fontaine b. hosted by FREEHOME – ARTIST TO ARTIST – Maria and Vadim Zakharov is presenting Vito Acconci’s work:
Biting myself : biting as many parts of my body as my mouth can reach
On the occasion of the exhibition bin ÜBERFORDERT / I am OVERWHELMED, fontaine b.presents a serigraph by Vito Acconci showing the documentation of the performance Biting myself:biting as many parts of my body as my mouth can reach. A witness of the process, a heritage of the concept of his performative act. The piece belongs to the series Trademarks produced in September 1970. The work of Acconci stands as an evidence and as an elaboration of a wider documentation of his body of works realized throughout the 1969 and the 1973.
Trademarks September 1970 Photographed activity/Ink prints Sitting naked on the floor, and biting myself:biting myself as many parts of my body as my mouth can reach. Printer’s ink is applied to each bite; bite-prints are stamped, like finger prints, on convenient surfaces around me (wall, floor, furniture, paper, another person’s body, another person’s clothes…) The attempt is to reach, mark, as much as my body as possible:getting through a spot. The means will be to turn in on myself Turn on myself: a performance can be a scheme for splitting oneself in two, with one part taking action relative to the proclivities of the other: arousal jag. Determining a space of free movement: performance as locomotion across a boundary-mouth to leg, skin to flesh. Learning the region: the marks produced will measure performance ability : differentiation of areas previously undifferentiated. The biting should produce a clear mark: ‘staking a claim’.
Vito Acconci, from Diary of a Body 1969-1973, Charta Edition, Milan, 2006
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Vito Acconci. Yuri Albert. Rob Blake. Barbara Breitenfellner. Safia Dickersbach. Kane Do. Maurice Doherty. Shahram Entekhabi. Susanne Frank. Moritz Frei. Jan Glisman. Pierre Granoux. Silvia Guerra. Doreet Levitte Harten. Jürgen Harten. Rudolf Herz. Patrick Huber. Yaroslav Schwarzstein. Renata Kaminska. Klaus Killisch. Yuri Leiderman. Colette Lumiere. Martin Maeller. Nicolas Manenti. Contanze Musterer. Mascha Pörzgen. Natalia Pschenitschnikova. Matthias Reichelt. Vincent Rischer. Michal B Ron. Eike Schmitz. Karin Sander. Semra Sevin. Anatoly Shuravlev. Alexander Skorobogatov. Noemi Smolik. Vladimir Sorokin. Sven Spieker. Michael Staab. Sergei Tchoban. Anja Teske. Asako Tokitsu. Lukas Troberg. Timm Ulrichs. Meyer Voggenreiter. Brigitte Werneburg. Stephan Wiese. Miriam Wiesel. Daniel Zakharov. Ireen Zielonka.