Why is Everybody So Nice? Performance “FANGLESS” by Larisa David (Image 01)
Photography: Carina Erdmann
We are in a large space. In the centre, where all the chairs and eyes are pointed, there is an empty space - a circle. Two bodies enter the circle. They walk at the same speed towards the middle. There, the first body [BODY I] stands while the second body [BODY II] positions itself into a falling stance. The first body begins to address the audience about the second body. The anatomy lesson begins. Each part of this body is pointed at and explained. Eyes, nose, lips, ears, head, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, breasts, hips, back, legs, skin, bones, lungs, spleen, stomach, ovaries, heart, brain, tissues, veins, nerves and cells are all dissected in front of the audience.
The reality is that today is an inauspicious day. Surprisingly, she hesitated a couple of times and there were a couple of moments when she lost her balance. Her once firm legs now tremble. She clenches her lips as they begin to quiver. Her whole body is shaking. In the past, the pressure from the outside and emotions from inside couldn’t be seen in her movements, but now she is unable to control them. (…) But let’s look at her! Her body is uneven.
The right eye is unpleasant, weak, abnormal and undeveloped. The left eye is hard-working and competent. The right side of the nose is deviant - a possible honest sign of inferior genetic quality or a possible accident from childhood. The left side of the nose points to the question: who helps me when I arrive here?
a.) The government;
b.) My partner.
The left ear has to realise that it really has to learn the language if it wants to succeed in a new country. That’s how I see it. You are not going to be successful if you don’t learn the language. The right ear is capitalistic. (…) The left side of the head is logical, informing me that there are a lot of problems in the old parts of the city. People often don’t understand each other because they have different cultures or because they speak different languages. There is a lot of unemployment and a lot of drug problems, noise problems and sometimes there are fights. The right side of the head is unreasonable, incoherent, aberrant and prone to fits of irrationality, unable to insure that the actions of her body are sound. The left shoulder is exotic, enwrapped in alluring mystery. The right shoulder is quite common. The right arm is nowhere, in the grey zone, in the buffer areas. The left arm is here, asking where do people here often spend their time?
Coming out of the stance; standing.
Why is Everybody So Nice? Performance “FANGLESS” by Larisa David (Image 02) Photography: Carina Erdmann
Painting. Oil on panel. A three-quarter view portrait on a dark background; realistic portrait with attention to details, polished technique and fidelity to likeness; ornate lettering to the right of the portrait. The person depicted has brown hair and dark eyes. The bearing suggests that the person depicted was an individual of distinction. The person appears in heavy dark armour with gold accents and a white ruff. A small head tilt forward, looking just a bit from above, directly at you as I do now. Who do you see?
a.) King of Spain;
b.) Wilhelm of Orange.
Positioning in the second falling stance.
Why is Everybody So Nice? Performance “FANGLESS” by Larisa David (Image 03) Photography: Carina Erdmann
The upper back is surprised at seeing a man standing at the cooker with an apron on, because it doesn’t know that in many families the man and women fulfil the same roles. The lower back knows that when it wants to visit someone it must make an appointment.
Why is Everybody So Nice? Performance “FANGLESS” by Larisa David (Image 04) Photography: Carina Erdmann
Why is Everybody So Nice? Performance “FANGLESS” by Larisa David (Image 05) Photography: Carina Erdmann
The left breast is stuck, prisoner of local modes of thought and with a fatalistic temper. The right breast believes in liberal-humanitarian ideals.(…) The left leg has to catch up. The right leg is industrial, technological and developed. The left ankle is barbaric and primitive. The right ankle is modern, never having to ask itself: where are many jobs available?
a.) In agriculture;
b.) In health care.
In health care.
The right foot always needs to prove itself and to perform better if it wants to break through prejudices and win the trust of an employer. The left foot nervously slipped up time and again. (…) The left side of the stomach is hidden, concealed and absent. The right side of the stomach knows it is important to turn up exactly on time for a job interview. It is also important to look smart and that you should introduce yourself as soon as you come in. You should look people in the eyes. If you don’t do that, people think you are not interested. Also, making phone calls during a job interview is just asking for trouble! (…) The left side of the brain is strong. The right side of the brain is restless, constantly asking the left side: is life here…?
The upper tissues are struggling. The lower tissues are independent and self-reliant.
You can decide for yourself here!
The blood on the right side is in transition. The blood on the left side is too mixed. The left side of the nerve is foreign. The right side of the nerve is familiar. Her cells are inside. Her cells are outside.
We have now reached the periphery…once again!