Monday, February 05, 2007

This article about Still Lives - Bucharest appeared in a Rumanian newspaper:

One of the most intelligently conceived performance I’ve seen this year is Still Lives, made by Frédéric Gies, Manuel Pelmuş, Bruno Pocheron, Isabelle Schad.
The performance brings forth three leveles of mixed images. Jeff Wall’s photo, The Stumbling Block, The opinions of those interviewed in the street, commenting on the photo, and the real presence of the performers, gathered in compact groups or having their own flow of motions. Still Lives traces an urban map in which social perceptions and mental transformations mingle. The photo is a subjectivity context. What I watch regards me personally. The performers’bodies moving in front of us as a hallucinatory swarm or stone-stilling like statues, reflect the urban dynamics. The world from the districts of each one’s mind is put forth. In Still Lives, the performers freeze or just fall like bricks. The still bodies slide on the surface of a still life.


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