Paul Wong

2001, 05:00 minutes, colour, english


Based on slides shot in 1978 of the Austrian 'aktion artist Hermann Nitsch'. Put away for 24 years, the colour transparencies are spread out on a light table. The images are examined with a macro lens and captured with digital video. Not so much a reconstruction, or documentary of an event but a process of reimaging.

A hundred frames record a 12 hour, noon to midnite event in a roman amphitheatre in the center of Trieste in Northern Italy. Hermann Nitsch has been creating his unique rituals since the early 1970's. The blood flows over naked bodies strapped on crosses . carried blindfolded, senses are tweaked with percussion sounds and blaring brass instruments. Religious iconography, operatic orchestrations of cast,crew, friends and the public, who eat, dance, drink.

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