Pulling Strings | installation
Pulling Strings is a work that has been realised as a choreography for a space, a theatre performance, a site-specific installation and a video piece. The movement of the found objects in a specific place starts to produce a meticulous portrait of that space. It starts with an inventory and the invitation to the audience to observe the space and the objects, dimensions and functions it has in detail - close up, from afar, from above, below, underneath, on top. A choreography emerges in which large objects such as trees, tables, lamps, as well as small things like pens, glasses, tea bags are mobilised in both senses of the word. Not only tangible things are used, immaterial factors like sounds, smells or volatile substances such as smoke all play a role. The process of performative string pulling changes the perception of a place and its physicality by opening new perspectives on the familiar and known.
For the installation version of Pulling Strings, Eva Meyer-Keller, together with other artists, nests in a specific place for several days. This can be individual rooms, houses or entire street blocks. The architecture as well as the objects found on location become actors who are mobilized on strings to create a performative portrait of the respective place.
SUDAN / CHILE
In Chile and Sudan, local artists met with the three German artists and spent ten days together in an empty house, exploring each of its rooms. Found objects such as windows, doors, tiles, ceiling suspensions, shutters, a safe, water taps or prayer rugs were, according to the principle of PULLING STRINGS, set in motion by means of threads attached to them and their action potentials were explored. Choreographic miniatures were created that allowed the architecture of the house and its now dysfunctional, formerly everyday inventory to appear in a different perspective. The building, initially perceived as empty and abandoned, became a dwelling place again - this time for animated things - thus drawing attention to what would otherwise simply be accepted, overlooked. The individual scenes in the various rooms were directed by individual project participants.
DEUS EX MACHINA
A continuation of Pulling Strings is the scenic project Deus Ex Machina, which Eva Meyer-Keller developed with students as part of her guest professorship at the University of Hildesheim during the winter semester 2013/14. As in the stage version of the piece it is the theatre itself, with all its technical fixtures, that is the apparatus and starting point. Those objects that usually remain in the background as functional equipment are pulled into the centre of the action thanks to their attached yellow threads. Micro-dramas emerge originating from scenes from Greek mythology that cannot normally be represented on stage or dramatic literature and inspired by old theatre machinery. They turn from threadbare gods from the wings of the theatre, dancing strings and great myths, to the question of what holds the world together at its core.
How to produce the heavens over the stage - How to cloud over a part of the heavens by starting with a small cloud that becomes ever larger and changes its colour continuously - How one must arrange the threads from one point to another.
(Nicola Sabbatini, Manual for Constructing Theatrical Scenes and Machines, 1638)
PULLING STRINGS - BERLIN, ESPACE SURPLUS
Eva Meyer-Keller, Irina Müller
PULLING STRINGS - KUNSTVEREIN BRAUNSCHWEIG
Eva Meyer-Keller, Miriam Kongstad
PULLING STRINGS - SUDAN
Eva Meyer Keller, Sheena McGrandles
GERMAN-SUDANESE INDEPENDANT THEATRE DAYS KARTHOUM, WITH
Ibrahim Al Safi, Afraa Saad, Esam Omer, Hamadalneel Khalifa, Mustafa Abdelgadir, Mohamed Mustafa Haeytham Awad, Jassour Ahmed, Marawan Omer, Malik Ahmed, Manahil Mohamed, Amar Dirar, Sokhon Blie
PULLING STRINGS - CHILE
CHANGING PLACES / ESPACIOS REVELADOS, SANTIAGO DE CHILE, WITH
Bárbara Pinto, César Cisternas, Francisco Rios, Gabriela Torrejón, Javier Calderon, Javiera Osorio, Luna Acosta, Macarena Astudillo, Marcela Burgos, Victoria Jara
Siemens Stiftung, Goethe Institut
PULLING STRINGS - BURGTHEATER DER DOMÄNE MARIENBURG, UNIVERSITÄT HILDESHEIM, WITH
Lisa Großmann, Erik Günther, Katharina Laage, Maxi Menja Lehmann, Stephan Mahn, Barbara Pilsberger, René Reith, Christina Röfer, Birgit Schachner, Alba Scharnhorst, Eduard Schreiber, Eric Christopher Straube, Johann Thomas, Ekaterina Trachsel, Miriam Wendschoff, Benjamin Wenzel
PULLING STRINGS - installation during the entire time of the exhibition live performance on the 16.June.2016
Changing Places, Santiago de Chile (CL)
PULLING STRINGS, DEUS EX MACHINA
Burgtheater der Domäne Marienburg, Universität Hildesheim, Hildesheim (DE)
PULLING STRINGS Sudan