For the fourth exchange in the Commend See series, Amsterdam-Cologne-based collaborators Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny commune on the audiovisual drama Phantom Kino Ballett. The Ballett is an assemblage of performance, installation, soundtrack and video which gathers and distributes sonic, optical, and experiential references widely and to delirious effect.
Varied, site specific iterations of Phantom Kino Ballett have occurred in Tokyo and Osaka; at Meakusma Festival in Eupen, Belgium: at Commend in New York, at PCP Gallery in Paris and most recently, at Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam. In each, a contemporary, Carollesque story of domestic dissociation, public scrutiny and suffering explanation is told.
An artist edition of 15 vinyl pieces and 200 cassettes capture two alternate takes of its soundtrack, with paper materials commemorating its character. The cassette edition includes a 40-minute addendum called “Passage Transkript,” a soundscape created by Willikens & Szczesny inspired by their time in Kyoto, Japan in the fall of 2017. Will Work For Good’s responsive design includes Thomas Venker’s photos from the various happenings past.
All proceeds from this release will be donated to agisra e.V., a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of migrant women and against sexual and racist violence. agisra is based in Cologne, Germany, and was chosen by Lena and Sarah.