Applied Microperformativity

Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn
12-19 December 2018
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Applied Microperformativity
Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn

Curated by Lucie Strecker, Klaus Spiess and Jens Hauser

Symposium / Interventions / Exhibition

How does the agency of genes or cell fragments, proteins or enzymes, bacteria and fungi relate to macroscopic dynamics of power in contemporary biopolitics? How can performance art and discourse inform these processes? What are the artistic methods to engage critically with technologies that exploit life on a microscopic and molecular level to merge bio- and digital media for extensive valuation?

‘Applied Microperformativity: Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn’ will showcase international approaches to challenging causal relations inherent in the capitalist economy by considering a specifically post-anthropocentric notion of performativity – a notion that includes the invaluable, the incalculable, the

un-encodable and irredeemably opaque.

It invites the discovery of microperformativity not solely as a tool to describe the scales of space and time, where life is transformed to code and furthermore into a tradable commodity, but to encounter value as a critical experience, as a force rather than a norm.





 12. - 14. December 2018
12. December 2018



7:00pm – 10:00pm:  The Banquet


Welcome: Gerald Bast


Introduction: Lucie Strecker, Jens Hauser, Klaus Spiess and Ann Liv Young


Hox Zodiac  (Victoria Vesna in cooperation with Monica C. LoCascio and Max Hersey)


Reflux Coïtus (Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe)


The America Project (Paul  Vanouse)




DAY  1


11:00am – 12:30pm:   The Trail


Microbial Keywording (Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker), 20 min


Microperformativity in Experimentation (Hans-Jörg Rheinberger), 40 min


Microbial Keywording Step 1, 10 min

1pm  – 2:30pm:  The Gift

Stillleben (Irini Athanassakis, Krõõt Juurak, Dana Papachristou ) 40 min


Symbiotic Cultures (David Berry) 20 min


Microbial Keywording Step 2, 10 min

5:00pm – 6:30pm:  The Flow

The Economy of Transspecies Time
(Video: Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker, Performance: Daniel Aschwanden, Roman Widholm), 40 min


Wastelands: Microbial Time (Tagny Duff), 40 min

Microbial Keywording Step 3, 10 min

7pm – 9pm:  The Border

Ghost Economies: What the dead can teach us about life at the end of capitalism (Max Haiven) 40 min


Throwing up Ghosts without Borders (Max Haiven, Cassie Thronton) 1:20 min


Durational Performance: Ann Liv Young, Oleg Soulimenko

DAY  2

11am – 12:30pm:  The Phase

Designing the Molecular Self: New Media Ecologies and the
Commodification of Life in a Bioscience-based Economy (Ingeborg Reichle), 40 min

Neuron - Statistic - Machine - Life: Oikos, Performance and the Sensory Order (Chris Salter), 40 min


Microbial Keywording Step 4, 10 min

1pm – 2:30pm:  The Labor

Immaterial Labor of Pets (Krõõt Juurak/ Alex Bailey), 30 min


On Labor (Paul Vanouse in cooperation with Guadalupe Aldrete and Zsusza Rozsavolgyi), 45 min


Microbial Keywording Step 5, 10 min

5:00pm – 6:30pm:  The Cannibal

The Prometheus Protocols – audio play (Thomas Feuerstein/ Szely/ Nehle Dick/ Jim Lippy), 50 min


The Economy of Cannibalism (Roland Rauschmeier, Alex Bailey, Klaus Spiess), 30 min


Microbial Keywording Step 6, 10 min

7pm – 9pm:  The Medium

Microperformativity \ / Biomediality (Jens Hauser), 30 min


Multiorgasmic Politics (Eben Kirksey), 45 min


From Microbial Keywording to Living Currency (Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker) 30 min

Durational Performance: Ann Liv Young, Oleg Soulimenko


13. December 2018
14. December 2018


 15. - 19. December 2018
15. December 2018

5pm:  The Pit

Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler & Guests, 60 min

Shenzhen Molecular Speed.  Troubled Markets for Gene Editing Tools?
(Leonardo Laser Talk, 90 min)
Contributors: S. Eben Kirksey, Christa Schleper, Jens Hauser, Markus
Schmidt, Paul Vanouse





7pm: The Host


Testotoxic - Intervention into Masculinity

(SelfSightSeeing Company), open end

5pm:  The Flourish

A critical—performative farewell tour to relive excerpts of the symposium, posing new entanglements in juxtaposition to the points of view and artworks of:

"Space occupation"  Paula Flores

"Hepatoscopy | Face Value" Laura Stoll

"Activity" Marko Markovic

"Between Moths and Humans" Marthin Rozo

"Breath" Mauricio Suarez

"Embrecord" Monica C. LoCascio

"inevitables" Rafael Lippuner –

"Oestrogen"  Zsusza Rozsavolgyi


18. December 2018
19. December 2018


 12. - 19. December 2018


Oktoplasma/Prometheus Delivered (Thomas Feuerstein)


The America Project (Paul Vanouse)


Labor (Paul Vanouse)


BREAST III (The Derivative) (Irini Athanassakis)


Milk (Irini Athanassakis)


Hare’s Blood + (Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker)

Mykovaluta/Wirkung (Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker)

From Microbial Keywording to Living Currency (Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker)





Daniel Aschwanden (CH/AT)

Irini Athanassakis (GR/TN)

Alex Bailey (UK)

David Berry (USA)

Tagny Duff (CA)

Eben Kirksey (AU/USA)

Sylvia Eckermann (AT)

Thomas Feuerstein (AT)

Max Haiven (CA)

Jens Hauser (DE/DK/FR)

Krōōt Juurak (EE/AT)

Johannes Lernpeiss (AT)

Gerald Nestler (AT)

Dana Papachristou (GR)

Bastian Pets (AT)

Roland Rauschmeier (DE/AT)

Ingeborg Reichle (DE/AT)

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (DE)

Chris Salter (US/CA)

Klaus Spiess (AT)

Oleg Soulimenko (RU)

Lucie Strecker (DE/AT)

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe (RDC/FR)

Cassie Thornton (US)

Paul Vanouse (US)

Victoria Vesna (US)

Roman Widholm (AT)

Ann Liv Young (US)

KT Zakravsky (AT)

Exhibition Design: Lucie Strecker, Johannes Maile, Mauricio Suarez

Media Design: Joseph Knierzinger, Jürgen Ropp, Peter Koger

Production Management: Johannes Maile

Supervision Molecular- and Cell Biology: Mark Rinnnerthaler, Reinhard Nestelbacher

Text and dramaturgical consulting: KT Zakravsky

Biotechnological Support and Performance: Johannes Seiwerth

Graphic Design/Logo: Monica LoCasio  

Curatorial assistant: Guadalupe Aldrete