Vampire-Thrillogy

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ode To + Vampire-Thrillogy

Performance by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star

Park am Nordbahnhof, Berlin

Jeremiah Day, in his often long-running projects based on extensive research, combines photography, writing, performance, and elements of dance improvisation that shed light on the histories of individual places and events and draw attention to the larger historical contexts in which they are embedded.

Day has long been interested in the “spontaneous vegetation in the emptiness of the former death strip”, as the occurrence of wild plants that grew in Berlin after the fall of the Wall along the line that once intersected the city was described by Axel Klausmeier and Leo Schmidt in their book Mauerreste – Mauerspuren (Remains of the Wall – Traces of the Wall, 2004). This particular landscape and its metonymic relationship to the Cold War sets the stage for a joint performance by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star.

Visitors were invited to gather in one of the last places of those special biotopes that emerged after the fall of the Wall along its former course. Here, Discoteca Flaming Star, for the first time, presented all parts of their Vampire Thrillogy (2002–2009) – a work in which the undead struggle with the question of how best to deal with the present time.

Questions and Places:

What are you doing here ?
Who is He ?
We won´t stay here long.
Here ! Over Here !
Not the time, not the place.
You better go. Get outa here. Go !
Get out !
Bring her here.
We need to go.
Where ya goin´?
Just walk away from me.
All over the place.
Up there.
Where was it supposed to take place ?
Anyone there ?
Get out ! Get the hell out of here !
Go away
Where you wanna go ?
Can´t go to my place.
You go first.
Nobody lives anywhere else ?
But we come all this way !
We met some people, here,

I don´t know where I´ve been.
Came back ?
She went somewhere, yes.
Where to now, Sir ?
We can stay right here
Who´s there ?
Get in
I am with you. All the way.
He´s gotta be somewhere

Let´s go take a look over that hill.
We´re almost there.
Almost there.
Almost…
I´m tryin´to get outta here,
But we won´t be there.
Where we goin´?
Come with me,
I know where she is.
Right behind you,
Go after them !
And don´t come back without ´em! The rest of you… Come with me.
You out there,
I am here,
What are we doing here ?
They are far.
But it appears to be getting closer.
We can see ´em from up here.
Where you takin´her ?
I don´t want to go
Whatever is going on out there… We´re better off far away from it.
Stop right there ! Where ya goin´?
Get us back on the ground ! Fast !


XAVIER POETRY

NOT HURT DEAD LIVING DEAD.
NOT FINISHED. STILL HAVE WORK TO DO.
NOT GOOD TO KILL IS… NOT GOOD.
DIFFERENT. DIFFERENT KIND OF…LIVING DEAD.
MANY. TOO MANY.
I WILL LET THEM TAKE ME. FOR NOW.
GOOD. I DID…GOOD.
MORE. DO MORE.
NO. WANT MORE. MORE !
GO. YES. GO.
NO.
LEAVE HER ALONE.
NOT…GOOD.
NOT GOOD. I´M NOT GOOD FOR CHILDREN.
BAD. BAD THINGS WILL COME. WHEN YOU ARE WITH ME.
FRIENDS.
DANGER.
DANGER.
OFF THE TRACKS.
HURRY.
SAFE. SAFE NOW.
ARENA NO.
FRIEND.

JO PROTECT
KEY
ALL
KEEP AWAY FROM HER !
NOT FOOD ! FRIEND !
JO! LITTLE JO!

WHERE JO ? FRIEND. JO.
I WANT JO ! WHERE IS JO?!
JO. LITTLE JO.
WANT JO !
JO. FIND. JO.
FRIENDS.
TRUST.
FIGHT.
LITTLE JO. GET…BACK.
FIND LITTLE JO.
BAD. BAD MAN.
JO.

Ode To, performance program by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star on the occasion of the exhibition Mess with Your Values, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2018 © Neuer Berliner Kunstverein / Joseph Devitt Tremblay
© Neuer Berliner Kunstverein / Joseph Devitt Tremblay
Ode To, performance program by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star on the occasion of the exhibition Mess with Your Values, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2018 © Neuer Berliner Kunstverein / Joseph Devitt Tremblay
© Neuer Berliner Kunstverein / Joseph Devitt Tremblay
Ode To, performance program by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star on the occasion of the exhibition Mess with Your Values, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2018 © Neuer Berliner Kunstverein / Joseph Devitt Tremblay
© Neuer Berliner Kunstverein / Joseph Devitt Tremblay