The project for Consonni HPC falls into two parts. The first is called I Believe I’m/it’s fake, I Believe I’m/it’s for Real -in Memory we Trust, and the second, in collaboration with artist Lisa Torell, the performance Handover Outlined Clearly/Clean Out.
Opening 22/6 2013 Consonni, Bilbao.
I Believe I’m/it’s fake, I Believe I’m/it’s for Real starts in Peter Weiss Aesthetics of Resistance II where the narrator describes the artist Gericault’s struggle with the painting, The Raft of the Medusa, woven into a description of the catastrophe that caused the horrible incident. It runs parallel with a description of a Europe in crisis and the choice between politics and artistic practice.
I Believe I’m/it’s fake, I Believe I’m/it’s for Real -in Memory we Trust. is composed of a transparent black tent, a black megaphone and a speech. The speech is a schizophrenic extension of Peter Weiss’ novel and thereby inscribes itself within a historical chain of events and of recurring political betrayal. The speech makes use of actions, both artistic and political. The speech and the megaphone express a kind of materiality of democracy. Politics and art have the potential to create connections between the constructed, coherent world and the material world, where the material reality at times reaches a position capable of moving and changing our modes of thinking. In the tradition of Gericault and Peter Weiss, I Believe I’m/it’s fake, I Believe I’m/it’s for Real -in Memory we Trust explores such a position.
With support from IASPIS, The Swedish Art Grant Committee’s International Program for Visual Artists.