With a five-part performance series, Berlin Art Week will explore ›BAW Garten‹ at Kindl—Center for Contemporary Art. The extensive programme of outreach and education and this meeting point during the festival week are a novel addition. We want to use the performative moment to explore and get a feel for the space, to take it in spatially, sonically, physically, and visually.
Our guest at ›BAW Garten‹: Hajnal Németh
Five Songs, One End—a piece by Hajnal Németh
Based on Tomas Schmit, Two Compositions to Justify a Performance (#25), 1964
Performed by: Tobias Christl, Júlia Koffler, Erik Leuthäuser, Fama M’Boup, Dora Osterloh
Hajnal Németh works at the intersection of visual art and music. Her interdisciplinary work includes performances, spatial installations, and moving image formats. Her works are based on notations, song lyrics, poems, or prose fragments from sources as diverse as pop music, classical genres, Fluxus scores, as well as the artist’s own texts. Her experimental handling of time, rhythm, and intonation, as well as her playful questioning of structures of meaning often manifest themselves in minimalist interventions in existing material, with which she twists the meaning of a spoken or sung sentence, for example. In her ongoing collaborations with singers, choirs, and actors, she shows how contexts can be arbitrarily constructed and then dissected again. In her exploration of Tomas Schmit’s work, Németh has explicitly based her interpretations on pieces that declare the principle of chance to be the measure of meaning or which destabilize the perception of time and duration in a conceptual inversion.
Hajnal Németh (*1972 in Szőny / Hungary) lives and works in Berlin. In 2020 she founded Yellow Solo, a project space in Berlin for time- and process-based artistic formats that explore musical systems and references—including works by Arnold Dreyblatt, Dani Gal, Annika Kahrs, Anri Sala, André Vida, among others. Németh’s work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions at renowned art institutions, including: The Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam (solo, 2017); Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2017; 2016; 2003); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2015–2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna (2009); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2005); Tate Modern, London (2004). In 2011, Németh presented her work in a solo exhibition at the Hungarian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.