Himmel

(2008) Performance, Tastatut, Cologne.


A plays with obscurity and revelation, extra-planetary simulation and silent internal audio. A Warholesque (?) image is blind, ultimately cannot see. He must sing, dance, stutter, hesitate and mistake himself with morse-coded probe.


But emergence into his role is delayed. Too long, boredom might re-direct attention to my participative friends, who are drinking and laughing. Eedjit, eerie sounds for the ear make up half the work, does the context-as-half-the-work, sound half as good? They go, relatively unnoticed. But he notices the boundaries of what will define him, by touch, pushing, accepting space as it defines his extent.


Yet the ephemeral wireless radiology might touch the cheek, cheekily, an intrusion into others’ personal space, something beyond or within regard. An absurd gesture of offering on the white-cube altar, bathed in elevated incandescent light doesn’t do a trick.


What a shame the shamen dies. Varnished – sorry – vanished in the fabric of the framing-altar he goes. Or is it solely shrouded slumber? Certainly, it is a re-covered strip-teasing, back into a re-aggregated residue – machines, wires and words on paper scraps of script.

GRAHAM MAULE


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