Volksbuhne Berlin: Chicks on Speed celebrate 20 year anniversary concert with Douglas Gordon, Peaches, Kiki Moorse and The Real Housewives of NeuKoeln, photos by Wolf-Dieter Grabner

Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,

Melissa and I celebrated our 20th in style last week at Volksbuhne Berlin, a place we’ve performed every 2 years since we started the group April 17th, 1997 behind the Art Academy in Munich (so that actually makes our group more than 20 years old but we haven’t celebrated till now and though it was really time). Unexpected friends from the worlds of electronic pop, fashion and art climbed the stage and things got very lively, with the audience taking over during our song We don’t Play Guitars when art star Douglas “flash” Gordon did his legendary acoustic version and suddenly PEACHES also jumped on stage to do her guitar solo with Melissa’s leg. This was tough competition, but of course my infamous HIGH HEELED SHOE GUITAR solo stole the show! because WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS! and we never will!

Because Chicks on Speed is now also a Nomadic University of Craft, Action and Thought, (Melissa and I do workshops with students after-which they perform with Chicks on Speed on stage) Michelle Søndergaard Rasmussen flew in from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim) and concepted a scene, which she performed inside our larger Chicks on Speed GESAMTKUNSTWERK (all encompassing artwork) show.

We truly missed you Diane especially when we performed our remixed version of Fashion Rules with original Chick Kiki Moorse!



Alexandra Murray-Leslie and Melissa.E.Logan

Melissa.E.Logan costume by Chicks on Speed and Kathi Glas

Alexandra Murray-Leslie costume by Chicks on Speed and Kathi Glas

Melissa e. Logan, Alexandra Murray-Leslie and original COS member Kiki Moorse joined us for the show

PEACHES playing Douglas “Flash” Gordon

Michelle Søndergaard Rasmussen performance art piece in front of our art video CUTTING THE EDGE by Anat Ben-David, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Kiki Moorse and Melissa.e.Logan.

Kiki Moorse, stage wear designed by FÁBIO M SILVA


Alexandra Murray-Leslie’s self designed and fabricated “REactable foot-wedges” wearable Technology as an audiovisual way of costuming the feet (made at Autodesk Pier 9 technology center, San Francisco, tech partners Protopixel and Reactable Systems).

Chicks on Speed

Choreographer and dancer Cecilia Sánchez

Peaches  and Melissa E.Logan

Nelly Ellinor on Keyboards

The Real Housewives of Neu Koeln

drummer Saskia von Klitzing


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Alexandra Murray-Leslie

Alex is an artistic researcher and co-founder of the art band Chicks on Speed. She is currently Professor, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Honorary Industry Fellow, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney.