A work about Berlin and the idea of the West, And Now The Screen Is Struck By Lightning takes as its starting point Tabea Blumenschein’s performance as Her, the drunk in Ulrike Ottinger’s 1979 feature film Ticket Of No Return. Blumenschein was the ultimate West Berlin superstar, whose celebrity came to an abrupt end with the fall of the wall. For a time she was homeless and now lives at the city’s periphery. Berlin meanwhile, has made the opposite journey. A city that was once on the furthest edge of “Western“ Europe is now at its centre. And if there’s anything the 20th century has taught us, it’s that the centre cannot hold.
With Bishop Black, Etoile Chaville, and Laura Sundermann. Costumes created by Ryan Chappell.
Based on a performance by Peter Cant and Krzysztof Honowski presented at Tropez in Berlin on 15 & 16.6.2019 at the invitation of Clare Molloy and Clara Meister.
And Now The Screen Is Struck By Lightning was developed into a two-part video work during a residency at PACT Zollverein in May 2020, the first part of which was broadcast online by PACT Zollverein in summer 2020. It was then shown in full online by Tropez TV and screened live at PACT Zollverein WerkStadt in Essen in 2021.