For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled Works On Paper. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, Works On Paper invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.
“His father’s name was Akaky, so let his son’s name be Akaky too. In this manner he became Akaky Akakiyevich. They christened the child, whereat he wept, and made a grimace, as though he foresaw that he was to be a titular councillor.” (Nikolai Gogol, The Overcoat, p. 1). To write, rather than to speak; to put to paper any given thought is to somehow bind one’s will to language. This is the weight that a paper frequently carries. But, to copy, is to somehow exclude one’s self from the process of making the word real, an avoidance of binding one’s self to the concept and meaning of language. A workshop-based performance will function as research into Nikolai Gogal’s book The Overcoat, both examining the act of copying from the perspective of Akaky Akakiyevich as abstraction, and as a societal relationship.
Video shot and edited by Igor Dimitri
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