Kind als Pinsel (Kooperatorka)
Else Gabriel, Ulf Wrede
The artist’s memories of her childhood in the GDR. Astonishing as it may seem, the title Kind als Pinsel (child as paintbrush) is to be taken literally in this performative short film. The soundtrack is provided by Bertolt Brecht’s musical epic Die Erziehung der Hirse (the cultivation of millet), a tribute to the »great harvest helper« Josef Stalin, which was set to music by Paul Dessau in the early 1950s. Else Gabriel sings several parts from the choral piece.
Else Gabriel has worked as a freelance artist in Berlin since 1987. She studied stage and costume design at Dresden University of Fine Arts and was co-founder of the Auto-Perforations-Artisten, whose performances brought her to prominence. She has been a professor since 1997, currently at weißensee academy of art berlin. Her artistic work encompasses performance, photography, video, installations and painting. She also works in partnership with video artist Ulf Wrede under the name (e.) Twin Gabriel.
Films by Else Gabriel (Selection)
21st Century Überfrau #2 (der Schreck) 2001 | 21st Century Überfrau #1 / Version 1 2000 | Belle indifférence 1998 | Falten und Fallen 1997 | Der Tod und der Quatsch 1989 | Sublime Liebe 1986