A piece of Dada, 2018

Collective film project with C. Edwards, L. Q Hoffmann, T. Kater, R. Ridlhammer, C. Saito, W. Tomescu 
(32') Camp, Comedy 

'In a city torn apart by a mad scramble for celebrity, Lady Dada seemingly has it all. The enigmatic performance artist lures her audience by ingesting vast amounts of money in her spectacular shows promising fame and unbound pleasure. While the public is captivated by her special gift, she has no bigger fan than Madame Gram - a glamorous but unhinged opera tycoon who is hell-bent on convincing Dada to be the star of her ‘Popera’. But Dada has a dirty secret. She doesn’t just eat the dollar bills - she shits them too. Via the underground sewer system, her faeces are funding the avant-garde revolution, who will topple the Opera regime once and for all. Or so she thinks…'

Through opera and its many contradictions, this COOP group has engaged corruption as an interstitial zone of friction between the sexual, the economical, the political, and the aesthetic sphere. A total work of exaggeration, traditional opera brings on stage the drama of desire and power. It is not a chance, philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dolar observe, that opera dies in Europe with the invention of psychoanalysis; as if after Freud opera would no longer be possible. Throughout the year the group has looked and experienced the operatic voice as the locus of articulation and de-articulation of the collective unconscious, as the voice of the unspeakable. The interconnectedness of opera and corruption has enabled them to question the formation of social and individual identity, the political role of the mask, the intricacy of realness and fiction.

A Piece of Dada is a collective film project which was triggered by the themes and practices that they have explored with their study group through an experimental methodology of production. The movie has been written, filmed, and acted by Clementine Edwards, Lukas Hoffmann, Tirza Kater, Rabea Ridlhammer, Clara Saito, Giorgos Tsiongas and Wilfred Tomescu with the support of Pauline Curnier Jardin and Sara Giannini.

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With the support of P. C. Jardin & S. Giannini, the Dutch Art Institute, Arhnem, NL 
& IF I CAN'T DANCE, I DON'T WANT TO BE PART OF YOUR REVOLUTION, Amsterdam, NL

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