Taste: Sandrine Schaefer

The following footage is one of the first videos included in The Present Tense archives.  TPT Co-Founder, Sandrine Schaefer made this piece during her time studying at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  In the piece, titled, ” A Little Taste of Sweetness,” Sandrine serves homeade applesauce from hand picked apples to the audience.  She approaches each person asking the question, “May I?”  If the audience member says yes, Sandrine gives them a napkin and a spoon engraved with the phrase “A little taste of sweetness” from her body and drapes her clothing across the spectator’s lap as a ‘tablecloth’.  They are invited to eat a handful of applesauce from her hands.

 

 

Taste: Zierle and Carter

In 2008, The Present Tense (in collaboration with TEST) had the privilege of screening the following documentation as part of the video program at the Contaminate 3 Festival.  This site-sensitive piece created by art couple, Alexandra Zierle & Paul Carter , titled “Spillings” took place in Buenos Aires at Plaza de Miserere.
Responding to the interactions they observed during their first visit to the city square, Zierle and Carter’s created a piece that commemorated the hidden inhabitants living in the area.   The square is located next to a railway station and well known for its crime. The action in the piece, leads the often unnoticed ones to the iron gates that encase the monumental tomb of the first president of the country.  “Spillings” utilizes the sense of taste to communicate between species in order to illuminate something invisible,  offering an opportunity to shift common perceptions of a place and celebrate its beauty.

 

 

Taste: Domix Garrido

"Hambre" 2008 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid, Spain Photo by Fuensanta Balanza

 

Domix Garrido works in the field of performance that is generated around the experimental arts in the context of conceptual art. Much of his work is developed  by uniting two perspectives: socio-political and personal.   He aims for his work to address the strength of  natural and profound emotion.  His objective is to induce emotion that leads to deeper levels of thought throughout his audiences.  Garrido often employs the action of eating to build relationships with his witnesses.  Using minimal resources, this action becomes paramount, reminding those who experience the work that we are connected by this shared human need.  The Present Tense has chosen to feature a collection of his pieces utilizing the sense of taste.

In his piece “Hambre” Garrido is installed, blindfolded, in an outdoor space near a museum.  It is Christmastime.   He eats a hard cake typical of this period.  The cake is in 6 pieces, forming the word HAMBRE (hunger).   The texture is hard to  swallow, so the artist washes it down with champagne.  He spits out the remains repeatedly until the performance ends.

"H2mbre" 2009 EBENT Festival Internacional de fects performátiques Barcelona, Spain Photo by José Carlos Soto

 

He brings this action into the context of a Fine Arts University in his piece “H2mbrein 2009.  Garrido develops this action in 2012 bringing it further into the public realm.  In a public square the artist uses a large knife to cut the words HAMBRE  out of cakes.  Instead of engaging in the eating as an individual action, he invites the public to eat cake.  His eyes are covered while he eats a hard cake. A homeless person offers 1 euro to buy the letter “A”.  She mimics the artist’s action of chewing and  spitting on the ground.  They “eat” together until the end of the performance.

 

“Hambre #4” 2012 JIAAP / Weber-Lutgen Gallery Sevilla, Spain Photo by Ángel Montalbán

 

Garrido employs a site-sensitive approach in his piece, “Chokran”.  During Ramadan, the artist waits for sunset to walk into the Atlantic Ocean holding a tray of sugar cubes. Once in the water, Garrido  makes an offering to the sea and “asks him to eat sugar.”  When the ocean gives back the tray, it frees one piece that Garrido eats.  He allows the cube to dissolve in his mouth, experiencing the contrast of sweet and salty before leaving the water and thanking the ocean.

 

"Chokran" Atlantic Action 2010 ASILAH Tangier, Morroco Photo by Francis Ujaque

 

Garrido shares memories of his grandfather as the beginning action of “Interrumpido”.   He offers the audience cigarette paper made from esparto leaves and pencils. He asks the public to write the name of a loved one and stick the paper on his head. After the audience has made their contributions, Garrido ingests all the names by eating the “leaves.”

 

"Interrumpido” 2010 ARTóN. Arte de Acción Madrid, Spain Photo by José Mogrol


 

 In “Mudança Garrido addresses taste without utilizing the action of eating.  He picks leaves from trees in a public garden.  After dusting his head and mouth with powdered sugar, he wraps his head with the leaves he has collected.  He walks through a nearby outdoor market wearing this mask of sorts, the sugar gathering in the corners of his mouth and the space where the nostril and cheek meet.  He purchases a couple of decorative buttons from a seller at the market, a reference to taste as it relates to esthetic standards. Garrido places the buttons over his eyes, removing the sense of sight.  He lays down, the buttons tumble to the ground.

 

"Mudança" Epipiderme Feira da Ladra Lisbon, Portugal Photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

 

 

Domix Garrido graduated in Performing Arts and specialized in Museology and Contemporary Art.  Domix is the founder of Festival ABIERTO DE ACCIÓN in Spain, and gives a series of performance art workshops in educational institutions and art centers.
As an organizer, Domix promotes the research and the exhibition of the performance art through events in several cities.
As a performer he has performed his work in many spaces as well as national and international events like: CENDEAC, LAB, Centro Párraga, Progreso80, EBENT, Acción!MAD, OutOfMind, Poéticas, Weber-Lutgen Gallery, JIAAP, Espacio-1, Préavise Désordre Urbain, Théâtre des Bernardines, Octubre – Arrt d´Acció, Epipiderme, L´Estruch, ARTóN, Kunsthall, FITUR.

Visit  http://domixgarrido.es to see more of his work.

Taste: Sky Fairchild-Waller

One of the five sense, taste is the sensation in the mouth that perceives flavor. It also describes one’s likes and dislikes and describes esthetic standards. Over the next few months, The Present Tense will feature works that explore the complexities of “Taste”. Sky Fairchild-Waller starts us off.

“A video back-projected onto a large screen within an ornate frame produces intersubjectivity between the viewer and a pseudo-mirror emitting an unfamiliar ‘reflection.’ Homogenized milk is poured down the subject’s face while he recites inaudible excerpts from Samuel Beckett’s Not I, dubbed with audible excerpts from Michel Foucault’s Les Mots et Les Choses and Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, in order to examine the analogous ideological construction and revision of gender and grammar.” – Sky Fairchild-Waller

(click on the image to view the video)

Conceived and created by Sky Fairchild-Waller
Performed by Miles Forrester
Audio recordings by Lauren Bacall and Vincent Manuele

Koerner Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Sky Fairchild-Waller studied at the National Ballet School of Canada before completing his formal education at York University. His video and performance work have been presented across Canada, the USA, Italy, and Switzerland, and in 2011, the psychogeographic performance intervention he created with Cara Spooner was selected to represent North America at the stromereien11 Performance Festival Zürich biennale. He presently serves as Artistic Associate for Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre, Canada’s largest multidisciplinary arts centre.

Select credits also include performing in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company), Kiss (Art Gallery of Ontario), and The Ballad of Roy & Silo (BravoFACT); choreographing Of a Monstrous Child (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Bella: The Color of Love (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts); as well as artistic producing Dachshund UN (World Stage). His work has been published in Border Crossings, the Existere Journal of Art & Literature, Giornale dell’Umbria, and KATALOG, and has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Die Schweizerische Post, Kunststiftung NRW, the Metcalf Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Royal Bank of Canada.