It’s all forgotten now
A performative Mixtape for Mark Fisher
about the piece
In January 2017, the British cultural scientist and pop theorist Mark Fisher took his own life. He became known to a wider audience through his work “Capitalist Realism” in which he addresses the widespread view that there is no alternative to capitalist reality. Fisher diagnosed a cultural exhaustion syndrome resulting from the collapse of temporality: the end of the world can be imagined, but the end of capitalism cannot.
While technological development has been accelerated by the Internet and related communication devices at a pace that is difficult to grasp, cultural progress has slowed to a standstill.
Consequently, Fisher sees the signs of exhaustion not only in the political and cultural operations of neoliberal societies but also on an emotional level. In the faces of his students, in apocalyptic Hollywood film sets or reality shows.
He did not want to come to terms with this and repeatedly demanded resistance:
“The tiniest event can tear a hole in the grey curtain of reaction which has marked the horizons of possibility under capitalist realism.”
Fisher analyzed rare Jungle records, obscure soundtracks, as well as films or books by contemporary authors. A music mix he put together had the same value as an essay.
With this project, we try to create a performative mixtape which deals with some aspects and concepts of Mark Fisher.
Phenomena like hauntology or the strange and mysterious (the weird& the eerie) express themselves not only politically but also aesthetically.
They find their expression in music, film, and dance and are the starting point for the piece.
Due to the corona crisis, many dancers* of the company could not arrive but are connected from outside. They are the “ghosts” of this work and become a virtual part of the performance.
A circumstance that Mark Fisher would certainly have liked.
Concept & Choreography: Christoph Winkler | Dance: Lois Alexander, Lisa Rykena, Michael Gagawala Kaddu, Raha Nejad, Kevin Lau | Video contributions: Aloalii Tapu, Joshua Faleatua, Robert Ssempijja - Dance Revolution East Africa, Bria Bacon, Symara Sarai Johnson | Videodesign: Matthias Härtig, Gabriella Fiore | LED programming and installation: Sven Beyer & Frieder Weiß | Costume assistance: Marie Akoury | Production manager: Laura Biagioni | Technical management: Fabian Eichne
A production by Company Christoph Winkler in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung. Cooperationpartner:Schalldruckberlin
23. – 29. November 2020SophiensaeleOnline Premiere