Magdalena von Rudy: AIR (BSP)

HMKV Video of the Month

On view 1 – 29 Februrary 2020

AIR (Bubble Sculpture Performance) features a video dance performance in a balloon suit. The ecstatic and excessive performance is obstructed by the volume of the balloons. By struggling with the material, the movement is being reduced to its essence – and the dance takes on a ritual, trance-like character.

Neither does the dance follow a choreography, nor are there rehearsed gestures. Everything is improvisation. In some shots the performer "fights" with the balloon suit and looks like an animal being chased. In other moments she appears like an East Asian warrior or a Godzilla-like monster. The sound level is introduced by a heartbeat that seems to come from inside the body. As it progresses, a sound cluster of samples, instrument and voice recordings develops. Rhythms, sound artefacts, everyday noises are woven into a complex structure. The movements of the performer serve as a score for the sound composition. (MvR/IA)

Magdalena von Rudy, *1973 in Racibòrz (Poland), 1995–2001 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2000 graduate with Prof. Anthony Cragg, 2009 visiting professor at the Wladyslaw Strzeminski Art Academy in Lodz (PL), 2019 assistant lecturer Hochschule Düsseldorf and Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Various exhibitions, scholarships and prizes, a.o. 2019 D-Polytop. Kunst aus Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2018 AIR (BSP), Hallraum Worringer Platz, Düsseldorf, 2014 31th Kasseler DokFest, Kassel, 2012 Die Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, 2006 Persona Syndrom, Kunstverein Bochum (solo show), 12. Marler Video-Kunst Preis, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.

Interview with Magdalena von Rudy

In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents current video works by international artists for the duration of one month each – selected by Inke Arns.

Magdalena von Rudy

4K Video, 2014/2018, 6:00 Min.

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