Video by JJ Lincoln, Julia Wolf, Carolina Escobar, Anni Katrin Elmer
Spleen, 2017
Performance (3 hours) & Installation
(with Aaliyah, Carolina Escobar, Nevena White, Emily Poynton)
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

Inspired by Baudilaire’s Spleen and taking photography as a point of departure where the proces supersedes content, The work attempts to look at a technological process within human relations. Faced with a technological structure which both underlines and diminishes a structure of a social circle, repetition, isolation of language and binary symbolism is used through durational performance to zoom in on daily gestures and codes of technology that make up the cycle. 

Gestures and echoes of: “like” “block” “delete” “follow” from performers are like those of the Greek chorus commenting on the collective consciousness of our time. Matching historically valued and invested materials, forms and motifs with contemporary matter, from gold and Oedipus feet to where thumbs, hands and heads dominate the body...Here, body and language are tools as much as inconveniences, sacrificed for an image. The desire to possess and leave a mark is as much desired as never acquired.

The exhibition was hosted by Lincoln Projects.

Photography © Henri Kisielewski

Photography © Carolina Escobar

Photography © Andrew Stys

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