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Screening, Talk, Substitutes

Rabe perplexum and the Eccentric 80s

A film screening and book presentation with Angela Stiegler and Philipp Gufler in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Amsterdam.

With their performative and collaborative works, Rabe perplexum was a subversive voice of queer subculture in the 1980s. In conversation with Fabian Reichle, the artists Gufler and Stiegler will discuss artistic practices of the ‘Eccentric 80s’ from today’s perspective. The videos Videotod (1991, 6 min.) by Holger Dreissig in collaboration with Rabe perplexum, Hommage an Allen Jones by Die Tödliche Doris (1984, 4 min.) and Becoming-Rabe (2016, 8 min.) by Philipp Gufler will be shown at the event at W139.

Together with Ergül Cengiz, Burcu Dogramaci and Mareike Schwarz, Philipp Gufler and Angela Stiegler are part of the exhibition and publication project ‘Eccentric 80s: Tabea Blumenschein, Hilka Nordhausen, Rabe perplexum and Contemporary Accomplices’. It tells a different story of the art of the 1980s in the Federal Republic of Germany; beyond the great male master narrative that has coloured these years until now. The exhibition traveled from Lothringer13 in Munich to Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin and is currently on view at Kunsthaus Hamburg till 21 May 2023. ‘Eccentric 80s’ is accompanied by a publication in German and English published by b_books, which will be presented during the evening and can be purchased at W139.

Fabian Reichle is an artist and musician (Zaffjan) and works for the Goethe-Institut NL as a project manager and event organizer. He studied music and journalism at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (DE) and at Sandberg Instituut (NL), Amsterdam. 

Angela Stiegler is a visual artist based in Berlin and Munich, working in various media, including video and performance, and in collaborative contexts with shared authorship. Stiegler creates setups formatted to involve others through research and exercises, reframing body politics and technological developments. A particular focus lies in artistic research and the economy of friendship. She co-founded the self-organized initiative K in 2013. Since 2020, Stiegler is part of the opera collective DIVA. She has been teaching in Athens, Munich and Nuremberg. Through filmmaking, she encountered Tabea Blumenschein in 2016 and remained in contact with her until her passing.

Philipp Gufler spans various media in his practice, including silkscreen prints on fabric and mirrors, artist books, performances, and video installations. Since 2013 he has been an active member of the archive Forum Queeres Archiv München.

Photography by Elodie Vreeburg.

Visual identity by Jacob Hoving.

This exhibition is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund, Gieskes-Strijbis Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Goethe Institut, Centro Elisarion, Pro Elisarion Association, Monacensia im Hildebrandhaus, Forum Queeres Archiv München, Grafisch Atelier Hilversum and Fonds21.