How to Break the Great Chinese Wall in 3 parts

2008

Performance documentation – video and photography

Produced for U-TURN, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

Lyrics and vocals: Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
Music: Anders Christophersen
Costumes: Lise Klitten
Photo and camera: Andreas Rosforth 
Editing: Niels Plenge

Video: 4:20 minutes

Installation and live performance:

2008: U –TURN, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

2009: Incarnational Aethetics, NY Center for Art and Media Studies, New York City

Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty, Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (excl. part 3)

Part 1:

Interpretations of Marina Abramović and Ulay

Selected performances from 1976 – 1988

Performance with Thomas Bentin and Kasper Ravnhøj: 30 minutes

Video: 9:18 minutes

The weighty wall of art history constitutes a challenge for a new generation of artists. Inevitably, an artist has to clear the relation to his/her precedents and artistic relatives. Cuenca Rasmussen reenacts and deconstructs iconic works and personas of performance art.

MARINA ABRAMOVIC (1946, BELGRADE)

ULAY, FRANK UWE LAYSIEPEN (1943, SOLINGEN)

Reenactment list:

RELATION IN TIME, 1977 (1 hour in public, total duration 17 hours)

NIGHT SEA CROSSING, series, 1981-1987 (duration opening hours of a museum 10-5 pm minimum 1 day maximum 16 days)

6WF, 1981 (6 hours)

GO, STOP, BACK STOP, 1979 (90 minutes)

MONDUS VIVENDI, 1981 (96 minutes)

AAA-AAA, 1978 (15 minutes)

LIGHT-DARK, 1977 (20 minutes)

CHARGED SPACE, 1978 (32 minutes)

INTERRUPTION IN SPACE, 1977 (46 minutes) 

REST ENERGY, 1980 (4’10 minutes)

(The time in the brackets indicates the original duration of each performance)

Part 2:

Never Mind Pollock 

Performance: 40-50 minutes

ORLAN (1947, SAINT EITIENNE) 

S´HABILLER DE SA PROPRE NUDITÈ, 1976-77 & 

TENTATIVE POUR SORTIR DU CADRE, 1965

YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 MATSUMOTO, NAGANO)

POLKA DOT INSTALLATION & HAPPENING FASHION SHOW, 1968

LILIBETH CUENCA RASMUSSEN (1970 MANILA) 

THE ARTIST´S SONG 2, 2008

NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE 

(1930, NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE – 2002, SAN DIEGO)

SHOOTING PAINTINGS, 1961-63

HELENA ALMEIDA (1934 LISBON)

PINTURA HABITADA, 1975

SHIGEKO KUBOTA (1937 NIGATA)

VAGINA PAINTING, CINEMATEQUE, NEW YORK CITY, 1965

ANA MENDIETA (1948 HAVANA–1985 NEW YORK CITY)

BODY TRACKS, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, USA, 1974

JANINE ANTONI (1964, FREEPORT, BAHAMAS) 

LOVING CARE, 1992-96

LYNDA BENGLIS (1941, LAKE CHARLES, L.A.)

BLATT, 1968-70

CAROLEE SCHNEMANN (1939, FOX CHANGE, PENNSYLVANIA)

BODY COLLAGE, 1967

YOKO ONO (1933, TOKYO) 

PAINTING TO BE STEPPED ON & SMOKE PAINTING, 1961

Performance: 2008: Perform History, U–TURN, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Århus Kunstbygning, Århus

2009: re.act.feminism, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Once more with Feeling, Tate Modern, London

Part 3:

Make a piece of Art 

Artist talk – Performance

Interview of Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen by Toke Lykkeberg

Duration of performance and video: 50 minutes

YOKO ONO (1933, TOKYO) 

JOHN LENNON (1940, LIVERPOOL – 1980, NEW YORK CITY)

BED-IN: MAY 26TH 1969, ROOM 1742 QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL, TORONTO

Performance: 2009: re.act.feminism, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Exhibitions (the video):

2009: Power to the Brand, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia

2010: Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg

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