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Time to Meet! In a double showing, Live Works Fellows Liina Magnea and Mohamed-Ali Ltaief give an insight into their artistic working processes.



Liina Magnea

Swedish Rhapsody (Hand in Hand towards the Collapse) (WT)

The doomsday scenario that Liina Magnea bases her artistic research on seems surreal:Thunder and lighting clash on a burning ground where a soldier is searching for water. About to dry out, the soldier realizes the last resort must be praying for forgiveness. Bursting into dancing and singing the soldier screams: “lock me up, handcuff me! I am the global warming villain!”. But nothing happens. The only answer is the echo of these pleads. The next day the spy radio plays a light tune reminding their listeners that dreadful plots always come with surprising turns.

A fantasy in the extreme, a dance and song play that moves between tragedy and comedy, lightness and heaviness, close to the man-made catastrophes of our time.


Mohamed-Ali Ltaief

Parallel Hands - Adaptation of Franz Fanon's Play (WT)

Ltaief’s research performance project Parallel Hands investigates the legacy of North African sonic archives in the collection of Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv and Ethnologisches Musuem in Berlin. It specifically re-traces the early phonogram sound archives that were commissioned and classified during the 1910s, and are today settled in ethno-musicological collections stored in Berlin at SMB museums. These archives include recordings made by the German Phonographic Commission (Königlich Preußische Phonographische Kommission) established by Wilhelm Doegen and assisted by Robert Lachmann with prisoners of the First World War, between 1915 and 1918 at the Half Moon camp in Wünsdorf (south Berlin). Some of these prisoners were Tunisian, like Sadok Ben Rashid. This project critically investigates notions of record and archive, raising questions about ethno-musical field recording practices under the violence of European Colonialism; about the limits of translation and the enduring myth of universal art doctrines: How can sonic knowledge resist and counter-narrate?
Additional information
Swedish Rhapsody (hand in hand towards the collapse)

Concept & Performance: Liina Magnea

Swedish Rhapsody (hand in hand towards the collapse) is funded by Centrale Fies, Dro (It) and supported byTanzfabrik Berlin.

Parallel Hands

Concept & Performance: Mohamed-Ali Ltaief

Parallel Hands is part of The Striated Time performance trilogy project. With the kind support of Mophradat Consortium Commissions 2023/2025, Centrale Fies, Dro (It) and Kaaitheater Brüssel (Be).

In the frame of LIVE WORK FELLOWS 2023-2024.

Initiated in 2013, Live Works is a platform dedicated to live contemporary practices that contribute to deepening and broadening the idea of performance, following the current evolution of performance and its styles. Live Works offers annual fellowships to 6 artists selected via Open Call every year and includes different creative residency periods at Centrale Fies and in partner institutions at an international level. Live Works sees performance as a work space, and as an instrument and cultural exercise. Starting from the notion of performance in the visual art practice, the project is unique in its particular attention to hybrid research, underlining the openness and fluidity of performance, its social and political implications and its level of public understandability. 

The works are funded by Centrale Fies, Dro (It).

 

Obsessed with the idea of the immaterial Gesamtkunstwerk, Liina Magnea (b. 1991 Berlin /DE) combines music, movement, film dramaturgy and internet scrolling into a shape-shifting, dynamic performance.

She studied art and choreography and has had her work shown at Volksbühne, Zodiak Helsinki, KW Center for Contemporary Art and Sophiensaele, among others. She also works as a performer and musician for other artists, gives vocal coachings and supports people suffering from addiction.

Mohamed-Ali Ltaief (he/his) is an artist and author. His practice draws from cross-disciplinary and post-colonial perspectives at the intersection of theatre, performance, sound, and visual art, alongside essays and fiction. Ltaief studied philosophy in Tunis and graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts Tunis, and MA Spatial Strategies at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. In 2011, he co-founded in Tunis the independent art group Ahl Al-Kahf (SevenSleepers). From 2013, Ltaief continuously collaborated with Motus Theater Company. In 2019, he presented the performative manifesto Ghosts of Meaning at The Present Is Not Enough festival at HAU2 Berlin and the play Hundert Jahre in Theater Basel. He recently presented Poeisis, Praxis, and Cultures of Resistance or the non-established Histories of Art in Tunisia, lecture performance, Unpacking our Library #6 part of Publishing Practices 3, Weaving the Inner Bark Festival with Archivebooks Berlin at Savvy Contemporary (2023).
Dates
February 2024
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