Burgerheaven

John Beagles and Graham Ramsay – Burgerheaven
November 06, 2002
perfromance, installation

Burgerheaven explores aspects of consumer culture and desire, focussing on the cult of celebrity and fast food. Beagles and Ramsay will construct an installation that resembles a fully operational fast food restaurant with a video component at YYZ. The opening night will feature a performance by Beagles and Ramsay. Beagles and Ramsay will present an artist talk discussing their practice with specific reference to contemporary Scottish and British artists. (source)

 

BreadHead

BBB Johannes Deimling – What’s in my head (Was in meinem Kopf ist)

k-salon, D-Berlin 2009
Duration 32 minutes

“Description of action Similar like the structure of a collage I combine different small actions into one image: Throwing stepp by step red powder on my barefooted feets; putting wooden wings into a roll; slapping with my hands in my face; building up a tree from cardboard, dripping wax from candles (Y,O,U) on my breast, sticking papers in the shape of a “B” on the cardboard branches; hanging up a wooden puppet on the tree; creating a nest and putting small toy-tanks into it; tying a bread on my face, sticking forks into the breadhead, creaming my breadface, throwing red powder on it; spilling noodles letters over the audience; exploding the roll with the wooden wings. ”  More images from the artist’s website

BREAD or ALIVE

BBB Johannes Deimling – BREAD or ALIVE

film (images from his former performances)-  2004
with: with Silja Saarepuu, Villu Plink, Gabriele Avanzinel
location: Germany
duration: 9:27

“… The Film describes in a surreal way our relation to the simple but important thing: Bread. The artist includes in this film images from his former performances, mixed them with new elements and sounds. The result is a film, that points with humor and strong images on the banal and ordinary nourishment and puts it into the center. … ”    (Dr. Eduard Fried)

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text from the artist’s website.

See the video here.

Edible humans

Csurka Eszter – bread-sculpture action

2003. október 19 / Budapesti Őszi Fesztivál
Fogyasztható művészet – ZabArt / Várfok Galéria
Screen capture from the documentation video

During a whole day, under a tent big pieces of dough are stretched on steel frame shaping mans, womans and children then they are place in furnace to be baked. When the bread persons are baked well the public start to consume step by step, so all what remain are the steel wire frames.

Photos by Sárközi Csaba

It can be interpreted as a human being, who has a rigid frame covered with this living hot material – bread. It has it’s on life till it is consumed by itself.

At the same time it can be viewed as a relation between sacred and profane, between the artwork as creation and the consumer who eagerly wants to own everything if is possible inside him. After destruction he realizes what have he done.

The text is translated by me from Encz Sarolta’s text written in Balkon – contemporary art magazine Hungary

VB65

Vanessa Beecroft – VB65

live performance  –  2009 March ,
location: PAC (Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea)- Milan
duration:3 hour

Vanessa’s performance Vb65 is  a  “Last Supper” of  20 African immigrants, legal and illegal, dressed in suits, eating chicken and bread without cutlery, drinking water from the carafe without glasses.  After they finished the meals I see more defencelessness in their eyes than satisfaction. Even the 12 meter transparent table gives the “you can’t hide” feeling.

I’d like to find out what were they thought about in that time.

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all the images above are made by yuricrea

Punishment

Tatsumi Orimoto – Punishment

performance  –  2009 February 12 ,
location: ARCOmadrid – international contemporary art fair
represented by: DNA, Berlin

This is the second post (see the first one) with a new performance of Tatsumi. His performance might well make allusion to the crucifixion of 26 Christian missionaries in Japan in the 16th century, as punishment for their perceived destabilising influence. Orimoto thus expresses how the carrier of bread, the bearer of a different other message, is seen as a threat and is persecuted and martyred. Through the bread scattered on the floor in Punishment, we are witnesses to this waste of communication.” (excerpt from the press release).

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image credit –  vernissage.tv

Click here to watch the video documentation.

This performance was performed also at DND Berlin. Images here.

Wanek’s performance

Wanek Ferenc – No title

performance –  1996
program: Superstition Actions Workshop (Babona Akciok – hungarian)
location: Kezdivasarhely/Seklerland/Transylvania/Romania

On a reimbursed table he fills the bread with creased sex magazines. At the end of the action he spit a pigeon egg (which was hidden in his mouth till then) to a plate.

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fotó: Vargyasi Levente