Arturo Vidich

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Body Island

2011
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: pazt. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Digital, Film/Video, and Other.

Body Island is inspired by a vision of the performer’s body as a landscape and a site of refuge. In using imagery that evokes a natural catastrophe, the work is a metaphor for how society anticipates and responds to crisis. One performer and ten rats interacted in a closed structure as it flooded. Spectators reclined on the structure while the performance occurred beneath them. Three camera feeds of the action were live-edited by a director of photography and projected onto a screen suspended over the structure.

Body Island is about the human ecosystem’s place within the wild environment, and vice versa. It is an adversarial position that begs a narrative to understand the complex situation. Often in extraordinary circumstances we have no control except to define what we think of events. In inverting the roles of human-being and human-dependent invasive species the work shows how when it comes down to it, there is ‘realer’ reality behind the facade.

Watch Body Island: https://vimeo.com/44361743

Arturo Vidich’s work consists of open-ended stories that are complicated by active spectators. Often showing in non-theatrical spaces, he navigates slippery relationships between the watcher and the watched. Improvisation is essential to his artistic practice. Guided by the concept of ‘becoming-animal,’ Vidich operates under the belief that to examine human-animal relationships is to reach understanding of ourselves as cognitive beings, biological substances, and kinesthetic potential. The result is an artwork where spectators face a collapsed set of poetic, informative, enticing stimulations that resonate with their own history.

Vidich has developed a holistic process that concretizes unreliable memories into workable art materials. By guiding his impulsive behavior into creative pursuits, the materials and formatting of his work can shift depending on the project at hand. Many of Vidich’s projects demand learning new skills, which accumulate, and often extend into realms not typically associated with artists. For example, Vidich’s life long interest in non-human animals led him to work as a veterinary technician for three years, and achieve a certificate in dog training. The experiences he had while working closely with animals, and their associated people, have been a wellspring of material for his process as an artist, and as human being. Also, his long-standing fear of flight propelled him to achieve a private pilot’s license.

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