Material: 2x Sledgehammers with drilled holes in the top and rope loops passed through, black suits, a 3 meter raised platform, spit, 2x metal hooks, 2x perspex sheets (suspended).
Action: Action 1: 30 minutes holding a fixed position with a sledgehammer suspended from the mouth. Action 2: Slow movement with the weight of the hammer. Action 3: Drooling from height. Action 4: Breath and spit on perspex. Action 5: Connection between two. Action 6: Our naked Self/s.
Considering our place in the perceived presence from a series of momentary actions.
PRESENCE/s was shown as part of Place. Rhythm. Pulse. An ongoing programme at Ausland, in Berlin. This work marked the first collaboration between Joke Lanz and Thomas John Bacon and was the presentation of a score of actions following a short residency at Ausland.
All photography is by Laura Fusato.
This residency and performance was made possible through the generous support of Ausland.