Jasmin Schaitl & Bilwa

Jasmin Schaitl & Bilwa

Duration: 6 hrs.

Collaboration is an ongoing series of performances by Jasmin Schaitl (AT) and William “Bilwa” Costa (US) that explores the correlation between, and the potentials of; transformation, alteration, duration and ephemerality. It combines two practices that incorporate movement, sound, action, materials, objects, the body, and composition.

Collaboration #04 focuses on the complex, complementary, parallel, and reciprocal relationship between two artists, and their actions, during a durational performance. Each artist supports the other, sometimes as an anchor, other times as a source of momentum, like a pendulum or metronome. The two artists are connected with long thin wires and contact microphones, rendering their entire surface an active pick-up. Each movement made by either artist is amplified. The wires are also played with a violin bow and every draw from the bow produces movement “through” the other artist. The tension of the wire is manipulated by both artists’ bodies, also changing the sound quality with every movement.

One artist is able to move back and/or forth, while the other is able to move left and/or right. Imagine a horizontal pendulum. In addition, the action of the performance is simultaneously creating an installation. The space is being transformed continuously by unfolding a thread, snapping chalk lines, and other visual materials.