Ludmila Rodrigues exhibited two pieces: Flexor and Approximation, in new versions. Flexor, due to its site specificity, was adapted to take advantage of the pillars in the exhibition space. Participants could feel the direct connection with each other. As for Approximation, the installation was reformulated to provide a more comfortable position for the visitors, and at the same time creating a separation between them.
In observing our relationship with objects, we see that it is not so clear where our bodies end and the inanimate world begins. Are we imparting life into the object or is the object allowing our bodies to express their vitality?
The exhibition presents a series of works in which simple objects invite the audience to take part in playful and open ended experiences. Visitors become part of the works. These can be thought of as compositions that can be performed by anyone, much like the Fluxus text score “draw a straight line and follow it”, with the difference that the concepts here are embodied in objects rather then presented through text. Lack of virtuosity need not result in banality. As conceptual artist Robert Morris put it, “Simplicity of form is not necessarily simplicity of experience”.
Performance, Objects, Bodies is presented in an open laboratory format, during which 4 artists were be working in parallel at Quartair, developing and testing new ideas. At the end of each week, visitors were invited to come and participate in the artists’ process.
The works developed by Ludmila Rodrigues and Marit Mihklepp during this exhibition are now presented at TETEM, Enschede from November 16th, 2017 to January 28th, 2018. In The Hague the show was part of a larger program: “Connect the Dots“, which included a symposium and a performance evening at Korzo Theatre.
Video instruction for Approximation, TETEM, Enschede.
With thanks to Matteo Marangoni.