Myriam El Haïk
Two performances for the Kommunale Galerien Berlin’s annual Art Week 2021
The setting of the final sign on the advertising column
3 September 2021
"COODD, cet obscur objet du désir"
5 September 2021
In the performative act "Écritures" Myriam El Haïk will inscribe the advertising column in front of the Tempelhof Museum with various signs until its surface is filled. The signs spring from her imagination and are without concrete or fixed content. Their meaning is individual and is derived from the form itself. Sign by sign, a composition unfolds in which the execution by hand gives the signs their uniqueness.
At the centre of the performance "COODD, cet obscur objet du désir" is the fan. The performers are provided with these objects of desire in all kinds of colours. Each colour is assigned its own rhythm, which is repeated for the performance’s duration. The performers thus become an orchestra, the fans an instrument, the gesture of the fan music.
Inherent in both works is rhythmic play. Fixed elements are repeated in a seemingly never-ending loop. In the process of repetition, deviations emerge and variations become apparent. The regularity of order is played off against the way individuality unfolds.