Judith Seng’s work is located in the main entrance hall of the Design Miami pavilion, only work in the hall, situated where the visitors pass by before climbing the stairs that lead to the design fair.
ACTING THINGS IV: Material Flow is part of Commission Miami, a research project on experimental design presented at the entrance of Design Miami and providing a first taste of the fair as well as leading the visitor from the art related halls to the design related halls and vice versa.
On a pedestal in the main hall a minimal performance is presented. Here, a group of dancers interacts with the shapes they create and model in the act of dancing by solidifying a colorfully pigmented matter that receives the marks of their bodies. Such shapes will then be melted in special jars for the whole duration of the Art Basel week.
The artwork’s impact is no doubt guaranteed by the imprint that the dancers’ bodies leave in the colorful matter through their fluid and never banal movements.
It is a silent, hypnotic, totemic dance, in which the boundary between the body and the matter is lost. The gesture becomes one and the same with the icon, which turns into a totem, into a testimony of the uniqueness and unrepeatability of the gesture itself. The image thus loses the status of worthless object and gains that of work of art.
The shape is sometimes assaulted, sometimes cuddled. For the whole duration of the performance, after being exposed, the shape will be melted in order to make the production and reshaping cycle start again.
Such is an idea that never ceases being thought and a way to see the creative process as a never-ending dance.
This ritual is a point of convergence between artistic and scientific research.
The ACTING THINGS project started in 2012 and focuses on the relationship between art and design. In the ACTING THINGS IV context, the artist Judith Seng carries on her collaboration with Barbara Berti.
Barbara Berti is a choreographer based in Berlin and specialized in Contact Improvisation.
Judith Seng lives and works in Berlin. Her research is at a crossover between art and design.
Fiammetta De Michele