Herma Auguste Wittstock Performance Art

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Movie Star

2003 / 3 hours / live performance / Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, DE

I am alone in a small room. In the middle of the room is a pedestal which I am standing on. I am naked, but my skin is covered with honey.

I stand on the pedestal like a star. In one arm I hold a bowl containing glitter particles like you know from TV shows. I pick up a handful of glitter and throw it over my body. It looks like glittery rain. After a while my body is full of glitter . . . In the end you cannot see my skin, only a new silver glitter dress. In the background you can hear the song “Movie Star”.

The work Movie Star was devised after watching a presentation of a movie award on TV. Journalists asked the audience what they liked most. Every person answered “the nice glittery dresses, to think to be a star . . .”

In my work Movie Star I respond to these people in a ironical way.

To think to be a star and to have a glittery dress is quite easy. I reduce stardom to standing in front of an audience and to have a glittery dress. A new dress, a new star is born . . .

This piece is a standing picture, which is moving slowly. The dress is an object. My body is nature, and after a while it is glittery, my body is a sculpture then.

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Photos/Videos: Alisdair McGlasson