ALEXANDROS MICHAIL | PERFORMANCE INTERVENTION
Filmed by Tokomburu
Production by Inkas Film Productions
Alexandros Michail, performer, (1980), Thessaloniki, Greece | The eternal fire which lights them up inside and makes them glow
Paraphrasing a line from Dante’s Inferno for his title, Alexandros Michail seeks meaning through a physically exhausting and spiritually demanding activity that is repetitious and, in itself, devoid of meaning. Free will, the search for root cause and for purpose, the achievement of progress — all are set against the futility of fruitless physical work. Labouring under the weight of time itself, the artist transfers tonnes of sand for eight hours using a punctured, leaking sack — an endless battle to understand an object in constant flux, his own self and, through himself, the world around him. His actions also transform the landscape around him, leaving traces of sand wherever he passes. A somatic exploration of the idea that labour and the need for meaning is the frictious point of contact between humankind and the world.
Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Alexandros Michail, The eternal fire which lights them up inside and makes them glow, on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Filming Tokomburu, Production Inkas Film Productions.
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