The Talking Bush Filmperformance von Elianna Renner
The Talking Bush is a film project that deals with liminal space in a humorous, playful and compassionate way. It brings forth moments that are whimsically extracted from habits of daily life.
We are in an age in which, until now, we have lacked nothing but a Talking Bush. The Burning Bush from the Tanakh (Bible) has done its job, and it is now up to us to name things. Precisely, things! Things that move, concern and engage us. The Bush serves as a seam between desire, reality and hope. A fully grown entity with solid arms, charisma, and a mature sense of rock ’n’ roll. It has a strong capacity to listen and to embrace the suffering soul. Surrounded by troubled earth, the body of the Bush has been shaped over millennia by conflicts and contradictions, spoken and unspoken.
The Talking Bush is a film project that deals with liminal space in a humorous, playful and compassionate way. It brings forth moments that are whimsically extracted from habits of daily life. This is a reinvention of an obscure scenario in which a bush is the main protagonist within an unpredictable landscape in Tel Aviv–Jaffa. The Bush symbolises a talisman or a medium and constantly sends us wise reminders of this and that. In its surrealism, it reflects cycles of joy and sadness, solitude and community, disruption and harmony. Although the Bush is seen as a beacon of hope, it raises more questions than it answers.
The movie was shot at a crucial moment, when we and the Bush were caught in a state of limbo, just a few days after the ceasefire started – just a few days before the total destruction of the arena and the construction of a new site.
We do not know what the future holds in store for this shaky earth and its living creatures, but we appreciate that there are magical gaps full of glitter to dive into.
Oree Holban is an installation artist, performer and singer-songwriter based in Tel Aviv. He likes to play with words and plasticine and to create rock ’n’ roll meditative worlds. His work and words are inspired by spiritual teachings, queer experiences, nostalgic American rock ’n’ roll, and the “Fabulous ’50s of the 21st century”. In his work, these whimsical worlds are fabricated site-specific immersive art installations that fill the space with neon light, soft childlike materials such as felt fabrics, carpets, stickers, readymade toys, cardboard sculptures, naïve pop-ish images, video, VR animated experiences and original music. He likes to use such spaces as an interactive playground, a backdrop for a musical performance or a weird meditation hall. He invites you to enter his colourful journey, explore magical realities and collectively transcend the barriers of body and mind.
Visual artist Elianna Renner, born in Switzerland in 1977 and living in Germany, works at the interface of biography and history. In her works she questions historical narratives and their omissions – always with the aim of visualizing the power relations behind the forgotten or concealed. A focal point of Renner’s artistic practice is (auto)biographical work. Her focus is always on stories of women, often those that do not appear in official historiography at all or only marginally. Renner creates an aesthetic-visual approach to the examination of (oral) history. Her aim is to make the story(s) perceivable as constructions that are presented in a new way depending on the narrator. Scientists are constantly confronted with the question of how they can deal with the never-ending demand for truth in history. Renner seeks to expose this claim to truth as illusory. In her works she imagines, reassembles, links fiction with the “real” and uses a variety of artistic media such as film, photography, audio, text, sketches and installation. With her works she reminds us that not only personal memory processes are inevitably incomplete, but that cultural memory and official historiography also produce (in)avoidable gaps that refer to the construction of history(ies) in general.
Elianna Renner // Artist
Eröffnung 17.10.21 um 12 Uhr.
Einführung: Nicole Giese-Kroner und Elianna Renner, Kuratorinnen der Ausstellung
Die Microförderung wird ermöglicht durch institutionelle Förderung des Filmbüros durch den Senators für Kultur Bremen und durch Spendengelder.