50 years later in L.A. goes back to the opening performance My name is of the performative dinner The Hands That Feed You, within the framework of the conference This Sentence Is Now Being Performed - organized Research and Teaching in Performance
and Performative Art (co-organized with Bernadette Anzengruber and Teresa Novotny).
50 years later in L.A. shows the three organizers in the empty auditorium of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the same space where the performative dinner took place. The picture is dated 2060.
50 years later in L.A. embodies future fantasies of emerging artists as well as a return to contemporary discourses and hegemonies that make people who document artists are unnamed.
Dramaturgie My name is
The voice performer Gina Mattiello enters the stage, a ca.100 square meters large area of tables, and opens her speech with „I am aaaa performer.“ Within this speech, she also introduces the people who document the performance. „On the right Diego Mosca, In the middle Christoph Kolar, On the left Christian Messner, And behind Bernadette Anzengruber - right, middle, left, and behind, right middle ...“ She points out to the audience to be aware about the historicity of documentation media. „Please always look into the camera, right into the camera, cheese and clack, clack cheeessse and in the middle.“ During her appearance she puts on the t-shirt with the written text: „My name is“. Of this very moment there is no documentation at all because the documenting staff do the same. Mattiellos speech ends with „I am Gina Mattiello, I am 33 years old and I lied.“
As Gina Mattiello withdraws, the only named person gets up from the table and circles around the table talking. On the tshirt of the actress one can recognize in large letters „Johanna Witholm“ which refers to the phrase „My name is“. She embodies, unlike Mattiello, the artist which already went down in art history. In her speech, she takes up the speaking what will be happen in the future („Future 2“). In her speech she talks implicitly about the career of the three organizers by letting them appear in a panel discussion (see photo collage 50 years later in L.A.). Through Witholm the organizers talk about history, discourses and memories. The speech ends with „The spectators will have listened, amazed at having synthesis historical subjects sitting there, looking at art historical moments and remembering how it what, how it is and how it changed and how“sitting there, looking at art historical moments and remembering how it what, how it is and how it changed and how“