Title: HOW NOT TO BE RADICAL_AT ALL
3. Berliner Herbstsalon - Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin, Germany
Media performance - video - installation
Video colour, sound, 16:9 duration 00:07:17
Installation life-sized plastic mannequin torso
Credits Devadeep Gupta
In the framework of the 3. Berliner Herbstsalon, artists were asked to deal with the topic of rebellion against attributions, generalizations and simplifications, thereby penetrating the context of the capital of Germany.
Performing in an ironic way, a mannequin was used as a sort of avatar to approach people and attempt to integrate in the unfamiliar environment of the metropolis of Berlin.
HOW NOT TO BE RADICAL_AT ALL was a 20-day performance aimed at using art as a counter-radical instrument, in a social context where artists seem to be always expected to “be radical at any cost” - somehow duty-bound to prove continuously their political commitment.
Such a deliberate “dereliction of duty” is neither a pure aesthetic exercise nor a statement of intent, it is a reminder – first and foremost for the author – and a self-cricism about how playful art can be in its creative freedom and once got rid of labels and attributions.
Photo by Devadeep Gupta