Cabaret Catastrophe

The year 2020 in particular has shown us very clearly that we are living in turbulent times. We are experiencing a moment when everything is called into question - especially how we meet, share and communicate. This inspired us, Zoë Dowlen and Rahel Steiner, to create a series of multimedia evenings that took place during the Winter of 2020/21 under the title Cabaret Catastrophe. Together with local and international guest curators, we created a program for a small live audience (0-10 pers) and a larger, international audience online. As "live hostess" and "stream hostess" we guided the audience through digital and analogue interactions. The gaps in the program were filled with drinks and music by the house band Bauschaum.

Anywhere on EarthAnywhere on Earth – A celebration of the earth’s revolution The idea is simple: to celebrate the turning of the year in every time zone between December 31st and January 1st and in doing so celebrate that we are living on a sphere spinning in space. The earth revolves every day but the change of year is poignant: the countdown to the stroke of midnight, fireworks, local customs etc. Our measurement of time is a human construction which we have come to believe. With this celebration we wish to recognise and celebrate other perceptions of time and question the premise of our current euro-centric paradigm. Baker Island and Howland Island are the last parts of the earth that celebrate the new year and from this final time zone in the 26 hour celebration we take the name of this year’s party: AoE – Anywhere on Earth.

the ritual reached its highest point with a 26 hour event held at Haus Am Gleis Liechtenstein. We (Annett Höland and Zoë Dowlen) brought together a packed program of contributions from over 26 artists from all over the world these included videos, live performances, concerts, live video feeds, installations, rituals from around the world and more. We even had a live green-screen room where people could see themselves super imposed on various backgrounds. Annett designed a beautiful booklet to go with the event. Booklet

Succulent Legume A fanzine produced in London in 2008 in collaboration with Cecillia Bonilla.