Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz's 'No Future' & 'No Past'

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz: "No Future" (16mm, 15') and "No Past" (16mm, 15')
Venice Biennial 2011 at the Swiss Off-Site Pavillion, curated by Andrea Thal

1 June - 2 October 2011
 - Teatro Fondamenta Nuove - Cannaregio 5013, Venezia
opening hours: 10-6 (closed on monday)

Performers: The choreographer Werner Hirsch and four musicians - Ginger Brooks Takahashi/MEN as Darby Crash; Fruity Franky/Lesbians on Ecstasy as Poly Styrene; G. Rizo as Joey Ramone; Olivia Anna Livki as Alice Bag. Director of Photography: Bernadette Paassen.

No Future and No Past are film installations that both work on punk archives from the period between 1976 and 2031 investigating the radical negativity, the self-destructiveness and the dystopia of these moments.

This work takes another look–anachronistically–at the punk policy of aggressively slating and rejecting the present without ever proposing its own movement as the guarantor of future social justice. Instead of demanding social change, the five performers stage and practice outmoded acts and sentiments of the past that have been deemed useless. The musician-performers provisionally take over the positions of four musicians from the punk movement: Darby Crash, the gay band leader of ”The Germs”, Poly Styrene the singer of the very influential band ”X-Ray-Spex”, Alice Bag, lead singer of the LA Band ”The Bags”, and Joey Ramone, singer of the band ”The Ramones”.

The title ”No Future!” quotes the punk movement’s demand for ”no future” and thus the film takes up the paradoxical premise that we are already in the future, which–according to the temporal ultimatum issued by the punk movement–would never come about. The second title ironically demands an abolishment of the past,–though the past is considered the basis of the human psyche but also of subjectivity and thus of the existence of human beings in general.