Mamaza (DE/CH/IL/GR)

Garden State

Meeting point / Architecture / Installation / Performance / Theory / Discourse
Graz / Arrival Zone

The 2016 herbst Academy is taking place on a greenfield site. As a situational setting for the theoretical encounters of this year’s herbst Academy, the Mamaza artist collective is temporarily proclaiming the “Garden State” at the Orpheum.


Arrival Zone

Welcome to the former West

herbst Academy 2016


Wed 05/10, 17.00 – 00.00,
Thu 06/10, Fr 07/10,
Sat 08/10, 09.00 – 00.00 &
Sun 09/10, 09.00 – 16.00


Admission free


Call for your plant!

Become part of the Garden State and lend us your plant for a week.

Pickup: 01/10 – 04/10
Return: 10/10 – 12/10

Register with an image of your plant:


» Garden State Fyler (.pdf)

The “Garden State” is a realm made up of several hundred house plants. For five days, the Orpheum is being transformed into a public garden which obeys its own laws and invites the local population to reflect, discuss and stay a while. The sun rises at nine and sets at six in the evening. By day and night, come sunshine or storm, the result is a shared site that allows us to experience space and time.

Before the festival begins, the artists from the Mamaza company will be knocking on doors, asking local people for potted loans from their homes, shops and offices. With the aid of the collected plants, they will build the “Garden State”, thus also representing a map of the people from Graz who become part of the installation through their plants. The inspiration is the myth of the anarchist colony Libertalia, said to have been founded by liberated slaves near Madagascar in the 17th century.

The “Garden State” is a public place accessible to all visitors, that can be the venue for various activities from yoga and meditation to concerts, performances and film screenings. In addition to the herbst Academy workshops and two-day conference “Welcome to the former West”, the “Garden State” also invites visitors to engage in a dialogue and to discover, to read, to sing a song, to play music or to become part of a little intervention by chance.


Wed 05/10

17.00 The Garden State opens its doors

18.00 Collective creation of Food Mandalas


21.00 Concert Kaisers Ukulelen Combo

23.00 Full Moon Bathing


Thu 06/10

09.00 Yoga

17.30 Open Mic

18.00 Lecture Dr. Felber

19.00 Sunset Gathering mit Mas`ta

21.00 Concert Paul Wako

23.00 Full Moon Bathing


Fr 06/10

09.00 Yoga

17.30 Open Mic with Rebecca Pichler and Johannes Jeindl

19.00 Sunset Gathering – "Awareness exercise" with Helga Neuhüttler

19.30 Slavs and Tatars – "I Utter Other". Lecture Performance as part of herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"

21.00 Concert Georg Neureiter

23.00 Full Moon Bathing – Film screening "Tarzan of the Apes"


Sa 08/10

09.00 The Garden opens its doors

10.00 – 19:00 herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"

13:00 Picknick

19.00 Sunset Gathering – Concert with My Friend Peter

21.00 Concert Tribidabo

23.00 Performance "Music for composer in a garden and for interpreters"


Sun 09/10

09:00 The garden opens

10:00 – 14:00 herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"

14:00 Botanic Walk with Lisa Greiderer

15:00 "Creatures in the Mind Nets" – Live audio drama performance

16:00 The garden closes

Concept Fabrice Mazliah, Ioannis Mandafounis, May Zarhy
Realisation Mamaza, Roberta Mosca in collaboration with Harry Schulz, Städelschule Architecture Class SAC
Direction and coordination Fabrice Mazliah
Light design and technical direction Harry Schulz
Sound design Johannes Helberger
Assistance and collaboration Roberta Mosca, Claudia Voigt
Assistance Yanna Varbanova
Production Johanna Milz

Production Mamaza, Cie Projet 11
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
With the support of Fonds Doppelpass of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag

Mamaza (DE/CH/IL/GR)

Ioannis Mandafounis (born in Athens in 1981), Fabrice Mazliah (born in Geneva in 1972) and May Zarhy (born in Tel Aviv in 1984) met in 2005 during an engagement at the William Forsythe Company. Four years later they founded the Mamaza artist collective currently based in Frankfurt am Main, operating in the realm between dance, performance and visual art. The collaboration has so far given rise to seven stage productions and three installations that the collective refer to as ”enacted thoughts”. Mamaza were also associated artist at deSingel Theater in Antwerp from 2011 to 2012 and artists in residence at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main from 2012 to 2014, where they realised their installation ”Garden State” (2014) for the first time.