Stefan Pente: touched, pushed and moved - performative lecture with objects and object coalitions
Stefan Pente is a visual artist who creates abstract objects and object coalitions. As a performer he uses these objects and object coalitions to develop temporary architectures and landscapes to navigate through and to build narratives about identification, categorization, localization and memories—personal as well as collective—that he cannot address elsewhere than outside of language. How do meaning and form relate, how content and aesthetic manifestation?
As he unfolds and lays out material elements and sculptural parts of his object coalitions to localize the pivotal points of his narrations, his words will cling onto and travel at the hands of the objects he utilizes in this lecture. Together, text (voice), object coalitions, images and movement in space will let questions of his explorations emerge: How do I speak about something—address something—I have no language for? Something so horrific, beautiful or outlandish that my jaw drops or, as we say in German—dass mir die Spucke wegbleibt. How
am I touched and moved by images (pictures, narratives, memories, imaginations)? What part of the body resonates with this touch—what inner chord—what sensory field—what membrane of what. What movement is evoked by being moved and where does its
propulsion come from? What cringes or exults in a reflex as a response to image or imagination and how can its momentum be transformed into my movement—physically—politically … ? Can that touch and movement be picked up and inform my motives? How do I come from being touched to finding my political agency?
Stefan Pente, born 1964, works as a visual artist, filmmaker and performer. Amongst others he collaborated with the artists, Sabian Baumann, Antonia Baehr, Discotheca Flaming Star, Ines Schaber, Natasha Sadr Haghighian, William Locke Wheeler and Xavier Le Roy and is part of the Belin based queer-feminist-collective The Swansong.
- Stefan Pente