I. LOST PARADISE, a work in progress.
(The Philippines, Dec 2012 – Jan 2013), is a video-performance that deals with the theme of the regression towards our animal condition, approached from a perspective close to pantheism and with a feeling of oneness with nature. The main idea of this project is “becoming buffalo”, intended as a journey, an expansion of Being through the dissolution of the self, an attempt of ontological transformation.
The video-performance Guggenheim, first in the series Destroying 2000 Years of Culture, was created for an alternative art festival that took place at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao but was unfortunately censored by the direction of the museum a day before the scheduled screening on the 12th of May 2011. In this video, the performer destroys a wardrobe full of VHS tapes labeled ‘Guggenheim’, first with an axe followed by a ritualistic burning of the wardrobe and tapes. This work deals with the idea of the artist’s dissolution of her own narcissism, her contradicting sentiments towards her own practice and its conflicting relation with the ‘art institutions’.
*For other video-performances check: www.theunifiedfield.net/blog/performanceart
III. FUTURE COMMUNITIES. The name of The Father, In Memoriam.
Having been working in different time-based art fields such as performance art, conceptual projects, video performance and experimental film, I am currently conceptualizing larger scale projects wishing to explore the complex interchange between performance art and cinematic language. This has led me to imagine FUTURE COMMUNITIES*, my most ambitious interdisciplinary – never realized – project to date.
was written in 2003 in Istanbul. I am still looking for funding for its production
Journal Sous Officiel n 041 print magazine (France)
“The Temporary Autonomous Zone is a microcosm. The TAZ in an encampment of guerrilla ontologists. Mysticism has something we need….To rediscover the more archaic and yet more post-industrial possibility of the band…” Temporary Autonomous Zone by Hakim Bey.
As the specter of the economic collapse looms, we enter yet another phase in the progression, or some might say regression, of human existence. Perspectives shifts with altered expectations, uncertainty haunts our visions of the distant faraway infinity but certainty pervades our immediacy with guaranteed financial meltdown, a result of the adverse reaction to a century of the burgeoning model of capital. Disintegrating, crumbling, decomposing of an economy reflects not only failed models of finance, but models of society as a whole, of modern civilization as we know with its tendency in a value system that treasures material, capital, strife, poverty and war to love, community, cultural wealth and imagination.
The prevailing climate permeates Future Communities – a living art installation leading eventually to a film, based on an interest in exploring future models of community life and new mental landscapes suggesting a post-human psychological scenario. Existence as creative resistance. One of the ideas this project explores is the notion of pre-oedipal nostalgia, the returning to a pre-lingual stage of development where individuality disappears. This idea is portrayed by the performers´ bodies being covered with a gelatinous substance, seemingly melting unanimously into a unified field of consciousness.
IV. RIYAZ MASTER PROJECT, (45 minutes, 2006) an experimental music video filmed in India.
Director: Marta Moreno Muñoz (aka UMABEECROFT)
V. In TABULA RASA (script in progress) I wondered about the predisposition of the “feminine” unconsciousness to escape from constrains of identity. In this work, composed of texts and minimal actions, the duplication of the image let us experiment a feeling of oddness. While the unreal aesthetic takes us far away from the individual identity logic. The text worked like enigmas posed by sphinxes which ask us indirectly about the nature of representation and the non representable experience.
link flash storyboard (Istanbul, 2004): TABULA RASA