Rehearsing Brutality, until it is totally destroyed

at Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach
group exhibition Die Vibration Der Dinge

curated by Elke Aus dem Moore

text by Sebastian Schneider
views by Roman Novitzky
(from activation on Sept. 27th)

    Rehearsing Brutality, until it is totally destroyed
Diatomaceous earth, gypsum drywall boards, water glasses, magnetic field. 2022.
Activated by dancers from Das Stuttgarter Ballet*.
    Study for a Monument I
Jellified Carrara marble, 2021.

*Movement studies in collaboration with choreographer Alessandro Giaquinto.
Performed by Clemens Fröhlich, Irene Yang (in the images), Joana Romaneiro Kirn, Adrian Oldenburger, Noan Alves, Flemming Puthenpurayil, Satchel Tanner.

« Marble and diatomaceous earth are formed when seashells, algae, and other remains of dead organisms — creatures that inhabited the Earth long before humans — are buried deeply and accumulate in the older layers of the Earth. Slow natural processes and imperceptible vibrations transform matter into material, functional resources for the development of the human species. (...)

Diatomaceous earth becomes central in the ongoing series Rehearsing Brutality, until it is totally destroyed. This material is the result of million years of sedimentation of diatoms, a big family of one-celled algae which today generate a significant amount of oxygen on the planet. This ancient and fragile powdered stone is shaped here into seemingly solid cubical forms. Set in a spatial structure of movable wall elements, the state of precarious tranquility of the casts gets repeatedly interrupted by a group of classical ballet dancers, who rehearse poses and gestures from historical monuments depicting humans (typically male bodies) as invincible and heroic figures. Vibrations serve here as a medium to put bodies into a literal relationship with the material. (...)

By rescaling her research objects, Bugatti makes clear that humans are terrestrial beings, locally anchored and deeply involved in the material environment around them. Her gaze focuses on our presence on Earth and questions the consequences of our biggest, as well as smallest, actions.»

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/Sebastian Schneider