A dialogue between two aliens, fascinated by the human condition, role-playing into archaeologist. Still from video part of One Minutes’ series ‘Martians Send Videos Home’ (curated by Joseph Popper) with screenings at Dortmunder U (DE), East China Normal University, Shanghai (CN), Mu, Eindhoven (NL), Museum Hilversum (NL), De School, Amsterdam (NL) i.a.
CREATURE 1: Oh my God my fucking back is hurting.
CREATURE 2: Oh my fucking God mine too.
CREATURE 2: And my neck too.
CREATURE 1: My neck is hurting too.
CREATURE 2: Is your pain more like, short bursts of sharp pain. Like a knife, or like a needle. But not as sharp as the proboscis of a mosquito, because that wouldn’t really hurt because you cannot feel that. Or more of an annoying soft pounding. Or more like an itch.
CREATURE 1: More like a heavy pain, but full, but constant. Enough to complain about it but not enough to actually see a doctor. Because I’m so busy with my job. The same job that you have. The job of an archeologist.
CREATURE 2: That is the job I also have. And that is the job we are doing now.
CREATURE 1: Do you love your job?
CREATURE 2: I love my job. I love digging in dirt and finding human residue that I don’t really understand. But I sure love coming home to my wife more! I love when she cooked for me and I love when it’s meat.
(performance at rooftop of tetterode building—amsterdam)
LEVI VAN GELDER (1995) — ARTIST/DESIGNER AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS +316(0)48839907 MA Design Sandberg Instituut (2020), BFA Product / Spatial Design HKU (2017)
Driven by visual storytelling, artistic research and pedagogic collaboration, I aim to unearth frictions between compounds of reality and fiction, representation and misrepresentation, and to tap into the dormant spaces of critical and whimsical play nestled inside others. By means of performative research, I sketch out a realm that ranges from provocative tropes within pop culture to history formation. Through quick-witted storytelling and critique, I create a (hyper)reality show of distorted nonhuman characters that question authenticity and reveal layers of depth in the superficial.