2013, Sat, Jan 12

Breath-Breakfast, or why and how budgeting is always physical

Torsten Blume

Performance by Torsten Blume (Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau). Introduction: Katrin Klingan (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)


According to the new-age Mazdasznan movement at the beginning of the 20th century, it was recommended that each day’s nutrition begin with a healthy dose of inhalation and exhalation. This was seen as proper preparation for the ingestion of all material as well as spiritual foods. It seems productive, then, to imagine the economic household as respiration, as a perpetual process of flowing in, upkeep, use, and streaming back out. The “breath breakfast” invites visitors to rediscover the metabolism of breath: set to the rhythm of five dancers’ breathing, a narrator and an instructor reference various historical visions anew, such as Friedrich Kiesler’s idea of a “biotechnical house” or Kasimir Malevich on future humanity’s cosmic exchange of energies. In this way, the “breath breakfast” provides a physical reset to current budgetary debates, offering historical reflection and critical provocation.


With: Abel Navarro, Susanne Mayer, Yun-Ju Chen, Jenni Ramsperger, Jean Lee, Peter Wagner


Torsten Blume (Dessau) is a researcher and artist currently at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. Since 2007, he has been working on the project "Play Bauhaus", with dance andmovement installations, workshops, and exhibitions. The goal is to bring playfully the Bauhaus stage up to date as a form of experimentation. Torsten Blume is a member of the excellence cluster Bild-Wissen-Gestaltung: Ein interdisziplinäres Labor, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.


Katrin Klingan (Berlin) studied literature and is a curator and producer of international art, and cultural projects. She currently is head of the Literature and Humanities Department at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She was a dramaturge at the Wiener Festwochen and from 2003 to 2012 the artistic director of "relations", an initiative of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. She is co-curator of the Anthropocene-Project.


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