Cruise Tentare

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A picture of an octopus awakens a variety of associations, from old maritime myths to Paul the Octopus, the football oracle. For a number of years now, it has been symbolically associated with a new relationship between humans and nature. ‘Tentacular thinking’ stands for experiencing the world emphatically with all parts of the body. This development has been largely shaped by the natural scientist, feminist, and postmodernist thinker Donna Haraway, who describes the highly intelligent species as new role models in one of her recent books, Staying with the Trouble: octopods are fluid, creative, and queer creatures. Being separated from their parents early on, they do not carry on traditions in a conventional sense.

For Ruhr Ding: Schlaf, the artist collective God’s Entertainment is creating a walk-in spatial sculpture undeniably resembling an octopus at the Saalbau, which is a terraced cultural centre built for Witten city residents in the 1970s. The building interior, in turn, has been given the appearance of a cruise ship, including cabin life and an on-deck swimming pool. At the very same time, each detail of the installation reflects the group’s precise artistic touch – and the pool is in reality a gorgeous handwoven rug.

The Vienna-based artist collective God’s Entertainment has been working since 2006, in changing formations, in the areas of performance, happening, visual art, and sound. By combining live acts with installative elements, they engender new kinds of performativity.

The installation Cruise Tentare was commissioned as a coproduction by Urbane Künste Ruhr and the Kulturforum Witten.

With the kind support of the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.


Sat 6 May, 7 pm: Matthias Kranebitter and Akiko Ahrendt
8 pm: Migrantpolitan Solicasino
Also on board: Đorđe Balmazović, Hools of Fashion


Due to parallel events in the Saalbau, the indoor installation of Cruise Tentare is unfortunately completely closed on the following days:
Fri 9.6, Sat 10.6, Thu 15.6, Fri 16.6, Sat 17.6, Sun 18.6.


Saalbau Witten
Bergerstraße 25
58452 Witten

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God's Entertainment

The Viennese theatre collective God’s Entertainment has been working since 2006 in different team constellations on projects in the areas of performance, happening, the visual arts and sound.