ephemeropteræ 2015/06 – Discoteca Flaming Star

Discoteca Flaming Star (DFS) is an interdisciplinary Berlin-based collaborative art group established in 1998 Cristina Gómez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer has aimed to ‘present wonderful songs of love, consumption, fervour and feminism, carpets that help to cross burning bridges, fragile essays as drawings, and things that go together even though they shouldn’t.

Using oral and bodily expressions, they interweave personal responses and historical events and social and political facts. In their multifaceted practice, comprising performances, sculptures, text, drawings, they apply a conceptual approach in visual and musical realms, and aim to test and challenge our historical and personal memories by conflating fiction and facts, desires and documentation. Their video performance El valor del gallo negro (Buthe—Turm—Börse) was performed and filmed in the 19th century stock exchange building in Valparaiso, Chile. Drawing on Mayer’s Poema de la Bolsa de Valparaiso, the artists’ drawings and other literary and musical sources, the work explores abstract processes in the financial world, the (in)visibility of the collective, and the spatial presence of bodies. Their installations and performances have been presented in Artists Space, Whitney Museum, The Kitchen in New York, Museum Moderner Kunst (Vienna), Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo (Madrid), Galerie Freymond-Guth (Zurich), and Tate Modern (London).

Cristina Gomez Barrio (born in 1973) lives and works as an artist in Berlin. She studied fine art in Madrid, Munich, and Berlin. Since 1998, she has been working together with Wolfgang Mayer under the name Discoteca Flaming Star, an interdisciplinary-artistic performance project. 

Wolfgang Mayer (born in1967) lives as an artist in Berlin, and works in watercolor, video, and performance. With his performances, he uses bricolage-like styles. Together with Cristina Gomez Barrio he works as Discoteca Flaming Star and in the Berlin Project space General Public. Wolfgang Mayer is professor of Fine Arts / Intemedia at Staatliche Akademie für Bildende Künste Stuttgart.
August 28, 2015, 7 PM
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria
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