Video in Progress 3: Fields of the Performative
Selected videos for single channel screenig
- Maria Petschnig, Kip Masker, 2007, 3′25″
- Chris Dupuis, The Bathroom Project, 2008, 5′08″
- Željko Jančić Zec, The Second Man, 2008, 3′22″
- Joshua & Zachary Sandler, You’re Gonna Go Bald, 2009, 2′26″
- Attila Urbán, Quiet, 2008, 4′56″
- Gerwin Luijendijk, You surround me, and cover me protect me and caress me with that special simple love, 2009, 4′06″
- Luisa Mizzoni aka luxi lu & Emilio Corti, Mohenjo-Daro, 2008, 5′42″
- Aldo Giannotti & Viktor Schaider, A Rewinding Journey, 2005, 11′16″
Total screening duration: 00:40:32
Maria Petschnig (A/USA)
The absurd combination of the body and the misappropriated use of clothing enlist the viewer into a fluid stream of sculptural moments and constructs that dissolve after a fleeting manifestation. (…) The performance intends to analyze and play with ideas about the body, the fetishization of clothing, and lastly, question whether it is possible to rethink the perception of the (nude) body. (…) In KIP MASKER I unite the roles of performer and camerawoman (video artist). I see these two functions united in one person as an expression of a new, expanded concept of feminist self evidence.
Maria Petschnig (1977, Austria) lives and works in New York, USA.
The Bathroom Project
Chris Dupuis (CA)
The Bathroom Project is an experimental video which confronts Dupuis’ experience of gender performance as a child, in the private space of the bathroom, and as an adult in the public forum of the stage. As a child whose gender fell outside the boundaries of acceptable norms, he learned quickly to keep his explorations of gender to himself. Thus he developed a form of a secret solo performance, with a bathroom mirror being his only audience. Quite the contrary, as an adult he has made a rather lucrative career doing exactly what he was told not to as a child – dressing up like a girl. His career as a drag queen gives him a completely different space to explore his gender identity – the very public forum of the stage.
Chris Dupuis (1978, Canada) lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
The Second Man
Željko Jančić Zec (A)
It is a dream, but also desperation, the hopeless hope of political exile, of internal exile of war refugees. It is the unfortunate, inconsolable sense of someone who “knows” that there is no way out, that there is no elsewhere, and no return too, but still can’t avoid seeking, searching for it. There are few questions arising, questions of freedom, identity, their construction and their failures, of “home”, alienation, being the foreigner and remaining such wherever you go. But there is also the necessity for articulation and communication. Namely, who from and how will you get the answers?
Željko Jančić Zec (1969, Croatia) lives and works in Vienna, Austria, and Rijeka, Croatia.
You’re Gonna Go Bald
Joshua and Zachary Sandler (USA)
Joshua and Zachary Sandler are interested in examining the line drawn between adolescent and adult behaviour, and the dysfunction that often ensues as adults try to hold on to feelings of idealistic hope and youthful indiscretion. They employ post-dramatic performance style and highly confrontational documentary interview techniques with sometimes volatile subjects in order to craft scenarios which provoke and upset the sense of comfort that so often leads to dishonesty and denial prevalent in modern life.
In You’re Gonna Go Bald, a sensual brotherly haircut combines with a performance depicting the anxiety and insecurity which come with growing older.
Joshua Sandler (1977, USA) lives and works in New York, USA. Zachary Sandler (1979, USA) lives and works in New York, USA.
Attila Urbán (SE)
A silent conversation with hands and body. No language needed. No words. In order to understand, we only have to misunderstand each other. Don’t be quiet.
Attila Urbán (1977, Sweden) lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.
You surround me, and cover me protect me and caress me with that special simple love
Gerwin Luijendijk (NL)
The work is almost a kind of a music video where a man does various exercises to shape his body. Luijendijk plays with the idea of the body as a sculptural element and at the same time fetishizing one’s own body.
Gerwin Luijendijk (1980, Netherlands) lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Luisa Mizzoni aka luxi lu & Emilio Corti (I)
Title of the work comes from one of the main cities of the Indo valley civilization, dating back to 3300 b.c. and characterized by constructions conceived with rigorous architectonic standards. Mohenjo-Daro has been destroyed several times and stubbornly rebuilt on its own ruins, almost in the perspective of imposing rules to the blind forces of nature.
In the video, inert bodies float in a pale blue atmosphere, in delayed time and space. The subject of this ontological reflection is death as a passage beyond physical body. The images reflect on the water which invades the ground, placing the spectator in a space that spreads above and below them.
Luisa Mizzoni aka luxi lu (1982, Italy) lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Emilio Corti (1969, Italy) lives and works in Milan, Italy.
A Rewinding Journey
Aldo Giannotti (I/A) & Viktor Schaider (A)
A Rewinding Journey video by Aldo Giannotti and Viktor Schaider explores the dynamics between genuine and creative imagination and its loss. The work creates an explicit situation indicative of disharmony between the logics of contemporary society and unspoiled ability of visionary thinking and fantasy. The protagonist of the video, an astronaut – a fantastic stranger from the outer space, displaced in a surrounding which works by different logics and speed – embarks on a search for a place where he is allowed to exist.
Aldo Giannotti (1977, Italy) lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Viktor Schaider (1979, Austria) lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
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