Pain[ting] Machine"was a live art work based on ideas developed by Tristan Tzara and Raymond Roussel.
The "Pain[ting] Machine" explores Tzara's idea of the human machine. Using found / waste materials sourced mainly from the factory: the group created a large machine that takes blood from a person (simulated) and pumps it into a machine which them “paints” onto prepared canvases.
The "blood source" was a man hanging from a hook in the middle of the former factory floor. The hook was on a rail and the man was brought out into the main installation space by the rest of the artists, who were wearing white suits and surgical masks. The paintings were done onto large canvases which were prepared with photo-transfer images of the factory.
Performers: Sandrine Albert, Valentina Floris, Milo Taylor, Julian Ronnefeldt
Filmed by Gillian McIver; edited by Ben Foot
Made at Dadafestwochen, Zurich
This is part of the feature length documentary La Luna Nera: Black Moon Rising (2008)
A LUNA NERA PRODUCTION