"Re-write" is a new performance work by Ursula Scherrer, performed during the opening of "(Re-) Cycles of Paradise" at LACE on 25 October 2011 and continues as an installation throughout the exhibition. Scherrer explores the thought process about being a woman, a mother, an artist, and a responsible social being in a physical, organic act during which she uses knitting needles to write streams of consciousness in fresh clay that is spread on shards of glass. The action is filmed from below, which makes the text glow through the darkness as if in a dream. As soon as the words are written, she erases them by smoothing the clay over. The act is repeated again and again, as if trying to make sense of her thoughts. Contact microphones, attached to the glass amplify the sound of the writing. After the performance, the glass shards with the written text will lean against a wall and become part of the installation.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ursula Scherrer is a Swiss video artist living in New York City. Her work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums internationally. Scherrer has worked with composers/musicians Shelley Hirsch, Michelle Nagai, Kato Hideki, Flo Kaufmann, Domenico Sciajno, Michael J. Schumacher, Monya Pletsch, among others, in the creation of video and sound installations, live performances and single-channel videos; and with choreographer Liz Gerring. Together with Katherine Liberovskaya she organizes OptoSonic Tea in New York, a series dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sounds. OptoSonic Tea on the Road has toured throughout Europe. Scherrer’s work has been shown at the New Museum Festival of Ideas for the New City 2011, New York Video Festival 2004, BAC 36th International Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn Museum of Art, at the Chelsea Art Museum, the d.u.m.b.o art festival 2005 and 2008, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Dissonanze Festival in Rome, Live!iXem 2007 in Palermo, O'artoteca, Milan, 9e Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement, Saint- Gervais Geneve, Tesla, Berlin, Tresor, Stuttgart, Galerie Rachel Haferkamp, Cologne, Kunstraum im Walcheturm, Zürich, Plug-in, Basel, the Media Test Wall / MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, New Genre Festival 2008, Tulsa OK, Polli Talu Arts Center, Estonia.