Özgür Erkök Moroder
Sesp-Kaserne. Performance at "Pilot" at Kaserne, Basel, 2010. Photo Courtesy of the Artist.
Sesp-Oct Tone-Benoit. Photo: Benoit Gilbert, October Tone Festival, Strasbourg, 2018
Ripped costumes or failing sound system in the middle of the show, forgetting the text, missing the beat etc. When something goes unexpectedly, Moroder just tries to take it from there and go on in a different way. There is no such thing like "wrong", this was learned over years from improvising with Ha Za Vu Zu which formed in 2005. Today the focus is on ideas and not technical perfection. Striving to see dancing butts, tapping feet, a laughter, a sincere criticism while being alone on stage instrumentalizing his narcissism to forget about himself and doing the job.
This year Moroder started work in a youth art center in Neukölln, giving comics & manga classes to different age group youngsters from state schools. At 37, his first regular job in in his life that has moved from Ankara, Turkey to Istanbul to Berlin.
Years of fine Arts voice training, music theory, composition, graphic design, painting, art & design. Also, seven years in polyphonic choirs with different repertoires. Western and Turkish classical music, contemporary music, pop and jazz, and a thesis on Performance Art, Queer, and Activism. A Leigh Bowery exhibition titled "Xtravaganza" in Kunsthalle Vienna, 2012. Fascinated by the idea of exhibiting fashion in art context. The “Cut the Flow" performance videos will be shown in Maxxi Museum in Rome by curator Hou Hanru.
Working with sound artist Steffi Weismann they exhibited a pair of full body sanding paper suits with a video performance in with these suits at a solo exhibition last year.
This is the 11th year of Sesperisi. They had gigs at Berlin’s legendary party Chantals House of Shame, Whole United Queer Festival, October Tone Festival at Strasbourg, and at a new cool Berliner party Trash Era 10th edition at Renate.
“Art is a way to work on / with the issues for me. I often use myself, my body and my experiences as medium to experiment on. Externalizing a personal issue helps me to put a distance to it and have a different perspective. Connecting it to a larger picture. Playing with my vulnerabilities. Also, It is important to me to think of Provocation as a creative act. It pushes us to our borders, and there we mostly face with a new experience. I think if i cannot provoke myself, I can't provoke anyone. So, I start from there.”
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