12 Video Projections, 6:19 Min.

Yvonne Engelhardt x Jennifer Keusgen
Audiovisual Performance, Villa Merkel Esslingen, 2014
20 min.

"Children need quite long until they know that they have a body. The first few months and into the first year of life, they have only a scattered body, limbs, body cavities, holes. Only in the mirror all that is arranged in a proper order and is literally taking shape. Even more amazing is the fact that the Greeks in Homer's time had no word for the unity of the body. As paradoxical as it may be, at Troy, under the defended by Hector and his companions walls, there was no body, there was only raised arms, a bold chest, quick legs, gleaming helmets on their heads, but no body. The Greek word for body appears in Homer only to describe a corpse. It is this body and the mirror so teach us (then taught the Greeks, as they still teach today's children), that we have a body, this body has a form and that form an outline that within this outline something slightly tight, something heavy is, in short, that the body occupies a place. "1

6XL as an oversize is the body’s maximal occupation of space.
There is an ambivalence between the body and the skin as limitation or as protection.
In almost the same matter textile is a disguise or a shelter for the body.
A form always is a boundary, but without a form one would be free or lost.
Parts of the body are taken apart and new body-forms develop. The skin is expanded into new forms.

There are associations with Platon’s androgynous.
Reflections, percepting ourselves in the other and the moment of division.

Analyses of a pre-physicalness. An esthetic research of the body with textile, foldings and forms.
Video and body function as a sculpture that is in a wafting movement.

1 Michel Focault: Der utopische Körper