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Kunstraum Live

LIVE STREAM: AMBIENTE X
Benni Bosetto with Xenia Perek
Friday 27 March, 7.30–10.30 GMT

LIVE STREAM: The Muddy Streaming Performance Evening
Friday 20 March from 7.30pm GMT

Hermine Demoriane: Tightrope
Lecture performance
21 February, 7 - 8:30pm

The Knives Beside the Plates
Film screening and talks
23 February, 3 - 7:30pm

Plum Job
Katie Shannon and Zoe Williams
Friday 13 December, 7-11pm

SO SOFT World Tour Exhibition
Fri 6 Dec, 5–10pm (by-invitation)
Sat 7 Dec, 11am–10pm Sun 8 Dec, 11am–8pm

Benni Bosetto: Ambiente X
with Xenia Perek
Saturday 30 November 2019, 2-6 pm

In Search of Fluid Self
Screening: Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue & Paprika
17 November 2019 4-7 pm

Rebecca Lennon
Eating the wallpaper collapses the sharp lines
Friday 4 October 2019, 7pm  

F U T U R E R I T U A L
Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 September 2019

Demiverse
Friday 13 September 2019, 7pm

William Joys: A One Man Show
6 & 7 Sept 2019, 7pm

FILM SCREENING:
Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn
Saturday 25 May 2019, 7–9pm

BEUVERIE EN COMMUN
Wednesday 22 May, 7pm

PERFORMANCE:
Deniz Ünal: Characters of Control
Saturday 6 April, 7pm

FILM SCREENING:
You Are Good
Saturday 16 March 2019, 7–9pm

BOOK LAUNCH AND SCREENING:
Allusion to a body no longer present
Thursday 7 March 2019, 7–9pm

IN PLATO'S ANUS | GIORGIO SADOTTI
Thursday 28 February 2019, 6–9pm

Rainer Ganahl
Comme des Marxists
8 Dec 2018

Life/Forms 2.0: 'Königin der Nacht’
a performance by Johannes Büttner and Bastian Hagedorn
2 September 2018

Tyler Eash and Sara Rodrigues
Allusion to a body no longer present
2 June 2018

Mary Hurrell
2 (Aerial) – Performance
24 March 2018, 7pm

Charismatic Megafauna
in fragments from the shattered toe 4 November 2017

Performances For Pets
Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey
in fragments from the shattered toe
Talk for humans - Saturday 21 October 2017, 5pm
Performances for dogs - Sunday 22 October 2017

Maria Metsalu
in fragments from the shattered toe
25 November 2017

Kunstraum
FIVE YEARS PARTY
Saturday 7 October 2017

Jeremiah Day
THE CHAIR REMAINS EMPTY / BUT THE PLACE IS SET
31 May 2017

Johnston Sheard & Nils Alix-Tabeling
How Can You Love Me Knowing That I Could Never Love You? (Part One)
17 June 2017

Beth Collar & Hannah Still
Brainstem Thinking
10 June 2017

Performing Objects
Isabelle Cornaro, Benedict Drew, Anna Franceschini, Iain Hamilton Grant, Rebecca Lennon, Maria Walsh and Zoe Williams
3 June – 4 June 2017

Fiona James
GUTLESS SPEECH (and other impossible thoughts)
11 August 2016

Fay Nicolson
OVER AND OVER PURE FORM
5 August 2016

Morphologies live programme
13 September, 20 September, 27 September, 4 October 2014
Alex Cecchetti, Lucy Clout, Fiona James, Sabel Gavaldon, Gudrun Hasle, Frances Loeffler, Henning Lundkvist, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, Gro Sarauw, Vladimir Tomić, Werker Magazine
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst

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The Knives Beside the Plates
Film screening and talks
23 February, 3 - 7:30pm


Hermine Demoriane and Christine Binnie have been working together since 1983. Their first project together was a play ‘The Knives Beside The Plates’, subtitled S.G.H.B.B.K.H.H. ( She Gave Her Body But Kept Her Head ) written by Hermine and cast by Christine from the Neo-Naturist Cabaret. Their work covers anthropology, the French revolution, remains of Paganism in the Baltic States and other feminist topics from the 80s Blitz era onwards.

‘The Knives Beside the Plates’ was presented at Notre Dame Hall on Leicester Square. Taking the format of a reprised version of The Thousand and One Nights, the play sees Sheherazade remaining alive, turning King Sharyar (her would-be murderer) into a harmless eunuch, staging initiation rituals out of “Symbolic Wounds “by Bruno Bettelheim (1958) .

As an introduction to the screening of ‘The Knives Beside the Plates’, Prof. Chris Knight (founding member of the Radical Anthropology Group and author of ‘Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture’) will discuss ‘The human revolution’, exploring the idea that language and symbolic culture emerged in the human species through a process of gradual evolution culminating at a certain point in a revolutionary break. He argues that a decisive factor in the human revolution was a defiant female strategy of aligning menstrual rebellion with the monthly changes of the moon.

The screening will be followed by a talk by Camilla Power (member of the Radical Anthropology Group and has lectured on the evolution of human symbolic culture, language, art and ritual). Power has published on topics including women’s ritual, rock art, red ochre, Neanderthal symbolism, tricksters, naked protest, cosmetics, grandmothers, communal childcare, menstrual synchrony and lunar cosmology. Powers talk ‘The first art’ discusses how the first art was body art and the first body art was menstrual, exploring the evidence of a social and sexual revolution in Africa as we became modern humans about 200,000 years ago.

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‘The Knives Beside the Plates’ features performances by Christine Binnie as Sheherazade and Jennifer Binnie as her sister Dinarzade & Dencil as the King. With the NEO-NATURIST CABARET, Pandu Red, Wendy Wattage, Richie Riley, Richard Logan, Stevie Stewart, David Holah, Mi Mi Tin, Seph. & Centre Péguy’s Theatre & Dance Workshops. Music by People in Control. Sets & Costumes by the cast, also Andrew Logan & Anne Bean. Lighting by Yann and Photography by Rick Rayner-Canham

The Knives Beside the Places + She Gave Her Body But Kept Her Head [S.G.H.B.B.K.H.H]

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Biographies:

Hermine Demoriane is a singer, playwright, actress and performance artist.

Hermine is president of the non-profit organisation Ateliers d’artistes de Sacy, based in the Château de Sacy, in Sacy-le-Petit, l’Oise. The organisation organises artists’ residencies by British and French artists and hosts exhibitions.

She is also secretary of the Blondin Memorial Trust, dedicated to the memory of the tightrope walker Blondin.

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Christine Binnie and the Neo-Naturists Cabaret
Binnie’s practice includes ceramics and sculpture that are subverted with contradictory words and images. She has produced ceramic works as documents of Neo Naturist activities.

The Neo Naturists is a performance based live art practice started during the early 1980s in London, UK by Christine Binnie, Jennifer Binnie, and Wilma Johnson. The Neo Naturists subtextually, used their own female bodies in the context of the, often gay and exquisitely dandyesque, club scene, such as The Blitz, to play with feminist sexuality issues and sexual politics. As living, naked paintings they performed ancient and modern rituals, everyday actions and rituals on stages lit like kitchens. They juxtaposed ritual action with ‘common sense’ to create messy exuberant happenings

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Chris Knight is a founding member of the Radical Anthropology Group and author of ‘Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture’. His research interests include the structural analysis of myths and fairy tales, the evolutionary emergence of language and early human kinship. In his most recent book, ‘Decoding Chomsky: Science and revolutionary politics’, Knight approaches the mentalist doctrines which have prevailed over much of US intellectual life since World War II as an anthropologist might analyze the belief system of an indigenous tribe. In his activist role, Knight has written on the Liverpool dockers’ dispute of 1995-1998 and, more recently (with Camilla Power), on the strange experience of being arrested by the police for attempted street theatre. He is currently writing a book on the evolutionary emergence of language.

The human revolution – Since graduating from the University of Sussex in 1966, Knight has been exploring the idea that language and symbolic culture emerged in the human species through a process of gradual evolution culminating at a certain point in a revolutionary break. He argues that a decisive factor in the human revolution was a defiant female strategy of aligning menstrual rebellion with the monthly changes of the moon.

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Camilla Power belongs to the Radical Anthropology Group and has lectured for many years at the University of East London on the evolution of human symbolic culture, language, art and ritual. Taught by African hunter-gatherers, she has published on topics including women’s ritual, rock art, red ochre, Neanderthal symbolism, tricksters, naked protest, cosmetics, grandmothers, communal childcare, menstrual synchrony and lunar cosmology. She is currently writingThe Revolutionary Sex.

The first art – The first art was body art and the first body art was menstrual. This talk explores the evidence of a social and sexual revolution in Africa as we became modern humans about 200,000 years ago. How did that revolution work and what does it mean for Homo sapiens today?