The sea room
Performance by Tabea Briggs, Luiza Furtado, Ziliia Kanchurina, André Rachadel, Daniel Sea, Seul A Shin at the Paintings Gallery as part of the Rundgang 2023
The sea room is an interactive odyssey through the exhibition The Purloined Masterpiece. Images as Time Machines in the rooms of the Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Flowing between ideas of queer creation and destruction fantasies, time travelling through the hallways, looking for portals, searching for glitches, in time, in space, between the audience and themselves, the performers are following ideas on how to re-write architectural narratives through the presence of moving bodies. Breath, vessels and flesh. Subtle inceptions into the idea of the monument and its glorified artworks. A collective body, responding, waving back, breaking against the massive walls, into foam, into stories, into experiences that are shared and intensified.
The sea room is a phantasmagorical journey through the primeval oceans of all life into the European hell of order, extraction and ascension.
It’s a response, a call and a question.
Tabea Briggs, (1994) is an interdisciplinary artist that works with sound, word, and installation. Her current research revolves around the topic of water-based rituals and religions, hydropolitics and water as a living being.
Luiza Furtado, born in Florianopolis, Brazil, lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and Vienna. BA. in industrial design by PUC-Rio and part of the Contextual Painting class, Academy of fines Arts Vienna. To evoke fabulated rituals, Luiza combines painting, sewing and audio-visual. She researches intuitive dance and costume creation as empowerment practices. Her performative work is based on prosthetic experimentations with upcycled-textile craft.
Ziliia Kanchurina, born in 1992, lives in Ufa, Russia, and Vienna. Native to Bashkortostan, Ziliia reimagines images of the warrior shield for her community, situating herself in the postcolonial condition while deriving her own handcraft practice from other techniques synthesized from across Central Eurasia. Ziliia is a part of the class of Contextual Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
André Rachadel, born in 1988 in Blumenau, Brazil, is currently living Vienna where he studies art at the Akademie of Fine Arts Vienna. Inspired by the chaotic aesthetics of murals and graffiti in Brazil he started to produce personal collages that reflect on his life growing up in a working-class family in the global south.
Daniel Sea is a trans actor, musician and artist working and living between Berkeley, California and Vienna, Austria. Sea works through interdisciplinary memoir working with processes such as research-based performance, writing, music, drawing, video and photography. Sea came of age as an artist as a part of the queer punk art and activist scene of San Francisco, California, in the 1990’s. He transverses the spectrums of pop culture, performing in mainstream television, intervening and infecting mainstream culture with queer and magical agendas. He is a part of the class of Contextual Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Seul A Shin was born in Seoul, Korea. She lives and works in Korea and Vienna. Through her human body and transparent layers, she works by reinterpreting the narcissism and idolatry of modern society.