Hysterie & Neurose


In its second show, 'Art-Claims-Impulse’ presented five art pieces dealing with a series of topics, that although universal in nature, strongly reflect the current Zeitgeist. One element they all have in common, is their critical engagement with the different manifestations of human life as a reaction to the current living environment – with the hysteria and neurosis of our times.
P.S. Every private view is in presence of the artist who is going to give a talk, or do a performance.

Lucy A. Robert’s piece critically engages with the alienation of mankind from its ‚instinctive’ nature, which according to her is a consequence of the changing human lifestyle taking place over the last decades. Together with a fellow artist, she has coined the term ‚Humanagenosis’ which describes a contemporary (human) condition. On this basis, she has created an expressive performance piece which was originally performed in Sydney and Melbourne.

Four Factorial Group's work, represented by Jakub Jasiukiewicz, also places the emphasis on the idea of an original and natural state of existence. In this piece, the focus is on time, more precisely: on the measurement of time. In contrast to the hysteria and neurosis triggered by an ever faster (experienced) pace of time, he created a new definition of time and rhythm of life. The group’s critical engagement with this issue has lead to the creation of two highly interesting and complex multi-media installations.

Pierre Wolter’s work is an expressive engagement with the neurosis 'German Identity’. Symbols, such as the German anthem are addressed from a different perspective, highlighted and re-interpreted. The eternal and still hot topic of debate (as events around the World Cup 2006 showed) is expressed in an unconventional video-performance and installation that raises new questions and works as an invitation for (self)reflection).

Jill B. Suffner’s work focuses on the hysteria related to the aesthetics of the body and to beauty, as well as on the (lack of) self-consciousness and / or self-conception associated with these norms. This critical reflection was expressed in a dance-choreography / performance, inspired by motion studies on the so called ‘hysterical attacks’ from the late 18th and beginning of 19th century. The outcome is a highly expressive and multi-facetted performance.