Anna McCarthy (Munich)

free entrance

Public Space, Radio 80000

31.10. 17:00

Meeting Point: Parkplatz Olympia-Eissportzentrum, Spiridon-Louis-Ring

As the grand finale of GLOBAL ANGST, Anna McCarthy stages a radical abstract opera to tame the worldʼs fears. By igniting the global Angst wicker man with a closing ceremony that manifests new shapes from the fire, symbolically countering its initially destructive nature and often ritualistic affiliations to bigotry (be it witch hunts, book burning or the Ku Klux Klan), Anna McCarthy reclaims it as an element for replenishment and rebirth. In a theatrical and musical rendition, she takes on the persona of Lucy Strike to call out the wicker man to honour current and past victims of bigotry, including Bavarian teenager Anneliese Michel who, in the 1970’s, due to her epilepsy, underwent 67 exorcisms initiated by her parents together with the Catholic Church, as well as nods to theatrical political actions such as W.I.T.C.H. (“Women Interested in Toppling Consumer Holidays”) or the 1967 Exorcism of the Pentagon “Out demons, out!”.

Performance / Ritual  

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Idea | Concept Anna McCarthy Musical direction Manuela Rzytki With Susanne Beck, Antenne Danger, Charlotte Huber, Luzi Illustrella, Veronica Katta, Lily Nicklaß, Paulina Nolte, Anton Kaun a.k.a. Rumpeln, Paul Pongratz, Andreas Pöschl & Köşk-Chor Wicker Man Jörg Besser

Anna McCarthy is known for her interdisciplinary, collaborative, and also often humorous, poetic as well as political approach. The artist studied at the Kingston University of Art & Design London, the Akademie der bildenden Künste München and at the Glasgow School of Art. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Haus der Kunst, D-0 ARK Underground, Kunstverein Göttingen, Kunstbau im Lenbachhaus, Goethe University Frankfurt and the Schaustelle Pinakothek der Moderne. In 2019/2020 she taught as a substitute professor at the Akademie der bildenden Künste München and in 2020 received the USA Scholarship of the Bavarian Ministry for Science and Art. Anna McCarthy also plays in the bands MOON NOT WAR and WHAT ARE PEOPLE FOR?