Roland Rauschmeier’s performance Assessment combines historical, sociological, and psychological motifs of terrorist violence and their cognitive perception. The above phenomena were examined in the research process for this performance and presented to advance audiences during studio visits. From the material thus gathered, Rauschmeier has now created a type of “proxy terrorist” whom he will subject to a process of artistically psychological diagnosis – an assessment.
In addition to coordinating blood pressure and body temperature, processing pain stimuli and sensory impressions, a major part of the human brain’s activity involves triggering one’s own actions and pooling the consequences arising from them in a meaningful whole. As far as science knows today, our cognitive performances are practically limitless. The performance Assessment combines various aspects of this cognitive process, from recognition to decision and to action. Based on the example of terrorism, it deals with the authenticity of self-awareness whenever rational decisions need to be made or justified. We are always able to reconcile our own interests with the fact that we cannot control everything. Someone’s ideas may be torpedoed by perfidious interference, permanent encroachment, threats, or even destruction, ultimately growing into radical grievances. If, in addition, our own agency is reduced to a single option, this can only mean one outcome: terror.
Roland Rauschmeier, born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1974, studied philosophy in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna. He attended Renée Green’s class for conceptual art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and graduated in 2004. His artistic practice belongs to the post-Internet art movement that deals with the impact, aesthetic, and socio-cultural implications of the Internet. Roland Rauschmeier’s formal work ranges from performance to sculpture and painting and even to digital media.
An Artist Talk will follow the performance on Friday, February 17th.
Set design, costume design, performance, directing, video Roland Rauschmeier PerformersBrigitte Wilfing, Nicola Schössler Assistant/dramaturge Heinz Leitner Technical directionAndreas Lendais
A co-production of Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung and brut Wien. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)