As an artist duo matthaei&pfeifer have been collaborating on various projects in Berlin, Vienna, Arizona and other places. Multi-disciplinary in practice, matthaei&pfeifer share a background in Performing Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Political Science. They primarily work with performative interventions, installations, sound, video, and text.
matthaei&pfeifer have developed and realised various projects e.g. COOP 3000 – The Foundation of a Neo-Solidarity Corporation (2016/17) with Urbane Künste Ruhr: A long-term performative process of founding a neo-solidarity company with all kinds of people in different formats. Over the course of 2 years for the Ruhr area, the former industrial heart of Europe, that has and still is undergoing all the changes of a post-industrialist society. The Confederacy of Idiots (Berlin, 2016), a large conspiracy at sophiensaele Berlin, for which the performers adopted and appropriated various "idiotic" practices channelling a journey into ways of living where we will no longer function. Followed by a class "Idiocy & Resistance" at the Vienna Poetry School (2017). In Tucson, Arizona, they developed Desert Utopias (2018-19) a radio piece for Kunstradio/Ö1, the Austrian broadcasting company. "wie man sehen wird", a radiophonic art project, made the short-list for the competition Track 5 on Ö1.
Among other projects they also collaborated on Hundsturm (2013), the re-opening of an urban venue of the "Vienna Volkstheater", that was to become a performative laboratory, an open space for unusual formats. And with Paradis Artificiels - the b-sides (2012) they dived into all kinds of drug culture in Vienna for the Wiener Festwochen/into the city, Vienna.
The practice of matthaei&pfeifer responds to contemporary urban issues – often with a subversive message and their own humorous twist.
During the bangaloREsidency, matthaei&pfeifer will collaborate with Srishti to research and create a series of site-related interventions that channel urban magical practices and voice an individual and collective perspective on the wondrous performances of the urban everyday. Their understanding of "magic" is not so much linked to vaudeville & cheesy make-beliefs – although they do like those as performative models! – but rather based in a common ability to create realities out of make beliefs that manifests itself in a wide variety of fields and practices. Engaging with Bangaloreans from all kinds of different backgrounds and with students from Srishti will be at the core of their residency. Together they plan to work performatively with an ethnopoetic approach, focusing on "urban magic" as a pool of open-source inspirations.
Together with Srishti they will devise a format how to best engage the public, the outcome will subsequently resurface as a poly-vocal audio installation in public space, as an interactive map and a manual. Performative in specific sites plus ongoing in printed and digital formats the Manual for Urban Magic strives to offer a multi-layered book full of magic micro-narratives.