an installation by Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel
Long-term residents of Prenzlauer Ber, Susanne Sachsee and Marc Siegel created an anonymous balcony speech about crisis and care to commemorate three dear friends they lost in 2020. Those friends were crucial contributors to queer politics: cultural critic Douglas Crimp; actor Volker Spengler; and artist, actress, and Tödlicher Doris member Tabea Blumenschein. With their life work, all three showed the urgency of creating different artistic political visions to better life infrastructures for all.
Susanne Sachsse is a Berlin-based actress. In 2001 she cofounded the artists' collective CHEAP. Sachsse has worked internationally in various performance, film, and art contexts with Yael Bartana, Jonathan Berger, Zach Blas, Phil Collins, Keren Cytter, Vaginal Davis, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Bruce LaBruce, Laibach, Ligia Lewis, Josiah McElheny, Vegard Vinge & Ida Müller, and Xiu Xiu. She is a recipient of the Premio Maguey Queer Icon Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. In 2021 she will open her first solo exhibition at Participant Inc. in New York.
Marc Siegel is Professor of Film Studies at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research focuses mainly on issues in queer studies and experimental film. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He also works as a freelance curator, in which capacity he has organized numerous film series and film and performance festivals for German and international venues. He is a member of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne and a co-founder of the Berlin-based artists' collective CHEAP.