Apply by 30 April_ “THEY CALL ME NOBODY”_ AIR+Workshops+Performance Programme Athens +PERFORMANCE at 2025 Hamburg

AIR & Workshops Programme Athens + PERFORMANCE at 2025 Hamburg 2018
Application DEADLINE: Monday 30 April
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“They call me Nobody” is the answer Odysseus gave to the one eyed, man-eating monster Cyclop before blinding him. Odysseus is the mythical king of Ithaca whose adventures Greek poet Homer described in his 8th century BC epos “The Odyssey”.

The Odyssey can be read as an allegory for man’s unbentable struggle to oppose fate. The epos is a milestone in the spiritual history of Greek civilization, as it comprises ethical principles ruling life and death and outlines the concept of man’s interdependence with Gods and the cosmos, while it envisions a gloomy afterlife deprived of any notion of reward or happiness.

On this background, the secret of bliss initiates shared during the Eleusinian Mysteries becomes even more strikingly intensive. The vase depicting Odysseus blinding the Cyclop, a fragment of which you may see as our picture for this Open Call, was found in Eleusina and it may also refer to spiritual blindness!

“They call me Nobody” also reflects the frustration and agony of contemporary artists as they struggle for recognizability and financial survival in the foreground of a tough economic, political and existential cul-de-sac.

The theme of the performance series is open to multiple interpretations such as identity, consciousness, mysticism, crisis, agony, futility, survival strategies, social exclusion, fear of death, tyranny, rebellion, courage etc.

ZLR Betriebsimperium is committed to interdisciplinary art practices, actively opposing the segregation of fine from performative or applied arts.

ZLR Betriebsimperium strongly believes that as far as jewellery artists/designers and fashion designers are concerned, they have a lot to learn from the presentation format of other art disciplines. The urge to open the circle to other influences and attract a broader, appreciative public is imminent in the tiny jewellery art scene.

2. OPEN CALL for Performers, Dancers, Actors, Visual artists, Jewellery Artists and Fashion Designers:

The Open Call addresses artists and designers working in the field of performing arts, visual art, jewellery art, fashion design, social design, dance who wish to show their work to the challenging and appreciative audience of Hamburg, Germany.

Hamburg is famous for its outstanding performing arts and established design/fashion scene. Hamburg is also considered the Press capital of Germany, home of all major publishing houses and headquarters of the Communication+PR sector.

2025 is an internationally acclaimed stage for innovative and experimental performing arts in Hamburg. Its annual programme is funded by the local Ministry of Culture and the Liebelt Foundation.

ZLR Betriebsimperium has been assigned to curate the performance programme of November 2018 at 2025 Hamburg. ZLR Betriebsimperium is visual artists and curators Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards.

ZLR Betriebsimperium wishes to open the event to artists and designers working or wishing to work as well with movement/body/voice/social interaction/participative art and offers an alternative showcase for the participants’ art and design work. ZLR Betriebsimperium believes in holistic approaches to art and design supported by a meaningful concept.
ZLR Bteriebsimperium works a lot with concepts coming from the Greek World Heritage, for they address questions and suggest solutions to problems all human beings face.

The performance event at 2025_ Hamburg in Novermber 2018 follows a week of AIR, workshops and live performance programme in Athens. The workshop series focuses on performance art, movement, story telling and narrative techniques etc.

The weeks in question for the AIR + workshops programme in Athens (group of 4-6 partixipants) are:

Monday 3 September to Sunday 9 September 2018
Monday 1 October to Sunday 7 October 2018

The workshops week is followed by a live performance in front of the public in an institutional or art venue in Athens.

The LIVE performance dates in Hamburg are:

Friday 2 November or
Friday 9 November or
Friday 16 November or
Friday 23 November or
Friday 30 November.

It is possible to arrange that artists/designers perform LIVE in Hamburg more than once, if they wish. It is possible to arrange an AIR+workshops programme in Athens for individual artists or groups smaller than 3 participants, however AIR+workshops programme conditions may vary.

Both live performance events are promoted through an expert communication campaign through the local and international press and the social media.

3. FEE:

The fee for the AIR+workshops programme/Performance curatorial work in Athens and Hamburg + Communication work to promote the event is 450,00 euro. The fee is payable in two installments.

Fee includes accomodation in Athens, workshops in Performance/Dance/Narrative/Communication strategies, an Athens city tour and curated visits at sites and museums of great cultural and performative importance, as well as the organization and curatorial work for a performance event in Athens.
Fee also includes Communication work in Hamburg plus an event website portraying participants and curatorial work for the preparation of the performances in Hamburg.


Send a weblink (website and 1-3 video links if available) along with a cover letter in Engish or German or Greek. Cover letter must include a small and concise presentation of yourself and your work. Also attach a short text (maximum 150 words) on what you ambition to achieve by participating in our programme.
Please, e-mail the information to by 30 April 2018.

ZLR Betriebsimperium has a very successful record of supporting through letters of recommendation participants’ applications for funding/grants/sponsoring. Contact us for more information.


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