Berlin Events: Ungemütlich @ Shift

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Event: Performance
Where: Berlin
Text and Pictures: Julián Roncal
Video: Andrea Morote
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Ungemütlich, translated into English means uncomfortable. The exact definition at the dictionary is causing or feeling unease or awkwardness.

A series of performances made by different artist could be enjoyed the past 22 of June at Shift in Berlin. All of them under four premises: The first one is directly related to its title, ungemütlich/uncomfortable. The second premise is about some general ideas about the body, empathy and contemporality. The last two could be fused into two related topics. One is the place, a basement that reminds an old fabric where a nonexistent humidity could be breathed, combined with the work of each artist, being between merged from one performance to another, without losing the thread of the event…the discomfort.

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The back-scene-music was performed by Emilio Gordoa and Mathieu Sylvestre, decorating the entry of the artist Moran Sanderovich playing one of her most stunning performance: Insight Skin. We could contemplate the artist trapped in a deformed body, fighting to get rid of it leaving apart each prejudice created before in order to rebirth and feel comfortable oneself once again. A great played metaphor about the different psychological status suffered by the population those days directly tied with stereotypes far away from the personal comfort.

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After Sanderovich and almost without letting the mouth of the assistants to be closed, Frédéric Krauke started his performance in collaboration with the versatile Mathieu Sylvestre.

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A power struggle between them, where the character of Frédéric was involved into the most uncomfortable situation of the whole event. He was locked in a big bag of plastic by Mathieu, taking his revenge for being wrapped with aluminum foil some minutes before by Frédéric, without oxygen. To surprise of everyone, a member of the public came in time close to Frédéric ready to make a little hole at his mouth, letting him to take some breath after some seconds of uncertainty. Without a doubt, a clear example that in the those-days performances, the public’s behavior is more than noted and acclaimed: The interaction between the artists and the assistants is elementary and needed.

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