For me, it’s about just sitting in the body and working with the body – with my hands – with material matter, not with ‘ideas’ about the self. This approach comes from my interest in identity and the narratives that make us. It’s an important feature of my work that it is so physical and non-verbal while dealing with subjects like gender identity which have so much language around it.”
(u)telling (s)tories concept by Mark Rautenbach was initiated for DISTANCIO in Sweden. An interception is performed on March 21st 2020 in Mother City, Cape Town, South Africa, in Mama Africa, on the (here in the South) Autumn Equinox the same day in Tranås is the Spring Equinox.
Title: us - (u) telling (s)tories
Artist: Mark Rautenbach
Media: The performance uses craft circles as a methodology and clothing as material. It's performed by visiting artist Mark Rautenbach and craft circle participants
Description: Us affords both a cathartic gesture, the untelling, and a declaration of allegiance to a more responsible and less fear-based way of being. Us uses a collection of actions which alchemise material through philosophical and artistic means; it's a seasonal Spring cleaning.
In English yarn, long twisted lengths of fibres, also means story. For this performance yarn = story and clothing = identity.
Yarn is produced during early Spring, within interior spaces. Spaces where people are relaxed and let their guard down.
Yarn is fashioned from clothing: the panels of a garment are 'filleted' from the seams. This releases the material of identity from what it was defined by. It returns identity to a virtual state. The panel is then cut in such a way as to produce a continuous length; yarn. This yarn is the story the identity is made from.
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