Right…back from Sherkin Island. Work is done. Sitting in my Studio Space…reflecting the past 6 weeks. I have to admit actually PLAN A was: “Getting Pissed for today and finishing my analysis tomorrow, basically about Barthes and Foucault`s little philosophical war: “The existence of the Author – whatever ….Modernism, Post Modernism. Social Capitalism for now!!”
Eventually I changed my mind and energies to mop my studio or rather to clean my brain….but only to a certain extend… because I realize that I still have to finish and close(at least) the metaphorical book of my last performance. On this note I might give here for the sake as a appreciation of all our cultural peacemaker work a little retrospection including some visual support of images from my last performance at Mount Gabriel. To get an idea I might publish my proposal. If you don´t like written visual critical statements don´t hesitate and skip it.
BAVA DIT Sherkin Island 07-04-2014 Proposal Module 11: Convergence Detlef Schlich
As a visual artist in my second year at DIT I am presently preparing my last module for this semester which is about Convergence. In my secondary research for this Project I intend to identify artists that try to seek or rather find the spiritual in art in our time like Josef Beuys, Anne-Katrin Spiess and Dominique Mazeauds. Beuys urgently appealed to humanity to restore their connection with a spiritual reality. For Ann-Katrin, performance and ritual have always played an essential role in her work. Dominique’s Ritual Performances and pilgrimages reflect the spiritual in art. She sees her art as political catalyst to activate present and future environmental action and awareness and considered herself as a cultural peacemaker.
For my next Project I will create a performance at the radar station on top of Mount Gabriel. The mountain is with 407 m the highest eminence in the coastal zone south and east of Bantry Bay. For me the radar station, which sits on top of it, is a visual metaphor of the man-made impact in nature and a symbol of the irony of the ‘age of communication’, an age where we lack personal connections, an age where our world gets to its limits physically and our culture is in moral misery.
Through the process of ritual performance I want to become a mediator between a world in physical, cultural and emotional crisis and open myself and the viewer to the potential of the power of the creative experience to create a moment of spiritual awareness.
This will be recorded with Digital Media. In my studio I will use digital and metaphysically and physically Medias e.g. Photoshop/Premiere just as charcoal and acrylics to create a final piece of visual work.
However, I´ve already mentioned that I use the top of Mount Gabriel as starting point for my performance. Here we go:
Time to introduce my lovely assistants.
The next 6 images are from my action camera. I love this wide angle and the vivid of colors.
It was – again – a great experience and I thank everyone for making this moment possible. I still have to edit my video but I already have a bunch of work created.
This images are only for the purpose of representation and not available for any reprints. Therefore the quality do not represent the real prints.