VISITATION 13    ROSENGARTEN / AUTOBAHNBRÜCKE / STARKOW    14-12-2013

FIRST MOVEMENT (Nitschke) - Telling 8 1/2 to the Venus of Botticelli

SECOND MOVEMENT (Nitschke) - Signing the motorway bridge linking Germany and Poland 

THIRD MOVEMENT (Nitschke, Zakharov) -

First Set: Showing 8 1/2 to the balls of Vadim + Suprematism with Black Noodles

FOURTH MOVEMENT (Zakharov, Nitschke) - Burying the third Cuckoo Clock

FIRST MOVEMENT (Nitschke) - 

Telling 8 1/2 to the Venus of Botticelli

 

In the first movement Nitschke wears a double relief (see vistation 1, exhibition NBK) made of red silicone as a mask. The relief is modeled after the face of the Venus of Botticelli onto a casting of the own face and cast in red silicone. It is fastened to the head with a rubber band, to which a hairpiece with blond curls is attached. Mounted like that the curls remind a moustache. Nitschke carries a small black box fixed to an iron rod in his left hand; in the course of the movement he pulls a stripe of paper from the black box. The strip is made of film stills taken from the movie 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini. Nitschke walks blindly in the gap between two of the rows of fruit trees at a plantation close to Rosengarten/Frankfurt(Oder) on the back of a hill and gives a résumé of the film but his talking is nearly incomprehensible. The alley of fruit trees leads in the near of a blue folding table shaped after a work of Ellsworth Kelly (from the installation Singular Forms at Mnuchin Gallery). There Nitschke opens the black box and takes a black nontransparent pair of glasses from it which he asks Zakharov to wear and laquers the curls of venus he wore as a beard on the surface of the blue table with black spray paint.

SECOND MOVEMENT (Nitschke) - 

Signing the motorway bridge linking Germany and Poland 

 

A white cube marked with a black square serves as a pad, to allow Nitschke to print his back onto one of the pillars of the motorway bridge linking germany and poland. Nitschke dips two big slices of roast beef into black ink, lays the slices on the white box, transfers the ink by sitting down to the two slices and stamps the rough stony surface of the socle with his back. The box shows the print of the two slices of meat.

THIRD MOVEMENT (Nitschke, Zakharov) - 

First Set: Showing 8 1/2 to the balls of Vadim + Suprematism with Black Noodles 

 

Close to the center of the uppermost sphere on the map of the Dead Zone OBAMAINBERLIN head to the edge of a wood where Nitschke sets up the folding table designed after Kelly a second time. In addition he offers Zakharov a chair with an Ipad integrated into its seat. The Ipad is playing the movie 8 1/2. Sitting on the Ipad Zakharov can see only a V-shaped part of it, the rest of the image is covered by his abdomen. Nitschke sits on the white cube. On the print of the curls whose outline is fixed to the blue surface of the table with black paint, Nitschke serves Zakharov a dish of black noodles. The plate, fork and spoon are shaped after the forms of a work of K.Malevich. Within the sunset coming fast Zakharov starts to stage the elements offered to him with the help of his torchlight-app for the recording camera.

FOURTH MOVEMENT (Zakharov, Nitschke) - 

Burying the third Cuckoo-Clock

 

After they finished eating the black noodles OBAMAINBERLIN pack the third cuckoo clock in a waterproof box and bury the box next to the table, together with the two slices of meat dyed black introduced in the second movement.

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