An installation / performance / poster that combines kitsch and a
phenomenological concern for the perceived object.
Cast / Actresses: Christina Flick, Hilde Caroline Labadie, Kimmy Ligtvoet
A breakdown of the 3 constituted parts, and a few subheadings:
1) An actress playing the part of a corpse:
The performance is based on a contradiction between acting and existing (without context), and this would confirm the nature of metaphors when embodying its own reality; it is the embodiment of an idea, that takes the form of a lifeless body. The tension between the metaphor and the phenomena is complicated by its attempt to illustrate its own principle.
2) A poster illustrating the underlying principle of the performance:
1.7 X 1.2 metres / inkjet print
The image is an inverse allegory that produces an image to explain itself and thereby contradicting the supposed autonomy of a performance-as-metaphor:The quote that forms the centerpiece, “I don’t care if it hurts”, is appropriated from
a) The “l” is formed by a geisha whose fabric is made from photographs by the Hubble Space Telescope.
b) The dot over the “i” is an eye – placed in the middle of the image.
The eye simulates the allegory of the image that perceives and is formed by text from Hegel’s Introduction to The Phenomenology of Spirit – itself a condensed summary of the totality of the Phenomenology.
- Upper eyelid:
- Lower eyelid:
“THE BARE RESULT”
- Around and under eye:
“BUT THE LIFE OF SPIRIT IS NOT THE LIFE”
“THAT SHRINKS AWAY”
“FROM DEATH AND KEEPS ITSELF”
“UNTOUCED BY DEVESTATION”