PALS Performance Art Links, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012

Air Condition III

I’m already in the space and flap with my arms like a bird with wings. While the audiences enter the room, I continue till my arm muscle too tired to go on with this movement. After a while I stretch my left arm, pull the sleeve of my shirt back and cover with the right hand my mouth. Immediately I start to breathe loud and rhythmical till I nearly hyperventilate. Small feathers start to fall, hidden under my left sleeve. As next I take a tin from the floor and walk towards the audiences. I stay very close to some of them and breathe in and out. The breath I exhale goes closely into the tin where I prepared red powder. With every exhale my face got more and more covered with this powder. After few repetitions I step in front of the audience and take a toy bird out of this tin.  I start to move the bird gently till my right arm is shaking as much as possible. Now I take off my clothes except my underwear and step in a pile of feathers. On the backside of my legs I draw a line with a shaver and go over this line with a red lipstick. As next I start an ongoing moving and speaking action. The movements are close to sign language and connecting different body parts with the sentences I speak. The sentences always start with: „I suppose..“ After I stopped these actions, I’m going to a big black wall behind me and write the sentence: “Enough with poems for afterwards” with a brush and water on the wall. I repeat this sentence by words and go to an inclined chair which is covered with earth. I step on the chair and jump directly towards the audience. I fall on the floor, stand up and go back to the black wall. I put my covered face on the wall and rub the left over from the written letters with my coloured face out. Afterwards I take two rubber balls in each hand. Finally I stand with my back to the audience, start to flap again with my arms, but faking this movement for a short time till I let the rubber balls bounce. I leave the space.

photos: Matthias Pick