Kakania in Berlin

Kakania at Lettretage, Berlin – October Tuesday 11th 2016: 8pm. Free entrance http://www.lettretage.de/ Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin, Germany. Supported by Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin.

New performances & poetry from:

  • Lea Schneider on Bertha Eckstein-Diener
  • Kinga Toth on ‘Sissi’ Empress Elisabeth of Austria
  • Rike Scheffler on Marie Pappenheim
  • Günter Vallaster on Raoul Hausmann
  • Fabian Faltin on Ernst Mach
  • Norbert Lange on Rainer Maria Rilke

There has been no one city’s culture, at one singular time in modern history, more widely influential on contemporary thought than that of Habsburg Vienna a century ago. A time so densely constituted with intellectual revolution in fields as diverse as poetry, fiction, journalism, music, composition, philosophy, psychology and art, that it seems it can often only be evoked through a wistfulness that belies the melancholy, the energy and the seismic change that constituted it.

But in the Kakania project, sentimentality is set aside for radical new works by contemporary artists, each responding with a new performance or reading that celebrates or commemorates a single figure from the era in question. After 7 events and a symposium in London and Berlin, from the Freud Museum to the Österreichisches Kulturforum, and two exclusive publications, Kakania returns to Berlin at Lettretage for a night of newly commissioned avant garde live artworks. More here.

 

Kakania Berlin

7.30pm at Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin kulturforum berlin: kulturforumberlin.at
Free Entry – May Monday 9th 2016
Stauffenbergstraße 1, 10785 Berlin. T: +49 30 202 87-114 E: berlin-kf (at) bmeia.gv.at

Six new literary performance commissions from contemporary artists, each of whom will present a work that celebrates/responds to a figure from the Habsburg era:

Max Höfler on Ludwig Wittgenstein
Maja Jantar on Lou Andreas Salome
Stephen Emmerson on Rainer Maria Rilke
Tomomi Adachi on Josef Matthias Hauer
Ernesto Estrella on Gustav Mahler
Ann Cotten on Otto Neurath

More here.

Kakania

March 31st 2016: Austrian Cultural Forum, London.

The Event: 7pm – Free Entry  www.theenemiesproject.com/kakania2016
The Symposium: 2pm – Free Entry  www.theenemiesproject.com/kakaniasymposium
both take place at 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ  www.acflondon.org

The Kakania project returns to the Austrian Cultural Forum for a night of brand new performances, each from a contemporary artist or writer responding to a figure of Habsburg Era Vienna. The great, groundbreaking personas of 100 years past are made new, without nostalgia, but with faithful invention and intensity. Visit www.kakania.co.uk for more information on the project.

Featuring Harry Man on Erwin Schrodinger  ~ Daniela Cascella on Hugo von Hofmannstahl ~ Steve Beresford on Arnold Schoenberg ~ Thomas Havlik on Walter Serner ~ SJ Fowler on Robert Musil ~ Declan Ryan on Egon Schiele


The Kakania Symposium

March 31st at ACF London: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm in 3 sessions 
Preceding the evening’s performances there will be a symposium on Habsburg Vienna, through the kaleidoscope of Kakania’s inventive approach, led and curated by Dr.Diane Silverthorne, a leading voice in Habsburg Viennese studies. The Symposium will feature informal and academic talks about the era, interspersed with poetry and text art readings from poets and writers involved in the first year of the Kakania project, who will also give context to their process. The Symposium will also see a screening of the acclaimed film Altenberg: The Little Pocket Mirror. The schedule is thus:

2pm: A talk by Dr. Diane Silverthorne on expressionist  landscapes in music and art and a talk by Dr. Leslie Topp, on madness, architecture and Vienna.

3pm: A talk by Jamie Ruers on Cabaret Fledermaus followed by readings and discussions by Eley Williams on Broncia Koller-Pinel,  Vicky Sparrow on Margarethe Wittgenstein, Stephen Emmerson on his multi-part performance art response on Rainer Maria Rilke, Marcus Slease on Max Kurzweil and a screening of Joshua Alexander’s experimental film on Paul Wittgenstein, commissioned for Kakania

4pm: A screening of ALTENBERG: The Little Pocket Mirror  A documentary by David Bickerstaff and Gemma Blackshaw  | 54 min

Available on the day will be the two publications emerging from Kakania – The Kakania Anthology and Oberwilding: on the life of Oskar Kokoschka by SJ Fowler & Colin Herd.

Kakania III

The reverberations of the intellectual, artistic and creative tumult of the end of the Habsburg era are often evoked by contemporaries in the myriad of fields that the period profoundly changed, if not founded. The purpose of the Kakania project – over 4 events, over two dozen new commissions, over 4 locales, 4 publications, a vast array of artists – is not just to evoke that era, but to envelope it, to transpose it. To relive it in new colours. New artists making new work, paying their debt to that remarkable period of Austrian history in the writing, performance and artworks they are making, acknowledging that debt by being faithful to the methods and modes of the now.

The Horse Hospital, London,  Thursday 19th February.

Caroline Bergvall on Gustav Klimt
Martin Bakero on Arnold Schoenberg
Colin Herd on Oskar Kokoschka
Marcus Slease on Max Kurzweil
Damir Sodan on Gustav Mahler
Joerg Zemmler on Karl Kraus
Stephen Emmerson on Rainer Maria Rilke

Kakania at the Freud Museum

The second in this series of performances where contemporary artists and poets presenting original commissions on the life and work of a figure of Habsburg Vienna is on Thursday, January 22nd, 7PM, at the Freud Museum, London. The lineup is as follows:

Emily Berry on Sigmund Freud
Esther Strauss on Anna Freud
Tom Jenks on Otto Gross
Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein
Phil Minton on Carl Jung

More at the Kakania site.

 

Kakania films

Films from the first of the four events in the Kakania project, in which contemporary writers and artists respond to the work of key cultural figures in Habsburg Vienna, are now online, Above is Marcus Slease on painter Max Kurzweil with a full list below.

Marcus Slease on Max Kurzweil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SbgvuJxV_Q
Diane Silverthorne & Ariadne Radi Cor on Alma Mahler Kakania – Diane Silverthorne & Ariadne Radi Cor on Alma Mahler
Dylan Nyoukis on Raoul Hausmann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFvV3WAb2WM
Stephen Emmerson on Rainer Maria Rilke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0SHAWPzENE
Maja Jantar on Lou Andreas Salome https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKXjFQ-LFvo

Kakania

There has been no one city’s culture, at one singular time in modern history, more widely influential on contemporary thought than that of Habsburg Vienna a century ago. A time so densely constituted with intellectual revolution in fields as diverse as poetry, fiction, journalism, music, composition, philosophy, psychology, art…that it seems it can often only be evoked through a wistfulness that belies the melancholy, the energy and the seismic change that constituted it.

​​Against these reverberations, Kakania – over 4 events, over two dozen new commissions, multiple publications and an array of contemporary artists – aims to not just to evoke that era, but to envelope it, to transpose it. To relive it in new colours. Kakania is ​new artists making new work, paying their debt to that remarkable period of Austrian history in the writing, performance and artworks they are making.

From the Rich Mix Arts Centre to the Freud Museum to the Austrian Cultural Forum​​ this is a project which explores the legacy of the Habsburg era through decidedly contemporary, original works of text and art which will attempt to be as complex and genre testing as the works, and the people, they are responsive to. This is a project where the past, and our understanding of it, will not be refracted through historical analysis, but the creative process, and one that is utterly contemporary. Kakania will be an opportunity for audiences to discover the Habsburg era in a wholly new guise, that is our era.

The first event takes place on Tues November 25th at the Rich Mix in London, featuring brand new commissions from:
Sharon Gal on Anton Webern
​Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ariadne Radi Cor & Diane Silverthorne on Alma Mahler
Dylan Nyoukis on Raoul Hausmann​
Stephen Emmerson on ​Rainer Maria Rilke
​​​​Maja Jantar on Lou Andreas-Salome