Works : Performance and Intervention

ABOUT THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

2006

BORYANA ROSSA & OLEG MAVROMATTI

Commissioned for: Rencontre internationale d’art

performance (RIAP), Quebec City

 

We stitch fake rubber wounds to our bodies with a surgical thread.
During the performance we talk with the audience about televised violence. We compare real war to the one transmitted on TV. We talk about different experience of violence-when seen real, or mediated.

We give cameras to people from the audience to document our action. We encourage and direct them. Two video cameras held by viewers transmit video on the screens behind us live. This is the first performance in which we asked the visitors to document our action.

This collaborative work with the audience is applied to almost all our recent performances. It reflects digital culture and Internet technologies that provided people with new tools for communication and mythology production.

This action was also inspired by the way people use their phone cameras to document events that they are not allowed to (including performance art). As opposed to the general restriction of audience cameras at performance events, we allowed visitors to shoot and share on Internet their photos.

Available as :  SERIES OF THREE PHOTOGRAPHS 42/50’’’