a performance by Christine Laquet & Robert Steijn, Pioneer Works, Center for Arts and Innovation, NYC, 2013.
Voice and electronic guitar: Adrian Owen.
”In a dream-like sequence, a woman’s eye is slit open” : L. Buñuel, S. Dalí, 1929.
The performance trajectory of the piece deals with the potential violence of knives vs our fragile perceptions of bodies in space. How are we able to “cut through” the visible/invisible elements of our bodies, mind, and social constellations? The knife enters as a sparring partner in the collaborations of Christine Laquet and performer Robert Steijn. Initially related to trance, ritual and shamanism as well as the Surrealist movement, the knife has haunted their practice. Simultaneously an embodiment of power and strength, the sharp object becomes an extension of the hand, as well as a metaphor for expressing mental gestures.
Standing at the high of our own eyes, we are following two green lines, that serve as a partition for our actions in the all exhibition space. The performance begins with a voice coming from the public Tu se‘ morta, Adrian Owen is singing a capella the Monteverdi Opera Orfeo. For each breathing he takes, we are sliding slowly against the wall. C.L.
40 knives made of sugar, 60cm long, 2013.
I produced 40 knives made of sugar (Lollipop Knives) that we distributed to the public during the performance. Eaten, the knives disappear without leaving a trace, in the viewers’ bodies.
Series of 8 drawings made of sugar on black mat paper, 2013.
Studio view, Pionneer Works (NYC, USA):