La Pomme de Vie
Fine Arts Performance
(45 mins.)The focus-point of the performance is the creative process of sculpting. Differently from the traditional method, when the negative is being taken from a clay figure, the starting point of the direct casting technique in this case is live models (a female and a male dancer). Beside the live models, the other speciality of the process is that while sampling the dancers, the sculptor – applying the creative freedom – sometimes “breaks up” the form, skips or adds some parts intensively, while he tries to create the thinnest layer possible within the limitations of the material (medical gypsum) itself. By doing so he aims to create a positive – like a second skin – instead of a negative reproduction of the models. The dancers, through their movements, fragment further and eventually shed this positive-negative and hence a new relation gets established between the parts of this “gypsum-skin”. The form appears chaotic from a distance, but the recognisable imprints of the human body in the individual parts create perceptive images in the spectator. The relation between the fragments results in new illusions at a close range.
The result of the performance, an installation of an apple and gypsum fragments, stays in the space. The gradual, slow deformation of the materials on the pedestal prolongs the creative process granting a new dimension to it. The returning spectator would face a new version every single time. That’s how the final artwork becomes infinite in reality.