The Walking Pigeon
Guido van der Werve, 2001, 1'43''

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A human figure is dragging himself along a woodland path. His head and feet are connected by a construction that is attached to the back of his body, so that his head follows the movements of his feet. In this way, his walking is reduced to the gawky stepping that is typical of certain types of birds. After each step they hesitate, as if they doubt whether they can go on, or even want to. However, slowly but surely the figure - it is the artist, Van der Werve, himself - makes some progress and eventually disappears behind a tree and out of sight. Van der Werve appears to be mocking romantic ideas about the artistic profession, and with wry humour avoids the pitfalls of the overly dramatic.

  • Date: 2001
  • Length: 1'43''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), artist, body, identity, mythology, reality