Performance at Metahouse Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 15 January 2023

Paul Gauguin lives today, as aimlessly Berlin artist Paul Alfred G. Disappointed with Europe, he wants to found a Colony of Free Arts in Tahiti! But none of his artist friends want to follow him. Instead, they have plenty of suggestions, what he could do there, instead of them. Arrived in Tahiti he is horrified by highways, gated communities and impoverished suburban settlements. He moves on to the atomically contaminated Mururoa Atoll. There he creates, carrying out the commissions of his artist friends, an impressive late work that is marketed by a foreign legionnaire. The works achieve top prices in Europe, but the collectors fall ill from the atomic radiation of the works, just as the artist himself.

The solo performance by Alfred (Paul) Banze is based on contributions by artists from French Polynesia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, China, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, R.D. Congo, USA & Germany, it contains film projection, webcam, live music & dancing with secondary raw materials.

English version:

Installation at “It’s Now” exhibition at Kommunale Galerie Alte Schule Adlershof, Berlin 2020. An artistic reflection on the Community Art Project “Social Plastic” by Christine Falk & Alfred Banze, Camping Akademie e.V.

Kopi Kaputa live at Ortstermin Festival 2020 Berlin.

Social Plastic“ is a Community Art Project by Camping Akademie e.V., Germany, in cooperation with Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts & Culture, Thailand and Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia.

„Social Plastic“ raises the question of a relationship of dealing with plastic waste with social and cultural structures: how can we develop a new awareness in dealing with our waste? The project asks for meaningful avoidance and utilization strategies. Are there any traditional packaging materials that can be used? Can the manufacturers be obliged to act? What ideas evolve, are there feasible realistic solutions? In the spirit of Joseph Beuys concept of „social plastic“ the project „Social Plastic“ is an experiment on collective art production and subcultural / social processes.

Installation in the frame of the exhibition “In the neighbourhood” by Netzwerk Berliner Projekträume, Kunstpunkt Berlin, 2018. Together with Christine Falk, as Camping Akademie e.V.