A performance installation by Gabriela Tarcha and Ingo Keil. Sound by Christoph Scherbaum. Performed by Teddy May de Kock, Reut Aviran, Elisabeth Argilagos, Gesa Piper & Ingo Keil. Photos by Surya De Wit.
23.aug 2009 Stevenskerk Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
13.sep 2009 Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Nijmegen, Uit-festival, the Netherlands.
“exc-ept-ion> state of) is a performance-installation that places emphasis on the skin level, on an experience of bare(ness). The choices the audience takes in the field created by the in-betweens for performers and objects play a major role in this work.” - www.exceptionstateof.net
Two performers start moving inside a plastic-wrapping slowly freeing themselves. One of them proceeded into a web of black strings elevated above the floor in a big scaffolding. Another performer enter the space and is hung upside down from his feet with honey dripping from his head onto the floor. A woman covered with honey and feathers are singing and walking, circling the space while another woman sit down with members of the audience and invite them into strange conversations and actions. A dancer is moving very slowly in a corner. All of these images are taking place after the sunday mass in the main ship of the beautiful stone church ‘Stevenskerk’ in the heart of Nijmegen. Juxtaposed, partly intervening and partly hidden from eachother, all these images created a surreal landscape of existence and sounds.
VIDEO, SKIN AND TOUCH
Inside this church landscape there grew a new image. From the concept of skin I worked on personal borders connected to national borders. During the first performance I did a body painting on the slow moving dancer which I filmed close-up throughout the piece. While filming I was painted the same way as the perfomer and became part of the image. The movie was in the UIT festival screened next to the same action, but edited together with images of green flies crawling over the skin of a dead blue bird. Later a loop of an insect stuck in a yellow, sweet dessert was projected onto the dancer’s skin. From investigating different aspects of skin and touch the video-work finally ventured into the anthropomorphic world between human, bird, skin, feather, touch and insect.