Wednesday 7 November 2007

"I just don't get it..."

TULCA is a Galway based season of contemporary visual arts exhibitions, live-art performances, discussions & forums that aim to offer opportunities to local, national and international artists and to develop and stimulate the growing visual culture in the area. It is indeed a principled and intriguing prospect.

However, I am finding one of TULCA's resident exhibitions somewhat difficult to understand:

Michael Mayhew, artist, will create a project called the ritual of being not being (vanished = to die away from latin) using stories from live interviews on campus with 25 people regarding persons that have vanished from their lives. Interviewing five people per day between Monday November 19th and Friday November 23rd inclusive, he will create a text from these stories and in the evening at 6pm, in the gallery, the stories will be written onto his body in ink and then washed off with water from the River Corrib. The water will be collected and poured into a cast of part of his body, then frozen.

When the five evenings have been completed and the five casts filled, the project will finish on Nun's Island where the casts will be defrosted and the contents melted on canvas. 25 words, one from each story, will be tattooed onto his body while this is happening. To set the project in motion there will be a talk by the artist on Thursday 15 November at 6.00pm, in the NUI Galway art gallery, where the artist will be sheared and shaved from the waist up in preparation for the project, while talking.

Now, it might well be ignorant of me to say, but what unadulterated bollocks! Seriously, can somebody explain the point of this to me?



slurkid57 said...

The beating down of the wise
And great Art beaten down.


I hope someone goes to his talk Thursday week and calls him out on this wank.

Also, in my last post I wasn't trying to say that Scob & LeSac were better than Subtle, just more sellable.

John Cav said...

Slurkid: I too want to heckle this plonker. Such total ráiméis!

I figured as much about our prior musical debate... Le Sac Vs Pip certainly are the more marketable proposition. It's that beard :)

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look at Project 333

333 is a durational performance lasting for 3 hours and 33 minutes.

Cocooned in cotton-wool, Mayhew hangs suspended from the ceiling as the audience look on. A bag of his own blood drips slowly on to his body. He repeats texts to us about neutrality, responsibility and witnessing. He tells us the story of the death of Frankenstein’s monster and a story about a Second World War Swiss Red Cross volunteer delivering soup to Jewish prisoners heading for the concentration camps.

333 developed from a residency at Theatre Arsenique in Lausanne, Switzerland, in which Mayhew lived in a bunker for 333 hours (14 days) in an attempt to answer the question, ‘Who are we as Swiss?” put to him by the promoter. The residency became an investigation of neutrality, of being inside and looking out, of being outside and looking in. The resulting performance piece asks the audience to consider their own status as observers and witnesses to the acts taking place in front of them.

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