Germany / Duration 8m 15s / 2010
Transformance is a video-event-work that activates and documents a five-month durational performance. Over this period of time, Nina Kurtela establishes a daily practice of visiting and witnessing the changes at the building site of the Uferstudios, Wedding, Berlin – the warehouse for the repair of public trams and buses becomes a dance institution. She is spectator to the making of an institution, an art institution, the making of the theatre stage. The camera acts as a witness to her performing/witnessing. The piece emerges as a case study of an individual subject’s encounter with the radical transformations of social structures and operative models within the performing society. The artist is present at the birth of Berlin’s new contemporary dance centre, an institution that will certainly come to play a part in shaping and organizing the dynamic of the city’s dance community. The work emerges in the force field of a commitment to the daily execution of present-ness in relation to the specific context where this act takes place: the building site of the theatre. What unfolds is a 8-minute work with multi-faceted implications. The body is rendered a statue through the changes of time. The screen becomes the performing skin.
My artistic practice does not exclude any medium but through a conceptual approach allows for any means of production to be realized. It is often site-specific, engages particular communities, questions monetary values and explores notions of communication and exchange through which different social relations are established. I question how various actions of the body within a particular social/cultural, private or public sphere determinate human behavior and experience, how they influence and affect us. I often focus on social constellations that surround us in everyday life and transfer them to other contexts in order to render them visible and expand their meaning. The thing that interests me the most is not making a final product but instead planting a seed, creating a situation, generating knowledge, experience and exchange between people and facilitating opportunity for something to happen without really knowing how it will grow and in which direction the work will develop, without having control. I am interested in time, process, duration, matter of chance and all the unpredictable coincidences that shape the process and creation of a work that I do not hold only in my power.