Upon entering a dark space the viewer is first confronted with a large videoprojection of an organic shape, filling the frame, moving in a flowing manner. It looks like an animation.
After seeing this projection and exploring the space further, it becomes apparent that the viewer is not looking at a pre-recorded video. A girl sits in the far end corner with the image visible in the video, projected onto the upper part of her chest by a slide projector. This is filmed with a camera that is totally zoomed in, and then it is streamed live via the beamer. She creates the three-dimensionality in the projected video image by rocking her body from left to right. Seemingly bending the strands of light coming through the scratched slides.
By filming the projected shape on the body and playing with its scale, the work aims to reveal different ‘invisible’ layers of the human body. The movement and shape of the body are enlarged and altered with a light-shape projected onto it, this creates a different world within the skin.
One of the definitions of Ablution is ‘ritual cleansing’. Thinking of the ‘caressing’ light as a way of cleaning the body.
The movement also becomes a kind of mantra. Because this performance continues during the whole course of the night it will also be an endurance-test. Therefore, as the night progresses the tired body will logically alter the image and change the outcome of the work.
This performance was part of the performance event called 'In Evidence of Experience', curated by Rose Akras and Dirk Jan Jager and held at the Arti et Amicitiae in the centre of Amsterdam.
In seven evenings of live art, artist of different disciplines approached performance in their very own way.