concert and exhibition opening: 31. März, 19:00
31. März bis 2. April, jeweils 15 bis 19 Uhr
Becky Live: on that evening Becky plays a concert together with Esthy (percussions) at Crystal Ball
A swan looks dirty in a close up. Words lie on the tongue. And the heart is nothing but
a hollow muscle. These are the things Becky sings about.Becky (She/They) is drag persona, performance artist and a puppeteer of herself. Her first Youtube music videos evolved 2022 into charming live gigs with a lot of make up and minimalist drums. Her songs are intimate insights into a queer Berlin of today with a view on the East German province of yesterday, alternating between deep
melancholy and amusing absurdity. With a musical DIY attitude and German as well as English lyrics, sometimes poetic, sometimes painfully direct, she creates tender little worlds that resonate. Becky’s sound combines singer songwriter elements, pop melodies and Alternative Rock sounds. In January her first EP Tossing and Turning was released. https://soundcloud.com/musicbybecky
In Walk The Village With The Cuckoo Bird, the drag persona Becky walks through the place of her childhood, a dreamy East German village, always in search of other queer people. In the process, each step is also an act of reclaiming space.
Sounds and stories buzz around her. According to a local legend, a man was saved from the flood precisely because he imitated the call of the cuckoo and the villagers heard this call for help. The sound collage in the video plays with this legend, the cuckoo call, the sounds from the surroundings, fragmenting and deconstructing them until no orientation is possible anymore.
The work associatively questions the stories of the village, which are concentrated in the baroque castle of the place. The venue of today was a secret file storage facility of the GDR and previously an SA sports school.
“Walk The Village With The Cuckoo Bird” was shown in a first version at the Traumburg 2022 festival (Dornburg Castle on the Elbe River) and can now be seen for the first time in Berlin.
The video installation can be seen on three days: Fri, 3/31, Sat,4/1 & Sun, 4/2, each from 2-7pm.
Mathias Becker is a director, puppeteer, drag performer and co- founder of the theatre collective MANUFAKTOR. In creating process-oriented, interdisciplinary formats and working on the themes of postcolonialism, memory, and queerness, he explores collective work processes, alternative dramaturgies, and the relationship between body and object. Mathias Becker lives in Berlin. He studies art in context at the Berlin University of the Arts and previously studied contemporary puppetry at the HfS Ernst Busch.
The exhibition is open: Fr, 31.3., Sa,1.4. & So, 2.4., jeweils 14 bis 19 h