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Homosexuality - West Berlin Performance Art

Stehend im Stacheldraht. Konzept für Salome Performance. "Für meine Schwestern in Österreich und auf der ganzen Welt" [Standing in barbed wire. Concept for a performance by Salome. "For my sisters in Austria and in the whole wide world"]. Along header: "Tunten Television" ("Fag television").

Berlin: self-published, 1977. A4, one leaf of typescript to recto and 14 (1 partly colored xeroxed sheets of film stills from a performance video. Signed and inscribed to first film still, to Gerda Kropp. Stapled to upper left corner. First and last leaf detached but present; else very good.

Documentation of a conceptual video performance which aimed to "make visible the oppression of homosexuals specifically in Austria." The first still is inscribed at bottom: “For the window pissing, during my 24-hour performance, in memoriam to Miss Gerda Kropp" (dated 1977). The performance was to last 30 minutes and to be held at the Moritzplatz Gallery, a self-organized exhibition space primarily used by the so-called "Neuen Wilden" (Les Nouveaux Fauves) and co-founded by Salomé, Helmut Middendorf, Rainer Fetting, Stefan Roloff, Luciano Castelli, and Bernd Zimmer. From the introduction: "Austrian law still has paragraphs against homosexuals. The press still publically agitates against us with a fascist vehemence... America is currently seeing a campaign of hate and murder against homosexuals. In West Germany and West-Berlin homosexuals are being banned from professions, etc. As a sign of solidarity... I have produced this videotape in order to inspire as many homosexuals as possible to actively fight our oppression." Salome (real name Wolfgang Ludwig Cihlarz, born 1954) studied under Ulrich Knispel and Karl Horst Hödicke at the Universität der Künste (UdK). He went on to create numerous performances and was also a member of the punk band "Geile Tiere" in the 1980s. Not recorded in KVK or OCLC.

Book ID: 50118

Price: $1,850.00