Performance by Eleni Kamma at Playground Festival, Leuven
16/11 – 18/11/2018, 16-16:30h
Research, concept and direction: Eleni Kamma
Performance and script developed in collaboration with Shila Anaraki
Performance: Shila Anaraki
Thanks to: Jelle Spruyt, Sahra Huby
Production: Playground Festival (STUK & M-Museum)
The Head of Megera is an enigmatic medieval sculpture in the M Collection. This giantess was part of the famous medieval processions in Leuven. For Playground, she is being activated by a museum selfie-junkie during a curated walk, speculating on the perspective of Megera. Both characters will dialogue with the old pieces in the collection and with actual and virtual visitors. With this the show addresses two types of audiences, the virtual and the actual. Re-M-Ommegang (‘Re-M-Parade’) explores the relationships between the senses, spectatorship and old art today and then and between surface and critique, based on medieval folk heroes, satire, and caricature.
Through this disruption, museum selfie takers assert their physical bodies and online personae as curated objects equally deserving of a viewer’s interest and focus.
Eleni Kamma’s viewpoint continually moves between the positions of artist and researcher. Her projects are characterized by long periods of research (from the specific to the general) and the collection of information material in images and text. Her art practice is determined by the gaps, blind spots and contradictions within existing cultural stories and structures. These gaps, blind spots and contradictions concern issues such as memory, authenticity and identity. They often take shape in tangible objects or in stories that, stripped of their actual history, are made into a stereotype.
Friday 16/11, 16:00 – 16:30
Saturday 17/11, 16:00 – 16:30
Sunday 18/11, 16:00 – 16:30
Location: M-Museum, Leuven