Tschüss Bethanien!

A performance by Rüdiger Carl and Sven-Åke Johansson

Dir. Antoine Prum, 28’, 2012
Recorded at Studio 1, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

In March 2010 Rüdiger Carl and Sven-Åke Johansson were invited by the Künstlerhaus Bethanien to perform a farewell concert in the formal setting of the main chapel in what was once a Deaconess hospital. The performance Tschüss Bethanien! is an homage to the genius loci of a building and its occupants, who have played an important part in shaping the Berlin art scene since the 1970s.

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Special features

Magic Perfume Fills the Air (19’)

A film by Teresa Iten

Recorded at SÅJ Studio, Berlin

In May 2005 Rüdiger Carl and Sven-Åke Johansson met for a freewheeling rehearsal of classic songs and jazz standards. A selection of tracks from this session was later released on SÅJ Records under the title Hudson Riv / A Foggy Day.

Wuppertal 85 (8’)

Recorded during Grenzüberschreitungen ’85 at die Börse, Wuppertal

"Rüdiger Carl looks like an East Prussian country squire who, after a few bottles of wine, has lapsed into an eerie state of introspection, his absent-minded concentration devoted solely to the unfurling sequences of sounds. Theatre music with hints of film scores. Or rather a drum poem, a late-Dadaist reading with musical accompaniment?

Sven-Åke Johansson’s countenance and gestures, his style of playing and recitative singing seem almost deranged, rising from the darkness of our century. A search for clues, which restages the circuitous paths of the unconscious, the hallucinations of the past, with hysterical humour and, simultaneously, maniacal precision – yes, it could be something along those lines. Riddled with musical references, unseemly objects and lost words.

In the meantime, for the audience’s edification, fifteen minutes of accordion music..."

Andreas Kallfelz