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Rafael Rozendaal
2017, Interaktive Installation
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«Naluns», Franziska Bieri
2012, 00:55
Opening: Thursday 16. August 2018, 18–20 h, Showroom at PROGR
videokunst.ch is screening three performative video works by Franziska Bieri to open the fall semester 2018. In these three videos the artist misappropriates staple foods, increasing their symbolic value all the more. Eggs, milk and bread have always been the resources of agricultural civilization and carry powerful meaning in Christian iconography. The egg is the symbol of the beginning of life, milk is the original food of the mother for the child and bread is seen in the Catholic Mass as the true body of Christ. In „Bread on Earth” (Zopf auf Erde) the artist creates something new from these resources - braided yeast bread - however, unfit for human consumption. In the mixing of flour and milk upon the open field the original ingredients that emanate from them are returned to the earth. A service of the artist for nature?

The interventions are more destructive in the other two works. The trampling of the eggs visualizes the fragility of this potent symbol and at the same time questions the role of men within this constellation. The imposing, mountainous landscape of Engadin underlines these contrasts of fragility and strength, which we ascribe to the egg as a symbol. Likewise, the nailing down of the bread upon the kitchen table in „Drive“ (Einhämmern) has something violent, especially since the significance of the gesture is not revealed within the first moment. One interpretation is critique of the rigidity of reoccurring traditions, which are no longer useful to us.
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Rafael Rozendaal
2017, Interaktive Installation