*This Video is for Presentation Purposes ONLY.
Copyright Madeline Stillwell, 2010
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Project made possible by:
MMX Open Art Venue
Luzie Hanna Karolina Meyer
"The action of building--i.e., humans creating structure around themselves, is directly correlated with an accumulation of wealth. But no matter how much we accumulate, there is always something torn up, destroyed, and dragged in the dirt along the way. During the course of several performances, the artist moves herself through her installation. She both activates and destroys her work, creating a non-linear trail of material history. The artist introduces issues of social expectations, where her attempts to 'perform' various personalities lead to the absurd when confronted with the physical limitations of her stage. As she negotiates such limitations, the artist embodies gestures & emotions that are at once pedestrian, irrational, comforting, and indulgent, eliciting a system where productivity is also related to waste.
"Banquet" also refers to Bacchus, Greek god of excess and consumption, born from Zeus's thigh to bring the cult of wine to Europa. Along with it's infinite dance of excess & accumulation, the Bacchus story is really a negotiation of structure and freedom, control and excess. The result becomes one of classical struggle: vanity, embarrassment, disappointment, endurance, glory, and finally, existentialist ambivalence. For after any long journey, we usually end up completely transformed, yet at the same time, not far from where we started."
Madeline Stillwell, 2010