The image is an inverse allegory that produces an image to explain itself and thereby contradicting the supposed autonomy of a performance-as-metaphor: it is the embodiment of an idea, as it takes the form of a lifeless body.
The quote that forms the centerpiece, “I don’t care if it hurts”, is appropriated from an early hit by Radiohead. The pun of the image lies in an ambivalence between what or who 'It' is. I.e. do “I” care if “it” hurts, as a thing outside “I”, or is the assimilation between “I” and “it” what hurts?
1.7 X 1.2 metres / inkjet print
Within the “If” of “I don’t care if it hurts”, is split into three parts:
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 an condenced summary of the totality of the Phenomenology.
- Upper eyelid:
“THE BARE RESULT”
“BUT THE LIFE OF SPIRIT IS NOT THE LIFE”
“THAT SHRINKS AWAY”
“FROM DEATH AND KEEPS ITSELF”
“UNTOUCED BY DEVESTATION”
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. The tension between the metaphor and the phenomena is complicated by its attempt to illustrate its own principle.
Cast / Actresses: Christina Flick, Hilde Caroline Labadie, Kimmy Ligtvoet