YVES KLEIN APPROPRIATION PROJECT
Klein’s anthropometries emphasise the artist’s interest in using the flesh to convey the phenomenological presence of the body, a presence that would reaffirm his belief in the “resurrection of the body, in the resurrection of the flesh”. Because the body imprints are usually faceless and headless, they do not appear as expressions or even traces of individuality, but instead present the trunk of the body, which for Klein was “the essential mass”, the place where the “I without the “I” become one with itself.
By choosing to do a performance piece about sleep I am also appropriating the fine artist Sam Taylor-Wood who famously made a performance film about David Beckham sleeping. I enjoyed the notion through sleeping he has put himself in a physically vulnerable state and that he would to view his subjective experience from the perspective of another.
In capturing the physical movements of my sleep I am abstracting the notion of sleep and highlighting the never-ending problem of mind body dualism for we are left with only an aspect of the physical phenomena of sleep but none of the action.
In some sense the piece echoes that of scientific studies – brain scans are limited in the sense that they can only tell us so much about the qualia of experience in the mind of a living being. No scientists has yet fully cracked the phenomenology of dreaming in my piece we are left with the physical mark of the sleeper but have nothing of their mental experience this echoes the shortcomings of science in engaging fully with the world.