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«...On the Sunday at Les Subsistances, I was supposed to do a guest performance in the TUBE of Jörg Müller, who generously invited five artists to play in his magical water universe. But it was the day after the catastrophic CHANDELIER and exhausted, shamed and miserable - I had decided to just stop everything, cancel! ... cancel what? my life? I have to keep on, I can't let the fact that I am up against a system let me 'not' anything. I have to keep doing while they try undo. I can't stop them from punishing me but I wont do it for them. I did the TUBE in a totally relaxed and fun way. For the first six minutes I did something expected, what lots of people have done, slow balletic movements to operatic music (ok, I had a tutu and pointe shoe gloves with real taxidermed fish-heads attached). Then I asked Jörg to cut off my gloves and to put 5000 coloured paper balls I had found into the tube and I had a two-minute hip hop happy with myself to the thumping soundtrack of South Parks ripoff of Kanye West 'I'm a gay fish, I'm a mother fuckin gay fish!' Cus I'm the gayest of the gayfish! Yo!...»

Crée en 2014 aux Subsistances à Lyon après 2h de répétitions.

Création noustube et scénographie : Jörg Müller

Arrangement, chorégraphie, et interprétation : Steven Cohen 

Costume : Steven Cohen

Durée : 10 min

Coproduction Steven Cohen et Jörg Müller

Site internet : Steven Cohen ou Steven Cohen


Steven Cohen was born in 1962 in South Africa and lives in Lille, France. He is a performance artist who stages interventions in the public realm and in gallery/theatre spaces. His work invariably draws attention to that which is marginalised in society, starting with his own identity as a gay, Jewish, white South African man. One of his best-known performances is Chandelier (2001/2), in which Cohen, dressed in vertiginous heels and an illuminated chandelier tutu, interacted with residents of a squatter camp in Newtown, Johannesburg, as it was in the process of being destroyed; the work exists as both live performance and video documentation of the public intervention. Chandelier was presented alongside Dancing Inside Out and Maid in South Africa at the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of the Festival d'Automne in 2008; in 2009, Cohen premiered Golgotha at the Centre Pompidou as part of the same festival, and in 2011 The Cradle of Humankind. Performances have also taken place at venues and festivals including the Munich Opera Festival, Bavarian State Opera; the first Aichi Triennale, Japan; Festival Escena Contemporánea, Madrid; Danae festival, Milan; La Bâtie - the Festival of Geneva; C/U (Body Mind) Festival, Warsaw; Les Halles de Schaerbeeck, Brussels; Festival les Anticodes, Brest, France; Oktoberdans festival, Bergen, Norway; Festival d'Avignon, France; and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa, among others. Recent group exhibitions include Black Milk: Holocaust in Contemporary Art at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark (2014); My Joburg at la Maison Rouge, Paris (2013); the 11th Havana Biennale (2012); Revolution vs Revolution at Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon (2012); No Fashion, Please: Photography between Gender and Lifestyle at the Vienna Kunsthalle (2011); ARS 11 at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2011); and Dada South? at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2009-10). From 2003 to 2008 Cohen was an associated artist of the Ballet Atlantique/Régine Chopinot. In 2009 he took up residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Center for Performance Research in New York.

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