Annika Kahrs

This is a love song, 2018

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In her works, Annika Kahrs (*1984 in Achim, lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin) examines the reciprocal relationship between objective knowledge and subjective feelings. She frequently uses video and film for this purpose, but also makes use of sculpture, drawing and performance. A recurring motif in her more recent works is the use of music - especially its cultural, communicative and social function.

Her new performance This is a love song negotiates the field of tension between the musical notion of romantic love and the actually lived communication in a partnership. The singing about love has been handed down since antiquity, while the notions of love have changed time and again. Our present-day understanding of love as it is addressed in movies, pop songs or romantic novels has existed in its popular form only since the 19thcentury. Especially in pop music, love lyrics are the most widespread, often consisting in the simplified longing for and idealization of partner relationships, which Kahrs contrasts with the mundane and complex issues that a relationship involves. 

ForTHIS IS A LOVE SONG Kahrs staged a song evening at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, whose song performances shifted more and more to a discussion of given relationships between two performers. In total, there were four rounds in which two records were played, each of which was sung along individually by the two singers. Beginning with the second round, both records started in parallel and the performers changed from one to the other with a slide control on the mixing console, trying to sing their own song even when the other one was sounding through the loudspeakers. With each pass, the switching frequency increased. In the course of the evening, the two soloists became more and more a dysfunctional duet in constant negotiation and balancing.The edition THIS IS A LOVE SONG is a handmade drawing of the artist on a record sleeve, with which she visualizes the gradual merging and overlapping of the songs over the course of the performance.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2018
  • Staging Realities, Kunstverein in Hamburg (G)
    Infra Voice, Kasseler Kunstverein (S)
  • 2017
  • wieder und wieder, Aus der Sammlung der Kunst der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle (G)
  • 2016
  • Annika Kahrs. Alone Together, Performance, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (S)
    Fragile Strength, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (G)
  • 2015
  • Vom Verbergen, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (G)
    Und weg mit den Minuten, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart (G)
    Sound in Motion, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (G)
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