Two Performances- Ruvanti
"Earth - Body - Nervous System - Reflection"
human body is connected to the body of the earth. The human
body feels by his nervous system. Copper is the nervous system
of the earth. Two students ( identical Russian twins ) are sitting
motionless facing their reflection in a mirror. They are packed
in slowly by a web of copper. They are telling their sensations
directly to their reflection in the mirror and indirectly to
each other in their native language.
"Body - Nervous System - Steel"
Espeel N.V. Rumbeke.
How does the vulnerable human body experience the hard reality
of steel and the physical power and the violence of the industrial
machine ? What does the body feel inside the stressed, nervous
industrial space ? The human body is connected to the body
of the earth and alienates inside the industrial space. The
human body feels by his nervous system. Copper is the nervous
system of the earth. The performance "Body - Nervous System
- Steel" consists of two parts. In the first part the students
are tied up to the machines of a steelplant while it is working.
They are dressed in yellow ( nervous colour ) and are using
copper wire ( nervous system ). While interfering in a symbolic
way in the production process they feel the force, hardness,
violence and weight of the steel and the machine. During the
second part four students are sitting motionless under a yellow
cloth facing each other before a life audience in the hall
of the steelplant. Only their heads are visible and motionless
for the public eyes. The yellow cloth stands for nervous system.
Their heads are enlarged by copper coloured hats. The form
of the hats refer to the inquisition hats worn by heretics.
The students are sitting between two videoscreens showing
images of the first part. During the performance the students
try to feel the vibrations connected to the industrial space.
Under the cloth, invisible for the public, they write down
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