Long Durational Performance—2017
Dance and performance artist Elena Antoniou presents the long durational performance In Situ. In Situ is about viewing and being viewed, viewing somebody else’s observation, observing the act of viewing and elevating human presence to an everlasting artefact. Up to now, In Situ has been presented for 13 days, 81 hours at Cyprus Museum, Rialto Theater, Neues Museum Berlin and Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District.
In Situ at the Museum—The artist begins her performance by visiting the Museum and observing its exhibits. Then she invites the audience to observe the antiquities as well as her attempt to interact with the exhibits, the space and the visitors of the Museum. The long duration of her presence in the space evokes a transformation of roles and relationships, as the context and content of the act is being constantly redefined.
In Situ (other)—The artist introduces her work involving the human/creator in a space disassociated to the museum. Placed on a plinth for 6 hours the artist operates on the creation of a live exhibit at “here now”, whereby the body and the human presence is elevated to an everlasting artefact. The presence of the beholder activates the transition between the sound and visual environment while the long duration of her presence in the space evokes a transformation of roles and relationships, as the context and content of the act is being constantly redefined.
The performance In Situ (other) encourages the spectator/ visitor to experience the performance as long as it needed, to exit and return in the space as many times as one wishes.
An in situ sightseeing.
An observation of viewing.
Viewing somebody else’s observation evokes a transformation of roles and relationships, as the context and content of the act is being redefined.
A condition of movement. The annulment of stillness.
Stillness before a quest for movement.
CONCEPT AND PERFORMANCE Elena Antoniou // SOUND COMPOSITION for In Situ (other) Stavros Gasparatos // SPECIAL THANKS to Polys Peslikas, Georgios Makridis, Giulia Galvan, Yiannis Violaris and to the Department of Antiquities Cyprus.