This year’s opening performance is the encounter of Dutch art-group, Antistrot, and Berliner by choice, Jason Forrest. And it will of course be Bold! in every respect: the performers’ exhibitionism, the tools they choose, and the uncertainty they impose on CTM’s organizers about exactly what they’ll be getting up to. One thing’s for sure: it’ll be a dazzling and tumultuous show of mesmerizing Rock’n’Roll buffoonery, possibly involving lasers, robots and hopefully blood. Forrest’s concerts are always performances that might be described as a challenge to get into some seriously hysteric catharsis, whipped up by a pinch of cheerful humor. A visual artist by trade, collage is the guiding principle of his work. Forrest quarries in the archives of Pop, thereby revealing his great talent in identifying and visualizing all that’s splendid and glorious in apparent crap, and the aesthetic ingenuity of works long since dismissed as “bad taste.” Art collective Antistrot works in all kinds of formats: zines, comics, murals, installations and (sound-) performances that rip apart everyday foibles with bitingly absurd humor. The energy that erupts when Antistrot get together is something even the individual members would not have believed possible, and it easily gets out of hand.
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