Becoming an Image with Cassils at Wiener Festwochen
I'm very happy to be performing with Cassils again the Becoming an Image piece... a live piece that will accompany the artist/collaborator life and manifest the various stages. Dates: Fri, 15. June , 22:00 Location: Gösserhallen, Halle 4 Laxenburger Straße 2B, 1100 Wien here some info: Performance icon Cassils gained international recognition with their use of their own body as artistic material and by continually modifying it. The Huffington Post listed Cassils as »one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art.« In their performances, to be understood as a visual critique of ideologies, Cassils’s body, which is constantly transformed by strict physical training regimes, is the protagonist in the contemplation of a history of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Becoming an Image takes us into a world of absolute darkness where performance, photography and sculpture meet. During the course of about twenty minutes, Cassils unleashes an attack on a 1000 kg clay block with full force, thus making the audience a witness of an act of violence. Delivering a series of kicks and blows in total darkness, the spectacle is illuminated only by the flash of a photographer, burning the image into the viewer’s retina. The result is a series of live photographs that allow the senseless acts of violence against transsexual and queer bodies to be viewed as if through the lens of history.