They shoot horses, don’t they?, by Pepe Romero

HD-video with sound, 03’03 min.
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Excerpt from an article published on November 10, 2022, in El País, by Slavoj Zizek:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated his threat to use nuclear weapons.
…15,000 Ukrainians have responded to the prospect of annihilation in a less abstract way: by signing up for a massive sex party.
…It’s the opposite of despair. People will look for something good even in the worst-case scenario.
…In a time of extreme distress, an orgy can be a life-affirming project. Collective trauma precipitates the disintegration of individual inhibitions and conventional social norms”.

The first World War started on August 1, 1914.
On October 7, Ludwig Wittgenstein, in charge of night driving the search-light of the Goplana, a ship patrolling the left bank of the Vistula River, wrote:
“I may die within an hour,
I may die within two hours,
I may die within a month or within a few years.
I cannot know, and I can do nothing either for or against it: such is life.
How am I to live, therefore, in order to succeed at every moment?
Live in the good and the beautiful until life ends by itself”.
Quote from the book edited by Wilhelm Baum “Geheime Tagebücher” published in spanish by Alianza Editorial.

Seed & Crawl, by John G. Boehme

SD-video with sound
13:10 min.

The physicality of a colourless bearded, compressed & truncated male image spreads the discarded seed shells directly at the viewer while the colourful crawlers’ cascade down his grey visage.

“What interests me is the ongoing reformulation of a set of key interests. These interests are drawn from my observations of Western society’s less-considered compulsions. Exploring the performance of gender, specifically masculinity, the valorization of labour, the pursuit of leisure, and the marshalling of amity. I explore language and paralanguage, that is, both the spoken and gestural aspects of human communication”.

I’ve got to go to the Studio, by David Sherry

HD-video with sound,
03:07 min.
You have things to do, in the studio.
You are the CEO, Marketing Executive, Captain of ideas and Head of strategy. The opportunities are boundless now you have some decent snacks and a tin of sardines for lunch. Marcel Duchamp said the Studio was a place to 
breathe. Some call it the office, others go there to get away from work. Museums rebuild famous ones. In yours, you develop a branch of utterly pointless philosophy. You have failed to tick-off the practical jobs for today but formed a whole new list of useless tasks for tomorrow”.

I’ve got to go to the studio  was first performed at Alchemy Glasgow for G20 Artist Collective 2022.
Another work by David Sherry on the-artificial:
No question, one of my favourite art works, if not my absolute favourite

Bamboo Inhabitant, by KIMVI

performance film stills

“Entering a site where I am both foreigner and foreign, the intention lies in building a holistic cross-cultural bridge between the local villagers, the spaces and ecosystems they inhabit, and myself as an artist. Through a sensitive observation, experiencing rural China and the natural environment, I am forming the basis for initial encounters. The different uses of bamboo by the locals invite me to explore the relationship between the body and architecture through performative actions. The trajectories of everyday movements become the directions to understand the artist’s place in the space she is occupying. These performances evolve through the time spent in this new context. The artist, the bamboo, and the artist’s clothing, seemingly merge in an ever-changing series of architectural silhouettes. A vernacular dialogue emerged, and processing the everyday observations helped discover this place’s characteristics. This vernacular approach enables me to relate on a more comfortable and personal level, guiding me to understand the culture of the people and their context, in which the domestic and the functional is above the public or monumental”.

KIMVI is a British Performance Artist and a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou. China.
The performance, Bamboo Inhabitant, took place inside the Lucitopia Creative Centre, located in Zixi Valley, Jiangxi Province, in Southern China, as part of C- Platform eight weeks artist-in-residence. The project is sponsored by Lucitopia Residency Xi Art Museum Generative Project.

Long lasting islands N.00, by Manuela Macco

Video with sound, 11’46 min, 2022
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“As I linger in the experience of duration,
my body warmth is transferred to the object.

When I come into contact with matter,
I experience a sensation that stabilizes me.
In ordinary and unremarkable things,
where waiting and continuity coexist,
I can reconnect with the weight of the world”.

Long lasting islands is an ongoing project based on actions
carried out in the absence of the audience and
documented through video or photography (fixed camera).

DOOR OPERA – a sketch, by Helinä Hukkataival

Video with sound, 1’43 min, 2022
Please watch fullscreenThe video work was filmed in 2012 in Milavida, in Tampere.
It is a building from 1897 which first was a private house, later a historical museum – empty then and waiting for renovation. Several sad events had happened the history of the building especially during the Finnish Civil War in 1918, where many lives were lost and the building suffered great damage.
Today it is a beautiful museum of cultural history.
The empty rooms of Milavida with their acoustics and the sliding doors inspired us to experiment with the movements and the sound. The outfits and the bones were a random pick from my performance materials storage.Now 10 years later, when I looked through the video material, those strange scenes we had shot in Milavida arranged themselves quite nicely as a sketch for the DOOR OPERA.
I can see even the bones connecting of the history of the building.
Helinä Hukkataival
Soile Iivonen (the Maid) singer, visual artist
Sinikka Törmälä (the Maiden) singer, voice teacher, theatre director
Helinä Hukkataival (the one in black) visual artist, performance

Eighteen coffee breaks, by Maurice Meewisse

Video with sound, 9’32 min, 2017
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On the Zandmotor, a land made promontory near The Hague in the Netherlands, Maurice Meewisse organized eighteen coffee breaks, one for every working day during a four-week period. He cycled from his residency at the Satellietgroep and walk the last few kilometers to a place where buried some stools and a flag. After digging and setting it up he had a fifteen-minute break with a cup of coffee, to bury everything again and travel back. The whole procedure took around 3 hours.
Sound track by Jordy Walker..

Thanks to the Satellietgroep and Mondrian Fund