'What is queer today is not tomorrow' NGBK, Berlin
50 Steph Lifts
Performance VideoFeaturing Tanya Stasilowicz
filmed by Pablo Zuleta
With Tanya Stasilowicz (the lifter) players are animated to concentrate on one wrestling ‘move’. Making an image of struggle into a journey, a challenge.
The performance is an interaction between the subjective and the gazed upon object. The subject is ‘the lifter’, who carries the second woman, her own external image. ‘The lifter’ struggles, is focused on the task of carrying the object; ‘the lifted’ is self-conscious, aware and present in their own being, their own part in the game.
The video acts as a moving photographic image, and, like the film stills of Andy Warhol, the object cannot deny her humanity, even if it is reduced or manipulated in the still image. ‘Woman’ is here conceived as the forming of one ‘queer’ being from two. She must carry herself, converse with herself, make a choice to deny or accept a heritage of dualism. The piece culminates in a union of the two ‘selves’ a kind of orgasm, an optimistic expression.