CALCINATIO

VIDEO PERFORMANCE, 2007

SENSUALITY

In Closer—a work that is on the edge of video performance and fiction—I handle a dead octopus in a bathtub. The octopus is evocative of monstrous and mythical attributes, but it also incorporates an engaging and seductive power. I embody the ambiguity of its symbolic aspects to create a personal rite to dissolve a passion that shall be extinguished. As in the second phase of the alchemical process dissolutio, Closer is about dissolving and purifying the somberness inside. In Closer, facing death is a way to mirror what should be transformed, implying a rite of passage towards freedom and transcendence.

2007 | 00:5:17 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | DVD

CREDITS

Concept, Performance and Text by Cristiane Bouger

Direction of Photography by Roger Regner

Direction Assistant: Sueli Rocha

Editing by Marco Caruso

Original Soundtrack by Gustavo Bitencourt

EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

NEW YORK CITY, USA

2015  The Nudity Is Not Malicious – Video Performance, Photography and Documentation, as part of Bushwick Open Studios, June 5–7, 2015.

2012-2013  Immoderate Bodies – Couve-Flor Video Performances, at chashama 461 Gallery. December 14, 2012–January 5, 2013.

 

CURITIBA, BRAZIL

2014  Tupi or Not Tupi, Museu Oscar Niemeyer. May–September, 2014. Curated by Eliana Borges.

2011 Mostra de Repertório Couve-Flor, Teatro Cleon Jacques, as part of Walk East – Erotic Poems by Norma Kluster. August 11, 2011.

2009 Vídeo Escuta, A Grande Garagem que Grava. November 2009. Curated by Margit Leisner.

2007  As part of Walk East – Erotic Poems by Norma Kluster. ACT – Ateliê de Criação Teatral. October, 2007.

2007 As part of Walk East – Erotic Poems by Norma Kluster, Dixon Place – Page to Stage. May 2007.  Curated by Leslie Strongwater.

 

CHICAGO, USA

2013  Rapid Pulse – International Performance Art Festival, at The Nightgale. June 2013. Curated by

Julie Laffin and Giana Gambino.

 

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2008 Montage Video Dance Festival – Fringe Program, 2008. Curated by Jeannette Ginslov.

 

PARIS, FRANCE

2007  9ème Festival des Cinèmas Differénts, L'Archipel Paris Cine, December 2007. Curated by Collectif Jeune Cinema.

 

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

2011 As part of Walk East – Erotic Poems by Norma Kluster, Towards the Gaze and the Meaning –works by Cristiane Bouger, at Atelierul de Productie. May 2011. Curated by Vava Stefanescu.