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Meese • K.U.N.S.T.

I see you in Hades bruzzeln!

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz © visitBerlin, Foto Max Threlfall

He shouted into the microphone: I, the monosau, am generally fed up with these stupid little sacrilegious stupid-monolyths, who are so stupid in front of you ... Now the first song: Building-on-me ... After 3 months it was done, the first song was sung, about 8 more followed, in the end still the hit!

Jonathan Meese

In the middle of the 90s Jonathan Meese, ant of art of world rank, compiled in a simple binder photocopies of handwritten, self-penned German and English texts, as well as numerous drawings and photographs, to an artist book. Partly based on his own word creations, the texts deal with both well-known and invented personalities, myths, power people, history and pop culture.

Meese compulsively assembles everything into a new meaning, creating his own individual mythology that is instrumental to his art. Conventions are deliberately transgressed and his own laws are established. The work includes: Gold 1 to Gold 7; Drawing 'de'; Gold 8 to Gold 10; Prologue; The Monosau; Go Mary, Gold and King of Hearts; Something in something; The nasty castle and Monsieur Maigret; Some toads are on the rocks again; Schatzl-City-Inslerussüs; Lollytzs; Rudolpho Valentino; Tea-Shooting and many other short texts.

Brigitte Meese, the artist's mother, typed up all these texts meticulously in evening labor in order to send the manuscript to all the renowned German literary publishers, because her son intended to revolutionize the literary genre of the novel. After consistently negative responses, Meese rededicated the resulting dummy into a book object, which was sold in small numbers through his gallery. In the meantime, the book has been published as a paperback edition and has been given its true purpose, sale in bookstores.

Jonathan Meese rejects any form of external paternalism; he is an opponent of political systems, religious doctrines or opinions based on taste. He wants an autonomous work of art, an innocent, ideology-free play and a direction-free evening. And that means first of all: cap off! And then: Stand at attention! Serve the text with dignity! Absolutely understand that K.U.N.S.T. is not a culture! K.U.N.S.T. is tomorrow, culture is yesterday. K.U.N.S.T. doubts everything, even itself, far beyond infinity ...

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Participating artists
K.U.N.S.T. (Regie)
Jonathan Meese (Autor/in)
Nina von Mechow (Bühne)
Tabea Braun (Kostüme)
Meika Dresenkamp (Video)
Kevin Sock (Licht)
Henning Nass (Dramaturgie)
Volksbühne - Großes Haus
Volksbühne - Großes Haus
Volksbühne - Großes Haus