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Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny:
Phantom Kino Ballett
Grüner Salon

German and English

Sarah Szczesny and Lena Willikens are working since 2015 on their processual audiovisuell drama Phantom Kino Ballet“. In their audio-collage they connect dance music and quotations of movie scenes, interview extracts and spoken word. According to the artists "Phantom Kino Ballett is sound fragment and black theatre, Holly Woodlawn's nervous breakdowns, Taros arpeggiated anime, Mario Montez' mobilee, Maria Calla's chiffre and Anna Oppermann's eyelashes." Phantom Kino Ballett appears as a cabinet of curiosities

Sarah Szczesny studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf under Rosemarie Trockel. Alongside her individual artistic practice in painting and sculpture – with shows at Ludlow 38 (New York), Kunstverein der Rheinlande (Düsseldorf), Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender (Berlin) among others –, she has been lately producing mixes for Radio Cómeme and NTS Radio.

Lena Willikens also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, but is better known for her dark and enigmatic Dj sets. She started off as a resident at Düsseldorfs legendary "Salon des Amateurs". After years of contributing her "Sentimental Flashback" shows to Radio Cómeme, she now produces the monthly show "Lightning Conductor" for London-based imprint NTS Radio. In May she curated the fifth installment of the highly acclaimed "Selectors"-compilation-series for Amsterdam’s Techno institution Dekmantel. Within the last two years she produced remixes for the artists such as Lena Platonos, S U R V I V E, rRoxymore, Simian Mobile Disco and Ana Helder, amongst others.

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