Das poncho rebellion.
In Alexanderplatz we came across a billboard advertising a jacket with the slogan ‘ Das ist keine jacke. Das ist rebellion’ translating into ‘this is not a jacket. This is rebellion.’ We found this hilarious, in the home of punk culture they can pretend to sell rebellion for forty Euros. So we launched our own rebellion, the poncho rebellion.
The ponchos looked out of place and subverted the everyday, the practical purposes were nullified as we were indoors and it was a beautiful day.
This performance took place on the U2 line from Pankow to Potsdamer Platz and served as a continuation of our previous work at Truro Train station, which was concerned, with Marc Augé non-place.
We entered the train individually at different stations, when onboard the train we wouldn’t acknowledge the other ponchos. We would ride for a few stops then leave one after another ,then wait for another train and this process was repeated until we reached the final destination of Potsdamer Platz where we stood in front of a billboard of ‘a soon to be’ shopping complex with the statement ‘shopping is coming home’. We felt this was ironic because they were in the process of bulsdozing this ‘home’ to create a money making shopping mall!
Our encounters included passengers who obeyed the unspoken rule of ‘no eye contact’ and others who would relish in the spectacle and stare at us until their next stop, the climatic point of the performance was when we were joined by two working musicians and we ‘bopped’ to ‘hit the road jack’ and the whole carriage was uplifted.
Unfortunately we didn’t manage to capture the response on film but we felt that it was positive, but this in itself is an ongoing challenge for us.
How do we approach a response appropriately, how much do we tell them why we are doing this. Are we talking from a performer/character/student or artist point of view
below is a clip from the experience: