KVHBF Showcases

Dialogue 2:
See U th3re
Helena Müller & Young Valley Soil

November 14 at 6:00 PM — November 29, 2020

Helena Müller & Young Valley Soil 

Dialogue Two takes place between the artist Helena Müller and the Young Valley Soil collective (Elina Saalfeld, Elisa Nessler, Francisca Markus, and Cristina Rüesch).
While the Young Valley Soil collective asks us to form an “O” with our mouths, Helena Müller invites us on a steam tour after sunset. In their showcase exhibitions, the artists enter into a dialogue about processes of visualization: of gender stereotypes, coded meanings, and the coincidental permanence of interpersonal encounters or of alliances with one another. The glass panes of the showcases are of special importance here: the artists resist their spatial limitations, using both their interior and their exterior. They expand them audibly, but also performatively, as mediators of revealing and concealing. This is a beginning.

Founded in 2018, Young Valley Soil is made up of Elina Saalfeld, Elisa Nessler, Francisca Markus, and Cristina Rüesch. The collective takes an interdisciplinary approach, working with phenomena from everyday life and pop culture, mysticism and interpersonal relationships. The four artists meet at the intersections of different media, which are constantly being explored in new ways through their collective collaboration. Part of this consists of participative investigations in public space that reveal and challenge power imbalances.

The works of Helena Müller (born 1995, lives and works in Hamburg) are developed out of an interest in everyday objects that have been charged with individual stories, memories, and meanings. In her sculptural works, the familiar is altered through small interventions and contextual shifts until it is located in an intangible in-between— the moment when the familiar threatens to tip over into something sinister. It is at this threshold that her objects begin to speak without language.

The German singer Lolita performs her song “Seemann (deine Heimat ist das Meer)” (Sailor (Your Home is the Sea); 1960) in front of a harbor backdrop. 

Turntable with Staffordshire dog figurine, also known as a fireplace dog or hearth spaniel, made by the Beswick company, imported from England by an East Friesian sailor
Cooking pots on hot plates
Glass bricks

Friedship: Inga Barth, Mona Hermann, Pauline Jacob und Lisa Florentine Schmalz

The second episode of the podcast transfers girlfriendship into the audible space and simultaneously deals with its construction. Inga Barth, Mona Hermann, Pauline Jacob and Lisa Florentine Schmalz sing and talk about being together, about processes of friendship, their spaces and relationships to each other. They reflect on beginnings of connection, iconic Dream Teams and the sounds of friendship.

Inga Barth (*1989) studied Social and Cultural Studies and is engaged both theoretically and practically in sociological, feminist, artistic and cultural-political positions. She worked as a production and dramaturgical assistant for music theater plays and performances in Hamburg and Frankfurt am Main, among other places, and also supervised various radio play projects.

Mona Hermann (*1989) studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. In 2019 she received the Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium für bildende Kunst. Her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions, including Kunstraum Niederösterreich in Vienna, Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover and KunsthausHamburg. She is also active as a curator, among others with the Trauma Team at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, and the Instagram profile the peephole.

Pauline Jacob works as a singer/performer and music theater producer. She studied classical singing at the HfMT Hamburg and "Applied Theater Sciences" in Gießen until 2014. Her focus is on testing new forms of music theater and the artistic empowerment of (female*) singers* on stage. Thus, she can be seen on stage as a performer (e.g. Junge Deutsche Oper Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Neuköllner Oper Berlin, Schauspiel Hannover, Staatsoper Stuttgart) on the one hand, and develops free works on the other hand; among them the performances "Vier freundinnenschaftliche Duette" and "Prächtiger Vogel Leierschwanz" or the radio plays "Wir - viele" and "Pamelas Potentiale" (WDR).

Lisa Florentine Schmalz (*1991) works as a soloist in the fields of opera and concert. She has performed as a soloist at classical theaters such as the Theater Kiel, the Theater Bremen, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the opera stabile of the Hamburgischen Staatsoper and the Junge deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, she works as a performer at the interface of other performative contexts and in the field of contemporary music theater, such as the Thalia Theater Hamburg, Kampnagel and the Neuköllner Opera. In her work, she seeks an open and contemporary form of classical singing and scenic performance, especially in the field of music theater.

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