30 September 2014


photo by Stephan Glagla

On Saturday September 27, the jury gave out the awards for this year's Ruhrtriennale. 
  • I Love It! - Doing Kitchen (freitagsküche)
  • Sie sollten ihre Schrauben nachziehen / They Should Tighten Their Screws - Manger (Boris Charmatz)
  • Die schlimmste Show, wo ich nicht schlafen konnte / The Worst Show Where I Couldn’t Sleep - 20 Pianos (Matthew Herbert)
  • Die Bühne ist geil / The Stage is Awesome - Neither (Morton Feldman / Samuel Beckett and Romeo Castellucci)
  • Die Nummer 1 der Tänzer / The Number 1 of the Dancers - Broken Lights (Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato)
  • Die Show, wo ich danach den Regisseur umbringen wollte UND Das grausamste Stück, das ich je sah / The Show Where I Wanted to Kill the Director After AND The Most Dreadful Piece I’ve Ever Seen - Nachtkonzert (Morton Feldman: For Philip Guston)
  • Das Schönste in dem Stück, war deine Stimme / The Most Beautiful Thing in the Show Was Your Voice - De Materie (Louis Andriessen/Heiner Goebbels)
  • Der Darsteller hat Talent / The Performer Got Talent - Fred Frith, Concert in Maschinenhaus
  • Die Show, wo Leute gearbeitet haben / The Show Where People Were Working - Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit (Antje Ehmann / Harun Farocki)
  • Die tierischste Show / Most Animalistic Show - Le Sacre du Printemps (Romeo Castellucci)
  • Es war so schön, dass wir eine Zugabe wollten / It Was So Good We Wanted an Encore - KUNSTMUSEUM (Gregor Schneider)
  • Die langweiligste Requisite / Most Boring Prop - El Triunfo de La Libertad (La Ribot)
  • Die sängerischste Show / The Most Singerish Show - Figure humaine (ChorWerk Ruhr)
  • Es war so gut, dass ich es allen erzählen musste / It Was So Good I Had to Tell Everyone - Melt (cantoni crescenti)
  • Die Show war so romantisch, dass ich jemanden küssen wollte / The Show Was So Romantic that I Wanted to Kiss Someone - Verklärte Nacht (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker)
  • Es war so verrückt, dass ich es nicht verstanden / It Was So Crazy That I Didn’t Get It - Neither (Morton Feldman / Samuel Beckett and Romeo Castellucci)
  • Die beste Ausstattung / Best Environment - De Materie (Louis Andriessen/Heiner Goebbels)
  • Es war so hiphopmäßig, dass ich es nachmachen wollte / It Was So Hiphop That I Wanted to Do it Myself - Surrogate Cities Ruhr (Mathilde Monnier/Heiner Goebbels)
  • Die Show, die noch üben muss / The Show That Still Has to Rehearse - Fred Frith, Concert in Maschinenhaus
  • Die unbeweglichste Show / Most Immobile Show - ZEIT Forum Kultur
  • Das war die beste Kunst / It Was the Best Art - KUNSTMUSEUM (Gregor Schneider)
  • Die Show aus den 80ern / The Show From the 80’s - Concert at Jahrhunderthalle (hr-Sinfonieorchester)
  • Die Show, wegen der ich nie wieder Spaghetti essen werde / The Show Why I’m Never Eating Spaghetti Again - Sänger ohne Schatten (Boris Nikitin)
  • Die schönste Kreidebühne / Most Beautiful Chalk Stage - Surrogate Cities Ruhr (Mathilde Monnier/Heiner Goebbels)
  • Die Show mit der schönsten Hintergrundmusik / The Show with the Most Beautiful Background Music - Quatuor Ébène and Éric Le Sage
  • Die Nummer 1 der Geschichten / #1 of the Stories - Le Sacre du Printemps (Romeo Castellucci)

and after a tie-breaking vote by the jury, the winner of THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST is....... 


Congrats to Gregor Schnieder and all the other artists in the festival!

24 September 2014


On Tuesday the CCA jury saw it's LAST show at the Ruhrtriennale after THREE YEARS!!!!! They rode the VIP autos for the premiere of manger by choreographer Boris Chartmatz, and we had some fun en route...

Here's no head Maxi

22 September 2014


On Saturday we did something BIG - we took ALL the kids on the jury (almost 70!) to Heiner Goebbels and Mathilde Monnier's production of Surrogate Cities Ruhr

And... the Gladbeck kids from last year came, AHHHHH!!! Remember this guy??!!

21 September 2014

Heavenly Voices at Figure Humaine

On Friday the jury attended a concert by ChorWerk Ruhr, Figure Humaine. First though, time to deck out the car - inside and out - with VIP magnets.

16 September 2014

Künstlergespräch - Konzert i.d. Jahrhunderthalle

Double Jury night at Neither

We did a DOUBLE jury trip to Romeo Castellucci's Neither on Sunday night, and predictably, it was a bit CRAZZZY. 

But first, more crazy eye pics - and yes, the eye 'pics' are their own eyes!!

15 September 2014

"The Konzert Show"

It was Saturday night, and where did the jury spend it? The Ruhrtriennale of course! It was the Konzert in der Jahrhunderthalle, with the hr-Sinfonieorchester. Here we are before doing a few loops on the roundabout... 

14 September 2014

When Kids Ask Artists About Art

The Children's Choice Awards jury meets with artists involved in each production they see immediately after the show - often the star performers or directors themselves. This meeting provides an opportunity for the kids to ask any questions they have about what they just saw, to help inform their final evaluations of the performance.

Over and over again, I find that kids ask the artists what many adults would like to know - but are too afraid to ask. Adults are not supposed to ask "stupid" questions about art; we are expected to understand what it's about, or come to our own conclusions, even though many adult viewers of contemporary art don't have the tools to do so.

13 September 2014

Broken Light - Das Künstlergespräch

Broken Lights on Friday Night

We were back together with our opening week jury last night, the kids who got this year's CCA going. And they were ready to be back!!! The energy was high for Broken Lights, a dance piece by Saburo Teshigawara that involves, well, a LOT of broken glass... 

But first, we got a bit crazy in the parking lot. As soon as I pulled in Lars jumped on our car - look at that good mood smile! The car was swarmed before I even got it parked...

12 September 2014

Neither II

Neither - Fragen an Castellucci


Last week we made our third and final visit to Kunstmuseum in Bochum. 

Check out the 'boys' car...

Quatuor Ébène und Éric Le Sage - Gespräch mit Raphaël Merlin

11 September 2014

Quatuor Ebène and some air violin

We returned to the Zeche Carl in Essen the other day for a concert by French string quartet Quatuor Ébène. But first, you gotta check out Steffen's MEAN tattoo.

10 September 2014


And here we are, making the final batch of trophies in HERTEN!!! It was a wild morning.

Zeit Forum Kultur - drawings drawings drawings (and some tomato throwing)

The jury headed to Zeit Forum Kultur on Sunday morning, just hours after the premiere of Neither, back in Bochum at the Jahrhunderthalle.

Check out this magnet job on the parked cars - VIP JURY FO' SHO'.

ZEIT Forum Kultur - Ein Gespräch mit Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Gernot Böhme und Mark Terkessidis

09 September 2014

08 September 2014

NEITHER - a "Premiere" Party Night

On Saturday the jury attended the premiere of Neither, a production by Castellucci to the opera created by Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett.

Damian Rebgetz, host for the upcoming CCA Awards Ceremony, joined us from Berlin! I think this photo sets the tone for the night...

07 September 2014




So you get your fix of glitter today.... here are some photos of our trophy making in Osterfeld!

06 September 2014


On Friday morning, we started one of the most important pre-ceremony tasks: MAKING THE TROPHIES!!! Covered in a secret recipe of chocolate and wax, with a tonne or two of glitter, these will be given to the artists who receive awards at the year-end Awards Ceremony (Sept 27 in Duisburg!). Jenna whipped up the chocolate, while the kids got into the decorations...

El Triunfo de la Libertad at PACT

On Thursday, we went to see El Triunfo de la Libertad in Essen, a performance by La Ribot, Juan Domínguez, and Juan Loriente. We started the night in true VIP style - with GLITZER SHOES!!!

04 September 2014

A Visit to the Kunstmuseum

On Tuesday morning we headed with the jury back to the Kunstmuseum Bochum, to see Kunstmuseum by Gregor Schneider, in the VIP autos!! 

03 September 2014

02 September 2014

Autographs and Improv with Fred Frith

On Monday night the jury was back at work, riding in the party cars to Essen for an improvisation/sound art concert by Fred Frith

First though, we had a mini-dance party in the parking lot. Here's Maxi strutting 'like his sister' before the show - what a pose!