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ACFNY RECOMMENDS | FASHION SHOW
SATURDAY, SEP 12 2015, 09:00 PM
Patrizia Ruthensteiner creates interdisciplinary costume scenarios presented as parallel universes of hybrid existences in continuous transformation in which predominating valuations of subjectivity and physical form are pushed into absurdity. Oppositing as well as uniting natural and artificial elements, her aim is to reverse common concepts and classifications of what is either defined as plant, animal, human or seemingly inanimate object.Functionally predetermining the choreography of the performative act through various mechanisms that are inherent in the construction of the pieces themselves, her figures are vested with multifarious corporeal enhancements, that are constructed from a broad spectrum of peculiar materials and often have olfactory and acoustic qualities.All senses of the performer and their operation are affected, such as smelling, hearing and locomotion.Escaping towards a state beyond human nature, this is an attempt of continuous becoming but never actually being 'it', referring to the 'politics of desire' and the status of animality denoted by 'becoming-animal', which is proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Fèlix Guattari in their engagement with Kafkas 'Metamorphosis'.
"Die sterblichen Überreste" deals with the tension between artificiality and nature as well as the multifarious antagonisms of human nature itself, exploring the relationship between the hunter and the hunted, that are united in a human beastly entity.
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