Gisèle Vienne


Gisèle Vienne (1976, Charleville-Mézières) is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering school École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She works regularly with the writer Dennis Cooper, among others. Over the past twenty years, her pieces have toured throughout Europe and were regularly performed in Asia and in America. These include I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008), This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) in collaboration with Puppentheater Halle and Crowd (2017, Holland Festival 2018). In 2020, together with Etienne Bideau-Rey, she created a fourth version of Showroomdummies at the Rohm Theater Kyoto, originally created in 2001.  Vienne has regularly exhibited her photographs in museums, for example at the New York Whitney Museum, the Centre Pompidou and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires. She published two books together with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle: JERK / Through Their Tears and 40 PORTRAITS 2003-2008, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe in February 2012. Her work has led to various publications and the original music of her shows led to several albums. Her latest show L’Étang (‘The Pond’), based on Robert Walser’s short story Der Teich, was created in November 2020 at the TNB in Rennes and will be staged in this year’s Holland Festival edition.  Dennis Cooper (1953, Pasadena, California) is a novelist, poet and critic who lives in Paris and Los Angeles. He has published ten novels, most recently Zac's Haunted House (a novel composed of animated gifs) in January 2015. He recently completed a feature film, Like Cattle Towards Glow, which he created in collaboration with the artist Zac Farley. He is a contributing editor of Artforum Magazine and the editor of the American publishing imprint Little House on the Bowery. Collaborating with Gisèle Vienne since 2004, he wrote the texts for I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008), This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING : A Prequel (2011), The Pyre (2013), The Ventrilquists Convention and Une enfant blonde/ A Young Beautiful blonde girl (2006), in collaboration with Catherine Robbe-Grillet.  KTL is the band of Stephen O’Malley and Peter Rehberg for which Kindertotenlieder formed the basis. Their first CD was released in October 2006 (Editions Mego).  Stephen O’Malley, born in 1974 in New Hampshire, now lives in Paris. Over the course of fifteen years, he was responsible for over fifty releases and several hundred performances around the world as a composing and performing musician and producer. Stephen O'Malley is part of several groups, including Sunn O))), Burning Witch, KTL, Khanate, Aethenor, Ginnungagap, Lotus Eaters and Gravetemple. He is involved in highly collaborative experimental work and works with various audio creatives, both live and in the studio. The work created is recognized as crossing genres, or ignoring them altogether, defying definition. It is always challenging and changing. As a designer and visual artist, O’Malley has worked with a variety of underground music labels, directing hundreds of sleeves and related ephemera. He has a special relationship with the Southern Lord label from Los Angeles, for which he did the cover art for nearly one hundred albums. O’Malley has worked together with visual artists on gallery installations, most notably with the American New Gothic sculptor Banks Violette and the Italian artist Nico Vascellari. For Gisèle Vienne, he created music for Kindertotenlieder (2007), This is how you will disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011) in collaboration with Peter Rehberg, with whom he founded the band KTL, as well as for Eternelle Idole (2009), Crowd (2017) and L’Etang (2020).  Peter Rehberg (1968) is an author and performer of electronic audio works based in Vienna, Austria. Rehberg has done live performances, both solo and in collaboration, throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan and Australia. He is among the first artists to turn to mobile computing devices for presenting live audio performances in the middle 1990s. He has collaborated both live and in the studio with, among others, Jim O'Rourke and Christian Fennesz (as Fenn O’Berg), Stephen O’Malley (as KTL), Gisèle Vienne/DACM, Peterlicker, Z’EV Russell Haswell, Florian Hecker, Meg Stuart, Chris Haring, Marcus Schmickler, Jade, SUNN O))) and is also a member of MIMEO. He has run the Editions Mego label since 2006, and was co-founder of the original Mego label in 1995. His collaboration with Gisèle Vienne involved creating music for I Apologize (2004) and Une belle enfant blonde / A Young Beautiful Blond Girl (2006), Kindertotenlieder (2007), This is how you will disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011) in collaboration with Stephen O’Malley, with whom he formed the band KTL,  Jerk a radio-play, Jerk solo for a puppeteer, Crowd (2017) as well as for two other pieces by Etienne Bideau-Rey and Gisèle Vienne: Showroomdummies (2001 and rewritten in 2009 and 2020) and Stereotypie (2003). He collaborated on the music for Highway 101, a show choreographed by Meg Stuart, and on Fremdkörper by Chris Haring, while also taking part in the 2nd Göteborg Art Biennale (Against All Evens) curated by CM von Hausswolff in 2003.  In March 2011, Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle published an audio book in both a French and English language version: JERK / Through Their Tears.