In a decommissioned coal plant in the Brandenburg town of Luckenwalde, a group of artists have founded a new institution – the E-Werk, Centre for Art Power. The E-Werk intends to become an institution with an ambitious exhibition programme and produce sustainable energy (art power) in cooperation with the non-profit energy provider Performance Electrics.
The organisers have celebrated the grand opening of the E-Werk art centre with a “Power Night” on 14 September 2019. The opening event has featured a diverse artistic programme with performance and live-art pieces by renowned international artists and newcomers. The curators have cooperated with Block Universe from London, one of the most important festivals of performance art in Great Britain, in the selection of the artistic positions. Together they have commissioned site-specific live-art works to be staged on the premises of the 350-sqm turbine hall and the adjacent, shuttered municipal swimming pool designed by the Bauhaus architect Hans Hertlein. The invited artists included Fernanda Munoz-Newsome and the Charismatic Megafauna trio. All performers have highlighted the utopian potential of the venue and the themes of energy and autonomy, and reinvigorated the space in the historical landmarks with bodies, objects, installations, music and sound art. “Power Night” has marked the launch of an interdisciplinary platform for live performances which will be presented on a regular basis.
Artistic director: Pablo Wendel, Performance Electrics
Curator: Louise O’Kelly
Artists/participants: Oliver Beer, Rowdy SS, Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Hanne Lippard, Marikiscrycrycry, Nora Turato, Charismatic Megafauna, Cecilia Bengolea, Nina Beier