Nathalie Djurberg, 2007. Production still (puppets for an upcoming PERFORMA07 Commission). Photo courtesy of the artist. Nathalie Djurberg
Nathalie Djurberg is one of ten featured artists commissioned by PERFORMA to create new work for PERFORMA 07. Djurberg presents her first live work, Untitled (Working Title Kids & Dogs), a claymation film with live musical accompaniment oscillating between music, written and performed by Hans Berg, and sounds produced by Djurberg, Berg, and Pascal Strauss, with homemade instruments and readymade objects.
The new animated film, to be projected on a large-scale, consists of two scenes: the first shows an army of children at war with a pack of dogs on the streets of a large city; the second, a hospital where the wounded have been brought for treatment. The beat of a bass drum played by two live drummers outfitted in military marching band costumes will be heard throughout the film. Sounds and noises on the soundtrack, including crunching cereal and squeaking dog toys, are played in sync with the images of marching children, crying patients, and firing machine guns.
About the Artist
Putting an abject twist on the traditionally innocuous medium of stop-motion clay animation, Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg spins narrative tales of sadism, molestation, eroticism, and transgression, all set to whimsical music-box soundtracks. Her short films, soaked in bodily fluids and populated by cartoonishly demented children and erotically untethered adults, are as entertaining as they are unsettling. Djurberg has had solo shows at Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and has recently participated in group shows such as Into Me/Out of Me at P.S.1, New York, and The Rings of Saturn at the Tate Modern, London, both in 2006. She lives and works in Berlin.
A PERFORMA Commission
The PERFORMA Commissions program originates new performances by inviting artists??”many of whom have not worked ???live??™ before??”to create work especially for the PERFORMA biennial. Selected by PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg, commissioned artists work closely with the PERFORMA production team from conceptualization to presentation, including international tours following the biennial.