The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.

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In her lecture and sound performance Eat Your Enemy #4 I don't want to want, Janine Eisenaecher reflects upon the artist's job, and through different forms of writing questions and actualises her own relation to her work and to the art field. Here, she appropriates John Cage's lecture “Composition as Process“ (1958) by writing herself and her own process - her experiences, thoughts, and feelings about being a white, feminist performance artist nowadays – into his text in order to discuss the working conditions and, more specifically, the invisible work of artists. In Part 2 of this work, Eisenaecher will rewrite parts or aspects of her lecture, including the experiences she makes on-site in The Performance Arcade, transforming these texts into other media and performing with them in diverse ways. Through the combination of text, objects, sound, voice, and video works she creates an active, changing, and dialogic thinking and writing space.



Holding an M.A. degree in Theatre Studies, Janine Eisenaecher lives and works in Berlin as a freelance performance artist, curator, and writer. In her solo and group performances she works with text, objects, sound, voice, and video, and deals with the subjects of work, identity, gender, and (post-)colonialism. Herein, Eisenaecher investigates strategies of subversion, transformation, and (self-)empowerment. She was a founder member of the performance collectives Berlin n@work, (e)at_work, and Eisenaecher/Harder CLAIMS, a co-curator of Performer Stammtisch and Platform Young Performance Artists, and is part of the collective institution-critical practice Inverse Institution. Eisenaecher has presented her work at various events and festivals across Europe and Canada.

Presented by Goethe Institut
Supported by the Public Art Fund, Wellington City Council

Photo credits 
Boss (Festival Relations in Time, KuLe, Berlin, 2015) 
and  Brian McCorkle (PERFORMANCY FORUM, Panoply 
Performance Laboratory, New York, 2016)

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