Nearly 50 years after Susan Sontag published Notes on Camp, the term still remains somewhat amorphous and its cultural role not fully defined. What critiques lie beneath its surface? How does “camp” differ from “kitsch”? Actress Susanne Sachsse (The Raspberry Reich) and film theorist Marc Siegel seek to address these questions and more as curators of Camp/Anti-Camp: A Queer Guide to Everyday Life, a three-day event at Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin.
Running April 19 through 21 at HAU2, the festival encompasses daytime lectures and screenings with evening performances and concerts, with Vaginal Davis (above) tying it all together by “Speaking from the Diaphragm” each night. Other participants include Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn from LA and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce from Toronto — check out his new interview with EXBERLINER — as well as synthetic performance artist Narcissister from NYC (below) and art historian Gavin Butt from London. The complete program follows at the end.
The closing concert Saturday night features The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black (led by Kembra Pfahler, below) — whom you can hear in the latest episode of Expatriarch Radio — as well as the live debut of Berlin act Tenderloin (comprising Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras, Felix Knoke, Jan Klesse and Dagmar Hofpfisterei, which might just be another alias of Vaginal Davis).
“For some, camp is a lie that tells the truth,” reads the official press release. “For others, it’s an unexpectedly intense commitment to the seemingly trivial. Some say that camp is so bad that it’s good. For others, it’s so good that it calls into question dominant value systems.” Check out the full description and get tickets via the Hebbel am Ufer site.
Thursday, April 19th at HAU2
18.00 Opening with Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel
19.00 Concert with Holly Woodlawn (Los Angeles), discussion with Bruce LaBruce (Toronto)
21.00 Lecture with Douglas Crimp (New York)
22.45 Performance by Narcissister (New York)
23.30 Vaginal Davis is Speaking from the Diaphragm, talkshow performance with guest
Friday, April 20 at HAU2
12.00 Screening: Camp/Anti-Camp, clips part 2
12.30 Lecture with Juliane Rebentisch (Frankfurt)
14.00 Lecture with Elizabeth Lebovici (Paris)
15.00 Video / Presentation by Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz
16.00 Lecture with Nguyen Tan Hoang (Philadelphia)
18.30 Tropicamp: introduced and moderated by Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, lectures with Juan A. Suárez (Murcia) and Frederico Coelho (Rio de Janeiro), performance by RG_Faleiros (São Paulo), screening of Respectable Creatures by Jack Smith
21.30 Performance by Carmelita Tropicana (New York)
22.00 Vaginal Davis is Speaking from the Diaphragm
Saturday, April 21 at HAU2
12.00 Screening: Camp/Anti-Camp, clips part 3
12.30 Lecture with José Muñoz (New York)
13.30 Lecture with Heather Love (Philadelphia)
15.00 Presentation by Richard Move (New York), discussion with Douglas Crimp (New York)
16.30 Lecture with Gavin Butt (London)
19.00 Lecture in German with Diedrich Diederichsen (Wien)
20.30 Videoclip-Presentation by Bruce LaBruce (Toronto)
22.00 Performance with Jakob Lena Knebl & Hans Scheirl (Wien)
22.30 Performance via Skype by Taylor Mead (New York)
23.00 Vaginal Davis is Speaking from the Diaphragm
23.45 Concert with Tenderloin (Berlin) and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black (New York)