Thursday, 5th September 2013, 7pm

Performance lecture: Orestes De La Paz (Miami, USA)

Sound performance: Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt (Berlin Dolls)

Curator: Ismael Ogando

Founder and artistic director: Dr. Bonaventure S.B. Ndikung;

Co-artistic director: Dr. Elena Agudio

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr.20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

The body is a material organism, but also a metaphor for various issues of modern society. Nowadays, the body is no longer merely a biological entity and a surface of beauty, but it has come to be a substrate for technological experiments conducted in a bid to attain an illusion of perfection and the chimera of beauty. Liposuction (variably termed ‘lipoplasty’ or ‘liposculpture’) is one of the ways by which mankind follows up the inherent craze and crave to sculpture their physical identity and shape their own body (body management), through a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from a specific area of the body, e.g. the buttocks, abdomen, or thighs. It is against this backdrop that artist Orestes De La Paz incorporates liposuction in his project Making Soap and offers an insight into contemporary tendencies and possibilities of exploration or even exploitation of the human body.

SAVVY Contemporary offers De La Paz a platform to expatiate on his performative practice, accompanied by a joint session to collectively wash hands in innocence with the artist’s soap. The event will be followed by a musical intervention by composer Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt.