Eva Meyer-Keller

Works for Live Art Denmark
2007 “Death is Certain” at Berliner Luft 3
2018 “Sounds like Catastrophes” at Live Art for Børn (with Sybille Müller)
2019 “Sounds like Catastrophes”, recipe for Performanceopskrifter (with Sybille Müller)

Death is Certain
Eva Meyer-Keller performed “Death is Certain” at Berliner Luft 3 in May 2007. Have you ever wondered how you would murder a cherry? German artist Eva Meyer-Keller has come up with just about every possible way, and tries them all out in this amusing and slightly scary performance.

Photo: Ellen Friis

Photos: Ellen Friis

Sounds Like Catastrophes
For our festival Live Art for Children 2018, Eva presented an original work, developed with Sybille Müller and performed with six children. Sounds like Catastrophes is part of a series of works that intuitively research catastrophes. It examines the quietness and loudness of the gently increasing or sudden sounds we associate with catastrophes. As part of an initial workshop, children develop an orchestra of everyday materials and objects as sounding boards and instruments. Using these, they compose thunderous storms, blazing fires and rumbling earthquakes which are then performed on stage as the children take turns conducting, recording the sound effects in front of the audience. Combined with spoken texts, fragments of the live recordings are played back into the performance space, conjuring associations, memories and future scenarios into a many-voiced sound collage.

Sounds like Catastrophes. Foto: Ellen Friis

Sounds Like Catastrophes Performance Recipe
Based on their performance, Eva and Sybille developed a recipe that makes the work accessible for future audiences, and inspires them to become active as performers themselves. Just like the kids in the original piece, they are prompted to create sounds and scores for catastrophes using everyday materials.

About the Artist
Eva Meyer-Keller (1972) lives and works in Berlin.

She works at the interface of performance and visual art. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and visual art in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and Kings College).

Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This inevitably lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts.

Find more info on the artist’s website.

Om liveart_dk

Liveart.dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.