The Weird and the Wonderful: Berlin's month of performance kicks off


Becki Griffiths , Photo © Glen Stoker 2012

The 4th Edition of the Month of Performance Art-Berlin (MPA-B), various locations, Berlin, until 31 May.
Can you picture yourself experiencing a Performance in the former NSA Spy Station or a former GDR Radio Centre? Or even better, can you picture yourself attending a show where you suddenly might become a part of the show? Yes, it is that time of the year again. That time when Berlin fills itself with the finest and weirdest in contemporary and independent performance art practices, that time when one is invited to experience more than 80 art projects involving 100 global artists in 18 venues across the city, that time for the site-specific, durational, interactive happenings, exhibitions, talks, screenings, parties and much more.
As MPA-B put it themselves: It’s like Venice Biennale but without the gondolas. Famous for its rebellious, thought-provoking, even odd profile, this unique platform has been advancing and promoting the independent, contemporary and experimental Performance Art scene in whatever way you could imagine. Proof of that is its lack of an artistic director, an annual theme or any government funding. And this year’s edition promises not to let anyone be disappointed. The kick off is programmed on May Day with the Opening Street Fiesta, and throughout the whole month one is able to see and experience the works of artists from 45 countries, participate in discussions, researches and celebrations. Highlights are “Performing the Revolution” with a group of artists that spent two months in Mayden Square, Kiev during the revolution; “Hotel Obscura” which will occupy 4 hotel rooms for 48 hours inviting one for an experience of unpredictable intimacy; and a world wide Performance Art auction that will attempt to sell “live art” to the highest bidder. On the 31st the organization will host a closing party with food-art, music and the 1920s “Delphi” silent cinema.
Graphic Design: Adria Chilcote