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Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter

An experimental theatre, with performances exploring the sinister future of humankind

Performed daily at 12.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm

The Frieze Project Wonderland Ave. (2016), an experimental puppet show, was a first-time collaboration between writer Sibylle Berg and visual artist Claus Richter. Sibylle Berg is one of the most widely recognized contemporary authors in the German-speaking world, and has been heralded as one of the region's most thought–provoking writers. Berg’s commissioned play took as its point of departure an experiment in the near future in which machines take over control of humankind. Set in an environment designed by Richter that resembled a modular living unit, the play featured a narrative co-directed by the artists along with highly acclaimed German director Sebastian Nübling, involving actors and puppets in several parts, plus musical breaks. The daily performance promised a critical, feminist but also humorous view of our ‘globalized & digitalized’ world and its societal changes.

Sibylle Berg (lives and works in Zurich) & Claus Richter (lives and works in Cologne)
Sibylle Berg, novelist, playwright, poet and lyricist was born and grew up in Weimar, East Germany and fled to West Germany. Since 1996, she lives mostly in her favourite city, Zurich. Berg has been heralded as one of Germany’s most provocative authors and her writing has been compared to that of Bret Easton Ellis, Michel Houellebecq and Will Self. She is an iconic figure for Germany’s alternative subcultures and has gathered a huge following in Europe’s LGBTQ and artistic communities. Berg frequently collaborates with other artists to create readings and performances that are multimedia events incorporating video and live music.. Artists she has worked with include Jon Pylypchuk, Dawn Mellor, Mathilde ter Heinje, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Sophie Hunger, Jan Böhmermann and the late Michael Glawogger. Her new book, Wonderful Years, will be released at the end of September 2016.

The iconography and materials of Claus Richter’s relief-like pictures, sculptures, and theatrical installations hail from the world of toys, amusements and fantasy. He often focuses on historic playthings such as puppet shows, meticulously reconstructing them and activating them in his performances. Thoroughly reflective and unfailingly humorous, Richter’s works unmask the escapist ‘lost world’ of childhood as a fictional construction, a ‘romantic’ notion that is always bound up with the commercial interests of others. Claus Richter’s work has been exhibited at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2014), Clages Gallery, Cologne (2013), Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren (2010), and Archive für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2007).

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