PERFORMATIVE BOAT RIDE
22/09 — 29/08/2018, Berlin
with Ed Atkins, Juliette Blightman, Stephanie Comilang, Jessie Holmes, Tarren Johnson, Sebastian Lütgert a.k.a Robert Luxemburg, Xavier Mazzarol, Reto Pulfer, Günter Schickert, Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano
Between Points showed an exhibition of Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks at the Archivio - located directly on the water - and then took the audience into the city by boat. The narrated ride wove a story of its surrounding, passing performance pieces along the river bed, the stages of the city. Between Points was an assent to the fleeting, to looking up.
The starting point for the performative engagements along the river bed was the ritualistic performance journal Between Two Points/Fra Due Poli by Hendricks, who worked closely with Conz for more than three decades. In the book and the accompanying edition produced by Edizioni Pari Dispari in 1976, Hendricks describes his journey through Norway, the land of his ancestors, his visits to Hermann Nitsch in Diessen und Prinzendorf, his time in Asolo and his return to the States, the performative meditations he creates along the way, the collecting of stones and the recollection of dreams. In Hendricks’ work, dream and reality are always of equal appraisal. His gentle acute observations find way into his intuitive performance works and texts, his dream boxes and the many forms he painted the sky. Hendricks started making sky paintings in 1965. One of his first attempts was a pair of old work boots he found in a barn on his property in Nova Scotia. They represent Hendricks’ first of many pursuits of pulling heaven and earth together, connecting dualities, as the sky in it’s incomprehensible vastness forms the umbrella for our social relations and political realities. Painting chairs, boots, cars and sculptures with sky motives, his paintings are grounded in deeply representational questions—Hendricks studied baroque ceiling painting—while at the same time become a literal continuum of this world as subject and object flow into one another.
Archivio Conz houses artworks, documents, editions and personal belongings collected and catalysed by Francesco Conz (Cittadella, 1935–Verona, 2010) over the course of more than 30 years. More than a collector, he worked closely with artists from the main artistic Avant-garde movements of his time—Fluxus, Concrete Poetry, Actionism, and Lettrism. He left an archive of more than three thousand items.
Documented by Luis Artemio de los Santos and Ronald Rose