September, 2009

Scriptings #5/#6 Katrin Mayer, Achim Lengerer


You are cordially invited to the fifth and sixth edition of Achim Lengerer’s Scriptings series with the presentation Temporary Scenarios – fake or feint by Katrin Mayer and the performance Hold on, I, too, am drifting by Achim Lengerer.


Katrin Mayer: Temporary Scenarios – fake or feint
Opening: Saturday, September 26, 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. at Korjespoorsteeg 12, Amsterdam, NL.

In her installations Katrin Mayer reconnects found imagery in ways that make processes of the generation of meaning apparent. The artist intervenes in the local architecture of the various venues she exhibits in. She creates temporary site- and content- specific displays derived from existing structures, logics and materials of the space and it’s surrounding or history, underlined by her interest in theories of difference, gender and identity. She often uses imagery patterns as an application of an additional surface in order to mark and contextualize the existing characteristics of the space. For SCRIPTINGS#5 Katrin Mayer works with documentary material of the so-called “2. Ebene” (2nd section), that accompanied fake or feint, a collaborative exhibition project that took place from January – July 2009 in Berlin, which was curated by Joerg Franzbecker and Martin Beck.
This “2. Ebene” consisted of a process-related archive, a contextualizing paper-project by the curators, a collection of graphical patterns by Flo Gaertner and a changing spatial setting for a reading and documentation area by Katrin Mayer. In a manner of a ‘space-recording’ she used the found structures, logics and materials of the space to transform them into situation-specific environments. When embedding these materials into the showroom and the magazine SCRIPTINGS she will address different modes and layers of documentation, that are seen as a new scenario and thus relate to the artistic practice of Achim Lengerer.


Achim Lengerer: Hold on, I, too, am drifting … (a speech performance with Kevin Cregan)
Performance: Friday, September 25, between 5 – 7 p.m. and Saturday 26, Sunday 27, between 3 – 7 p.m. at Bergstraat 14, Amsterdam, NL.

Scriptings functions as a discoursive platform parallel and additional to Lengerer’s writing and performance projects. Scriptings invites artists, writers, graphic-designers, performers as well as publishers, all of which are working with the formats of “script” or “text” within their processes of production. This does not necessarily head towards the final production of printed matters, but it might result in the production of a movie, drawing, object or performance generated through processes of reading, writing or verbal utterance.

Hold on, I, too, am drifting … (a speech performance with Kevin Cregan)


As an artist I don’t wanna be caught empty handed, right? WHAT DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ME? I once knew a person who divided human beings into three categories: those who prefer having nothing to hide rather having to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden. Did you hear of me as a true artist, a good artist, a nice artist maybe? Not as a show-off or talker? Hopefully as a potent artist, a copious producer and clever trickster? That’d be nice! No small bluffer, but a great impostor who likes both lying and the hidden. What did you hear about my profession, about my confession? I really favour girls with warm, motherly breasts … I do love to play with their nipples endlessly … with a minimal hit of the tip of my tongue I am feeling around, sucking softly, biting … not too much hopefully … yes she smiles … too … hold on, I am drifting again. SO WHAT DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ME? You know, sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar, than into the man who tells the truth. Truth like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the other hand, is a beautiful twilight enhancing every object. Where was I? … Yes … being prolific and potent … believe me, I know what I’m talking about. So I put a stop to it. No more books, no more useless objects either; the bare necessities … (starts humming) the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife, I mean the bare necessities … clean and polished like a coffin.




Amsterdam launch of Silk Handkerchiefs
Thursday 24 September, 8pm–1am
De Nieuwe Anita, Frederik Hendrikstraat 111

Silk Handkerchiefs is the first in a trilogy of short comedy novels by writer and painter Paul Haworth.
Wank to Jeremy Kyle, postie wink, suicidal, hit on woman old enough to be my mother, like a lubricious satyr, nigh-on assaulted by a male admirer, lying in a pool of urine…shit like this, it never used to happen to me, I swear. Now it were the story of my life.
Narrator Alex ‘Abs’ Brenchley is unafraid to tell, show and give all. Alongside episodes about his youth at Westminster School, sexcapades in St James’s Park and Victoria Station, and life as one of the art world’s so-called Nutty Solitary Men, Silk Handkerchiefs weaves its story of one fateful day in the life of Alex Brenchley…a day of tragedy, violence and the promise of LOVE.
Whilst growing up in ‘the eternal gulag that is the British boarding school’, Alex’s antidote to his sense of abandonment was sex – sex, sex, sex – and plenty drugs to go along. He then cleans up his act and commits himself to scholasticism and art at the University of Oxford, only to discover that this wholesome life is a lie – the emperor’s new clothing. But as Abs attempts to reconnect with the realness of his old ways – and his old crowd – he learns that he is not the man he used to be…
The character and story of Silk Handkerchiefs have been developed through radio shows, YouTube videos and short stories written by Haworth since 2003. A performance of Silk Handkerchiefs took place at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in July 2008, as part of The House of Viktor & Rolf. Alex Brenchley’s misadventures will be continued in two sequels.
The narration richly fuses Cockney, hip-hop slang and verbose Dickensian English. The book offers a delirious account of 21st-century anxiety at its most extreme and hysterical and captures the London of 2007 as if it was only yesterday.
Silk Handkerchiefs – hilarious, ridiculous, true!
Published September 2009 by TRUE TRUE TRUE, Amsterdam
96 pages, 18 × 11 cm, €10
ISBN 978-94-90006-02-0