Fiona Hall, Nº76 Karlsaue, has turned a wooden house in the Karlsaue Park into a ” hunter´s den” where she is adorning the walls with creatures placed on the IUCN Red List – categorized as vulnerable and endangered species. A metaphor for the embattled state and marginalization of these creatures, the shredded camouflage garment also hints at the irony that these military disguises are derived from animal camouflage – one of nature´s inventions commandeered by modern warfare (text: The Guidebook).
In this project he works with the mentally disabled actors of the Theater Hora, based in Zurich. Intellectual declension – i.e., mental disability – is generally thought of in terms of complete otherness to the condition of the intellectually keen and cultivated public of contemporary art. Jerome Bel chooses to put this handicap at the center of exactly this public´s attention, adopting it as a key to the reading of what enables us to think of a common dimension. He sheds light on the dynamics of exclusion that leads to the marginalization of those considered unabled to produce, exposing how, on the contrary , they are able to question the very mechanisms of representation, and to hint at existence as a non partitioned mode of presence ( text: The Guidebook).
SANATORIUM is an ongoing performative project that involves eight types of therapy sessions offered to visitors of dOCUMENTA (13) “to treat urban ills.” The content and procedures for these sessions are prepared by the artist and carried out by art students who are trained by Reyes as therapists, analysts, and tutors to the visitors. Sanatorium aims to recover the idea of Sociatry – a term coined in the 1930s by Jacob Levy Moreno, rather than aims to criticize current institutional settings.
June 2010 @ Nime ( new interfaces for musical expression) congress in Sydney; I got the chance to meet stelarc before he had to catch the plane to his homebase melbourne. After hearing his one hour lecture (showing some impressive videos of his ear on arm surgery ) the other day, it was great to talk in a more laid back atmosphere; I have to admit he can hook you into his passion and brings along an infectious (to stay with terms!) enthusiasm for the future visions of cyborg art and a lot more… For the project ear on arm he won the golden nica hybrid art 2010 at ars electronica.