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Almanac 2016: RALPH HALL (S. JEAN CAP FERRAT, FRANCE)

Almanac 2016: RALPH HALL (S. JEAN CAP FERRAT, FRANCE)

[THE LAST 2.0]
During the days of Biennale Venice ,Art Basel, Freeze Ralph Hall will give life to [The Last 2.0], a spectacular performance, particularly important for the message he wants to convey and which will take place among the stands of the fair as well as the streets of the cities This performance – reiterates Hall – wishes to describe contemporary reality and show the cruelty that distinguishes the human being at the height, perhaps, of his evolutionary process: there is no more room for any value, everything is massacred by the claws of marketing, everything is compressed, boxed, caged, hastily sold, bought, discarded, in the name of the god of money, trampling every right – of animals but also of human beings themselves!”. With his performance Hall once again forces us to reflect on the brutality of common gestures, of actions veiled by false love, hypocrisy and vanity, and on the urgency of interrogating ourselves on the future of our planet. “There was once a world where man lived in harmony with nature, in balance with all species on our planet”. During this performance “I want to squeeze myself, live in close contact with the cold metal of a net – says the Artist – discover and accept a new madness, the state of being entrapped, a helpless object in the hands of others.” Hall will remain for hours lying on the ground with eyes that scan the landscape of Venice Basel ,London and its people through the grilles of the cagebreaking reality in a multitude of checkered visual icons, micro images distorted by the claustrophobic situation induced by the performance.

Production History:
[THE LAST 2.0]

Video:
https://youtu.be/FpfxZIXRgwY

Artistic Statement:
“This performance – reiterates Hall – wishes to describe contemporary reality and show the cruelty that distinguishes the human being at the height, perhaps, of his evolutionary process: there is no more room for any value, everything is massacred by the claws of marketing, everything is compressed, boxed, caged, hastily sold, bought, discarded, in the name of the god of money, trampling every right – of animals but also of human beings themselves!”. With his performance Hall once again forces us to reflect on the brutality of common gestures, of actions veiled by false love, hypocrisy and vanity, and on the urgency of interrogating ourselves on the future of our planet. “By remaining with the face in the cage and moving my arms and legs in a vain attempt to get rid of it, – continues Hall – I want to express the sense of suffocation experienced by animals locked up in the holds of ships, in aviaries, in any narrow space delimited by bars, and their desperate and futile attempt to break free from this constraint”. The only comforting company in this performance is music, especially that of Mozart and Madonna, thanks to which – in an almost mystical catharsis – the Artist is estranged from reality, reaching a state of empathy with the animals’ status and their condition which will lead him to bang his shoes on the floor, crawl with his body, cry, writhe, kiss the soil itself, lean forward as if the animal that he personifies is desperately trying to resist capture.

Connect:
https://hallralph.wordpress.com

@HallRalphhall

https://www.facebook.com/hall.org/?ref=hl

http://contemporaryperformance.org/profile/ralphhall

 

 

 

Photo by: Fabio Roses

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 

 

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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