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The duo is a genre in itself, and one most appropriate to our agenda. In the duo, positions become comparable, difference gets visualized, but also sameness (in our case: WHITENESS), sometimes even seriality and its beauty.

The duo is, in the best case, a situation of balanced power, a pair of hands, and - when consisting of partners enjoying the same privileges, like we do - an ongoing discussion about who is to be the master and who the servant, colonizer and colonized.

Our duo, consisting of two white male specimen (currently the "winner of the world"), can - on the premise of critical WHITENESS - create a very complex and productive situation to work from.

With the ideal of producing works as freelancers rather than bound to institutions and the logics of the hype of discourses, White on White now wants to find ways of thinking in terms of continuation and sustainability.

By taking this step, the group tries on a more general level to stand up against the dilemma of INNOVATION - being the silver bullet in art-production nowadays - and stand in for discussing artistically ONE matter under the premisses of progress and reference in ONE basic constellation.




 

Johannes Schmit is educated as a director at the theatre academy of Berlin, Ernst Busch. In 2008 he became part of the team responsible for the artistic direction of Skala in Leipzig, the experimental scene of Sebastian Hartmann`s Centraltheater, a city-theatre trying to live up to the artistic and curatorial strategies of the early Volksbühne. The spectrum of Johannes Schmit`s works ranges from performances extremely dependent on the politics of indoors to theatrical interventions in public spaces. From professional stagings of contemporary dramatic writing to projects that are developed with an explicitly socio-cultural agenda.
Iggy Malmborg is educated as an actor at the Theatre academy of Malmö. Since 2006 his focus has been as much on Performance art as on Theatre. He works with various styles and aesthetics both solo and in several production-based collaborations. In theatre he works in the field of postdramatic theatre, with groups such as Institutet (Malmö) and Teatermaskinen (Riddarhyttan). In his solo work, the body has a central position. Especially in the porridge series, where he explores the consciousness`s reaction on physical strain and how different specific presences affect the perception of reality. Malmborg`s main focus is to use the actual situation, the contexts in which the pieces are shown, as models on which the work`s discourse can be applied.



It is a very problematic and interesting choice to inaugurate WHITENESS as a category to be discussed within a german/swedish, a european constellation. Most probably it is based on the very personal experience of Malmborg and Schmit, that the same privileges were granted to them, regardless of which home-country they would meet in. What may be considered as a matter of course, can be – and IS by the theorists of Critical Whiteness Studies – considered as the actual key to a hidden category that defines Europe as such: a community based on WHITENESS.

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