Signs of Ffff...
Ceremony (or an earthquake) shaking off the costume of fear.
‘Mexico City is dangerous.’ During a residency in Mexico City, I kept on being confronted with this warning. Which areas of the city are ‘safe’ for me as a stranger to this city? Stories and rumors made me unsure how to navigate through the city. Reality gave way to visions, fear was constantly present.
As a response to the physical sensation of being unable to read the city, to distinguish between signs of fear and protective spheres, to tell what is real and what is imagined, I created a costume.
The orange safety mesh, collected in the neighborhood and used to fence off construction sites, became the second skin for a new character. They began to mingle around the building, a foreign body and yet strangely familiar. Unsure of their journey, the costume was extended by strangely mechanical arms, accommodating the desperate wish to break the barrier to the outside, the buffer between reality and fiction.
Then, the earth began to shake. All of a sudden, the very ground became the one to doubt giving way for a ceremonial liberation dance of fears and doubts.
Safety Mesh, Metal Mesh and Plaster, Spray Paint.
Elias Kurth (b. 1984 in Aarau, Switzerland) is an artist, performer and architect based in Berlin. Working across these disciplines, Elias Kurth explores the tensions between fictional and factual spaces, between individual fantasies and societal realities.
The projects vary in scale, duration and media, and always draw from the human body as a source of knowledge. Using movement as a thinking tool, Kurth develops intersections between performance, architecture and visual arts. His curiosity for the yet unknown and a strong sense for spaces and emotions create situational poignant experiences. The work, ranging from sensitive gestures to brute physical acts, reveals his playful reading of internal and external realities and their conflicts.
Elias Kurth graduated from London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’ (2009) and worked with several choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Requardt&Rosenberg or Compagnie Shifts. He graduated as an architect from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin (2018) where he studied amongst others with Jean-Philippe Vassal, Enrique Sobejano, and Alexandra Ranner. He has worked as an architect for Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation and Compagnie KHZ. His own work has been shown in the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
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