Today is the last chance to visit this Exhibition 🔥 come by from 3 to 7 pm and you might even meet the artist 💅🏻
Berlin Art Prize 2022:
Melanie-Jame Wolf - Sarcasm Expires Quickly
Abstracted arcs of flowing blue fabric translate the usually sterile white walls of an exhibition space in a meta-theatrical register. And beyond this choreography of textiles, Melanie-Jame Wolf places a video, which itself allows us to look in front of and behind a stage. Two anachronistic, archetypal comedian personas - Stand Up Ron and Pierrot the Clown - amuse an audience in the eternal loop of the two-channel video work. You can hear them laughing, but the theater auditorium's rows are empty. The film Acts of Improbable Genius (2021) celebrates a certain type of comedian, recently deceased: the mythologies he represents and the violence perpetuates. But it also pays respect to the highly specialised skill set of professional performers, usually rendered invisible as part of the act.
In Melanie-Jame Wolf's exhibition Sarcasm Expires Quickly at Centrum, the stage becomes the venue of a temporal and psychological entanglement of representation and performer. Where does performance begin, where does it end? And who does the social machinery of desire allow to entertain others? The dichotomous body, as seen by oneself and as seen by others, becomes a political enigma in this exhibition. The humor in Melanie-Jame Wolf's texts, performances, films, and installations is a strategy for subliminally posing this riddle.