Video

Down to Earth

Lezli Rubin-Kunda

2006, 02:30 minutes

TAPECODE 115.15

In the open courtyard of the CCCB, the artist digs up the earth and shovels it into plastic bags. She walks with these through the streets of the old quarter, and descends into the basement of a local gallery, (a wine cellar for hundreds of years) Here she carries out spontaneous rituals of engagement and immersion with theearth and other collected local materials: these private activities are projected up and out to the street via a large video monitor in the gallery.

"‘Earth’ is a culturally loaded and convoluted term. I connect at a primary level to the underlying material of the locale, over which our complex, man-made environment is built. But this intimate, sensual connection, unacknowledged or negated, must be carried on surreptitiously underground, like the meeting of the medieval ‘witches’ mixing their medicinal herbs on the outskirts of town."
from eBent03 Festival catalogue

Performed for the EBent 03 International Festival of Performance Art, and with the Bodega Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

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