barbara caveng

BRACEposition#3 2007

c-print on aludibond

70 x 110 cm

The BRACE position describes a protective posture intended to shield against a hard impact, e.g. when an aeroplane makes an emergency landing. The plane crash is a singular phenomenon in comparison to the existential dangers of everyday life. Efforts to avoid everyday crashes create an extremely complex system, within which “living” is reformulated as “surviving”.
The figure BRACE sounds out these dangers in a new way: its “safety positions” are fresh interpretations of places and forms of behaviour, with which it cancels out social conventions and evades any objectification. BRACE conquers space in already occupied terrain.
As the re-interpreter of reality, BRACE is a freedom fighter of a special kind – an illusionary catapulted out of the social context.
BRACE consists of a series of photographs, performances and social interventions. The work was realized in cooperation with photographer Christian Reister. (https://www.christianreister.com)

2007
©Christian Reister

Artist bio:

The BRACE position describes a protective posture intended to shield against a hard impact, e.g. when an aeroplane makes an emergency landing. The plane crash is a singular phenomenon in comparison to the existential dangers of everyday life. Efforts to avoid everyday crashes create an extremely complex system, within which “living” is reformulated as “surviving”.
The figure BRACE sounds out these dangers in a new way: its “safety positions” are fresh interpretations of places and forms of behaviour, with which it cancels out social conventions and evades any objectification. BRACE conquers space in already occupied terrain.
As the re-interpreter of reality, BRACE is a freedom fighter of a special kind – an illusionary catapulted out of the social context.
BRACE consists of a series of photographs, performances and social interventions. The work was realized in cooperation with photographer Christian Reister. (https://www.christianreister.com)

barbara caveng is an interdisciplinary working artist with a focus on three-dimensional artistic practice, participatory art, interventions and performances. by means of various artistic strategies and mostly through the own body she explores the conditions of human existence in dependency on social, political, economic and aesthetic questions. Letting go, jumping, diving - ready for an art as an experience of extremes, as a dare, sometimes a maloche and then again with the lightness of play. Unexpectedly, access to other worlds opens up in the improvisation of the present. Greedy to learn and eager to unlearn, her work takes her far away: “The need to provoke departures, transgressions, to give substance at last to folly and dreams.”*

* Quelle: Frédéric Gros, A philosophy of walking,English-language edition published by Verso 2014 / Translation © John Howe 2014