Impact Zone was my first live Performance presented in 1995.
The idea was basic.
I penetrated a steel spike through a six millimetre thick steel plate using a heavy steel hammer.
A lot of steel.
Practising this method endless times in my studio in order to create my early sculptures, this live act was a public presentation of my work procedures.
The simultaneous act of destruction and creation by deforming this material was the core message of the performance.
The kinetic Energy transmitted to the audience was palpable.
This performance distilled everything I had done so far into a brief live moment, filing the air with this rudimentary ceremony.
It was the only performance I have repeated, in Munich and Leipzig, under the roof of Jim Whiting’s Mega Installation.
The pounding sounds were modified and morphed in real time by the sound workers Air Liquide/Berlin.
Atmósfera was a happening that was held in 2003 at the Museum of Modern Art in San Jose, Costa Rica. It was my debut in my new country of choice which allowed me to honour my changing artistic experience that had been informed by my life in these intense natural surroundings.
The idea of highlighting something found in the natural world and contrasting it with our destructive behaviours became an obvious theme for me.
Collected driftwood trees from the local beaches were arranged in the exhibition space only to be slaughtered by fifteen people with several chainsaws.
The obvious focus was the destruction, but just as important to me was the subsequent re-creation.
Awareness towards our natural resources is necessary and crucial
for our existence.
A topic we can no longer ignore.
This performance was accompanied by continuous drumming overlapped by the growling of several chainsaws.