Tuesday, 20 December 2011

20.12.2011 bis


Goat(work in progress)
photograph
Villnachern
20.12.2011
13.21h




Goat is a work in progress, aimed to be completed in 2012. 
For this photograph, Goat has been covered in canvas, to protect it from the snow. 


Walking with:


31.01.2012
31.01.2012 bis

20.12.2011



Monster (bis)
with reference to entry 28.09.2011
photographic documentation
Villnachern
20.12.2011
13.11h

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

29.11.2011





Dame de Voyage I
Photographic documentation
Villnachern
29.11.2011
16.35h


Work in progress, walking with Joanna Grasso.



The dame de voyage (French) or dama de viaje (Spanish) was a direct predecessor to today's sex dolls that originated in the seventeenth century. Dames de voyage were makeshift fornicatory dolls made of sewn cloth or old clothes, used by French and Spanish sailors while isolated at sea during long voyages.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_doll


Sunday, 6 November 2011

06.11.2011 bis







Hooded figure
photographic documentation
Villnachern
06.11.2011
18.26h


Based on ink drawing, 19.09.2011

06.11.2011









Hooded figure
photographic documentation
Villnachern
06.11.2011
14.59h


Based on ink drawing, 19.09.2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

17.10.2011





Monster II (Re-visited)
Photographic documentation
Lusaka, 
Zambia
17.10.2011
16.40h




Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

11.10.2011 bis






Evil Tongues: Exorcism 
work in progress
Lusaka
Zambia
22.09h
11.10.2011


I have been making Evil Tongues to add to a new/other Monster. 
Evil Tongues, where words are conducts for thoughts aimed at hurting, wounding, and disabling. 
The Evil Tongues are made from black cotton cloth and stitched together. 
This continues to be a work in progress.


11.10.2011





Evil Tongues:Trials and Tribulations
work in progress
Lusaka
Zambia
21.55h
11.10.2011






Trials for Evil Tongues: each work asks for its own time and preparation.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

28.09.2011








Monster
photographic documentation
Villnachern
28.09.2011
15.47h




Based on the ink drawing 20.09.2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

13.09.2011



Linear
Photographic documentation (milk)
Villnachern
Harvest Moon
13.09.2011
01.24-01.33h




linear |ˈlinēər|adjectivearranged in or extending along a straight or nearly straight line linear arrangements linear in shape linear movement.• consisting of or predominantly formed using lines or outlines simple linear designs.• involving one dimension only linear elasticity.• Mathematics able to be represented by a straight line on a graph; involving or exhibiting directly proportional change in two related quantities linear functions linear relationship.progressing from one stage to another in a single series of stepssequential linear narrative.DERIVATIVESlinearity |ˌlinēˈarətē| nounlinearly adverbORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin linearisfrom linea a line’ (see line ).
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Friday, 2 September 2011

29.08.2011

video


Let Slip
Performance documentation
Villnachern
29.08.2011
14.53h




Let slip some uncomfortable events that happened...

Saturday, 20 August 2011

20.08.2011



Hanging Light
performance documentation
Villnachern
20.08.2011
19.25h


Performance based on a dream image. 

Monday, 18 July 2011

18.07.2011 bis









Triebregung

performance documentation (photographs)
Villnachern
18.07.2011
16.57_17.14h


18.07.2011

video

Triebregung
performance documentation (video from photographs)
Villnachern
18.07.2011
16.57_17.14h


The term instinctual impulse (Triebregung), designating the initial, productive, and local form of an instinct active within the psyche, emphasizes its intrinsic emotional dynamic. Trieb is the "instinct" or "drive." Regung means "movement of the heart or soul, a nascent feeling, a stirring of the heart, an emotion." Literally, Triebregung is the "emotional momentum of the instinct."

Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/instinctual-impulse





Instinct or innate behavior is the inherent inclination of a living organism toward a particular behavior.
The simplest example of an instinctive behavior is a fixed action pattern, in which a short sequence of actions, without variation, are carried out in response to a clearly defined stimulus. However, instinctive behaviors can also be variable and responsive to the environment. Any behavior is instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience, that is, in the absence of learning.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday, 24 June 2011

22.06.2011






Rituals in Haiti: Hair Bind
Performance documentation
Pétionville
Haiti
22.06.2011
14.00-14.44h




Wednesday, 15 June 2011

12.06.2011




18°26'44.45"N
72°19'11.36"W
elev. 1722m



12.06.2011
15.57h


Near Bois d'Avril village
Haiti

11.06.2011 bis






Flights of Fancy II
photographic documentation
Mt.Drapeau
Bois D'Avril
Haiti
11.06.2011
16.56h



photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist

11.06.2011






Flights of Fancy I
photographic documentation
Mt.Drapeau
Bois D'Avril
Haiti
11.06.2011
16.33h



photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist


Sunday, 5 June 2011

04.06.2011



Chair (that she may not fall soft)
photographic documentation
Pétion Ville,
Port au Prince, Haiti
04.06.2011
22.09h


photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist




..."The South Slavonian peasant believes that witches ride in the dark hail-clouds; so he shoots at the clouds to bring down the hags, while he curses them, saying, "Curse, curse Herodias, thy mother is a heathen, damned of God and fettered through the Redeemer's blood." Also he brings out a pot of glowing charcoal on which he has thrown holy oil, laurel leaves, and wormwood to make smoke. The fumes are supposed to ascend to the clouds and stupefy the witches, so that they tumble down to earth. And in order that they may not fall soft, but may hurt themselves very much, the yokel hastily brings out a chair and tilts it bottom up so that the witch in falling may break her legs on the legs of the chair. Worse than that, he cruelly lays scythes, bill-hooks, and other formidable weapons edge upwards so as to cut and mange the poor wretches when they drop plump upon them from the clouds."






Source: The Golden Bough, a study in magic and religion, by Sir James George Frazer, first published 1922; Wordsworth Editions Ltd. 1993
pp649-pp650

Friday, 3 June 2011

02.06.2011



Shadow (night)
performance documentation
Petion Ville,
Port au Prince, Haiti
02.06.2011


22.07-22.21h


photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist




..."Thus in the beginning stage we can say that the shadow is all that is within you which you do not know about."...


Source: Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, Marie-Lousie von Franz, Shambhala, Boston & London, 1995
pp4

Friday, 27 May 2011

24.05.2011








Exorcism
Performance documentation
Fiume Albegna (Albegna River)
24.05.2011

12.01_ 12.13h


photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist





…"Lungo il fiume Liri, in questo giorno (la notte di S. Giovanni), le donne di Sora battono l’acqua con scope e scongiuri per allontanare le streghe."…


 “Along the Liri river, on this day (St. John’s eve), the women of Sora hit the water with brooms and  exorisms to drive away the witches.”…
(my own translation)



Source: Lo specchio e l’olio, le superstizioni degli Italiani, by Alfonso M. Di Nola, 1993, Gius. Laterza & Figli, Bari, Italy
pp 76

Monday, 23 May 2011

23.05.2011



Tail
Photographic documentation
Terme di Saturnia
23.05.2011
06.25h


photographs curtesy Martin Siegrist




…"Sempre in Sicilia, per neutralizzare una fattura, una donna che opera, la famiglia affatturata ed altre persone si rinchiudono nella casa, e la maga accende due candele della Candelora e sparge  di acqua e sale il pavimento e le pareti, le donne si denudano le mammelle, si sciolgono i capelli, battono tre volte le ginocchia e recitano uno scongiuro."…


…"Also in Sicily, to neutralise a spell, a woman who operates, the bewitched family and other people close themselves up in the house, the sorceress lights two candles from Candlemas, and spreads salt and water on the floors and walls, the women bear their breasts, losen their hair, bet their knees three times, and recite a counter-spell."…
(my own translation)


Source: Lo specchio e l’olio, le superstizioni degli Italiani, by Alfonso M. Di Nola, 1993, Gius. Laterza & Figli, Bari, Italy
Pp.100-101

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

11.05.2011







Shadow II(morning)
photographic documentation
Murci, Italy
11.05.2011
11.32h




..."Thus in the beginning stage we can say that the shadow is all that is within you which you do not know about."...


Source: Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, Marie-Lousie von Franz, Shambhala, Boston & London, 1995
pp4

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

10.05.2011






Shadow (morning)
photographic documentation
Murci, Italy
10.05.2011
11.27h




..."Thus in the beginning stage we can say that the shadow is all that is within you which you do not know about."...


Source: Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, Marie-Lousie von Franz, Shambhala, Boston & London, 1995
pp4

Saturday, 30 April 2011

30.04.2011 bis











Walpurgisnacht
performance documentation (milk)
Firenze
30.04.2011
18.41h




... "In Christian Europe the old heathen custom of expelling the powers of evil at certain times of the year has survived to modern times. "...


... "In Central Europe the favourite time for expelling witches is, or was, Walpurgis Night, the Eve of May Day, when the baleful powers of these mischievous beings were supposed to be at their height. "...


... "The people believed that on that evening and night the witches were abroad and busy casting spells on cattle and stealing cows' milk"...


Source: The Golden Bough, a study in magic and religion, by Sir James George Frazer, first published 1922; pp560, pp620; Wordsworth Editions Ltd. 1993

30.04.2011

... “Connected with St. Boniface and the early German martyrs and missionaries, in pictures, in architectural ornament, and in the stained glass of the German churches, we find two famous female saints, ST. Walburga and St. Ottilia.
The various names borne by the former saint, according to the various localities in which she has been honoured, in Bavaria, Alsace, Poitou, Flanders, and England, testify to her popularity ; - she is St. Walpurgis, Walbourg, Valpurga, Gualbourg, and Avamgour. Her Anglo-Saxon name, Walburga, is the same as the Greek Eucharis, and signifies gracious. …

… “Her death took place about the year 778.
Like many of the religious women of that time, Walpurgis had studied medicine for the purpose of ministering to the poor. The cures she performed, either through faith or skill, were by the people attributed solely to her prayers. After her death she was laid in a hollow rock, near the monastery of Eichstadt, a spot where a kind of bituminous oil exuded from the stone. This oil was for a long time supposed to proceed from her remains, and, under the name of Walpurgis oil, was regarded by the people as a miraculous cure of all manner of diseases.” …

.. “She died on the 25th February; but, in the German and Belgic calendars, the 1st of May, the day on which she was enshrined as a saint, is recorded as the chief festival, and it was solemnised as such over all Germany. On this night, the famous Walpurgist Nacht, the witches held orgies on the Blocksberg.” …

Source: Legends of the monastic Orders, as represented in the fine arts, by Mrs. Jameson, London 1852, pp 7, pp 78
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Thursday, 28 April 2011

27.04.2011

...  "The stories of the flying forth and riding about of magicians in the air, usually by night, but sometimes by day, appear in the fifteenth century, and are of old heathenish origin, and connected with women of bad character. Amongst the resolutions of the Council of Ancyra, in the middle of the fifteenth century, is one concerning women who profess to ride about at night on all kinds of beasts with Diana and Heroidas. ...
      Grimm, indeed, traces the general assemblies of witches for play and lewdness, for cooking and feasting, to an earlier period. The Salic laws speak of witch-kettles and witch-kettle-carriers. They held their assemblies especially at salt springs, and Tacitus himself says (Ann. xiii 57), "If the women or priestesses attend to the preparation of salt, the salt-kettles also stood under their care, and thus people of after ages connect the boiling of salt and witchcraft. On certain festival days the witches assembled in the sacred wood on the mountain, where the salt boiled up, bringing with them cooking vessels, spoons, and forks. Their salt-pans, however, were boiled at night. Halle in Austrian means Salzaha, Sala, or the huts at the salt-springs; whence the popular belief that fiends rode on besoms, oven-forks, or faggots, over bill and dale to Halle" (Grimm, 589). "
...


Source: The history of magic, Volume 2 By Joseph Ennemoser, 
translated from the German by William Howitt, London MDCCCLIV (1854)
pp 143
http://books.google.com/