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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gouache on Paper / november 2013

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7x21cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7x21cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7x21cm


Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7x21cm










Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Together Forever / february 2014



All photos: Michiel Keuper. Click photos for slide show.

Stage design for 'Together Forever', a performance by Jeremy Wade. From and with Liz Rosenfeld, Igor Koruga, Jared Gradinger, Jeremy Wade and Michiel Keuper. 
Premiered 28 february at Hebbel am Ufer / HAU 3, Berlin.

From the program: "Together forever is the promise of eternal love that we’ve heard a thousand times in kitschy pop songs. Yet in this title, it hints at the extent to which people truly rely on each other. In his new piece, dancer and choreographer Jeremy Wade and four further performers experiment with caring situations and forms of tender complicity, while probing the social and political implications of community, love and affection. 
 
What can we only do together – what can’t we do alone? What does being there for someone mean? And what might forms of togetherness look like in the future? 
After Jeremy Wade’s shows “Fountain” and “To The Mountain” at the HAU, which was centred on rituals alchemy and transformation of group dynamics, he returns with his new production, “Together forever”. This collaboration with dancers and choreographers Igor Koruga and Jared Gradinger, the performance artist and film-maker Liz Rosenfeld and the visual artist Michiel Keuper takes the hackneyed but ever-hopeful promise of eternal love back to its origins. 
  
But the focus of the show is not on relationships between couples: instead, it is an attempt to explore gentle forms of closeness beyond coupledom. (...) Real and imagined stories of togetherness and visions of intimate communities are narrated, explored and ritually considered here – concretely as a tangible creation of the here-and-now of the performance, but also as a model that has political and social implications: Do we – or don’t we – want to live in a world in which our fundamental needs are regarded not just as individual and personal but also as a social issue?" 



Monday, February 03, 2014

Gouache on Paper / november 2013

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm


Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm








Sunday, February 02, 2014

Divine Love Electric / january 2014



All photos: Michiel Keuper. Click photo for slideshow.

Art Direction and Design for 'DIVINE LOVE ELECTRIC' by Hana Lee Erdman in collaboration with Allison Lorenzen. Premiered 8 january 2014 at Tanztage in Sophiensaele Berlin.

From the program: "DIVINE LOVE ELECTRIC (DLE) is a New Spiritual Movement seeking to inspire universal inspiration and love and happiness. Founded in 2013 to encompass a way of life, DLE integrates devotional practices, ritual, spiritual and corporal teachings to inspire others to experience the fullness of their potential and truest selves. Endowed with an entourage of devotees, the Movement has attracted followers and contributors, including acclaimed designer Michiel Keuper, who, employing sacred mathematics, transformed The Kantine into a temporary Ashram. This week the co-founders perform an original soundtrack of luminous dream pop while directing internalized spiritual journeys and ritual communal actions."

Concept, Direction, Performance - Hana Lee Erdman, Allison Lorenzen / Design, Art Direction - Michiel Keuper / Dramaturgy - Ruairí Donovan / Temple Drummer, Spiritual Brother - Laurent Lavolé / Devotees - Louise Trueheart, Agnė Auželytė

Dark Material / august 2013



All photos: Michiel Keuper. Click photo for slideshow. 

Costumes for 'DARK MATERIAL' a collaboration by choreographer Jeremy Wade  and performer Maria F. Scaroni, visual artist Monika Gzrymala and indie avant-gardist Jamie Steward aka Xiu Xiu and Shayna Dunkelman. Commissioned by International Sommer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg and Donau festival Krems. Premiere 8 august 2013.


From the press release: "(...) Together these specialists of different fields are working on experimental spatial drawings with various black materials. The work is inspired by Gzrymala's epic signature paper tape drawings that have been exhibited worldwide, producing diagrams of sensations, desires and affections. Wade and Scaroni enter a grotesque/queer/gothic pas de deux about human attachments and dependencies, proximity and distance, and the endurance, with which one turns towards the object of desire, even if it hurts."


By - Jeremy Wade, Jamie Steward and Monika Gzrymala / Performers - Jeremy Wade, Maria F. Scaroni / Sound - Jamie Steward, Shayna Dunkelman / Set Design - Monika Gzrymala / Dramaturgy - Eike Wittrock / Costume - Michiel Keuper



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Maximum Service Day 4 / July 2013

Miguel Gutierrez and Jeremy Wade, Roskilde festival, july 2013. Photo: Keuper/Malmberg
[click photos for slide show]

In july, together with fellow artist Anne Sophie Malmberg, I worked on costumes for the performative installation 'Maximum Service' at the Roskilde Music Festival. During the course of the 4-day project we created a series of improvised and recycled outfits for the performers Jeremy Wade and Miguel Gutierrez.

See post below (click here) for more on the project 'Maximum Service at the Church of Beer', conceived by choreographer Jeremy Wade, environmental architects Studio Umschichten and the artistic team of MS Dockville Kunstcamp from Hamburg.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Maximum Service Day 3 / July 2013

Miguel Gutierrez and Jeremy Wade, Roskilde festival, july 2013. Photo: Keuper/Malmberg
[click photos for slide show]

In july, together with fellow artist Anne Sophie Malmberg, I worked on costumes for the performative installation 'Maximum Service' at the Roskilde Music Festival. During the course of the 4-day project we created a series of improvised and recycled outfits for the performers Jeremy Wade and Miguel Gutierrez.

See post below (click here) for more on the project 'Maximum Service at the Church of Beer', conceived by choreographer Jeremy Wade, environmental architects Studio Umschichten and the artistic team of MS Dockville Kunstcamp from Hamburg.


Maximum Service Day 2 / July 2013

Miguel Gutierrez and Jeremy Wade, Roskilde festival, july 2013. Photo: Keuper/Malmberg
[click photos for slide show]

In july, together with fellow artist Anne Sophie Malmberg, I worked on costumes for the performative installation 'Maximum Service' at the Roskilde Music Festival. During the course of the 4-day project we created a series of improvised and recycled outfits for the performers Jeremy Wade and Miguel Gutierrez.

See post below (click here) for more on the project 'Maximum Service at the Church of Beer', conceived by choreographer Jeremy Wade, environmental architects Studio Umschichten and the artistic team of MS Dockville Kunstcamp from Hamburg.


Maximum Service Day 1 / July 2013

Jeremy Wade and Miguel Gutierrez, Roskilde festival, july 2013. Photo: Keuper/Malmberg

[click photos for slide show]

In july, together with fellow artist Anne Sophie Malmberg, I worked on costumes for the performative installation 'Maximum Service' at the Roskilde Music Festival. During the course of the 4-day project we created a series of improvised and recycled outfits for the performers Jeremy Wade and Miguel Gutierrez.

See post below (click here) for more on the project 'Maximum Service at the Church of Beer', conceived by choreographer Jeremy Wade, environmental architects Studio Umschichten and the artistic team of MS Dockville Kunstcamp from Hamburg.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Maximum Service at the Church of Beer / July 2013


Photo: Tim Kaiser
In july I was involved in the project 'Maximum Service at the Church of Beer' during Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark. Choreographer Jeremy Wade invited me, together with artist Anne Sophie Malmberg to collaborate on costumes for the 4-days ongoing open air performance; 'Maximum Service'. He conceived this performative and participatory installation together with the architects of Studio Umschichten from Stuttgart and the artistic team of MS Dockville Kunstcamp from Hamburg, and he performed together with his friend and colleague Miguel Gutierrez from New York.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

True Balls / march 2013

Sheena McGrandles - True Balls, march 2013. Photo: Thies Raetzke
[click photos for slide show]

Costumes for 'TRUE BALLS', a performance by Sheena McGrandles. Developed and premiered at K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, march 2013. Performed by and co-created with Anna Nowicka.

From the program: "TRUE BALLS is a body carried by two pairs of double-jointed legs that finish at the pelvis, sometimes it's headless, sometimes it's a mess of parts that have the hallmarks of a tragedy. (...) True Balls is an artistic research project that combines both a performative and visual practice, attempting to queer the body, drain it from recognition and push it toward absurdity. (...)"

Monday, September 02, 2013

Augury of Awry Sky / january 2013

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg
[click photos to enlarge]

AUGURY OF AWRY SKY

CONCEPT/ CHOREOGRAPHY Marcio Kerber Canabarro 
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY Marcio Kerber Canabarro, Michiel Keuper
ART DIRECTION Michiel Keuper
LIGHT DESIGN Joana Serra Forasté
SOUNDTRACK Michiel Keuper
SONGS WRITTEN BY Townes van Zandt, Beth Orton, Patti Smith, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The National, Sean Rowe
CO-PRODUCED BY Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensaele, premiere january 2013


Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg


AUGURY OF AWRY SKY

“I have written things from the sky,
from the sky of the mind, the top of desires, the haven of dreams, from above the memories. the surface of deceit. Sparkling of stars.
I'm anywhere. Between torpor and duties, I have not learned how to give words to issues of feeling.

I land on a corner, making prayers to objects, making stuff, being a poet of the invisible, writing illegible words, building altars in order to proceed and abandon.

sometimes I imagine my fingertips able to touch the soft fur of wills existing in people. once touching flesh, there is time to expand in this tangle of hair. I bow in my knees. I am investigating the silences, not knowing quite well what to do, trusting on sweat. Giving leashes to birds, seeing shadows on chests, leaving the body shed.

Wishes of a sense bore me, I enjoy better all that permeates messy on my being, I am dumb for any subjects. I silently unlearn, browsing the eyes I take notes with my skin.

Stay, holding stimuli meetings, building each quiet cry spiked in the stomach and laughter of tits. I have security of nothing, I keep on risking, risk everything with the chalk that insanity gave in it's fiction. Generating God. Throwing stones into a river, digging into waste, embracing, shaking densities, documenting wind, waiting to be a kite, or a piece of cloud. 

10/11/'12 - 6:51 flight departure time - 2:54 hours from arrival - 11.582,4 meters high“

- Marcio Kerber Canabarro


Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg

Augury of Awry Sky, january 2013 - Photo: Anne Sophie Malmberg







Saturday, May 04, 2013

These Children Singing in Stone / December 2012

Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone, dec 2012. Photo: mfk



In december 2012 I did costumes and art direction for the piece "These Children Singing in Stone" by Hana Lee Erdman, for which she collaborated and performed with musician Jassem Hindi. 

Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone, dec 2012. Photo: mfk


Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone, december 2012. Photo: mfk

Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone,
december 2012. Photo Marion Borriss

Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone,
december 2012. Photo Marion Borriss

Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone,
december 2012. Photo Marion Borriss


Hana Lee Erdman - These Children Singing in Stone,
december 2012. Photo Marion Borriss



Thursday, January 24, 2013

AD LIB at Souterrain / December 2012


AD LIB - Peder K. Bugge, Dania Burger, Michiel Keuper, Sarah Steiner
8 - 14 december 2012, at Souterrain, Projektraum, Berlin.
Invited by Isabel Holert and Felix Laubscher


White Series No. 72, No. 50, No. 75, No. 51, No. 61 (left to right), 2012, acrylic on magazine, 28.5 x 36 cm - photo mfk


English - ‘In his work Michiel Keuper (...) lets fabrics disappear that already had been a sewn (fashion) statement. On pages from magazines he erases the traces of fashion by painting them over with white acrylic paint. Bare legs or arms that appear from a diffuse white field, unmask the fashion industry's dream world as an illusion. What is left without clothes and make-up are the aesthetics of a vaguely recognizable posture; a choreography of limbs. Michiel Keuper leads the pictures back into timelessness, where they had been previously exposed to transient trends.' - Isabel Holert (from the introduction)


German - ‘Michiel Keuper (...) lässt in seinen Arbeiten Stoffe verschwinden, die bereits zu einer Aussage genäht waren. Auf Blättern aus Modemagazinen löscht er zumeist mit weißer Acrylfarbe die Spuren von Mode aus, indem er sie übermalt. Nackte Beine oder Arme, die aus einem diffusen weißen Feld hervorstechen, enttarnen die Traumwelt der Modeindustrie als Trugbild. Was ohne Kleidung und Make-up bleibt, ist die Ästhetik einer zu erahnenden Körperhaltung, einer Choreographie der Gliedmaßen. Michiel Keuper führt die Abbildungen zurück in die Zeitlosigkeit, wo sie vorher vergänglichen Trends ausgesetzt waren.’ - Isabel Holert (from the introduction)


White Series - AD LIB at Souterrain, december 2012 - photo mfk


White Series No. 72, No. 50, No. 75 - photo mfk

White Series No. 50, No. 75, No. 51, No. 61 - photo mfk

White Series No. 75, No. 51, No. 61 - photo mfk

AD LIB, overview - Sarah Steiner (left wall), Dania Burger (pillar),
Michiel Keuper (right wall) - photo Isabel Holert

AD LIB, overview - Peder K. Bugge (back wall),
Dania Burger (pillar) - photo mfk

Souterrain, posters at the entrance, december 2012  - photo mfk

Monday, November 12, 2012

White Series IV / 2012

White Series 72 - Michiel Keuper, 2012, acrylic on magazine

White Series 71 - Michiel Keuper, 2012, acrylic on magazine

White Series 70 - Michiel Keuper, 2012, acrylic on magazine

White Series 62 - Michiel Keuper, 2012, acrylic on magazine

White Series 75 - Michiel Keuper, 2012, acrylic on magazine



All paintings © Michiel Keuper 2012