Wer will kann gehen
For his 20th anniversary, JohnPlayerSpezial, agent and accomplice of performance artist Barbara Kraus, is given the mission to survey his past operations – not withholding future prospects: a mission that also serves as the prelude to Johnny’s appointment as research expert for “critical walking theory”; and he has clearly no idea what this means. 2020 is the 30th anniversary of performance artist Barbara Kraus’s life in the arts. Even as a child, mostly frolicking in the woods, she practised the art of “becoming”. Her growing discontent with normative identity politics and their power structures resulted in her creations of fluid and open characters, to be everything and all at the same, long before being queer was considered cool. The legendary 1999 premiere of Wer will kann kommen saw Barbara Kraus introduce witty shapeshifter Johnny for the very first time, a role she has since taken on in many different socio-political contexts. Twenty years later, Kraus will celebrate the anniversary of Wer will kann kommen with her glorious comeback Wer will kann gehen, a self-ironic performance event and lavish party that will include fictitious and real companions as well as a platform for discussion with friends and former colleagues. We will only leave after we have arrived…
Followed by From Dusk Till Dawn – a birthday party for Barbara and Johnny with DJ Nine and surprise guests. Hosted by Mrs. Twiggy and JohnPlayerSpezial.
is a performance artist with many aliases (her accomplices) who lives and works in Vienna. She studied at the Academy of Arts / SNDO in Amsterdam. Since obtaining her diploma in 1994, she has continuously created performances, tests and improvisations inspired by questions of a social, political, philosophical, feminist and ecological nature. Her 2012 life art performance dream and walk about saw her crossing the Alps, on foot from Vienna to Nice, a journey she later shared in her journal.
better known as Johnny – accomplice and agent of performance artist Barbara Kraus, was created almost twenty years ago. The starting point for Johnny’s remarkable career was a small part in the legendary performance Wer will kann kommen. Originally created to serve as an antidote to deterministic identity politics, Johnny evolved into a socio-political provocateur over the course of many diverse performances. Due to his unmistakably unique characteristics and talent, his career path took a fortunate turn from mere amateur to proven agent who can master even the most precarious life and death situations. Whether he impersonates a crafty art dealer, glib talk show host, battered doorman, rough dance student, blind lobster-philosopher, Johnny, the landing strip for the unforeseeable, ignites a firework of ideas.
Duration of the performance: approx. 3 hours