes already found resonances in his former work as art director for ID magazine and graphic designer. Acclaimed for his designed album cover for Pet Shop Boys, Suicide or Morrissey, Scott King ‘s work is now exclusively gallery oriented keeping the eye from afar and the critical spirit of a situationist. His work was presented at the Museum of Modern Art of New York; the ICA; KW in Berlin; and Kunstverein in Munich. Wrangelkiez has met for you the man behind the picture to talk about some stuff.
NAME 3 STUFF THAT YOU CANNOT GET RID OF?
My girlfriend, my daughter, my overdraft.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STUFF?
Ideas – the need to keep having and making them.
YOUR GRAPHIC WORK IS AT THE BORDER OF ADVERTISING AND POLITICAL STATEMENT , A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE VIEW AND THE SOUND , DO YOU TRY TO MUTE THE PICTURE?
Everyone tries to control the picture, don’t they? That’s the genius of YouTube.
CAN YOU UNDEFINE YOURSELF?
IS THE FESTIVAL OF STUFF AN INDEPENDENT PIECE OR YOU WILL BE HOSTING?
Well, I’d love to do it again soon – it’s been a huge amount of work for everyone involved (me, the theatre staff, the performers, film editor etc) – but now we have a complete show, something that is quite easily transportable … so it would be a shame if it were a one-off. I’m already trying to organise a version of it to be shown in London, next year.
IF YOU HAD A BAND , HOW WOULD YOU NAME IT?
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Berliner Festspiele Schaperstrasse 24, 10719 Berlin
DON T MISS THE EXHIBITION of Scott King
„Totem Motif“ until the 12. Juli
Between Bridges in Keithstraße 15, 10787 Berlin
MI–SO 12:00–18:00 Uhr