Self-presentation as an idiot, 2006
©Julie Goergen
Video 2:00 min

FR
A travers l’interaction corps / espace urbain, Self-presentation as an idiot, pose la question du statut de l’artiste aujourd’hui (Clown, Pinocchio, Figure absurde ou grotesque). Cet autoportrait filmé, oscille entre la supercherie visuelle, l’hybridation Monumentale et le Pied de Nez à échelle réduite.

EN
Self-presentation as an idiot is a performance as well as a self portrait. It is one of my early video which I still like to show. The work consists in making sense by none-sense, questioning the limit of an artistic gesture. What is the artist in today’s world? (A clown, a Pinocchio, an absurd or grotesque figure?). It is also an inquiry on how we perceive reality. I tried to explore the authenticity of the meaning of representation through manipulations of scale and place. The video functions as an illusion (perceptual trickery or reality hybrids) The work is context dependant. I took a paper toy of Empire State Building (Which is again the highest building in New York, since the Twin Towers are gone) and tried to recreate the illusion that it belongs to the landscape of another city . Usually Monuments are elements of stability. They are makers, often very helpful for orientation as you walk though a city. Here the monument is animated, it is shifting. You can literally witness the building’s erection into the scenery. Furthermore in the video the Empire is made of paper an ephemeral and light material, quite the opposite of the real monument a solid massive and immobile stone construction.

Perhaps I should also mention that my performance is refering to a famous video of Warhol: Empire. In 1964, he made 8 hours footage of the same icon: Empire state Building. So the performance can also be seen as a symbolical theft and a game of «détournement» of this monument of art history which is Warhol’s movie. 


Self-presentation as an idiot, 2006
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©Julie Goergen

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