Arif Kornweitz, 2022

Suns Hollow, Neo Literal

As part of the series 'Speaker, Broker, Stringer' that I initiate for Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, I commissioned two performances.

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SUNS HOLLOW by Ivan Cheng

Stars Hollow is the name of the charming and fictional small town that television show Gilmore Girls deploys in contrast to the generational wealth of Hartford, Connecticut. Suns Hollow is a performative situation by Amsterdam based artist Ivan Cheng that amplifies and focuses on the theatricality of fandom. Departing from the relationship between aspiring writer Rory Gilmore (Magdalena Mitterhofer) and her music fanatic best friend Lane Kim (Cheng), Suns Hollow features tracks by producer Rui Ho. The project continues with Cheng’s interest in the nuance and individuality of subculture and how it is staged, noting the extensive cultural references which define the writing style of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Performed by Magdalena Mitterhofer and Ivan Cheng featuring ‘Hundred Thousand Ways’ by Rui Ho
Garments by GOOD & BAD (Marina M. Kolushova, Victor Stuhlmann, Ossi Lehtonen)

NEO LITERAL by Steven Warwick

‘Neo Literal ( The Quest for Lyft Experience)’ is an epic poem set in the near future with bureaucrats sitting in a cabinet war room around a table, discussing potential societal and global threats, and attempting to achieve resolutions. Join Generals Intellect, Election, Abstraction, Enquiry and Anxiety, in conversation with Senator Werktreue in a heated debate, presenting arguments and attempting conflict resolution. An absurdist Kraussian satire pointing towards contemporary discourse, or rather, a lack of it, in which plurality is reduced to limiting binaries, all space is monetized and politicized, Trojan horses hijack attempts at progress, and a wild west gig economy erodes safety nets, and increases social and financial precarity. All played out across a mediated space of the all seeing screen.

By Steven Warwick.

Speaker, Broker, Stringer

This series of commissions by Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee critically engages with the notion of Werktreue, fidelity to an original text, and proposes distorted readings in opposition to the fetishization of authenticity. The series is initiated by Arif Kornweitz.

With support from Mondriaan Fonds and Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst.



About Ivan Cheng
Ivan Cheng focuses within his practice on misunderstanding, abrasion and desire in the act of reading, often gesturing towards systems of power and reproduction. He also works as a performer, clarinettist, curator and writer. He holds an MFA in Critical Studies (Sandberg Instituut), having previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Text-based performances have been commissioned or presented in various institutions and spaces. He also works as a performer, clarinettist, curator and writer. Since 2015, he has worked in a curatorial capacity at The Watermill Center alongside Noah Khoshbin and Robert Wilson, and since 2017 at in Amsterdam.

About Steven Warwick
Steven Warwick is a British artist, musician and writer residing in Berlin. His practice includes durational performance installations, plays and films using the construction of situations and language. He also makes music under his own name, and previously as Heatsick – the latest release, titled “MOI”, is out on PAN. He has performed music at Berghain, Issue Project Room, Trouw Amsterdam, Unsound Krakow, London Contemporary Music Festival, Mutek Mexico, Novas Frequencias Brazil, Warwick has exhibited work at Schinkel Pavilion, ICA London, SMK Copenhagen, the Modern Institute Glasgow, Cleopatras NYC, Balice Hertling NYC, Kinderhook; Caracas, and was artist in residence at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles 2015. His writing has appeared in Texte Zur Kunst, Urbanomic, Art Forum and Electronic Beats and has co-authored a book released on Primary Information.

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