About the work ‘Between intimacy and alienation’.
The initial idea behind this work was to create sort of a performance, not a live one, but a static performance, in a way it is a combination of sculpture and theater, a performance in the form of an installation.
By its nature, ‘between intimacy and alienation’ is both sculptural and theatrical, but nevertheless it remains static. once started the process I was in a need of looking, finding, re-defining to myself my ‘red-line’ (yes, later, translated into a transparent nylon wire ..) , how it all connects to one another. Along the way I got the urge, the need to re-arrange things to myself, to clarify, contextualize the work and the process too, the ways from A to Z, the way in which the idea develops. It means to discover where ‘things are laying ‘, as for me, having finished the work is somewhat like having reached the end.
In fact, this work is a collection, a collage of thoughts, sketches and maquettes and video clips from various performances, derived from my body of works I call ‘body-sculpture’s’, which I began to develop in the mid eighty’s (1985-86 and onward…).
I started this ‘collection’ once I began to develop my body-related works, constantly adding new materials which I brought into this process. This particular work (in very short…) existing and influenced by the human body, its movements, physic & mental, which is being presented in the form of dance performances (see DVD’s and website: www.noamben-jacov.nl ). When creating the performance I’m relating, enhancing the contact between ‘work’/object & human body and the space in between them as well as to the sound the ‘work’ makes.
Many thoughts cross one another (concisely (?) or not….) along this way. As result of this search the steps I took become like a collection of ‘things on the move’, crossing from the one to the other, from down to up, from left to right …, emphasizing the interrelations and putting it all in a context of mutual relations.
As to the title: ‘Between intimacy and alienation’, perhaps it is In 4 words the balance I’m looking for in all my works.
I‘m searching to catch, to put all this process into ‘one large open box’, to show first and foremost to myself the connections between it all, and how one thing lead to the other. …..