Let Me Go Down
It’s been almost six years exactly, and I still long for you. Actually, I’m desperate. I’ve gone through a lot of changes and transformations since our last encounter in California. I discovered the joys and pleasures of short liaisons, yet my loneliness prevails.
I had a dream: an embrace from behind. I remember the sensation – a tingling all across my back. I felt taken care of, as if someone cared about me. I smiled. I was calm and happy. I felt like I arrived. In the arms of somebody.
I’ve said goodbye to love many times these past years and, yet, I don’t want to be alone. My longing returns like a song that I can’t get out of my head.
I want to perform for you. I want to give you a show. I might fail, I might not be good enough, but I want to try. I’m ready to humiliate and destroy myself, to become someone new. With you.
Robert Steinberger was born 1989 in Cologne, Germany. In 2001 earned BA in Visual Arts at San Diego State University, CA, USA. Lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Aside from performance, video, and fiber art, Robert Steinberger curates and writes as part of his artistic practice, working both solo and collaboratively. He co-founded the artist and curatorial collective FRICTION in 2011. He has exhibited and performed works at LISTE Basel, Stadtgalerie Bern, as well as Theatre Gessnerallee, Haus Konstruktiv, Réunion, Perla-Mode in Zürich, and the Art Institute in San Diego, CA, among others.
Robert Steinberger would like to thank the following people for their generous support and help during the process: Gioia Dal Molin, Benjamin Egger, Michelle Ettlin, Anna Francke, Jessica Huber, Sabina Leone, Lea Loeb, Esther Mathis, Roger Merguin, Kathrin Veser, Jeremy Wade, Andreas Wagner and Gessnerallee Zurich.
Supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Pro Helvetia and Migros Kulturprozent support Le Foyer.
Photos: Esther Nora Mathis