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Because 8 Is Great

2003 / 45 minutes / live performance / Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, DE
Collaboration with Declan Rooney The New Spastiks

Because 8 Is Great consists of eight parts:

  1. No. One: Declan stands on my belly and tries to keep his balance;
  2. Duo: We wear one sweater together and play the guitar and sing “we’ve been so lonely”;
  3. We Have No Time: We face each other and say as fast and often as possible “we have no time”;
  4. Night Sea Crossing: Like in the work of Marina and Ulay we sit at a table and look at each other. After a while I start to move towards Declan and climb across the table towards him. He farts;

Milky Way: As an interlude a film is shown. Declan and me are drinking a glass of milk, put cling film onto our faces and spit out the milk;

  1. 1977: In black light, after a while our underwear becomes visible;
  2. The Shit/Scheiße Piece: An acoustic piece in techno style;
  3. If You’re Happy: We face the audience wearing black hoodies and looking glum, whispering “if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”;
  4. The Candle Piece: We draw a candle for everyone;

Outro: We look stoned and sing “Heal the world”.

Because 8 Is Great is combining funny and contemplative pieces. When Declan and me perform, we often seem funny at first sight. But then seriousness, irony, sadness and loneliness appear.


Photos/Videos: Constanze Schmidt