Marcel Sparmann

PRESSING TIMES

We are constantly surrounded and overwhelmed by the simultaneity of incidents on a bigger (social) or smaller (private) scale. The momentum of another reality breaks in, and the balance between the forces is questioned, we find ourself in the unknown and our carefully crafted environment is in danger to collapse, a strong indicator of our actuality.

So it feels unavoidable that my next performances are attempts to find new performative strategies to response to these overwhelming situations that broke in: the most recent and dramatic situation of the post fact times along with xenophobia, homophobia, rasicsm in Europe and abroad.

Therefore this performance and the following are about the oscillating meaning of “casa” (home/house) and “caza” (hunt). This wordplay in it’s simplicity, but also in the reversed meaning, became the twisting point. The difference between “casa” and “caza” is one letter and in the pronunciation hardly detectable, but in it’s real life consequenze, it has a big impact. How does it feel to exist in an environment which hunts you, which transforms your open door to a security gate? How can we communicate this thin border?

“I consider myself as a visual artist, experienced in theatre, dance, video art, installation and performance art. That means my understanding and awareness of communication, exchanging and sharing is image and action based. I don’t trust verbal language we are used to control and manipulate, but I like to use the complex construction of language to transform these aspects to artistical expressions. Therefore I’m looking for a direct encounter which is open enough to touch a certain subject first on an emotional and then on an abstract or intellectual level. In this sense, performance art is for me the most interesting and challenging art form; because it’s most direct one. It enables to point on something beyond the artist and his ego himself, to a bigger context which could be placed in a political, social or economical understanding.

My artistic interest focuses mainly on the creation of intense situations, compressed and intimate spaces which can be then used as a display. I’m looking for a visual and action based language which embodies audience, the aspect of time and non-time and the shared space. Especially the space becomes an emotional environment which contains common memory and the navigation in between them.

I’m searching for simplicity of images and actions which carry a pure aesthetic and special temperature, comparable with natural phenomenon which I perceived as a result from a more natural approach. Recently I have been working increasingly with the concept of ‘notes on fragility’ dealing with various ideas of disappearing, appearing, traces and memories and their poetic expressions.”