Reaching the peak of the mountain (without actually climbing it)

Performance in Jan Naaijkens Prijs exhibition, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, NL. 2015

Like a musician that is playing his instrument in front of his idol’s poster, or an athlete working-out in front of the picture of his olympic hero, or a climber training in front of the mountain he wants to reach, they all seek to some day achieve that place or at least be closer to that poster, that hero, or that mountain, all of these motives serving as a persuasive impetus to energize their move. In this situation, what really matters isn’t what they want to accomplish, but how to accomplish and the process to get there. For the performance “Reaching the peak of the mountain (without actually climbing it), I began from this idea, nailing an objective, an aim, a purpose of an action, or actions, just a bit to high to reach.

Objects and materials are assembled and installed to be used in a sequence of actions followed by a fictional narrative. Constructed in several stages, my concentration seems to be directed towards a photograph of a peak of a mountain, placed in one of the top corners of the exhibition space, representing a universal image, a dream that just becomes an excuse for reaching something else. By articulating my body and its language with these objects, I search for the distance in-between the point of being far and close of this peak, to focus in the process of getting there. Well, its in the middle where things can get solidified, where the model of a rehearse takes place, adopting the function of an essay. After going through all the phases, the performance culminates in the act of showing my wallet where I always had the original photograph of the mountain. With a sense of irony, I always had my objective in me, and metaphorically speaking: “The hare is to the hunter, like the mountain is to the climber, like the fish is to water, because is the only thing he knows” (part of a text within the performance).

Photograph of the peak of the mountain (29,7 cm x 21 cm)

Documentation during performance

Documentation during performance

Small text read within the total narrative chain, part of it was used to hit the target, the peak of the mountain.

Documentation during performance

Documentation after performance, the projection of fiction in the physicality of space.

Documentation after performance, the projection of fiction in the physicality of space.

Documentation after performance.

 

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