Kodf fofomt Ton & Fluidum 3

Root Event

3. Werkleitz Biennale 1998 sub fiction

Parent Event

Kodf fofomt Ton & Fluidum 3
D 1998

Kodf fofomt Ton: Performance, 27 min, Konsum, Internet-Raum in Tornitz

Performance, 27 min, Konsum, internet-room in Tornitz

We are crouching on the floor under the computer tables, at the same time we are shaping head-sized clay balls, solely performed with the skull.

„The head is round and stupid.
It only perceives, what comes and goes,
but not, what stays.
However, one can push it into soft clay quite well,
to produce sculptures.” I. K.

„there is no hard life in the soft.” S. B.

In the attempt to provide a terminologically based consideration and interpretation for the different approaches of the performers, in its paper – Culture of Performance Art – ASA-European compiled a list of designations which are used by artists referring to their work. Partly these designations are occupied by art history already and became guidelines, e. g. moving sculpture, public sculpture, body art, body works, ritual plastic, expanded performance. In the old Konsum shop of the Tornitz community, the headquarters of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft, the first performance by Ingolf Keiner and Stefan Berchthold was taking place after the opening.In the room, narrowed by the tables used for the internet presentation, head-sized clay balls were spread irregularly, in part between the feet of the visitors. Both the performers entered the room through the door, kneeled down and started to move one of the balls with their heads. Out of the motion, it quickly became visible, that the intention was a sculptural process of creation. Kneading, rolling, lifting, structuring of surfaces etc. The direct contact with the clay, performed with the forehead only, required a partly gymnastic or acrobatic posture; head and body as a sculptural act. So, gradually the balls were moved through the space, were taking shape, out of a decision left behind as a relic to concentrate on the next ball, until all the clay balls were modelled. The created sculptural forms were not the aim of the work, in my view the questions which were asked afterwards: if the forms are going to be fired now, if they will be exhibited etc. are invalid. This is where the predetermined breaking point lies; is there an intention to produce or is it avoided in favour of pure acting. There are sentences about hands from Sartre, referring to the works of Wols and Giacometti. The plays of the palm, the sculpture in the process of comimg into existence. Terminologically put, the BODY ART in the sixties is performance in the spirit of sculptur.

Fluidum 3: Food and objects are misappropriated in slow-motion while a news voice which is slowed down by five times is heard. The series of actions is taking place at different spots.

„The silence of an unbaked roll is getting examined in all slowness exactly the same way as the mechanics of the sausage chain.”

Slowly it stands well
Slow-life Performance, 18 min, Gaststätte Zur Post, Tornitz

Toadying of the city-people to the rural idyll
Slow-life Performance, 18 min, Scheune im Heimatverein, Tornitz

Silent cheese
Slow-life Performance, 21 min, Windfang der Kegelbahn, Werkleitz

The artists have done this performance three times, each time in a different place. The first time between the rows of the chairs in the hall of the „Post” pub just before the start of a lecture, the second time on the staircase to a hayloft and the last one in the lobby of the Werkleitz bowling alley.

Starting position 3
In between the two performers was a table, on the table were rolls, Harz cheese, Camembert cheese, water and glasses, smoked sausage spread, slices of sausage, fruits and vegetables, everything, that is needed for a not exactly frugal snack, naturally a radio set, too.

The performers started playing a tape in the cassette recorder, the sound was distorted, the play back had been extremely fast or extremely slow re-recorded.

In slow motion I. Keiner and S. Berchtold started to have their snack. That the butter was spread in One´s ear and the Other was fed with Harz cheese, getting long teeth, added a layer of humour to the play. Cutting off a smoked sausage from a row of sausages led both the performers into completely absurd movements and down beneath the table. Isn´t there the term sketch? The performance had elements of slapstick, entertainment, touched structures of theater. It is exciting, that controlled, slowed down movement, if kept in a state of flux, creates entirely different forms of acting. Where is it all going to, if one is in the regular flux of movement?

Stefan Berchtold & Ingolf Keiner (D), Kodf fofomt Ton, Performance, 27 min, 1998
Stefan Berchtold & Ingolf Keiner (D, Fluidum 3, Performance, 1998