Boris Oicherman er en israelsk kunstner, hvis praksis fokuserer på stedsspecifikke værker som installation, performance og video.
På LAND-SHAPE Festival i Hanstholm i 2015, opførte han en storslået performance på en stor åben mark foran fyret. ”Movie, Reenacted” drejer sig, som titlen antyder, om en genopførelse af et ældre Land Art værk fra 70érne. Værket ”Movie” blev skabt af Bill Bollinger, en af den minimalismens retnings centrale kunstnere på den tid. I den gamle film ses kunstneren selv i et ørkenlandskab, hvor han gentagne gange forsøger at balancere en træstamme op på højkant, og lade den stå. Hver gang falder den, og arbejdet starter forfra. Ud over den umiddelbare metaforiske betydning af handlingen, menneskets forhold til jorden og landskabet, omdannes landskabet også til et mentalt sted, hvor der foregår en interaktion.
I Boris Oichermans opdaterede version, blev 70 mænd og kvinder involveret i at gentage filmens handling, stående spredt ud over en stor mark. I løbet af en tre timer lang performance gentages handlingen i en opskaleret version.
Ved at gribe tilbage til en ældre kunstners værk, ønsker Boris Oicherman at undersøge, hvordan man kan levendegøre et tidligere værk i en ny diskurs, som en strategi for kunstproduktion i dag. Derved får værket en ny betydning.
Værket blev til som et af 10 vinderværker fra LAND-SHAPEs open call fra 2014. Det blev som videoproduktion og kan nu ses sammen med et videoportræt af Boris Oicherman, på Hanstholm Fyr, når dette genåbnes efter restaurering.
In April 2015, the artist came for a research stay in Denmark where in a two days period he visited North Jutland with the purpose to investigate and find the right dimension and the character of the wooden poles for his great performance.
The creative journey started when Boris visited private foresters, a hardware store and special producers of log material where he was carefully lifting the logs, feeling and trying them. He took in consideration the amount of work that the individual performer would have at the festival and as well the aesthetics of the whole scenery.
The high peak in this artist´s research trip grasped in a moment in the forest, in Hjallerup, where he found the right material for his performance. While an impressing machine was preparing the logs on the spot, he engaged in a dialog with the local forester about the design and the growth of the forest. In a blink, the landscape came as a very interesting topic between them, experience that later on turned to be the focus on Boris´ presentation at the symposium during the festival. He shared the knowledge with the audience and for that occasion, he invited a special guest from the National Park “Thy” to give a speech about the approaches in designing a forest versus the artistic thinking.
The whole experience turned to be inspirational, educative and creative in the most surprising way.
behind the scene
"The Movie, reenacted"
Boris Oicherman´s performance from the LAND-SHAPE Festival in Hanstholm.
Photo: Morten Barker
"The Movie, reenacted"
Boris Oicherman is from Israel and for the moment, he is living and teaching in the U.S.A. His practice focuses on site-specific works like installation, performance and video.
At the LAND-SHAPE Festival in Hanstholm he enlightened the audience with a great performance called “The Movie, reenacted”, which established the framework for LAND-SHAPE´s approach to Land Art as a contemporary art form, based on both conceptual and aesthetic outlines, that includes permanent and ephemeral works. It opens up to cross aesthetics and new media such as performance, sound and light-based works.
The inspiration for this piece has the roots in the “Movie” (1970), the only moving image work of the American minimalist sculptor, Bill Bollinger. The grainy color film depicts the artist within the desert landscape, repeatedly trying to balance a wooden log on its end and every time the log falls, the artist lifts it up. When the log balances and remains stable, Bollinger waits for a while; he kicks it down and starts lifting it again. Beyond the immediate metaphorical meaning of the act, the performance is assembling a relationship with the land: the presence of the human figure gives the landscape a tangible scale through the continuous physical labor that is transforming the scenery into an emotionally charged setting.
Boris Oicherman´s enactment
included many participants, set the time-space relation in an entirely new context in Hanstholm; the entire artistic process, from the beginning to the end was inspirational and thoughtful.
In a press release, Boris explained the meaning of his artworks:
“The approach to art as the field of knowledge production entered the artistic discourse in the last decade. I believe that once we consider an artwork as a piece of knowledge, we are also entitled to ask how this knowledge can be turned into a mechanism for changing reality; how it can be used and distributed further, using methods beyond the traditional ones of exhibiting and publishing. One of these methods can be to reenact the artworks in settings where they can be of use, thus creating an artwork that is constantly living and developing – rather than just being a part of art history.”
Click here to see the entire press release.