For Skills & Tools: A Guidebook, objects made from wood were created with which Isa Schieche, Helen Weber, and Milou van Duijnhoven performed on a meadow. The starting point for their performance were elements from traditional Austrian dance, particularly the skill and courting dances that were both almost exclusively reserved for men. In the context of traditional dances, roles and movement patterns are assigned in a heavily binary manner, and also charged with sexism.
Skills & Tools: A Guidebook picked up on these handed down dance elements and reinterpreted them through a feminist and queer performance. The sound artist Oskar Mayböck accompanied the piece. The wooden objects could then also be activated by the audience and formed an installation in the open. The performances took place in the river Gusen in Gallneukirchen.
Thanks to: Helen Weber, Milou van Duijnhoven, Oskar Mayböck, Marianne Karigl, Rudolf Schieche, Fina Esslinger, Felix Fino Vierlinger, Annalise Prodor, FdR-Team, Nikolaus Neubauer, Lisa Rathmanner
Isa Schieche lives and works as a visual artist in Raab and Vienna. She creates participatory objects and installations that can be activated within performances. Her wooden objects focus on customs and craft, play and dance, intimacy and queerness. Past exhibitions have been Snakes in Heaven at the sonneunsolche in Düsseldorf and Toys in the Fonda Leipzig.
Helen Weber studied fine art in Stuttgart and Istanbul and deals with the concepts of nature and wildlife in a multimedial manner. She is part of various collectives and performs among others with the Planet Dance Ensemble in the public space, somewhere between mimicry and disturbance.
Milou van Duijnhoven studied performance at the Institute of Performing Arts Masstricht and choreography at the School for New Dance Development Amsterdam. Ever since then, she has been working as a dancer, performer, choreographer, and martial artist within the contexts of her own projects and in collaboration with others. The starting point for her artistic practice is the sensuality of voice and movement.
The musician and sound artist Oskar Mayböck studied philosophy at the University of Vienna and completed the master program in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts the University of the Arts Berlin. He creates soundtracks and sound conceptions for short films, performances, audio/video installations, and for theatre. Under the moniker Ånsgar, he released the album Donkey Liturgy in 2021.