Small Space, Big Dance: Kunsthaus KuLe
Art and Life in Auguststraße
A friend once said that KuLe is a place where "a bunch of artist are sharing a kitchen.” Well, that’s true. But it’s also so much more than that. KuLe is a fluctuating community of about 15-20 artists in different stages of their lives.
Community is a big word. KuLe is a five story building with one scary kitchen and a romantic rooftop on Auguststraße 10. You enter the front space from the street, which serves as an exhibition space and foyer. You move through it and enter the back space – the studio/theatre space. You are rehearsing at KuLe, lying on the floor, trying to release your weight. You close your eyes. You smell the smoke that the walls have absorbed for 25 years. You sense the body fluids of artists that eventually have decided to live "differently.” Decided to share their meals and shower with other artists. Decided to fall in love and raise their kids with other artists. You are performing at KuLe, going through some social and organizational drama just before the show. You have random tourists as audience members, walking out when realizing you’re making conceptual art. You run your own show, though you don’t know much about light boards. You finish the night drunk. You are satisfied. Something has happened. You are written into herstory, right at the threshold of the future.
KuLe is magic, and magic is hard to explain with words. Some artists who might be able to explain the magic of KuLe are Lulu Obermayer, Jule Flierl, Tino Sehgal, Mars Dietz, female trouble, Melanie Jame Wolf and Mårten Spångberg. Ask them about KuLe, they’ll have something to say.
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Alain Platel / Steven Prengels, Berlinde De Bruyckere, les ballets C de la B:
„nicht schlafen“ – Mahler-Projekt
„Und selbst im Atem des Schlafes drückt sich dieser irrsinnige Wille zum Leben aus.“ (K49814 – http://atmenohnepause.org)