Earlier this month, the Month of Performance Art - Berlin kicked off with a program that will shock, surprise and dazzle. Upcoming on May 21 is “I don’t see this happening again,” an evening where 20 artists will bring out the performance, installation and a party in a secret location up in Pankow. Brought to you by the folks at the HomeBase Lab, the bill includes the Portland punk duo, Business Lunch (above). RSVP to see the surprises as they arrive.
Of course, as someone who teaches Business Planning for Artists, I was struck by the name of this band. Co-founded in Berlin by HomeBase resident Nadia Buyse (DUBAIS) and her longtime collaborator Everett Darling (SKIING), Buyse is a multi-disciplinary artist who starts and plays in bands — as her contemporary art practice. Fusing philosophies of D.I.Y, indie culture and punk, Buyse has been in at least 30 bands, including Ghost Mom, Tombstalkers/Bloodbraind and the Adrian Piper Cover Band. She also teaches at the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls. In touring festivals, punk clubs and home shows of United States and Europe, you might have seen Buyse perform at the MDW Art Fair in Chicago, Beta Spaces in New York or even dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. She took a few minutes to answer a few questions, but it was over like one of her five-second tracks.
So this is totally new. How did Business Lunch come about?
BUSINESS LUNCH is a conceptual punk band made by myself and a long-time collaborator Everett Darling. This band is inspired by the sounds and aesthetics of East Berlin punk and riot grrl.
Is it true you only sing in German? Why?
Nein. Although we do have some songs in German. We are writing songs in German because we want to make songs that are relevant to where we are and where we are coming from…..which is Germany.
Your song “The” is like 5 seconds long?
… I mean, it didn’t really need to be any longer.
Wait a second… this isn’t performance art, is it?
It is…. shhhhhhhhhhh.
What’s next for Business Lunch?
Business Lunch will be leaving the city to play at the fourth annual Hedonist International Congress along with our brother band (and Everett’s other band) Skiing!
Business Lunch plays I Don’t See This Happening Again on May 21 at the HomeBase LAB in Pankow. RSVP here.