NO.HOT_L is a transdisciplinary artistic intervention series temporarily accomodating in holiday apartments and other transitory living spaces. Performative, installative and collaborative artistic interventions developed on site deal with phantoms and questionable aspects of “travel”, “home” and “work”. Amina Handke as artist and curator uses given space and furniture to create communicative stagings, recombinations and present-tations in the no/wo/man’s land between private and public.
Comparably, definitions of authorship are being expanded, as more artists and art related persons based both on-site and abroad are invited to collaborate and contribute. The ensemble of works, exchange and processes is the declared aim and product: The apartment is the exhibition, the exhibition a film setting, and the film is shown in the apartment. The cast of “artists” and “audience” is overlapping while exchanging informally in the Salon and connecting simultaneously with other places and times via portable devices and the internet wormhole.
Partially related to NO.HOT_L, RESTE INTER PIÈCES is an artistic, ritual disposal of objects. While one piece rests in the present, another (sometimes part of a couple or triple) is disposed of somewhere else.
AAA! (Almost Aged Actionists Anonymous) is an artistic self-help group with the aim of exchanging and developing intervention ideas that can easily be converted into practice by single persons. The interventions and actions deal with realities of women over 40 on the borders of public and private spaces, of legality and with role constructions and clichés.
AAA! was started in the context of the festival Wienwoche in 2018. Actionist ideas and other inspirations from informal meetings have been collected on the AAA!website since then as work-in-process.
A woman is standing alone at the side of the road – is she a hitchhiker, a prostitute, seeking help, fleeing, displaced, lost or deranged? Her looks, anyway, are inconspicuous: apparently local, conventionally dressed, no luggage other than a handbag, aged around 40. She is trying to wave down cars.
Once a car stops she does not get in but tells short excerpts from first-person accounts by women driven into various kinds of dependency through the open window. The texts are based on the film script of “It Happened Just Before” (Anja Salomonowitz, 2006).
In the “Fasching” (carnival) season people disguise and often hide their faces. A custom that allows different interpretations, depending on the point of view. Thus also an occasion to reflect on dress regulations and conventions, on conformity and role models; about what is familiar or strange / exotic, especially concerning the own “cultural background”.
Carinthia (Austria) as my family’s origin region is the setting for an experiment that inconspicuously confuses stigmatizing tendencies in contemporary image production, involving the local photographer Franziska David who usually works for regional media: The woman dressed in black is a stranger adapting to this and that custom and stands out even more by doing so, her veiled face being a concession to seemingly different, contradictory conventions.
Stage design, Akademietheater (Vienna) and Theatre de l’Odéon (Paris)
The Play by Peter Handke, set in a midsummer garden, was transposed into a backstage setting where two actors meet amidst decoration remains after their performance of „Don Carlos“ and speak about love and their past lives, before the curtain opens to infinity.