‘Dancing to the Sounds of Lichtenberg’ is a project conceived while on the Lichtenberg Studios Residency this year, with 50% professional dancers and 50% un-trained dancers, dancing to the surrounding sounds of various locations in the borough of Lichtenberg in Berlin. The trained and un-trained movers and dancers are reacting to everyday sounds and interpreting these in different ways, in industrial, urban landscapes, at historical landmarks, abandoned buildings, tourist sites and empty parking lots. Where noise becomes a rhythm, traffic a beat, bird song a melody, wind a movement. A purely physical reaction to Lichtenberg, Berlin. (India Roper-Evans)
Dancing to the sounds of Lichtenberg, 29:55 min., 2017
The performative sculpture by Folke Köbberling / Martin Kaltwassser and David Moises is the product of a clash between an exciting game with technology and an ephemeral structure. A temporary multi-storey car park made of plasterboard has been erected between the Schaustelle and the Pinakothek der Moderne. The ‘Kulissenparkhaus’ (or ‘parking block scenery’) contains remote-control cars that are programmed to drive around. The car park’s pillars are constantly buffeted by the cars’ movements, until they finally crumble, resulting in the gradual collapse of the structure. The plasterboards shift unpredictably and each new day marks the continuation of a sculptural process.
The cars end up destroying a structure that – from a purely typological perspective – was designed solely to house them. As the motor car continues to enjoy cult status and dominate private transport, the action questions its place in and impact on our world. Köbberling / Kaltwasser and David Moises turn the power dynamic on its head: as soon as the cars take on a life of their own, they begin to destroy themselves and their environment.