Performancevideo, 2015, 6 Min., Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD
Im Dickicht einer uneindeutlgen Landschaft verwandelt sich ein Performer in eine jener dämonischen Figuren, die auf den Weltkarten, Reiseberichten und Enzyklopädien des 16. Jahrhunderts zu finden sind. Die Medien spielen eine bedeutende Rolle in der Entwicklung der abendländischen Vorstellung vom „Fremden“: Während auf europäischem Territorium Vernunft und Ratio verortet werden, markiert man die Regionen in Übersee als Orte der Entgrenzung und des Identitätsverlustes. Ein ironisches Reenactment europäischer Fremdheitsfantasien.
Dennis Feser’s video work “Rauhnacht”(“Twelfth Night”) centres on a fascination for Perchten and their manifestations and deeper meaning. Together with Nigerian performer Jelili Atiku he traces our perception of identity, authenticity and naturalness. According to popular belief, around the Twelfth Night the laws of nature are suspended, and the boundaries to other worlds stand open – animals can speak and predict the future, good and evil spirits roam the land. Feser works between performance, video and sculpture. A very important feature of his installations is the bizarre costumes he designs, which he sees as body extensions. In this way he conducts a strange and ironic examination into identity patterns and the idea of what is natural. The tradition of the Perchtenlauf, a winter procession of men in scary Perchten costumes, originated in the early 19th century and coincides with the spread of nationalistic ideas in Europe, when the construction of ethnicity played a significant role. This folk custom served to promote identity and was also intended to serve orientation at the time when the year turned. Shot in Styria, Feser’s installation performance video renegotiates borders: the Alpine masquerade is juxtaposed with West African traditions, the use of masks highlights current fears and alienations. The concept of homeland and constructions of folk identity are infiltrated and exposed to other’s perspective. (steirischer herbst festival 2014)
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Dennis Feser works on the borderlines of performance, video, costume and sculpture. For his pieces, he develops physical extensions of the body that strangely oscillate between clothing, prosthesis and sculpture-like tumors and that explore patterns of identity and the idea of the natural in an ironic and neurotic way. Feser develops his work in long, serial repetitions in front of a camera and in his videos often concentrates happenings, which took place over a period of several days, into rhythmic montages. “Vertical Distractions” is based on the city of Frankfurt/M and its skyline.. Feser explores the architecture that he sees and its effect on the body. Urban landscape as an aspect of the human organism.