Screening: Drama Queens

A play by Elmgreen & Dragset; with Text by Tim Etchells

Drama Queens is a play without actors. Seven 20th century superstar sculptures find themselves trapped on a theatre stage and out of their usual context. How do they interact with this new environment and with each other? The drama unfolds through a series of clashes and crossovers between the various “isms” and aesthetics that these sculptures represent. The different sculptures are icons inspired by 20th century art history: Walking Man by Alberto Giacometti (1947), Brillo Box by Andy Warhol (1964), Elegy III by Barbara Hepworth (1966), Four Cubes by Sol Lewitt (1971), Untitled (Granite) by Ulrich Rückriem (1984), Cloud Shepherd by Jean Arp (1953) and Rabbit by Jeff Koons (1986). As ‚personalities‘ the sculptures assume characteristics from the cultural zeitgeist in which they were produced. Remotely controlled, the sculptures ‚perform‘ to a seated audience, thereby reversing the typical roles of how an audience engages with art in galleries, as well as traditional concepts of theatre.

The play has been developed for the exhibition skulptur projekte münster 07.

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset are based in London and Berlin.

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