Dance With Rocks

Dance With Rocks 1
Performance and video: 9 minutes 48 seconds. 04.01.21.
I collected rocks that weighed about 15 kilos each and took them along with my recording gear to Tempelhofer Field. It was about 0’C with a little snow on the ground. I threw for nine and a half minutes before my hands became so numb that I could not feel the rocks as I lifted them, this signalled the end of the piece. I sent the video to a few performance artist friends for feedback, they suggested that I explore endurance performance art, repetition and exhaustion. They also suggested that I shouldn’t try to control or compose the performance, to let the situation and my body talk.

Dance With Rocks 2
Performance and video: 41 minutes 12 seconds. Video Edit: 16 minutes 19 seconds.  Joseph Tremblay - camera. 15.01.21.
On the field it was again 0’C, with a light wind, a little snow on the ground and falling. I focused on endurance; cardio stamina, strength of moving the rocks, and ability to endure the cold. This day I was experiencing powerful strength, along with a reduced ability to feel physical and emotional sensations. Concerned that my hands would go numb in about ten minutes, I decided to throw the rocks harder and faster so that I could reach exhaustion before my hands became unusable. After 41 minutes I did not feel exhausted, but had buried one of the rocks into the ground, which signalled the end of the piece.

Dance With Rocks 3
Performance: 6 minutes 15 seconds. Video: 3 minutes 5 seconds. Joseph Tremblay - camera. 08.02.21.
Whenever I see beautiful intense weather, I want to be inside of it, to experience it fully, to become it. There was a snow storm on Tempelhofer Field, the coldest day I had seen in my five years of living in Berlin. -10’C with wind at 13knots and gusts at 23knots (adjusted -20’C). After six minutes my hands had become unbearably numb, signalling the end of the piece.


A 184cm(my height) cube was built out of thin cotton by Sarah Fairweather.
I threw 5 Litres of paint from inside for 20 minutes, whilst Hotte Schulz played drums, Can Winter played synthersizers, electronics and drums.
At The Show for Gallery Weekend at Alte Münze, 27.04.19.
Simm Paat - photos/film from the performance.

Reconfiguring Gradients

A 200x500cm cotton canvas with two different blue gradients was ripped apart, and then stapled back together. Whilst Kat Austen made music with circuit bent devices that measure various properties of water such as pH. We performed for 20 minutes for the opening of my solo exhibition "Large Body Of Water" at Retramp Gallery, Berlin 4.10.19.
Joseph Tremblay - photos/filming.

Wrapped Rocks

Studio towels were sewn onto two cobblestones, tied with rope and dipped into buckets of paint.
I carried the rocks above the canvas, as well as making imprints with the rocks.
The piece ends with the canvas being stuffed into one of the paint buckets.
Hans Schmerz and Can Nicolas Winter played music, we performed for 25 minutes.
For the opening of “Blue, Green, Purple” at Kunsthause KuLe, 29.10.21.
Photos - Ashiq Khondker.