Public Speaking Second Edition Berlin

Running time: 21.04.2016 – 27.05.2016

Location: District, Berlin

Cuarated by: Xandra Popescu and Larisa Crunțeanu

Public Speaking works with the accumulated tensions between the ideas of art for art’s sake and its potential to produce social change.

Drawing on our experiences as presidential candidates of Romania, high school rhetoric champions, talent show stars, real estate speculators, punk cholos and pop philosophers, we went on to develop a set of tools for the appropriation and subversion of political expression.

Public Speaking Exhibition
(Larisa Crunțeanu and Sonja Horung, The Presidential Candidate, Xandra Popescu and Adrian Knupppertz and Veda Popovici).
The artists propose contradictory artistic strategies ranging from activist and explicit engagement (Revolutionary Gear. Art History Retraced Through the Black Square by Veda Popovici) to subversive (You are Safe With Me by Xandra Popescu and Adrian Knuppertz), poetic (Femina Subtetrix by Larisa Crunțeanu and Sonja Hornung) and meta-language (The Presidential Candidate 2083 by Cosima Opârtan and Ion Dumitrescu).

Public Speaking Workshop created by Xandra Popescu
The workshop articulates itself as a framework within which 4 artists (performers Larisa Crunțeanu, Cosima Opârtan, Ion Dumitrescu and Richard Pettifer) develop their own training and motivational style to help participants create charismatic public personas. The workshop borrows elements of television talent shows in which contestants undergo a radical transformation.

Lecture-performance Artist Development by Richard Pettifer
An Eastern European philosopher, communist and fervent Marxist intellectual makes an argument about art activism and political art. He examines various self-help methods for artists ranging from theatre of the oppressed (Augusto Boal), relational aesthetics (Nicolas Bourriaud) and participatory art (Claire Bishop) in the context of neoliberal reality constructed to validate our identity whilst manipulating us according to its own purposes. With some jokes about former Yugoslavia.

Raze de Soare Concert
During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s a pseudo-industry of weddings had developed in Romania. Hundreds of bands emerged all over the country putting forth a predilect sound of family events which later became what we now call “proto-manele” – a mix of electrified oriental pop and local flavor.
Raze de Soare’s EP Albatros is a tribute to the eponymous “proto-manele” band who pioneered synthesized minimal restaurant music.

Cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is neither responsible of the project content or of the way in which the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.