Chorus / in vain I will away

Chorus / in vain I will away is a project by Birgit Deubner.

The work is for sale only directly through the artist. (Please use the contact form for enquiries.)

This project works with the body in unconventional ways, distilling a single heap of body, stripped of the privilege of identity, into dark spaces; exploring the representation of violence, fear and the unknown; influenced by Dante’s Divine Comedy, Butoh, Mythology and Folk Tales, a range of classical painting traditions, contemporaries like Giorgio Agamben, foreign correspondents and the timeless notion of Homo Sacer.

Previous exhibitions took place among others : at Goldsmiths University, London (who also purchased a piece for their collection); the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London & the Benaki Museum in Athens.

You can see one installation of this piece at the Benaki Museum in this video by Out of the Box Media, who curated the exhibition in Athens.

First exhibition of Chorus / in Vain I will away in London, Goldsmiths University, MFA Program 2010

©Birgit Deubner / Chorus / in vain I will away : Goldsmiths University
©Birgit Deubner ; project: Chorus / in vain I will away

Chorus / in vain I will away  : Long description 

This is a photograph from a project series that I named taking reference from a poem written by Henry Fuseli, the painter who painted “The Nightmare”. 

The origins of this art project lay primarily in 2 places: The primary motivation that lay at the very, very beginning of this work was the experience of being stalked, being both an object of desire and object of loathing.  The experience impacted me deeply and lead to my reading about Identity and the power and politically motivated strategy of dehumanisation and ‘othering’ of those who are unlike us. I sought a way to visualise the experience of being denied my self-identity by a person who claimed right over the decision of who I am that I should be an object he can possess at will. 

I also wanted to find an expression for what vulnerability and simultaneous strength within this suffering may look like. 

Side notes would be the influence of reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Dante’s journey through purgatory in particular. At museums and in the library I studied chiaroscuro paintings of the Renaissance and the lighting on some of  the Dutch tulip paintings of the 17th Century Tulip Mania

© artist: Birgit Deubner ; project: Chorus / in vain I will away ; dimensions variable

Chorus / in vain I will away : Short description

This project inhabits a space between photography and painting, I explored, researched and responded to concerns of identity, body, renaissance painting, and the relationship between the practice of inquisition and contemporary cross-cultural relationships. I hoped to use this project as a goalpost from which I planned to depart into further research, continuing the process of image making.

Benaki Museum, Athens, 2010

Group show curated by Dr Sozita Goudouna, featuring Chorus / in Vain I will away by Birgit Deubner.

Locus Solus is performance based installation project based on Raymond Roussel’s novel Locus Solus (Solitary or Unique Place, 1914), in which a scientist fits out his luxurious laboratories in a villa near Paris, each room demonstrating one of the ingenious inventions of his encyclopaedic mind directed by Dr Sozita Goudouna Locus Solus represents the spaces and exhibits of a museum of inventions/cabinet of curiosities.

The curatorial approach is based on this format in order to imprint the intersections of the visual and performing arts and architecture. The exhibition presents seven different happenings, staged by Sozita Goudouna, which will be rotated at a daily basis in the spaces of the museum.The architectural installation is designed by architect Konstantinos Alivizatos. Raymond Roussel’s work focuses on the intersection between art and science and has influenced a number of important writers such as Marcel Duchamp, Michel Foucault, Jean Cocteau and many others. This exhibition aims at re-approaching Locus Solus in relation to its impact on these writers and groups as well as contemporary art.

Following its successful presentation at a number of leading European cultural institutions the exhibition now comes to Athens with the participation of a group of international artists:

Mat Collishaw, James P. Graham, Martin Sexton, Kostis Velonis, Balint Bolygo, Balasz Kicsiny, David Howells, Ladislav Zajac, Marenka Gabeler, Birgit Deubner, Doukas Kapandais, Alastair Mackie, Margarita Bofiliou, Clio Boboti, Alexandros Mistriotis, Xristina Penna, Simon Tegala, Christina Sgouromiti, Marios Simitis, Myrto Stamboulou, Mary Yacoob, Cressida Koscienski, Flux Factory.

Sound: Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, (Ζither), Mischa Twichin Film Installation: Werner Nekes Choreography: Alexandra Waierstall, Evangelia Randou

Performers-dancers: Institute of Important Items (Chloé Louise, Hervé Maillet), ( Camille Louis, Laurie Bellanca), Gabriella Daris, Julieta Kilgelmann, Melia Kreiling, Patricia Apergi, Christos Papadopoulos, Evangelia Randou, Nefeli Skarmea. Scientific Associate: Jerome Zoidakis

Curatorial Associate: James Putnam Architects: Angeliki Athanasiadou, Aristide Antonas, Zachos Varfis, Lina Dima, Aspasia Kouzoupi, Panos Kouros, Zoe Langi, Dimitra Stamatiou, Yorgis Noukakis, Artemis Papageorgiou.

There will be a conference within the framework of the exhibition.

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