19 Steps, Cross Armed
Video installation and performance by Félix Fernández
From 12 of june to 16 of june
Performance: Thursay 13th, 8.30pm.
Félix Fernández has put a corridor of light in the nave of Intermediae, which acts as a metaphor for interrupted transition, an extreme situation where the performer’s body has been enclosed, where he wanders around, passed through by fragments of encapsulated memories coming from the screens, which act as the only windows in this symbolic space, where the individual is encountered as prisoner. Allegorical images and sounds allude to a time in life, which is dispersed between memory and expectation, self-censorship and illusion.
Félix Fernández builds a sensory texture for the spectator, the “witness”, who can then empathise with this individual who is taking heed of his affectations and actions, counting them down. Choreographically speaking the artist moves around this corridor of light by repeating stances, and experimenting with body language in a way that the body is encountered only as a definitive frontier. The physical presence of the performer is seized by a reiterating sound, marking out the rhythm of his gestures and the succession of images and scenes transmitted on four channels that have been put on loop. In these intervals, regulated by the sound of a thud - that enclose and rule over, cut things out and censor-, there is the construction of representations of a subjectivity that evades, technologies pertaining to surveillance and punishment, and superimposes itself on to the suspension of the artists rights, in order to find ways to continue “being”, “existing”, “living”…
A collaboration with Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM) as part of the programme for the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.
Félix Fernández was born in 1977, in Celeiro (Lugo). He graduated in Fine Art at the Faculdad de Pontevedra, whilst also training in contemporary dance and theatre performance, at the same time, with Marina Abramovic, Johannes Deimling, Elena Cordova and Esther Ferrer, among others. In 20120 he was awarded a scholarship by FENOSA- Gas Natural for a residency in Berlin and New York and in 2012 he was artist in residence for six months in this institution’s museum. In 2008 he obtained another residency in the Centro Coreografico Galego and was awarded prizes by the Comunidad of Madrid; by Casa Encendida, in 2005, and by INJUVE, in 2004. His work has been awarded a prize by the Canariamediafest and Casa de Veláquez, in 2010, and by the Festival Internacional de Cine de Ourense, in 2011, and in 2012 he received an award from the Festival Rendibú de Murcia.
Idea and design: Felix Fernandez
Curator: Suset Sanchez
Production and Coordination: Ensemble contre la peine de mort, Intermediae and Matadero Madrid.
Cameras: Luis Guevara and Tommaso Marzocchini
Setting up: Konvertible
19 Steps, cross armed (trailer)