VIDEO PERFORMANCE, 2007
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 | 00:5:14 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | DVD
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.
2007 As part of Walk East – Erotic Poems by Norma Kluster, Dixon Place – Page to Stage. May 2007. Curated by Leslie Strongwater.
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.
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.
2007 9ème Festival des Cinèmas Differénts, L'Archipel Paris Cine, December 2007. Curated by Collectif Jeune Cinema.
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.
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