The U.S. Premiere of
CHEAP People Are Other People
A five-reel feature by the Berlin-based CHEAP Collective
With Robin Behling, Katharina Bischoff, John Blue, Tim Blue, Maximilian Brauer, Vaginal Davis, Gina D´Orio, Anton Garber, Richard Gabriel Gersch, Salome Gersch, Daniel Hendrickson, Martha Höschel, S.A.L., Gotthard Lange, Lilian Pfeuffer, Susanne Sachsse, Ruth Schönegge, Şenol Şentürk, Marc Siegel, Martin Siemann, Pola Sieverding, Daniela Zorrozua
(Germany, 106', 2020, English/German/English subtitles).
CHEAP People Are Other People is a production of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne.
As the artists write, "Original? Copy? When is a copy an original? No work is created on a blank canvas, completely free from predecessors. The new? It is merely overlaying what was there in the past – a palimpsest. But no need to fear. This is neither a flashback nor a simple replication. The new is just produced from the chaos of what already exists. The lives that people live, far from being singular, unique and without preconditions, inevitably emerge in contrast to or in imitation of others. Copy the copy! Imitate the imitation! Don’t just be yourself! Repetitions and samples at the musical, visual, textual and formal levels. With this film, the artists’ collective CHEAP hasn't created anything original - just copies and imitations, theory and entertainment, politics and frivolity, aesthetics and absurdity."
The art collective CHEAP was founded in Berlin in 2001 by Daniel Hendrickson, Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel. Vaginal Davis is a permanent member; the collective has collaborated frequently with Jonathan Berger, Phil Collins, Wilhelm Hein, Hannah Hurtzig, Bruce LaBruce, Xiu Xiu and others. CHEAP has presented performances, installations, festivals and club events at the Volksbühne/Prater, Berlin (2001), Podewil, Berlin (2002/2003), Ujazdowski Castle Kino-Lab, Warsaw/Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow (2002), HAU, Berlin (2003-12), Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin (2005-10), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2006), the Berlinale/Forum Expanded (2006/2007), Theater an der Gessnerallee, Zurich (2007), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (2012), 80WSE Gallery, NYC (2015), Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Prague (2016), Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin (2006-2017), Kaserne Basel / FFT Düsseldorf (2012/2018), silent green, Berlin (2017), Kammerspiele Munich (2018), and Haus der Berliner Festspiele (2019). CHEAP’s performance-installation of The Magic Flute. An Opera in Six Steps at the 80WSE Gallery in New York City was included on The Best in Art of 2015 list in The New York Times. Since 2017 CHEAP has been broadcasting the monthly radio show CHEAP Funk on the Berlin art radio project reboot.fm.
Organized by Joshua Lubin-Levy.
This event is part of VIRTUAL BODIES, a weekly series of webinar discussions, presentations, and performances featuring artists and curators, hosted by faculty from the Department of the Arts at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School. All events are free and open to the public, but require advance registration.
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Zoom link will be sent in advance of the event.