Works : Performance and Intervention

VITRUVIAN BODY

2009

BORYANA ROSSA and OLEG MAVROMATTI

Performed at: re.act.feminism at Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany

Commissioned for : re.act.feminism

 

Vitruvian Body is a critical embodiment of the “ideal proportions” of the human body, defined as such by the Roman architect Vitruvius.

I put my hands and legs in the holes of a metal construction, especially built for the performance. This construction mimics Vitruvius’ geometric drawing, which consists of a circle and a square, within which man’s body represents correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry. These correlations are also known as the “cannon of proportions” or the “proportions of man” and were used in architecture.

Oleg Mavromatti stitches up my wrists and my legs with a surgical thread to the metal construction. I speak through the whole performance and I tell stories about this action and what led to it.

Before the beginning, I invite people from the audience to make photographs of the action with digital devices they have in hand-telephones, photo and video cameras. They are allowed to be as close to me as they want and use flashes.

This collaborative work with the audience is applied to almost all of my recent performances. It reflects the era of digital and Internet technologies, which allowed people to create their own news and mythologies.

Available as : ONE CHANNEL HDV, 16:9 WITH SOUND, 20’ SERIES OF FIVE COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS, MOUNTED ON WOOD, DIMENSIONS VARIABLE