Garden State

Discussion, Performance, Installation


5.10.2016, 17:00 – 00:00, 
6.10.2016, 7.10.2016, 8.10.2016, 09:00 – 00:00  
9.10.2016, 09:00 – 16:00


Production specifics
Produktion Mamaza, Cie Projet 11

Koproduktion steirischer herbst, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Gefördert durch Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, City of Geneva, Republic and Canton of Geneva, das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Gastspielförderung Tanz International aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags.

The 2016 herbst Academy is taking place on a greenfield site. As a situational setting for the theoretical encounters of this year’s herbst Academy, the Mamaza artist collective is temporarily proclaiming the “Garden State” at the Orpheum.

The “Garden State” is a realm made up of several hundred house plants. For five days, the Orpheum is being transformed into a public garden which obeys its own laws and invites the local population to reflect, discuss and stay a while. The sun rises at nine and sets at six in the evening. By day and night, come sunshine or storm, the result is a shared site that allows us to experience space and time.

Before the festival begins, the artists from the Mamaza company will be knocking on doors, asking local people for potted loans from their homes, shops and offices. With the aid of the collected plants, they will build the “Garden State”, thus also representing a map of the people from Graz who become part of the installation through their plants. The inspiration is the myth of the anarchist colony Libertalia, said to have been founded by liberated slaves near Madagascar in the 17th century.

The “Garden State” is a public place accessible to all visitors, that can be the venue for various activities from yoga and meditation to concerts, performances and film screenings. In addition to the herbst Academy workshops and two-day conference “Welcome to the former West”, the “Garden State” also invites visitors to engage in a dialogue and to discover, to read, to sing a song, to play music or to become part of a little intervention by chance.


Wed 5.10. 

17:00 The Garden State opens its doors

18:00 Collective creation of Food Mandalas


21:00 Concert Kaisers Ukulelen Combo

23:00 Full Moon Bathing


Thu 6.10. 

09:00 Yoga

17:30 Open Mic

18:00 Lecture Dr. Felber

19:00 Sunset Gathering mit Mas`ta

21:00 Concert Paul Wako

23:00 Full Moon Bathing


Fr 6.10.

09:00 Yoga

17:30 Open Mic with Rebecca Pichler and Johannes Jeindl

19:00 Sunset Gathering – "Awareness exercise" with Helga Neuhüttler

19:30 Slavs and Tatars – "I Utter Other". Lecture Performance as part of herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"

21:00 Concert Georg Neureiter

23:00 Full Moon Bathing – Film screening "Tarzan of the Apes"


Sa 8.10.

09:00 The Garden opens its doors

10:00 – 19:00 herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"

13:00 Picknick

19:00 Sunset Gathering – Concert with My Friend Peter

21:00 Concert Tribidabo

23:00 Performance "Music for composer in a garden and for interpreters"


Sun 9.10.

09:00 The garden opens

10:00 – 14:00 herbst conference "Welcome to the former West"

14:00 Botanic Walk with Lisa Greiderer

15:00 "Creatures in the Mind Nets" – Live audio drama performance

16:00 The garden closes

Konzept / Idee: Fabrice Mazliah
Konzept / Idee: Ioannis Mandafounis
Konzept / Idee: May Zarhy
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Mamaza
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Roberta Mosca
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Harry Schulz
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Städelschule Architecture Class SAC
Tondesign / Sound: Johannes Helberger
Mitarbeit: Claudia Voigt
Produktion: Johanna Milz
Lichtregie: Harry Schulz