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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
17.00 The Garden State opens its doors
18.00 Collective creation of Food Mandalas
20.00 OPENING CEREMONY
21.00 Concert Kaisers Ukulelen Combo
23.00 Full Moon Bathing
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
17.30 Open Mic with Rebecca Pichler and Johannes Jeindl
19.00 Sunset Gathering – "Awareness exercise" with Helga Neuhüttler
21.00 Concert Georg Neureiter
23.00 Full Moon Bathing – Film screening "Tarzan of the Apes"
09.00 The Garden opens its doors
10.00 – 19:00 herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"
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"
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
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.