In this performance Swiss artists Simone Aughterlony and Michael Günzburger take common domestic forms of dirt (dust, hair, fat, blood, skin) and activate these materials in a kind of printmaking practice by using their bodies on a high gloss, reflective surface. The performance aims to create a sense of intimacy and gives a knowing wink (and irreverence) towards historical art references. Attraction and repulsion are mutual forces that go beyond the surface and play out in this sleazy cleaning/mess making fantasy.
Originally created at Ufer Studios Berlin as part of the project DRECK: EIN APPARAT, initiated and produced by Stephanie Wenner.
Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based and supported in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance and performance contexts. For over more than decade, Simone has been devising and producing choreographic works. She approaches the performance genre as a world building practice where she navigates the contradiction between the domination of desire alongside the agency of all elements.
Michael Günzburger is a visual artist living in Zürich, working with methods of drawing, printing, and research on the reference to the materials of used production.
He is a research fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Art and Research (IFCAR) from the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
Photo: ©Michael Günzburger