Ben Benaouisse .Jan Fabre revisited

04.12 until 07.02.2010

 In S.M.A.K. he will present the performance Jan Fabre revisited, a re-enactment of Fabre’s Bic-Art Room in 1981.

The Bic-Art Room by Fabre was a performance lasting 72 hours in which the artist had himself locked up in a white room lit by artificial lighting. Closed off from the outside world he was surrounded by white walls, a white ceiling and floor, white furniture, and white sheets on a white mattress. His only diversion was a blue Bic pen and the surrounding area served as a page. Words, sentences, scribbling, stripes, and slogans covered the space and killed time. A camera recorded the activities, boredom, hunger and sleep. More than a quarter of a century later Ben Benaouisse re-enacts this performance in S.M.A.K.. Under exactly the same conditions – a white room, without daylight in which the artist is isolated for 72 hours with only a blue Bic ballpoint for diversion – the artist aims to re-experience Fabre’s experience. Although the sterile context provides him with no sensory stimulation Benaouisse regards this as a condition for exploring the limitations and possibilities of his creativity from scratch. The "drawing" is a way of killing time and the primary activity of an energetic being. Scribbling and writing are used as a survival strategy.

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