A Venus of Willendorf mascotte maneuvers through the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, having cheeky interactions with visitors, taking impromptu dance breaks and lots of selfies. When she finally makes her way to the small statuette in the epicenter of the museum, she passionately addresses her painful status as a replica to her older sister (and the visitors around.) Documented with a camcorder to imitate the spectator’s gaze and further blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, the video shows the harsh subjugation of a valuable artefact to the gaze of tourists and the thin line between scholarly consideration and capitalist entertainment. In collaboration with Türkan Vural (peformance artist), Lizzy van Megen (costume) — video of performance shown at “WTF Just Happened, Did I Die?” at Sexyland (5:14)
(guerilla performance at naturhistorisches museum—vienna)
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.