The flesh of the human body and the bodiless video image: those worlds are connected in Akemi Takeya’s installation. Located in a squared room, the choreographer’s performance LEMONISM x ACTIONISM – an energetic exploration of Viennese Actionism through the lively body of the female dancer – is being transferred to a bodiless video installation. 72 bright yellow lemons, arranged in a circle over a black floor, are connected by white strings. A bleeding lemon is projected in the centre of these pieces of fruit. Screens on the walls show footage of the artist’s actions during the performance: dripping of lemon juice into eyes, washing of painted skin, injuring skin. An image conserving the reality on stage. Takeya picks eighteen actions and dedicates them to the shipwrecked in Géricault’s painting. Thus, the installation reminds of questions similar to those asked by The Rafts of the Medusa: Where do life and art intertwine? Where can the transient moment of death and suffering be burned into a permanent image?
Concepet, Choreografie & Performance Akemi Takeya Video Michael Loizenbauer Space & Realization Hannes Wurm Sound Noid Caption Jürgen Bauer Cooperation ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, Leopold Museum, mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, WUK – Werkstättenbereich Production IMEKA 2017 Support Wien Kultur, BKA Special thanks to Jan Fabre, Joanna de Vos