A Morphologic Journey I

(On the borders of our bodies) 

2011, Performance

 

Started in 2011 at KARST Gallery as a 3-hour performance in four episodes, the performance is inspired by the journey of Ulysses under the aspect of his encounters with a variety of women. Splintering meetings with archetypes of Circe, Calypso, Nausicaa and Penelope are guideline analogies of behavioural patterns of people on the run, men and women in search to forget, longing for union and something that may finally last. The performance continued with part II in January 2014 upon VestAndPage's return to KARST.

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 A Morphological Journey I 
 Performance 
 2011 

La Promenade du Sceptique 

2011, Performance

The performance and its title are inspired by the 1747 book La Promenade du Sceptique by Denis Diderot. 

 

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 La Promenade du Sceptique 
 Performance 
 2011 

Mephisto Waltz 

2011, Performance

The performance is based on the version Faust. Ein Gedicht by Nikolaus Lenau from 1836. The intensively corporal actions are accompanied by Mephisto Waltz #1 by Franz Liszt (1859), played in an adaption for violin by German violinist Stephan Knies. Serbian scientist Vedran Vucic created a unique design pattern directly out of the musical composition.

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 Mephisto Waltz 
 Performance 
 2011 

Balada Corporal 

2010 - 2011, Performance cycle in 4 parts

The cycle speaks about the continuity of becoming, the difficulties of real encounters unleashing the physical boundaries of body surface, and transformation through concrete communication - physical, psychological, verbal and non-verbal. This shall help to overcome the actual frozen state of being- not as a matter of nostalgia, but rather to ingrain poetry into life by re-evaluating the necessity of honest, direct and sincere human interchange.

Developed and presented with stations in Caracas (Solid Body - Emotional Body), Valparaiso (Liquid Body - Political Body), Valdivia (Aerial Body - Spiritual Body) and Buenos Aires/Vitoria, ES (Fragile Body - Private Body).

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 Balada Corporal 
 Performance cycle 
 2010 

sin∞fin

Performances at the End of the World 

2010, Trilogy episode short, 38'52" min 

(producer, writer, director, performer) 

Produced in Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, the first episode short of the sin∞fin trilogy focuses on the inner sphere of microcosm and the intimate domain of the individual and the couple. The trilogy of art films of collaborative performances in epic locations around the world teeters between the real and the visionary and is amplified by the unfamiliar environments.

 

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Adventure, Art, Biography, Documentary, Drama, Environment, Science, Philosophy

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 sin∞fin 
 Performances at the End of the World
 Performance-based film 
 2010 

Places to Fall and Rise

(Hyle & Hybris) 

2010, Performance

A women's prison in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The floor of the courtyard is painted with definitions: Place of Anger -– Place of You – etc. Upstairs, near the cells, the woman continuously dresses and undresses. Downstairs the man bashes a metal tube against the bars.

Those who would give up essential liberty

to purchase a little temporary safety,

deserve neither liberty nor safety.

– Benjamin Franklin

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 Places to Fall and Rise 
 Performance 
 2010 

The Wedding 

2010, Life project

The Wedding is a life project, started in April 2010 during the Holy Week of the Raramuris in the Mexican desert of Sierra Tarahumara. It consists of a series of ritualistic actions about the Union.

 

The stories of Love are stories of forms,

as every union is a formation of spheres,

and therefore creation of internal spaces. 

– Peter Sloterdijk

 

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 The Wedding 
 Life project 
 2010 

FRATRES 

2009, Durational performance

FRATRES is a meditative performance for two performers and a violinist. In a closed dark room, nine guests at a turn take place on chairs placed in a circle. Connected by the luminescence of a long scarf, they become one single body of light. The violinist plays the composition based on the composition Fratres by Arvo Pärt, standing behind each of the persons for each of the nine segments of the composition. Only one light is placed at the end of his bow.

I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.  – Arvo Pärt

 

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 FRATRES 
 Durational performance 
 2009 

FRAGILE

global performance chain journey 

 

The global art initiative started in 2010 aiming to make one fragile object travel one time around the entire globe, from hand to hand and from artist to artist. Over 750 artists from 75 countries and six continents had signed up to participate and create works of art with the fragile object about the fragility of life.

The project got suspended in 2012, as unfortunately the fragile object was no more retrievable upon a transition from one artist to the next.

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 FRAGILE global performance chain journey 
 Global art initiative 
 2010 

SUITEnovus 

2009, Durational performance

SUITEnovus is a performance about angels, for one person at a time, in a hotel suite. 

 

But a storm is blowing in from Paradise;

it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. 

– Walter Benjamin

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 SUITEnovus 
 Durational performance 
 2009 

One Earth's Dreaming 

2009, Durational performance and installation

One Earth's Dreaming works on the importance of communication, and the ritualistic aspects involved in facilitating it, as well as a personal version of bypassing alienation. One cannot be passive, cannot just sit and wait for everyone else to exorcise their fear of communication and hold back in the process of recreating unity.

You have already turned to become true.

While we remain still the same. 

– Man to the Earth

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 One Earth's Dreaming 
 Durational performance and installation
 2009 

Crossing 

2009, Video, 4'05" min 

(producer, writer) 

A journey through isolation and reflection with pathogens as mnemonics of Deep Time.

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 Colonize
 Video 
 2009 

Crossing 

2009, Video, 2'51" min 

(producer, writer) 

Award winner: Culture Prize of the City of Nassau, Video Poetry Prize La Parola Immaginata 

On a street corner that looks paved like a chessboard, people wander anonymously in opposing directions. They join each other and separate along two intersecting lines on the road, appearing and disappearing as if they echo the impermanence of life. There is a moment in which they double in perfect harmony, but direct communication is inexistent.

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 Crossing 
 Video 
 2009 

Endangered Species

2008, Durational performance

Endangered Species: Instability. Immobility. Pagnes, covered by pearls and glass powder, lies on a bed made of 300 glasses. Stenke shifts the empty glasses on which his body is not lying, and removes pearls with her mouth from the skin surface. Each empty glass is filled with one pearl. As he finally raises up from the glasses, his back is covered with marks. The remaining glasses outline his body’s shape on the floor. He blows gold leaves, and they rest in an embrace.

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 Endangered Species 
 Durational performance and installation
 2008 

Speak That I

Can See You 

2007, Durational performance and installation

Award winner: ArtKontakt Prize 2007

An interactive itinerary on communication. Voices speak in three languages a text about fear. At the center of the space, a body is offered as a canvas for thoughts. The visitors are invited to write with a feather or a nail on Pagnes' naked back. It derives a blood-like effect, but the action is smooth and gentle. Stenke cancels the word with water and collects the liquid in a glass container, labelling it with the actual written word. Inspired by the sentence attributed by Erasmus to Socrates: Speak, so that I may see you [Loquere igitur, in quit, adolescents, ut te videam].

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 Speak That I
Can See You 
 Durational performance and installation
 2007