Swiss artists Frédéric
Moser und Phillippe Schwinger will present their new video „Capitulation
Project“ together with film- and stage constructions as a Video
installation at Gallery PLAY.
Moser & Schwinger aim at questioning our present according to symbols
and war metaphors in the media. Their work is based on «Commune»,
a piece of „Performance Group“ which in New York in 1971
disrupted conventions: In the 70ies «Commune» referred to
the massacre of My Lai, one of the documented atrocities of the Vietnam
war. In this historic performance Moser & Schwinger discover the
dimension of the allegory as difference to the images of the modern idea
of “clean” war.
For their «Capitulation Project» they have chosen the fragment
of the historic performance where the active integration of the audience
had at this point an essential role for the further development of the
situation. In 1971 „Performance Group“ experimented with
four variations of this interaction. Thirty years later, Moser & Schwinger
now create a fifth contemporary variation. For their shooting they reconstruct
the scenery of the old performance and actors take over the role of the
performer, who question the supernumerary audience in the role of a reporter,
soldier and sergeant.
Capitulation Project» will be filmed in 16 mm with live sound and
last about fifteen minutes. Beyond the atmosphere of an audience incited
by the provocation of the performers, beyond the eruption of simultaneous
action in several places, the film will take stock of the time that has
passed, and of the repetition of such atrocities. Independently from
daily politics and beyond the recent American History My Lai becomes
a topos, which will always concern and paralyze mankind.
The fragment of the performance, loosely based on photographic documents
and reports, becomes the subject of a film. A film collage emerges, using
a new language developed by the artists, which combines elements of performance
as well as film.
In the presentation at PLAY gallery, the distance to the performance
caused by the film will get an extensive meaning and a new spatial
relation. Opposite to the large-format projection of the film will
be the wooden wave which was used in the film shooting by the performer
and also by the audience. Now being reserved for the gallery visitors
a mirror effect will be created.
presentation of the installation:
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich – 30th of October – 7th of
Artissima, Turin - November 2003
Centre PasquArt, Biel - January 2004