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Eine Videointervention von Jakob Argauer, Danny Degner, Jakob Wierzba, Melody Panosian


10.00 – 12.30

Live-Video-Übertragung, Leinwand 180 cm x 360 cm

Begleitende Publikation, DIN A4, 20 Seiten, Auflage 450

Jährlich am 27.01. lädt die Stadt Leipzig anlässlich des Gedenktages für die Opfer des
Nationalsozialismus zu einer Gedenkveranstaltung ins Neue Rathaus und zum Mahnmal in
Abtnaundorf ein.

Mit bereitgestellten Shuttle-Bussen fahren die TeilnehmerInnen vom Neuen Rathaus Leipzig zur Gedenkveranstaltung nach Abtnaundorf. Dort findet die eigentliche Gedenkveranstaltung statt, die mit dem Rücktransfer ins Rathaus, einer Schweigeminute, kurzen Redebeiträgen und einem Catering ihren Abschluss findet.

Am 27.01.2013 haben wir die Veranstaltung als Bestandteil des protokollarischen Ablaufs der
Stadt Leipzig in Form einer Videointervention, einer Publikation und eines Redebeitrags begleitet.

Dafür wurde ab 10.00 Uhr eine Live-Video-Übertragung vom Mahnmal auf eine in der Unteren
Wandelhalle des Rathauses installierte Leinwand projiziert. Zeitgleich waren damit im Rathaus die Vorbereitungen der Veranstaltung am Mahnmal, die Ankunft der Gäste, die Gedenkveranstaltung unter Beteiligung von RednerInnen und des Gewandhauskinderchores und die Abreise der TeilnehmerInnen nebst Abbau der installierten Technik zu sehen.

Während des Bustransfers haben wir eine Publikation verteilt, die sich als längerfristige
fotografische Beobachtung sowohl mit dem Ort des Mahnmals als auch mit seinem weiteren
Umfeld auseinandersetzt und das Vorgefundene jenseits von Ritualen des Gedenkens in seiner
alltäglichen Praxis sichtbar macht. Mit der Rückkehr ins Neue Rathaus hatten die TeilnehmerInnen die Möglichkeit vor die Live-Übertragung und damit vor das Bild des eben besuchten und bereits wieder geleerten Ortes zu treten. Vor diesem Bild des Gedenkortes mit allen Spuren der Veranstaltung und bei gerade einsetzendem Schneefall haben wir unsere Arbeit in Form eines Redebeitrags vorstellen können. Um 12.30 Uhr wurde die Live-Projektion abgeschaltet.


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Augustusplatz, Leipzig

Video, camera: Melody Panosian

Performers: Streetmusicians

Location: Augustusplatz, Leipzig 2011

Tempelhof, Berlin

Video, camera: Melody Panosian

Performer: August Zachrisson

Location: Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin 2011

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Monster, a music video for Soft

Video: Melody Panosian

Music: George Sympa, Soft

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What kingdom. Of all damn human. Animals. Nothing important

What kingdom. Of all damn human. Animals. Nothing important

Objects, video installation, performance


@ Spinnerei Leipzig

4 GB USB stick with 11 videos
The stick includes the floorplan of the performances and 11 preporatory videos with music by David Hamer Atlas, Anne Laplantine, Sean Cannock, DZR:P amongst other stars.
This collection of videos was played continously on my computer during the installation. Below the computer USB sticks, including price information. The music video King was shown during the performance.

“I need someone from the audience”. I put on King video on my computer. The audience member pours milk on me while I am upside down. I put coal on my feet and hands like chalk in sports. Acrobatics with legs and feet.
With my back to the audience, I put little red eggs in my swimsuit. Pink water runs down, mixed with the milk on the floor, it forms a pink little lake.

“I need someone from the audience, it concerns filming”. The audience member films the last 30 min of the performance. Cleaning up takes time.

Various interactions happen during the performance. Two performers from another show come in and I ask them to join.

 Kindly supported by Swedish Arts Grants Committee

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King, a music video for Jazz Jam

The song Jazz Jam is made on Internet via an online jamming site

What kingdom. Of all damn human. Animals. Nothing important


@ Spinnerei Leipzig

Performer, video, camera: Melody Panosian

Music: Sean Cannock, Melody Panosian, Penis Mcgee

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Ethiopian dances; Wello, Guragigna, Tigrigna and Wolaita

In April 2010 I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a one month Ethiopian traditional dances workshop at Adugna Dance Theatre Company. Adugna was also the only contemporary dance company in Ethiopia.
There are 84 Ethiopian dances and I practiced 4 of them; Wello, Guragigna, Tigrigna and Wolaita. The dances come from different tribes in different regions in Ethiopia. These tribes differ in traditions, religion etc.
Wello – a dance from Wello tribe in the northern Ethiopia.
Guragigna – southern Ethiopia.
Tigrigna – north / middle Ethiopia.
Wolaita – southern Ethiopia.

The dances are summarised under the name Wuzuwaze and more shoulder emphasized dances go under the name Eskesta. In all Ethiopian dances there is a integration of rhythm/movements and improvisation is enabled because every body does the dance differently. The dances are performed in groups or in pairs and as rituals, they serve a narration.
I was taught these 4 Ethiopian traditional dances by 2 teachers. I also attended morning classes in contemporary dance with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company and gave a choreography workshop for Adugna Dance Theatre Company. In addition, I taught contemporary dance to the children that study Ethiopian traditional dances at the Ethiopian National Theatre.

Addis Ababa is a green city that looks like a roller coaster. Holes spontaneously emerge in the asphalt. When I first arrived in Addis it was full Easter celebrations. Many women had solemn white
linen dresses and scarves and the streets where swarming with goats and chickens. As soon as the Easter weekend and the 55-day fasting was over there was no honking and bleating in the night and the only sound left was the dogs howling.

My first teacher in Ethiopian traditional dances was Shiferaw Tariku. These private classes where relatively formal, although these are social dances. The music, signals the parts are for “transition movements” and “dance movements”.
Because some dance sequences required a partner, Shiferaw danced with me.

My sceleton and my joints needed alot of practice to adapt to the shoulder movements. Shiferaws goal was to teach me the above 4 dances beacuse of their distinguished rythms.

My second teacher in Ethiopian traditional dances was Temesgen.
Temesgen is famous in Ethiopia for being an excellent traditional dancer. He teaches the traditional
Ethiopian dances to 4 year old children to 20 year old teenagers. There are a total of 40 children that dance with Temesgen. They practice at the Ethiopian National Theatre where they dance on the stone floor.

The first time I visited Temesgens students in Ethiopian National Theatre they asked me to give some classes in contemporary / modern dance two times a week. I tought them an old solo dance phrase, titled Isis. We made a group composition of the solo. We also made an improvisation out of the Isis movement material.
Temesgen is very religious, starting the class, they all join hands in a circle and pray together. Temesgen had never tought a foreigner traditional Ethiopian dances, prior to me. To see Temesgen dance was like seeing embodied music. He sings constantly while dancing. Temesgen always asked me, “You feeling it?”. According to him, feeling the music and its rythm was core.

You should create your own dance style,  follow the music, follow the rhythm within.

– Temesgen

Camera: Addisu Demissie Kifle.
Me, dancer Temesgen and contemporary dancer Nuria Mohammed.


During my visit, Adugna was the only contemporary dance company in Ethiopia. The Adugna members work in diverse ways; as dancers with international choreographers. Also, Adugna creates dance with people with AIDS as well as with disabled people. They have had training in classical ballet, contemporary dance and African dance. Their dance studio had a functional dance floor but the audio equipment was very unpredictable. There was electricity on occasions but you never knew when. There was no electricity when it was raining.
My schedule consisted of morning training in contemporary dance/improvisation with Adugna dance company and in the afternoon I had my own traditional private Ethiopian traditional dances training. Adugna asked me to give a workshop in choreography.

In One hour walk we walk in couples for one hour through the city to create a piece of choreography. The process and research time becomes identical with the rehearsal time. We walk around a shared public space, then we bring that experience back to the studio and show a choreography. Me and my working partner Adissu walked around the Markato Market, where half a million peoples houses had recently been totally removed. During that walk we tossed a mango back and forth between us, to make it softer. We talked about that for others, I was a forengee.

During my stay in Addis Ababa I also participated in a traditional coffee ceremony, preparing the ceremony myself. Later, I was also invited to an orthodox wedding ceremony.

Kindly supported by Swedish Arts Grants Committee

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Weaving the Webs

Sara Harro & Melody Panosian

Weaving the Webs

Video installation, 8 performance actions

16 – 28.10.2009

@ Phoenix Radio, Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin

Weaving the Webs is a video installation that includes 8 performance actions.
Each performance action had its own title; Dry, Suitcase, Factory, Ones, Zeros, Unlooped, Looped and Woven and each about 2-7 minutes long.

The installation was transformed after each performance action; The web changed shape and quality, the net was interwoven and the boxes where moved around.

During the 3 week exhibition period mine and Sara Harro’s ideas where also interwoven.
We wanted to keep our process similar to the hypertextual chaos that is characteristic to the internets condition.
We dealt with health and community in the drudgery and mediocrity of neo-liberal culture.
We where inspired by cyborg women, innocence in all its forms, computers as artists, people as machines and nature as technology.

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Itchy and Scratchy

Ragnheiður Sigurðard Bjarnarson, Mari Ylipihan, Melody Panosian

Split-screen concert

Itchy and Scratchy


@ Dance and media culture lab DAMA, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi


Dance and media culture lab DAMA – Performing Space, time and media;
a collaboration between visual artists and dancers.

Itchy and Scratchy is a split-screen concert.

One side of the screen shows a performer moving her hand.

The other side of the screen shows a performer playing a circuit bent radio.

Working with tactility and listening – improvising music/movement.

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