Eternal Return #3
ETERNAL RETURN #3
live art performance
of Leo Galleries, Monza - Italy
Part of the Personal Exhibition: "(Dis)locating the body"
8 November 2012
Duration: 45 minutes
Artist's body, hair separated in 7 braids, black elastic strings, wooden sticks painted in black, black outfit, audience members.
Description of action
I enter the gallery space. My hair are divided in 7 braids and are connected with thick elastic strings. At the edge of each thread there is a black wooden stick of 30 cm. I place the sticks around me creating a circle. Then I give each stick to an audience member. I look each person in the eyes while moving very slowly in the space. Then I walk up and down in the space, I turn around myself and I move impulsively in any possible way. My movement becomes faster and faster. As I move slowly or run in the space, the people who are holding the wooden sticks move along with me while trying to figure out the way they should move all together so that the elastic strings and the wooden sticks they are holding, can remain in the original shape I positioned them. As I speed up or slow down my movement, they follow. When I stand still they are in stillness, when I walk or run back and forth, they do the same. The only communication I have between them is the eye contact and the language of our body.
The project “Eternal Return” is a series of live performances where repetitive action is the fundamental element and where time is experienced as being not linear but cyclical. “Eternal Return” explores repetition while challenging the limits of the body. What if a repeated physical pattern is recurring and returning again and again? Is there an endeavor or a futility in this repeated action? The body revolves for an eternal return and therefore creates an infinite time and space. It constructs a repetitive routine that appears as a ritual through a cyclical form upon which the repetitive occurrence becomes unpredictable. There is an intention to examine the possibilities of chance and repetitive action in relation to the response of the physical and mental body that becomes erratic due to the physical tension caused by the endless recurrence. Therefore the idea of fragility appears both in the cause of the action and the body itself. The application of the existential definition of the constant return to a passing incident occurs through an experiential manner that evolves to a transformative experience.
“Eternal return” is inspired by Nietzsche’s notion of the eternal recurrence, – that manifests in life in a self-similar mode through an infinite number of times and through a cyclical infinite time and infinite space.
Photography: Laura Macchi, Gianluca Giovanni Minardi and Biljana Bosnjakovic
Assistant: Laura Macchi
"Christina has involved the audience with such ease, they were like hypnotized. She's so great!"
~Biljana Bosnjakovic 11 November 2012