Two golden figures did a performance in front of the st-Catharina Church in Eindhoven during the 2021 Dutch Design Week. One was shaped like a crystal, the other was a six-sided form. Beneath these two perfect golden forms, legs in golden trousers- and golden shoes -were visible. In the dull autumn weather the two stylish golden ‘rocks’ were an almost otherworldly presence. The two figures stood still, but now and again two different sounds could be heard alternately, triggering simultaneous movements. In spite of their heavenly appearance, the two sculptures were unable to see which way they were heading.
Duration: 45 minutes
The living sculptures used in Inner World are made from textiles, and the two performers are hidden inside them, but they aren’t theater costumes. The performers are invisible for the viewer, but can’t see anything themselves. The living sculptures show up, stand frozen and move only now and then. Whenever something does happen, the movements are simple and measured, but you couldn’t call it dancing. Sometimes sound is used, but you couldn’t call it music. Usually, the performances are not announced as public events and don’t happen at a scheduled time. The casual passersby are the audience.
Inner World is specifically about stillness. The immobility in between the action is just as important as the action itself. The viewers will have to wait and see what and if something will happen. In these works there are subtle references to religion, but they aren’t explicitly religious. The Performances of Inner World slow you down.
Commissoned by Brabants Kloosterleven