Mats Staub (Basel | Berlin)

Oct 16th - Nov 3rd | Tuesday 10am - 8pm | Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm | closed on Mondays | Artist Talk with Mats Staub on Ocotber 31st at 5 pm at the festival centre

Portraits in German, English and French

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

The Swiss artist and story collector Mats Staub explores how world history is reflected through personal memories. For the video installation 21 – ERINNERUNGEN ANS ERWACHSENWERDEN (21 – MEMORIES OF GROWING UP) he asks people from different countries the question: “What did you do at the age of 21?” He stops off at, among other places, Bern and Belgrade, Vienna and Weimar, Kinshasa and Johannesburg. He visits the protagonists again after three months: while playing them the compacted audio recordings, he films the reactions on their faces. These range from smiling, to crying, to gestures of pride, through to visible contemplation. As an ever-expanding video installation, 21 portrays the narrators as listening to their own memory. The viewers are confronted with Mats Staub’s portraits of these individuals on monitors in the freely accessible exhibition space. When considered together, unexpected overlaps emerge, and an extraordinary perspective on the past and present century.

SPIELART will also show Mats Staub's work DEATH AND BIRTH IN MY LIFE from Oct 26th to Nov 9th.


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Video Installation   Storytelling   GlobalLocal  

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Idea | Concept | Direction Mats Staub Scenography Monika Schori Camera Matthias Stickel, Benno Seidel, Sifiso Khanyile Sound Andrea Brunner, Mandla Nkuna Collaboration Olivia Ebert, Sandra Li Maennel (Frankfurt), Wolfram Sander (Hannover), Nadine Tobler (Bern, Zürich), Edin Omanovic (Belgrad), Jenny Flügge (Weimar), Franziska Jenni (Basel), Elisabeth Schack (Wien), Abby Middleton (Brighton), David Tushingham (Woodchurch), Inga Wagner (Freiburg), Maia Marie, Nomonde Mbusi (Johannesburg) Milou de Boer (Groningen), Simon Hildebrand (Lausanne), Kate Hillgrove (Adelaide), Patrick Mudekereza, Jackson Bukasa (Lubumbashi), Dada Kahindo (Kinshasa), Alexandra Reich (Mannheim), Selina Losa, Alex Foulkes (Madrid), Celya Larré (Paris), Callum Madge (Edinburgh) Technical Hanno Sons, Stefan Goebel Production Management Barbara Simsa, Elisabeth Schack Übersetzung, Subtitles Nathalie Rouanet, Françoise Guiguet, David Tushingham

Mats Staub (*1972, Muri near Bern, Switzerland) lives and works in Berlin and wherever his projects take him. He studied theatre studies, journalism and religious studies in Bern, Fribourg and Berlin. In the past, he worked as a journalist for various publications (1996 – 2001), and as a dramaturge at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich (2002 – 2004). Since 2004 he has been creating art projects in the transitional area between theatre and exhibition, literature and science.

Production zwischen_produktionen Coproduction Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Festival Theaterformen Hannover, Museum für Kommunikation Bern, Gessnerallee Zürich, Kunstfest Weimar, Kaserne Basel, Wiener Festwochen, Theater Freiburg, Noorderzon Festival Groningen, Adelaide Festival, Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, Centre d'Art Waza Lubumbashi, KinArt Studios Kinshasa, Festival Belluard, Bollwerk International, Nationaltheater Mannheim Supported by Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros-Kulturproduzent, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur

Realisation in cooperation with the Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst