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Last Hero

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September 6th, 2010 Posted 5:06 pm

Arti Grabowski – Last Hero

performance –  July 2006
CWC Wicza Theatre
Torun – Poland

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September 6th, 2010 Posted 4:38 pm

Arti Grabowski – Sukcesor

performance (25 minutes) –  23. may 2007
9. Festiwal Teatralny “Teatromania”
Warsaw – Poland

You can watch the video here.

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Bread Man

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July 17th, 2010 Posted 5:33 pm

Tatsumi Orimoto – Bread Man

performance –  1994
AnnART5 in/different Medium3 – Trench Art Festival
Saint George/Seclerland/Romania

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January 25th, 2010 Posted 7:39 pm

BBB Johannes Deimling – What’s in my head (Was in meinem Kopf ist)

k-salon, D-Berlin 2009
Duration 32 minutes

“Description of action Similar like the structure of a collage I combine different small actions into one image: Throwing stepp by step red powder on my barefooted feets; putting wooden wings into a roll; slapping with my hands in my face; building up a tree from cardboard, dripping wax from candles (Y,O,U) on my breast, sticking papers in the shape of a “B” on the cardboard branches; hanging up a wooden puppet on the tree; creating a nest and putting small toy-tanks into it; tying a bread on my face, sticking forks into the breadhead, creaming my breadface, throwing red powder on it; spilling noodles letters over the audience; exploding the roll with the wooden wings. ”  More images from the artist’s website

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December 31st, 2009 Posted 2:12 am

BBB Johannes Deimling – BREAD or ALIVE

film (images from his former performances)-  2004
with: with Silja Saarepuu, Villu Plink, Gabriele Avanzinel
location: Germany
duration: 9:27

“… The Film describes in a surreal way our relation to the simple but important thing: Bread. The artist includes in this film images from his former performances, mixed them with new elements and sounds. The result is a film, that points with humor and strong images on the banal and ordinary nourishment and puts it into the center. … ”    (Dr. Eduard Fried)




text from the artist’s website.

See the video here.

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Edible humans

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November 14th, 2009 Posted 8:27 pm

Csurka Eszter – bread-sculpture action

2003. október 19.
Budapesti Õszi Fesztivál / Fogyasztható mûvészet – ZabArt
Várfok Galéria
Photos by Sárközi Csaba

During a whole day, under a tent big pieces of dough are stretched on steel frame shaping mans, womans and children then they are place in furnace to be baked. When the bread persons are baked well the public start to consume step by step, so all what remain are the steel wire frames.

It can be interpreted as a human being, who has a rigid frame covered with this living hot material – bread. It has it’s on life till it is consumed by itself.

At the same time it can be viewed as a relation between sacred and profane, between the artwork as creation and the consumer who eagerly wants to own everything if is possible inside him. After destruction he realizes what have he done.

The text is translated by me from Encz Sarolta’s text written in Balkon – contemporary art magazine Hungary


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August 29th, 2009 Posted 2:12 am

Vanessa Beecroft – VB65

live performance  –  2009 March ,
location: PAC (Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea)- Milan
duration:3 hour

Vanessa’s performance Vb65 is  a  “Last Supper” of  20 African immigrants, legal and illegal, dressed in suits, eating chicken and bread without cutlery, drinking water from the carafe without glasses.  After they finished the meals I see more defencelessness in their eyes than satisfaction. Even the 12 meter transparent table gives the “you can’t hide” feeling.

I’d like to find out what were they thought about in that time.







all the images above are made by yuricrea

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August 24th, 2009 Posted 7:26 pm

Tatsumi Orimoto – Punishment

performance  –  2009 February 12 ,
location: ARCOmadrid – international contemporary art fair
represented by: DNA, Berlin

This is the second post (see the first one) with a new performance of Tatsumi. His performance might well make allusion to the crucifixion of 26 Christian missionaries in Japan in the 16th century, as punishment for their perceived destabilising influence. Orimoto thus expresses how the carrier of bread, the bearer of a different other message, is seen as a threat and is persecuted and martyred. Through the bread scattered on the floor in Punishment, we are witnesses to this waste of communication.” (excerpt from the press release).


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Click here to watch the video documentation.

This performance was performed also at DND Berlin. Images here.

Wanek’s performance

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May 30th, 2009 Posted 9:24 pm

Wanek Ferenc – No title

performance –  1996
program: Superstition Actions Workshop (Babona Akciok – hungarian)
location: Kezdivasarhely/Seklerland/Transylvania/Romania

On a reimbursed table he fills the bread with creased sex magazines. At the end of the action he spit a pigeon egg (which was hidden in his mouth till then) to a plate.



fotó: Vargyasi Levente

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Bread and fish in Second Life

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May 3rd, 2009 Posted 3:25 pm

Kakukkfu YosukeArt’s 1.000.056 ‘th birthday

cyberformance –  2009 ian. 17
location: Second Life

This cyber performance or cyberformance was made in one of the metaverse known as Second Life, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game( MMORPG).

The action is a reinterpretation of a biblical story in which Jesus made a miracle duplicating bread and fish to a plenty of starving  people. In cyberspace duplicating is not a miracle, and the bread is not an important symbol anymore. read more on his blog here.