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Woman in a dark room in a dust cloud

On Performance

Art has the privilege of a certain freedom towards political issues; so-called “non-political” art can be abused the easiest and is therefore sometimes much more dangerous to human comfort than so-called “political“ art.

All art is political. The only problem lies with our confusion of politics with power.

We all perform our roles within our lives, the role of the performance artist is to investigate, reflect and react to them.

Performance art is a „spontaneous ritual“.

Keike Twisselmann, Belfast 1996 and Berlin 2012

Selection

1989 Belfast; “Please keep the door shut, as they tend to come in and slaughter us” (video production 1995) …sectarian killings…

1991 Barcelona; “Fire, Water, Oil” …the war at the Persian Gulf…

1992 Belfast; “a public execution” …the legend of claiming land…

1992 Belfast; “the brain” …thought extraction…

1994 Belfast; “the sleep of reason produces war” …peacefires and ceasetalks…

1994 Belfast; “at FIX” …a democratic performance/installation…

1995 Belfast; “the tower” …poetical journey through light and darkness…

1996 Belfast; “civic casualties” …the moral of demoralisation…

1996 Belfast; “no access to unauthorised personnel” …areas of limited access in time and space/ quantumphysical word processing (performance/installation)

1996 Belfast; “PeaceFires and CeaseTalks” …the enemy will stop at nothing to subvert our way of life…

1996 Belfast; “performania” …the absolutely senseless performance…seen it, done it, been there…an anti-performance for the “elite”…

1996 Québec; “Sectarian Cafe” …feeding on bigotry from an ethnically cleansed kitchen…

1996 Werkleitz; “non-site specific” …collaborative piece by Urban Canvas…cityscapes…

1997 Belfast; “chicken feet” …can a chicken save the hope for peace in Northern Ireland?..

1997 Belfast; “building site” …noise performance…or: the proletarian triumphs over health and safety…

1997 Belfast; “storm” …a club performance…

1997 Glasgow; “orange men marching routes” …a Belfast-Glasgow obstacle…

1998 Belfast; “Belfast 2000” …the “fuck n´ fun” generation…

1998 Dublin; “Bloomsday” …collaborative automatic poetry and fishing for words… (homage to James Joyce)

1998 Belfast; “carrots and one red herring” …selection and capture in the sewers…

2000 Crumlin; “Zen slaughter” …performance, drawing, installation in the Crumlin abattoir…

2002 San Lorenzo; “Borderlines” stage I: between sea and land …on the threshold…being in becoming – becoming in being

2002 Kassel (Kulturbahnhof, Documenta); “Borderlines” stage II: train station …between two doors…being in becoming – becoming in being (Threshold Series II)

2012 Belfast; “Black Market workshop”, a collaborative performance on Callaghan’s buttered violin

2012 Belfast; “Hidden Agenda – HOME”, weighing the invisible…secret deals…

2013 Berlin; “Doch nicht mit dem guten Geschirr!” – “Don’t do this with our good china!” …reflecting on German history, intuitive propaganda and sweeping the smashed remains under the carpet…

2013 Berlin; “Abendessen” …a formal private evening dinner on the pavement with 13 well-dressed invited guests…

2014 Berlin; „invisible traces“…unsichtbare Behinderungen…eine unfreiwillige inter-aktive Performance…

2014 Derry; „the big bang experiment“…playful expansion…

2015 Cologne; “der Schrein der Erinnerungen” …or Pandora’s Box…

2016 Belfast; group sound performance, the sonic centre

2016 Belfast; Cumulator 7-7-7, Beach

2016 Portlaoise; “fading song” ….performance monthly collaboration with Sandra Corrigan Breathnach

2016 MadridAcción!MAD; Threshold Series III …borderlines stage III….passing through….the large Iron Wall

2016 Venice; “Threshold Series IV” … earthly remains….passing through…the death sheet…taking birth…

2017 Berlin; “Threshold Series V” .. into the underworld…giving birth…

2017 Belfast, Threshold Series VI,, Lichtmaschine / Flying stop motion

2018 Belfast; International Conference, Custom House Square

2019 Manorhamilton/ IrelandLeitrim Sculpture Centre; Threshold Series VII, meeting of waters & Shelter

2020 Berlin; Experi – Mental – House I, II, III, IV

2020, Digital Space, Bbeyond artists group, Remote group performances

2021, Digital Space, Bbeyond artists group, Remote group performances