rob list

Solo movement performance by Rob List

Hoffman: 'This is no good. You must paint from nature.'
Pollock: 'I am nature.'

'To me human existence exists on a multiple level, not just having to be identified with what you do and what you say'.
Ornette Coleman

The 50s and 60s saw revolutionary changes to compositional ideas in modern jazz and abstract painting. Modernism reached its apotheosis in a signal and emblematic burst of energy yet its gestures were quickly buried under the cool aftermath of postmodernism.

ENGRAVE looks at two strategies of modernist freedom one the impossible act of eternalizing a gesture, and the other the equally impossible task of seeking in gesture for the eternal. The new form was eruptive, protean, and cosmological in aspect. It was also hopeless in the face of irony. Here, an elegy in gesture for mighty gestures of the oh-so recent past, in black and white and color.

ENGRAVE Performance: Rob List
Video: David Haneke
Sound: Jaap Lindijer
premiere 8 december 2006
Nestheaters/ Frascati Amsterdam

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