Flyer mit Still aus der Arbeit "Rebel Bodies"

Rebel Bodies - The Edna Poe Club
an installation by Johanna Bruckner (Zurich/Hamburg)

Off-Space Station 21, Zurich
curated by Anke Hoffmann

During the left-wing dance realism of the 1930s a number of dance groups – especially in New York, but also in Europe – assembled under the umbrella artist organization Workers Dance League articulating their demands on (work place) equality and social justice through dance scores. Dance was conceived of a mechanism to form a political subject on the basis of suffering and pain, and choreography became a language to organize and affirm a collective subject based on shared aesthetic experience.
In «Rebel Bodies – The Edna Poe Club» the artist Johanna Bruckner continues her long term research on the organization of a collective body. Episode One of her ongoing video installation is the result of a pedagogy of dismissal, in which a few performers from a school of contemporary dance in Hamburg investigate the historical legacies of the Workers Dance League that is being re-articulated in a collectively written script of scores. Staged at the Hafencity in Hamburg in 2015, an emerging centre of capital in the city, Bruckner examines the organization of a social body in the age of (and in reference to) post-financial crisis.

Johanna Bruckner (*1984 in Vienna, Austria)
has studied Fine Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Stockholm and Hamburg. Bruckner is interested in the conditions of labour that have been ermerging in response to the technologies of communicative capitalism.

Installation photos by @Johanna Bruckner