Cabaret Voltaire presents the exceptional performer Sophie Jung 10 years after their first collaboration. Jung skillfully interweaves the object into words and the verbal into objects. Thus, her great interest in the fleeting, multiple nature of objects, making them seem and shine without letting them become a static metaphor for particular meaning, places her perfectly in line with the Dadaists and their Readymades.
On the walls of her largest object to date – the innards of the Cabaret – she withdraws as the body of the speech act and hands over composition and reading mode to the discretion of her audience. Jung thus carries on the idea of the sculptural monument and the Gesamtkunstwerk: She gives the public responsibility for the assemblage of word and place. In this way, Jung’s intervention not only stimulates performance but turns the “installation”, i.e. the Cabaret Voltaire itself into a never-concluding body: She creates a performative installation in the best sense of the term.
It is the body of the visitor, the one who walks, turns, goes up and down who forges a specific yet never conclusive text, in a communal wreading of the never-ending „social” Gesamtkunstwerk.
- Sophie Jung, The Day Teaches the Day, 2019, Image Courtesy of the artist and Cabaret Voltaire.