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Ana Čavić: “Climbing the Walls”

Ana Čavić habe ich bei der schönen Zine-Ausstellung “Thanks for Sharing” in Leipzig kennengelernt. Sie hat dort zusammen mit Renée O’Drobinak als “Ladies of the Press” eine wunderbare Live-Zine-Making-Performance vollführt. Damals hat sie mir von ihren Kletter-Performances erzählt – und das fand ich sogar noch spannender. Jetzt hat sie mir ein paar Impressionen geschickt: “Climbing the Walls” in London und bei der Baku-Biennale.

“For ‘Climbing the Walls’ series of performances I climb around architecturally/structurally interesting interior spaces without setting foot on the floor and without disturbing the ‘scene’ or layout of the room in any way. I navigate around the room by climbing available objects and furniture e.g. cupboards, shelves, door handles, fireplaces, tables, chairs, window ledges etc. Ordinary rooms in everyday situations as well as unusual rooms in odd situations work equally well. I first performed this piece in an private residency, an abandoned and derelict apartment in London that had been left in a perfect state of preservation for seven years. For the 4th Contemporary Art Biennale Baku (09) I was invited to perform Climbing the Walls (Lessons in Flying) a site specific performance that involved me climbing around the offices of the Shirvanshah’s palace for the opening night. I also climbed an abandoned food packaging factory in Leipzig amongst thousands of discarded glass jars.

I will be performing this piece again, though another site specific reinterpretation of the piece at Leighton House in a couple of weeks, on Friday 23 July. I work in an intuitive way, selecting suitable space after spending some time in a location at which point I am able to work out the specific details of the performance and produce a one off, site specific performance on each occasion that is a specific piece in its own right. Though each piece is part of a larger ongoing series, I would like to continue developing the piece and perform it in ever more exciting and unexpected places such as an old Turkish citadel ‘Stari Grad’ in Uzice, a small town in Serbia, the stoney and desolate mountainscape of ‘Durmitor’ in Montenegro and ROG, an abandoned bicycle factory in the centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia in August. This performance can hold an audience absolutely captive, caught somewhere between tense anticipation of a fall and a poetic ‘suspension of disbelief’ and an escaping of the sense of gravity of everyday reality.

I am developing a repertoire of ephemeral performances that focus on subtle and fleeting interventions in found spaces, ethereal performances that focus on the performer’s presence in a specific space at a specific moment for a specific purpose, after which all traces of the performance necessarily fade completely. In this way, the intensely poetic moment of the performance is preserved in the moment and the memory of the audience alone, which is important.”


2 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Mart,

    Wirklich neu ist das seit Monty Python nicht mehr – und bei sowas zählt einzig die Idee (auch wenn die Pythons natürlich nicht eine Serie von Performances daraus machten, sondern das einfach in einen Scetch einbauten).

    ” I first performed this piece in an private residency …”
    Come on! Geht’s ne Nummer kleiner?

  2. cool, to prety for climb no rule like that, so keep search what the besth, …. ok beautiful
    see you Ich lich be dich



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