„THE NOTHING IS COMING“
A 360° Virtual-Reality-Film by and with Josephine Decker
11 min, 2017
Vernissage Thursday 20th. April 2017, 18:00 hs.
Wolf Studio, Wildenbruchstrasse 6, 12045 Berlin
Exhibition dates and times: 21st. - 30th. April, 12:00 – 18:00 hs., except Sunday 23rd., 12:00 – 16:00 hs.
The Nothing is coming,
its coming is drumming,
It’s strumming and humming
Inside of my tumming.
And if we ignore all this
Huffing and rushing,
We might not be ready
When nothing starts gushing!
Its icing is creaming,
My insides start screaming,
What nothing is streaming
Down south with such teeming!!??
If nothing is made of
Some somethings minusing,
Then what is minusing
Its mine mine; my NOTHING!
In „The Nothing is coming“ Josephine Decker deals with the question of what happens when children are exposed to images that could be understood as pornographic – according to a statistic, the average age is 7 years old -. This premature experience of sexuality breaks into the consciousness of a child and turns it into some kind of estrangement, which Josephine translates into surreal choreographic appearances, evoking a strong feeling of unease. The camera takes the perspective of the child and, supported by the immersive effect of Virtual-Reality, this point of view is overcome. The following combination of dance and music aims to appropriate the unknowable “Nothing” (“The Nothing is coming”), that stands here as a metaphor of sexual desire. The “Number 7 Song”, which humorously refers to the statistic’s results, with its naïve-educational lyrics, paraphrases the sexual act. In an ironic Muppet show style, the work attempts to de-traumatize the infantile view through an abstract translation of the sexual act into music, dance and poetry.
Wolf Edition 1 – Future Cinema
„THE NOTHING IS COMING“ is the first production in the frame of the Wolf Edition #1. During the fruitful time of her residence at Wolf, the all-around artist Josephine Decker held a workshop, showed her films, as well as the films that have inspired her and shot in record time a Virtual-Reality film („The Nothing is coming“), which we will be exhibiting from April 20th on. The piece is the result of join work with choreographer Nicola Bullock.
A Wolf Production
Co-produced by INVR.SPACE GmbH
Supported by Senatskanzlei - Kultureller Angelegenheiten, Spartenübergeifende Förderung künstlerischer und kultureller Projekte
Director: Josephine Decker
Choreographer: Nicola Bullock
Cast: Nicola Bullock, Nina Berclaz, Mayra Wallraff, Matthew Levy, Roderick George, Agne Auzelyte, Amelia Emma Forrest, Jean-Daniel Berclaz, Reza Mirabi, Josephine Decker
Director of Photography: Jorge Piquer Rodriguez
Costume design: Nina Berclaz, Harriet Knowles
Sound: Jan Andres, Jens Hallmann
Production Managment: Julieta Zarankin, Abdul Twebti
Producer: Marcin Malaszczak
Co-Producer: Sönke Kirchhof
We’d like to thank everyone who took part in this project, before and behind the camera. A special thank goes to our co-producer INVR for their generous technical support and to the Senatskanzlei - Kultureller Angelegenheiten, Spartenübergeifende Förderung künstlerischer und kultureller Projekte for the funding of the Wolf Editionen.