A manifestation for the quasi-public

performance



A manifestation for the quasi-public situates the performance's estimation in an active process of degeneration while proposing to see ourselves in the perspectives of our lungs.



By doing a breathing performance, life itself becomes the object of added value. 

Das Leben selbst wird zum Gegenstand der Wertschöpfung.

And if our very breathing is the object to evaluate, the object of added value, must my breathing then become a virtuoso breathing?

Das Atmen wird zum Gegenstand der Wertschöpfung.

In contrast to the factory weaver, the weaving of the virtuoso is not exhausted by what she produces, and does not take place in private, beyond the public, but rather in public and in front of, or together with, spectators.

The smoke of the cotton factory chimneys became literally the breath of patriarchy.The phantasm of modernism, the brutality of supremacy. Now, they manifest themselves...

...in the air...

The air is wrong. The air is bad. The air is dead.

Dead air, hereish and nowish, how does it belong to me?

Imagine

Virtually you are attached to the endurance of the otherwise.

The breathing in this breathing performance is the object of added value.

Dead air is the context.

The air will not accumulate, not reproduce itself, not be air-conditioned. 

It will be scorching.




[excerpt of the performance script]


Soundsources: a heavy, heavy duty(2016)


Text by Stefanie Knobel with excerpts in French and English language by Georgia Bataille (1933/34).

Fotos: Miwa Negoro, 6. Moscow Biennale for Young Art/The School of the Ende of Time.



Performances:

10.6.2018

6. Moscow International Biennale for Young Art/The School of the End of Time, Moscow (RU)

15.6.2018

Living Room, Pro Helvetia at Art Basel, Basel (CH)

4.10.2018

my grammar is your(s)?, On Curating Project Space Zurich, (CH)




©Stefanie Knobel