" TOUCH ME "

 

Performances 2001

( with my students of the Academy of Liedekerke )

 

 

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" Earth - Body - Nervous system - Reflection "

Ruvanti and his students Leila and Jamilla Mstoian.

Duration 60 minutes.

CC Strombeek 12 - 1 - 2001.

CC Roeselare 2 - 2 - 2001.

 

 

The human body is connected to the body of the earth.

The human body feels by his nervous system.

Copper is the nervous system of the earth.

Two students ( identical Russian twins ) are sitting motionless facing

their reflection in a mirror. They are packed in slowly by a web of

copper. They are telling their sensations directly to their reflection

in the mirror and indirectly to each other  in their native language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

" Earth - Body - Nervous system - Reflection "

( Drawing on computer : study for performance ).

 

 

 

 

 

   

" Earth - Body - Nervous system - Reflection "

( Triptych: digital photography on panel 84 x 240 ).

 

 

 

 

 

" Earth - Body - Nervous system - Reflection "

( Installation: earth, copperwire, mirror, video ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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" Body - Nervous system - Steel "

Ruvanti and his students.

Constructions Espeel N.V. Rumbeke.

1O - 2 - 2001: duration 2 x 50 minutes.

11 - 2 - 2001: duration 4 x 40 minutes.

 

 

How does the vulnerable human body experience the hard reality of steel

and the physical power and the violence of the industrial machine ? What

does the body feel inside the stressed, nervous industrial space ? The human

body is connected to the body of the earth and alienates inside the industrial

space. The human body feels by his nervous system. Copper is the nervous

system of the earth. The performance " Body - Nervous system - Steel " consists

of two parts. In the first part the students are tied up to the machines of a

steelplant while it is working. They are dressed in yellow ( nervous colour ) and

are using copper wire ( nervous system ). While interfering in a symbolic way

in the production process they feel the force, hardness, violence, and weight

of the steel and the machine. During the second part four students are sitting

motionless under a yellow cloth facing each other before a life audience in the

hall of the steelplant. Only their heads are visible and motionless for the public

eyes. The yellow cloth stands for nervous system. Their heads are enlarged by

copper coloured hats. The form of the hats refer to the inquisition hats worn by

heretics. The students are sitting between two videoscreens showing images

of the first part. During the performance the students try to feel the vibrations

connected to the industrial space. Under the cloth, invisible for the public,

they write down their feelings.

 

 

 

 

              

 

" Body - Nervous system - Steel 1 "

( Computer graphic art ).

 

 

 

 

         

 

" Body - Nervous system - Steel 2 "

( Computer graphic art ).

 

 

 

 

 

" Body - Nervous system - Steel  "

( Computer graphic on canvas 110 x 140 )

 

 

 

 

 

" Body - Nervous system - Steel 3 "

( Computer graphic on canvas 140 x 110 )

 

 

 

 

 

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