Exhibition opening with concert, Fr. 31. März um 19 Uhr
Exhibition from March, 31st to April, 2nd, 14 bis 19 Uhr
A swan looks dirty on closer inspection. Words lie on the tongue and loll in the fur. And the heart is nothing more than a hollow muscle. These are the things Becky sings about. Becky (She/ They) is drag persona, performance artist and puppeteer of herself. From first Youtube music videos, 2022 evolved into charming live gigs with a lot of makeup 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 melancholy and 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. Her first EP, Tossing and Turning, was released in January. In “Walk The Village With The Cuckoo Bird,” drag persona Becky strides through the place of her childhood, a dreamy East German village, always on the lookout for 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 festival Traumburg 2022 (Dornburg Castle on the Elbe) and can now be seen for the first time in Berlin.