An intervention by Olivier schlund as a body installation for the presentation of Sophie Scheifele’s photographs.
“The next exhibition will be cruel ! The next group exhibition TOD UND VERDERBEN with a total of 17 positions looks into the apocalypse now.
The theme has stimulated the artists to engage in a diverse media debate. The works are dark to repulsive, or even ironically playful. What unites the strong and highly diverse works is the will to critical questioning. On display are hundreds of strictly formal drawings of nuclear power plants, as well as an oversized painting reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch. And also photographs, for example of naked men with slaughter cattle on their shoulders. As well as paintings like those of a self-consuming bear. Or objects with images of dictators whose skewered head, torso and leg segments can be rotated and combined as in a well-known children’s game. In a musical live performance, suicidal chants will fill the mighty gallery space with sound and melancholic, abysmal poetry.
A great exhibition, despite all cruelties, provocations and absurdities. Vernissage: 09. 02. , 18 o’clock Exhibition dates: 09. to 21. 02. 2019 Opening hours: Wed – Sun, 17 – 20 o’clock »
First video of the black & white series of Exformation in Cologne. First day of the exhibition, first Performance on the rooftops of the city. The titles of the two series presented at the exhibition « Malade imaginaire où névrotique solidaire » (Imaginary illness or neurotic solidarity) of Sophie Scheifele, « Massengräber & Symptôme » are born.
During these ten days, we used time, city, public and private places and events, to perform once a day. Each video creates sense and makes visible the title of two exposed works every day. These performances were linked to each other. Ten days, two titles per day, 20 photographies that sneak up and down and reveals their title in the official text of the Exhibition. So it weaves the meaning of the performances with these titles. They are a good-natured censorship of the initial text, every day the text is reduced, the links merge.
Work in Progress; PHOTOSZENE N°78 September 2018, Cologne.
The live Painting was a 190x200cm photograph of an empty, dehumanized coal mine landscape close to Leipzig (Ger). We Exformation (Vier-Und-Art/Olivier Schlund & Sophie Scheifele), came to life on this photography and thru the projection of the same frame in a video and photographic format, the basic photography takes the movement of time. We were naked choreographic dancing in this macabre landscape, we brought back a form of life in this dreary place. Using a longterm exposure, we became clouds of humans, ghosts in the middle of the day.
The live painting will come to life in the third part of this project, a stream of free poetry that is improvisated on the different layers of transparent foil filter adapted to each photography that will give us the negative that reflects our intentions, our impressions of the moment. Every day we propose a new layer a new vision of this photography, of this society.
Meeting with an audience that passes through this deadlock « Des Folie Bergère » between the tram and the entrance of the Panier district in Marseille on 29th of April 2018. « Impres-sens » and « Foule essence » was the result of an artist residency. A meeting of bodies and medium that took place over 10 days, with 5 different medium, senses and artists: Lohr Touati(theatre),Vier-Und-Art/Olivier Schlund (painting and body), Laetitia Reboul (Dance), Lara Hoqu (intellectual), Sophie Scheifele (Photography and video) .
On the occasion of the Horizon Beatume festival, it was a meetingpoint of the classic five senses, a meeting of points of view. Plus an interesting work shop at Cirva; International Research Centre on Glass and Plastic Arts. We shared the thoughts on the senses from many surroundings artists, like Cathy Pollini, who worked and studied on the senses since more than ten years . Two performances came to life, in the heart of the Marseille district.
» Foule essence » was the second performance, a stroll through the Panier district, a theatrical awakening.
We presented our performance « The witness, the time » at the « Extraordinarium » festival organized at the Klaus (Zürich, private club) organized by the l’Amphitheater, December 1, 2018. Its composed of our bodies and newspapers, the idea of the time as a prison, the cries of our fears, and how we died in love on stage. ExFormation this divestment in front of an audience at 4:00 in the morning, where the acid of the techno resounds. The words that scream; Mal Être – Arrogance – I numb myself – I accuse ignorance » Sophie Scheifele « Angst vor mir – Lust und Frust – Schwach von last – Und dann Rückfall » Vier-Und-Art/ Olivier Schlund.
This was the first part of the project, the second will take place in 2019, at the Sihlhalle.
« 20L Milk« , reflects society in a club setting, on a Friday evening, where techno is the only mode of communication, where human do not ask questions about their every day, we confront them with our fears and inactions.