Where Do You Wanna Go Today (Variations)
PRICE is a hybrid fictional character born from the sea of information, who explores the emotional disorientation of a generation having grown up with mass culture, neoliberalism and the omnipresence of the internet. By probing the mechanisms of pop, PRICE’s musical stories evoke instability, fear, and romantic disillusion. Where Do You Wanna Go Today reinvents itself from clubs to art galleries, using these diverse contexts to affirm the frustration and solitude of a generation he considers to bedown-and-out. At a time when storytelling has taken over the collective psyche, the artist’s sincere and ambiguous presence has testimonial value.
The performance Where Do You Wanna Go Today (Variations) works with a Pop Musical Audiobook (2017). The album is comprised of different acts, songs and stories but is treated as a single work rather than a collection of individual pop hits of perfect length, structure or quality, and adopts a playful approach to comment on the ways music is perceived today. The title hints to the music’s composition in relation to the acts’ structure, length, melodies, words and themes of geography, texture and, most importantly, the contemporary disorientation of identities.
By restructuring pop songs and zapping through different architectural worlds, this album evokes feelings of dislocation, instability, fear and the struggles involved in love and relationships. It advances a queer anonymity freed from any fixed cultural identity in an age of accelerating media exposure fixated on fame.
Where Do You Wanna Go Today (Variations) is performed by the voice and body of PRICE, who in this work welcomes the audience to experience something ‘in between’ rather than accepting pre-labeled differences. It’s a piece that purposefully lacks direction, triggering nostalgic moods that remind us how to start all over again.
Performing Artist Mathias Ringgenberg (aka PRICE, * 1986 in Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Zürich) In his current performative works called, Where Do You Wanna Go Today (Variations), Can’t say much about anything that’s new and the associated debut album Greatest Hits or his video performances A: I am impressed B: Well - I am in love, Home is a place we all have to find or You don’t touch it, it touches you, Mathias Ringgenberg, developed the fictional character called PRICE.
Performances, inter alia, at 1.1 Space for Zeitgeist, Basel; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Le Bourg, Lausanne; Le Commun, Geneva; Vrankrijk, MAD House Helsinki, Amsterdam; STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound, Leuven; Rosa Brux, Brussels; Human Resources and DIANA Artspace, Los Angeles; Arsenic - Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne and Helmhaus Zürich.
Concept & Performed PRICE (Mathias Ringgenberg) Dramaturgy & Character Coach Mira Kandathil Movement Research Ivan Blagajcevic Voice Coach Katarzyna Sitarz Music PRICE Music Producer Alban Schelbert, Modulaw Costume Design BARRAGÁN Graphic Design Bart de Baets Photography Senta Simond
Co-Production Arsenic - Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne, STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound, Leuven
Special thanks to Tanzhaus Zürich, Workspace Brussels, Montevideo Marseille, Vitlycke - Centre for Performing Arts and Mario Winkler Company GmbH
This project is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Foundation, the City of Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Ernst Göhner Foundation
March 25, 19h (70mins)
@ Tanzhaus Zürich
Wasserwerkstrasse 129, 8037 Zürich
Photos: Senta Simond