Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -

SPECTACLE OF THE SNAKE/ perfromance/ 26 min/ 2017

Body puts face into a water bowl, takes a gulp of water, then does the same in a bowl of charcoal - allows mixed substance in its mouth to drop onto its body- the action is repeated continuously to loud a disco play list- action ends when last songs begins – (theme song of twin peaks, by David Lynch). The disco music in the vernissage setting alludes to the ‘spectacle‘ in its nature, the pop showcase of the art world in juxatposition to potential issues of urgency Art can instigate. The physical challenge of the performance and the charcoal’s nature and aesthetic (labor - industry- coal mining), overrules basic ideas of health, as in labor exploitation, which, in a david lynchian way, transforms the atmosphere of something fun into something very eerie and potentially macabre. The utilization of the SNAKE is a reference to ritual and shamanic healing principals that the ambiguosity of the snake is that its venom both kills as it heals.