Have you noticed that the value we assign to an object is conditional on where it is presented? A piece of clothing, depending on where it is worn, can gain or lose value. The same is true for a person’s skills; which are perceived differently depending on where they are encountered.
We can thus agree that any concrete thing can be transformed, while also remaining the same. To move allows for transformation.
It is thus a question of movement, space, and also time because there is no « here » and « now » without the past, and thinking about the future is undoubtedly linked to digesting the past.
Finally, we could give ourselves the freedom to re-think the past! No longer the traditional position that forces us to look behind us but to give it a real place, like a friend accompanying us, walking beside us, in the present. Doesn’t the past deserve a future perspective?
SALON SOUTERRAIN is a series of quarterly events created by Elisabeth Tambwe. It is first and foremost a place for trans- and multidisciplinary artistic exchange, a form of performative discourse that offers a dynamic dialogue, and contributes to the diversification of the artistic and cultural scene.
For this last part of the series Transformation by SALON SOUTERRAIN, you are cordially invited to join us at Kunsthalle in the framework of the exhibition Rajkamal Kahlon: Which Side Are You On?
Alexander Gaderer (moderation/theologian)
Jesus Crespo Cuaresma (economist)
Anesu Dzvuke (neurologue/poet)
Johanna Mayr-Keber (architect/dj)
Helga Schania (Fashion designer)
Lena Fankhauser (viola) / Franz Hautzinger (trumpet)
Timor Litzenberger (sound installation)
Lukas König (electronic music)
Jahson the scientist (slampoetry)
Luca Bonamore/ Lau Lukkarila/ Alaingo Lamama/ Hugo le Brigand/ David Ketter
(performing an extract of Speech of Love: Absence by Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe)
Felix Vidensky (artist/food performance)
Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe (artistic concept/direction)
Indra Jäger (production management)
Lena Fankhauser (curator classical music)
David Pujadas Bosch (video)
Svetlana Schwin (lightdesign)
Lolek Lipp (entrance)
Svetlana Gazic (foto)
Benoit Juan (research)
Francois Tambwe (online communication)
Tim Wikkering (graphic design)
Team dressed by Wendy Jim
With friendly support by Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport
Special thanks to Rajkamal Kahlon, Daniela Finzi, Michael Stampfer and Ocarine Bosquet
panel: Alexander Gaderer / Anesu Dzvuke /Johanna Mayr-Keber /Jesus Crespo Cuaresma/ Helga Schania/ Kunsthalle Team
sound: Lena Fankhauser/ Franz Hautzinger / Timor Litzenberger / Lukas König
performance: Jahson the scientist // Sara Lanner // Luca Bonamore/ Lau Lukkarila/ Alaingo Lamama/ Hugo le Brigand/ David Ketter (performing an extract of Speech of Love: Absence by Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe) // Felix Vidensky
team: Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe / Indra Jäger / Lena Fankhauser / David Pujadas Bosch / Svetlana Schwin / Lolek Lipp / Svetlana Gazic/ Benoit Juan /Francois Tambwe / Tim Wikkering
team dressed by Wendy Jim
special thanks to Rajkamal Kahlon, Daniela Finzi, Michael Stampfer and Ocarine Bosquet
With friendly support by Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport
Alexander Gaderer (Moderation)
Alexander Gaderer, theologian, philosopher and pedagogue. Alexander studied and taught at the University of Vienna, the Institut Catholique de Paris and the University of Glasgow. His main research areas are phenomenology and theological-ethical issues in the field of transcendence and transhumanism. Among other things, he published the book «Doesn’t matter? – Theological reflections on indifference». He is currently lecturing at the Theologische Kurse in Vienna and is teaching ethics and religious studies at the Theresianische Akademie in Vienna. Additionally, Alexander is a trained media and communication specialist and coach, who has worked for nearly 10 years as producer and editor for various international media companies.
Jesus Crespo Cuaresma
Jesus Crespo Cuaresma is Director of Economic Analysis at the Wittgenstein Centre and has an oversight function of three WIC Research Groups, Professor of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), as well as and Research Scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He studied Economics at the University of Sevilla (Spain) and received his PhD from the University of Vienna. He has published numerous articles in renowned scientific journals and acts as a scientific consultant to the World Bank and the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. Areas of Expertise: Applied Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Human Capital, Economic Policy Research.
Anesu Dzvuke is a resident doctor based in Vienna, Austria, who aims to specialize in the field of neuro-oncology. Born in 1994, Dzvuke grew up in Gaborone and Harare, before moving to Vienna and commencing her studies at the Medical University of Vienna. A doctor by day; a spoken word poet by night. Dzvuke shares a love for both the sciences and the arts, and has been performing in the Viennese poetry scene over the past several years. In her work, Dzvuke aims to highlight the intersectionality between art and science, and the way both mediums are utilized to describe the enigma that is our world and ultimately the human condition.
For more the 20 years, Vienna based Joja has been on a mission to break down barriers and frontiers with a focus on connecting elements on strictures beneath. Johanna Mayr-Keber is an architect, organizes cultural events, releases music on the duzzdownsan label and is host and dj for La Boum De Luxe, a weekly radio show on FM4. She prefers to spin music, that is heavy on synth sounds accompanied with hauting vocals or rap. Joja is known to play with different genres, ranging from four-to-the-floor, hip hop, grime and noisey tunes.
Bio/Speaker from Kunsthalle
Helga Schania, born 1973 in St Pölten, studied architecture with Hans Hollein. Studied fashion design with Helmut Lang at the University of Applied Arts, 1999 founded the label WendyJim, Pret a Porter collections and shows in Paris since 1999, film costumes for numerous international productions.
Founded by Hermann Fankhauser and Helga Schania is an international avant garde fashion label based in Vienna. Wendy Jim has been making collections for women and men since 1999. Shows in Paris, international exhibition participations, lectures and projects at fashion universities, uniforms for companies, hotels, tailor-made suits, slow fashion, special projects.
Lena Fankhauser is a violist of Trinidadian-Swiss heritage born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She started playing the violin at the age of 4. She has received both her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Julliard School of Music in New York City on a full scholarship. Fankhauser has toured worldwide, across numerous genres, and played in many halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Royal Albert Hall in London. As a passionate chamber musician, Lena Fankhauser founded a Chamber Music Festival in Bad Ischl and (CH)AMBER, an association for new chamber music. She is a founding member, contractor and manager of the film orchestra, Big Island Orchestra Vienna and a founding member and musical curator of Salon Souterrain.
Born on March 11, 1963 in Seewinkel, Burgenland, a Hannibal Marvin Peterson concert at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf was the young trumpeter’s “awakening experience”. He studied at the Jazz department of today’s Art University in Graz from 1981 to 1983 until lip palsy forced him to take a six year total break from trumpeting. After moving to Vienna in 1986 he started in 1989 to explore the trumpet in his very own and un-academic way. Franz Hautzinger teaches at the Vienna Music University since 1989, is a member of the Berliner Ensemble “Zeitkratzer” since 1999 and received comissions from Klangforum Vienna amongst others. He is a globetrotter whose unmistakeable musical signature is known from Vienna to Berlin, London to Beirut, or in Tokyo, New York, and Chicago. Franz Hautzinger has shown that even in times where postmodernism is history an instrument can still be reinvented.
Like Hamburg, Germany itself, Timor Litzenberger is a well-kept secret. He has been DJing, composing music and producing for around 35 years, he’s played at world-reknowned festivals and even scored some of your favorite films but still, most don’t know his name. This is not an oversight, rather his own design. While Timor loves playing in the spotlight, he has no desire to live there. He chooses instead a quiet life in Hamburg with his partner and 5 children.
So if you’re at the party and nobody knows who the DJ is and you just want to dance and dance til you throw up?
It’s probably Timor
Lukas König (*1988) studied at Gustav Mahler Konservatorium in Vienna, Anton-Bruckner University in Linz and Swiss Jazz School / HKB in Bern. He was given the “Hans Koller Price- New York Scolarship” in 2009, the BMUKK Startstipendium in and the Bremen Jazzpreis (with Kompost3) and the Bawag P.S.K. Next Generation Award in 2014. Klangforum Wien premiered his composition Stereogram1 at Konzerthaus Vienna in 2018. In addition to performances at festivals worldwide he collaborated with Moormother, Irreversible Entanglements, Charmaine Lee, Luke Stewart, Farida Amadou, Audrey Chen, Julien Desprez, Reggie Washington, Malcolm Braff, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Chris Pitsiokos, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Briggan Krauss, Shahzad Isamaily, Elliott Sharp, Brandon Seabrock, Elvin Brandhi, ensemble für neue musik zürich, Bilderbuch, Martin Siewert, Franz Hautzinger, Wolfgang Puschnig, Thomas Gansch, Andy Manndorff, Wolfgang Puschnig, RSO Vienna, David Murray, Die Strottern, Leo Riegler, Wolfgang Mitterer, Jon Sass, Otto Lechner, Patrice Heral, Guem, Klangforum Vienna and many more.
Jahson The Scientist
Jahson The Scientist is a “wordsman” has been described as a Spoken Word Artist, eMCee and anything in-between. Raised in both London and Montserrat (Caribbean), The Caribbean introduced him to freestyling and writing rhymes and London deepened his connection to music by crate digging for vinyl, becoming a DJ and being part of MC and DJ collectives. Today as a lyricist his music is centred in Hip Hop with influences of Afro-beat, Jazz and Soul. The Scientist often gives the listener a view through the keyhole on “black” matters, the riddle of Adam from atoms, culture, science and spirit. As a versatile performer who is found on stage as part of the band Sketches on Duality, a clarinet quartet,16 piece band, solo or otherwise. A true live artist who lives every moment onstage, The Scientist is known for his ability to create songs in the moment, his use of word-play and ability to inspire. Audiences from London to Den Hague, Marseilles to Taiwan have witnessed his performances which combine live instrumentation with samples/beats or just the naked word. In 2022 Jahson released his new song Dutty Water- Plush Vessel.
Sara Lanner (b.1991, AT) is a choreographer and visual artist working with dance and performance art. Using her body as a social choreography and sculptural means, Lanner’s previous performances took place in exhibition spaces, on theatre stages, in interdisciplinary and public spaces.
Sara Lanner received the H13 Niederoesterreich Prize for Performance Art presented by the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich for her Performance and Exhibition MINE (2021); and the Ö1 Audience Award of the Ö1-Talent Grant 2020 presented by the Leopold Museum, Vienna for Mother Tongue(2019).
Her other works were extensively performed at the Tanzquartier Wien, galerie5020, Open House of Culture Linz, City Gallery Salzburg, Macau International Performance Art Festival, OPEN Performance Art Festival in China, Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival in Thailand, WUK Performing Arts and Künstlerhaus Nürnberg.
Felix Vidensky is a traveler, freelance artist and cook, who is organizing feasts, gatherings and exhibitions. Since he was running a farm he aquired an enormous knowledge about farming and food and is known as a specialist for organic highs. In the series of events Opium im Volk/Opium within the people, he used to cook with ingredients, that naturally contain psychoactive substances. He has published several food-oriented books: Des Hanfbauern Kochbuch, Feuer am Tisch and Organic High.
Speech of Love: Absence – The Abandonment
Bi Zia Alain Irie aka ALAINGO is a specialist in combining Coupé Décalé movements (Ivorian dance style) with hiphop and various Afrobeats. Alaingo has appeared in various Ivorian television shows and performed with the famous singers Debordeaux Leekunfa and Fally Ippupa. He regularly gives workshops in France and is also anchored in the urban dance scene in Paris. Since 2016, he has been a member of the dance and theatre group LA FLEUR, among others he was seen in Monika Gintersdorfers « Nana ou est-ce que tu connais le bara”.
Luca Bonamore (he/him) is a dancer, choreographer, performance artist as well as dance educator. He has been living in Vienna for 12 years and is originally from Rome. In the independent scene he performs mainly under the pseudonym « Pornamore ». In collaborations he worked on Kimbar: A queer protest, SBS320. and super-entangled for the Garage Grande as well as Fugue:Four Response in the Museumsquartier, which was shown at the Volkstheater Wien. Furthermore he performed in productions of the Jungle, Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, KunstHaus Wien, Booth 129, MUK Theater as well as Unicorn Art – Association for Dance Theater. Currently he is studying contemporary Dance Pedagogy at the Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna. He is interested in the interface and connection of different arts as well as the examination of gender/roles/expression.
Hugo Le Brigand
Hugo Le Brigand (1991, France) works with dances as a means to encounter, collaborate with various artists including among others Doris Uhlich, Alix Eynaudi, Sebastiano Sing, Daniela Georgieva. In 2018 he received the START scholarship for music and performing arts, and in 2017 he was a selected participant of danceWEB, ImPulsTanz. He studied at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK), at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and has a bachelor’s degree in history (Rennes II, France).
Lau Lukkarila (they/them) is a choreographer and performer born in Oulu, Finland. Lau studied at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki and at the Royal School of Performing Arts in Madrid, and currently lives in Vienna. In 2018, Lau received the START grant from the Austrian Federal Chancellery for Music and Performing Arts and the danceWEB grant at ImPulsTanz Festival. Recent works include Trouble (2019) at the Rakete Festival in Tanzquartier Wien, NYXXX (2020) at imagetanz with brut Wien, kneading to the 3rd millennia (2021) at brut Wien as part of Freischwimmen Network and Lapse (2022) duet with Luca Bonamore at the S_P_I_T Festival in Tanzquartier Wien. Under LAUX (lapdog) Lau has released two internet EP’s: Superlike (2019) and HUFKLANG (2020). In the performative works Lau searches for interdisciplinary encounters, devoted awkwardness and the presence of an emotional body in dance and performance.
As a qualified actor David Ketters field of activity includes theatre/film and television. He has worked at the Volkstheater Vienna and in various independent productions (Alma, Last Days of Mankind, etc.) and for various broadcasters such as ORF, ZDF, Servus TV and others. The documentary film on the topic of « dementia », realised together with Marcus Josef Weiss, was awarded the TELEIOS State Prize.
Extract from Speech of Love: Absence by Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe a production by Dig Up Productions/ WUK performing arts Vienna/ FFT Düsseldorf/ with support by Stadt Wien MA7, 2022.
artistic concept, artistic direction: Elisabeth B. Tambwe // created and performed by Luca Bonamore/ Lau Lukkarila/ Evandro Pedroni/ David Ketter/ Annick Choco // dramaturgical Support Katinka Deecke // production Indra Jäger // stage/costumes design Rimma Ariel Elbert // music, composition Ursula Winterauer // lightdesign Martin Schwab/ Svetlana Schwin // video Eduardo Trivinio Cely //special big thanks to Monika Gintersdorfer
Born in Kinshasa (DRC), Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe grew up in France and pursued artistic studies and got the “Diplôme National d’Expression Plastique” at the School of Fine Arts in Tourcoing, France. She has since developed a reflection on the transformation of spaces, time, bodies on stage and in exhibition spaces in the form of performance / installation / sculpture. In response to the rise of European populist parties, Elisabeth creates in 2017 a multidisciplinary Art Space: Château Rouge. In 2018 she sets up the concept of “Salon Souterrain”, a platform for discussions mixing different forms and artistic gestures. more
Indra Jäger, born in Frankfurt/Main, has been living in Vienna since 2000. After studying journalism and communication sciences she co-initiated and directed the art and culture association IM ERSTEN (2012-16). In her role as artistic director, she has conceived, accompanied and implemented over 100 projects at the interface of visual and performing arts. Through collaboration with artists from various disciplines, follow-up projects have developed. Working with Dig Up Productions since 2022, she is part of the Salon Souterrain team and producing “Speech of Love: Absence”.
Lena Fankhauser is a violist of Trinidadian-Swiss heritage born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As a passionate chamber musician, Lena Fankhauser founded a Chamber Music Festival in Bad Ischl and (CH)AMBER, an association for new chamber music. She is a founding member, contractor and manager of the film orchestra, Big Island Orchestra Vienna and a founding member and musical curator of Salon Souterrain.
David Pujadas Bosch born in Barcelona, lives in Vienna since 2000. 2000-2013 worked at IBM Austria in different areas (Announcement Support Advisor, Quality Coordinator, Country Focal Point, among others) 2003-2013 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Monica Bonvicini (sculpture and performative art) and Harun Farocki (film and art). Since 2013 in the film class with Thomas Heise. Works mainly with video and film but also engages in photography, drawing, writing and making performances and sound installations. From 2009 to 2016, regularly illustrated, wrote and kept accounts for Paradigmata – Journal for People and Discourse – among other editorial activities such as layout, editing and distribution.
Svetlana Schwin born in 1984 in Krasnoturyinsk in the Urals. Studied performing arts in Bremen (D) and theater studies and philosophy in Vienna. She works as a freelance lighting designer, theater director and author in Vienna. The youth play Pietro Pizzi won the Jungwild Förderpreis and the STELLA. She was a participant in the writing class at Schauspielhaus Wien. The radio play Mein Mitleid mit den Dingen received the special prize Sonderpreis für Dichtung at the short radio play competition 2018. As a light designer she works with independent groups in the dance and performance scene. She creates her own light objects and light installations, such as the lighthouse in 2020. Her performance Kuss, a game with body and light, has been around for over 9 years in now 4 versions and has been shown at WUK, Werk and Ballhaus Ost Berlin, among others.
Benoît Jouan is an author and illustrator. He studied fine arts, and holds a university degree (Master of Visual and Plastic Arts/ Lille III University, France) and an art school degree (National Superior Diploma of Expression of Plastic Arts-DNSEP & National Diploma of Plastic Arts-DNAP of the School of Tourcoing, France). He worked for twenty years (1999-2019) at the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LaM), in Villeneuve-d’Ascq (France) as a lecturer and art workshop leader (specialized in engraving) in closed environments such as psychiatric hospitals and prisons. He has been working with Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe since 1998. Since 2022 he lives and works in Vienna.
Tim Wikkering is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Vienna. From 2016-2017 he made his diploma in Graphic and Communication Design at Die Graphische, Vienna. Studied a year Japanology and continued a bachelor study in Graphic- and Informationdesign at the New Design University in St. Pölten. Growing up with a love for art, film and design and found something in graphic design that encompasses all passions. With a fascination for analog printing and illustrations, he is always trying to find new solutions for a unique design.
François Ntambue Tambwe is a webdesigner who loves writing codes. He has worked internationally, in-house, and remotely on projects for artists, startups, and charities. He cares deeply about creating useful, and beautiful designs that help people and make a difference. He is involved in projects in Berlin, Vienna as well as in Brazzaville and Kinshasa.