30. Jun–01. Jul 2018 19.00–21.00h

The Saddest Piece. Ever. (in its Saddest Version. Ever.)

Performance

Foto: Elli KuruŇü

2018 Emotional States

Künstler_in: Kik Melone (Marko Gutińá MiŇĺimakov, Silvia Marchig, Josip MarŇ°ińá)

Kurator_in: Lena Br√ľggemann

English below ↓

Die Solo-Performances von Kik Melone (Marko Gutińá MiŇĺimakov, Silvia Marchig, Josip MarŇ°ińá) ver¬≠schmel¬≠zen Klang, K√∂rper, Bilder, Gedichte und heid¬≠ni¬≠sche Rituale. Durch die Erforschung der Traurigkeit als eine radi¬≠kal inti¬≠me Emotion, stellt ‚ÄěThe Saddest Piece. Ever.(in its Saddest Version. Ever.)‚ÄĚ auto-refle¬≠xi¬≠ve Fragen √ľber Kollektivit√§t und gemein¬≠sa¬≠mes Schaffen. Paradoxerweise als Solo-Formate ange¬≠legt, k√§mp¬≠fen ihre Erschaffer_innen allei¬≠ne in der ver¬≠zwei¬≠fel¬≠ten Suche nach Antworten auch Fragen die gr√∂¬≠√üer sind als das Leben, wie das √ľber¬≠w√§l¬≠ti¬≠gen¬≠de Gef√ľhl der Tr√§godie unse¬≠rer Zeit und der Aufl√∂sung und Zerst√∂rung der Welt wie wir sie ken¬≠nen. ‚ÄěThe Saddest Piece. Ever.‚ÄĚ erscheint durch
eine Vielzahl von tra¬≠gi¬≠schen, thea¬≠tra¬≠li¬≠schen wie auch per¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ven Intensit√§ten, die viel¬≠leicht bes¬≠ser beschrie¬≠ben wer¬≠den in den Worten von Alain Badiou, der die Grundfrage nach dem wah¬≠ren Gl√ľck aus dem kapi¬≠ta¬≠lis¬≠ti¬≠schen Imperativ des Konsums frei¬≠legt: ‚ÄúHappiness can be defi¬≠ned (the¬≠re) as the affir¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ve expe¬≠ri¬≠ence of an inter¬≠rup¬≠ti¬≠on of finitu¬≠de.‚ÄĚ

By explo­ring sad­ness as a radi­cal­ly inti­ma­te emo­ti­on, in its method The Saddest Piece. Ever. opens up auto-refle­xi­ve ques­ti­ons con­cer­ning crea­ti­on and collec­tive aut­hor­ship. By para­do­xi­cal­ly mani­fes­ting its­elf in solo for­mats, its crea­tors drown in a search for despe­ra­te ans­wers to resol­ve ques­ti­ons big­ger than life, such as the over­whel­ming fee­ling of tra­ge­dy of our times or the dis­in­te­gra­ti­on of the world as we know it.
The abyss of this ris¬≠ky quest, iro¬≠ni¬≠cal¬≠ly self-pro¬≠c¬≠lai¬≠med as The Saddest Piece. Ever, appears through a varie¬≠ty of tra¬≠gic and thea¬≠tri¬≠cal albeit per¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ve inten¬≠si¬≠ties which could perhaps be bet¬≠ter descri¬≠bed in the words of Alain Badiou: ‚ÄúHappiness can be defi¬≠ned (the¬≠re) as the affir¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ve expe¬≠ri¬≠ence of an inter¬≠rup¬≠ti¬≠on of finitu¬≠de.‚ÄĚ

Kik Melone (2008) is an artis­tic pro­ject from Zagreb, Croatia. It func­tions as a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve per­for­ma­ti­ve group that works on the inter­sec­tion of dance, thea­t­re, per­for­mance, film and expe­ri­men­tal music. Kik Melone base their prac­tice on expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on, often play­ing with gen­re ele­ments so as to ques­ti­on various aspec­ts of per­for­ma­ti­vi­ty and thea­tri­ca­li­ty. The star­ting point of all their work is phy­si­cal per­for­mance open to the influ­en­ces of real time as it occurs. Sharing aut­hor­ship and per­forming are the cor­ner­stones of their artis­tic prac­tice.