Resonant Bodies

caner teker
Liz Rosenfeld

Design: Viktor Schmidt


23/06/2022, 6–9 pm
with a DJ Set by Christopher Sweetapple

Curated by Malte Pieper and Lusin Reinsch

“Resonant Bodies” is the second part of the annual programme EPHEMERIS


03/09/2022, 8 pm
a reading
with caner teker and accomplices

Event details will be published online.

Artistic works by Liz Rosenfeld and caner teker respond to each other and encounter the architecture of the Bärenzwinger. Physical resonance criss-crosses animate and inanimate matter within the exhibition, traversing bodies, space and time. Bodies that resonate with each other can also be bodies in alliance, forming a collective and resilient body. How a body is perceived, how it moves, are intricately interwoven with the scenes and spaces in which it appears and other bodies it encounters. Which bodies are welcomed and where?

Departing from the prehistory of the site as a street cleaning depot with a public toilet, the artists follow codes and traces of cruising, the presence of desire both in public and in secret. A body trembles in an empty darkroom, a video installation, prints and drawings by Liz Rosenfeld envelop the building, an installation work and sculptures by caner teker explore alternate ways of archiving performances, beyond film and photographic traces. A new edition of the PARASITES publication gathers four perspectives on cruising and ways of remembering and archiving in the dark.

“Resonant Bodies” negotiates the bear pit across the tension between disclosing and concealing.

The exhibition kicks off the summer at the Bärenzwinger. For the opening reception, Christopher Sweetapple played a DJ set in the garden.

caner teker

Born in Duisburg-Marxloh in 1994, caner teker is a choreographer, survivor and sex worker living between Amsterdam, Berlin and Düsseldorf. caner teker graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and studied at SNDO – School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam). Their work deals with the intersectional entanglements of identity, work, and post-migration in the context of their personal experience as a German-Turk as well as the life story of their own family. Premiere of the piece KIRKPINAR (in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin) at the 29th Tanztage Berlin, followed by invitations to “DISAPPEARING BERLIN” and “Radikal Jung” at Volkstheater Munich.

Further performances took place in the context of the “Favoriten Festival” in Dortmund and at the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich (both 2020). caner teker’s performances have already been performed in the Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (2017), in the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf and in the Julia Stoschek Collection (2021). As a scholarship holder from the Norbert Janssen Foundation, Munich, caner teker also received the award for fine arts from the city of Düsseldorf last year and was a guest fellow at the PACT Zollverein, Essen. In 2022, they will be a danceWeb scholar at Impulstanzfestival in Vienna.

Liz Rosenfeld

Liz Rosenfeld (b.1979, USA/DE) is a Berlin based interdisciplinary artist and educator who works with the mediums of film/video, live performance and
experimental discursive writing practices. Liz explores the sustainability of
emotional and political ecologies, cruising methodologies, and past/future histories
in regard to the ways in which memory is queered. Liz’s moving image and performance work approaches flesh as a non-binary collaborative material,
specifically focussing on the potentiality of physical abundance and excess, regarding questions connected to the responsibility and privilege of taking up
space. Departing from the personal, Liz’s writing is rooted in questions that contend with how queer ontologies are rooted in variant hypocritical desire(s). 

Liz is nominated for the 2022 Shortlist Live Art Award of the Anti Festival in Kuopio, Finland. Liz was the 2017 Goethe- Institut artist in residence at LUX Moving Image in London. Liz’s films are represented by Video Data Bank and LUX
Moving Image. Liz’s films and performances have shown in various international museums, events and venues including 2022 Berlinale International Film Festival, The 2019 Bergen Assembly, Berlinische Galerie, Mapa Teatro, Sophiensæle, The Hebbel am Ufer Theatre, The Gorki Theatre, Arts Admin, Galerie Emanuel Layr, The Tate Modern, The Hammer Museum, The Leslie Lohman Museum,The Barbican Centre, The CAC-Glasgow, Tramway, The Stedelijk Museum, The C/O Gallery, and The Deutsches Historisches
Museum. Liz received an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, followed by an MA from The Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 2007.