Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7 pm
Ode To

Performance by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star
Venue: Park am Nordbahnhof, corner to the playground (Gartenstraße 48, 13355 Berlin)
The performance takes place close to the main entrance of the park at Julie-Wolfthorn-Straße.

Jeremiah Day, in his often long-running projects based on extensive research, combines photography, writing, performance, and elements of dance improvisation that shed light on the histories of individual places and events and draw attention to the larger historical contexts in which they are embedded.

Day has long been interested in the “spontaneous vegetation in the emptiness of the former death strip”, as the occurrence of wild plants that grew in Berlin after the fall of the Wall along the line that once intersected the city was described by Axel Klausmeier and Leo Schmidt in their book
Mauerreste – Mauerspuren (Remains of the Wall – Traces of the Wall, 2004). This particular landscape and its metonymic relationship to the Cold War sets the stage for a joint performance by Jeremiah Day and Discoteca Flaming Star.

Visitors are invited to gather in one of the last places of those special biotopes that emerged after the fall of the Wall along its former course. Here, Discoteca Flaming Star, for the first time, will present all parts of their
Vampire Trilogy (2002-2009) – a work in which the undead struggle with the question of how best to deal with the present time.

The performance takes place in all weather conditions (rain or shine).
Admission free.

Jeremiah Day (b. 1974 in Plymouth, Mass., USA) studied art at the University of California, Los Angeles (1992–1997) and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2003–2004). He was also a fellow of the graduate school at the University of the Arts Berlin (2015–2016). In 2017, Day was awarded a doctorate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He repeatedly collaborates with his former mentor Simone Forti, one of the pioneers of postmodern dance, and the writer Fred Dewey. Installations, performances and lectures by Day have recently been shown at, among others, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (solo, 2016); Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (solo, 2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); SALT Galata, Istanbul (solo, 2014); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2009).

Discoteca Flaming Star is an interdisciplinary artist collective that uses songs and other forms of linguistic expression to respond in a personal way to historical events and socio-political situations. They create performances, sculptures, drawings and staged situations that challenge public memory and question a construction of the past. Discoteca Flaming Star are founding members of General Public, whose poster project
Freedom Super Highly Charged (2014–2017) is part of Jeremiah Day’s installation Between Your Arm And As Far Away As You Can See (2016–2017) in the exhibition Mess with Your Values at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Discoteca Flaming Star’s works were shown at, a. o., Teatro Del Barrio, Madrid (2017); District, Berlin (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2016); After the Butcher, Berlin (2014); The Kitchen, New York (2014); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2013); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2013).