Watch Live on Facebook! Miles Greenberg will be doing his live performance with the Bangkok Art Biennale titled ‘Admiration Is the Furthest Thing From Understanding’ at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) from the 23rd to the 31st of January 2021 between 10:30am to 6:30pm.
Admiration is the furthest thing from understanding
Eight hours a day for eight days, the performer is to remain immobile, blinded, lying face up atop a structure.
The piece recalls a burial rite. It partly based on an image from Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (1975) of a sleeping woman levitating above her bed. This image is often portrayed in the horror film genre to represent when a human being is possessed demons or angels.
This channels Afrodiasporic notions of dispossession, the figure alludes to histories of bodily dissociation. This may be seen as a reflection of the ways in which enslaved African people interpreted their own lived precarity that gave way to forms as manifestations of deliverance, and to embodiment as divine architecture.
Miles Greenberg is a Canadian performance artist and the youngest in the group (of three performance artists selected by Marina Abramović for BAB 2020). He masters power of self-concentration, learning different techniques from various religious ceremonies and rituals. He often presents his body as a sculpture. His hypnotic movements and different body positions are extremely difficult to maintain during long periods of time (8 hours or more). He succeeds to transform time into timelessness. – Marina Abramović
Greenberg was born in Montreal in 1997 and is based now between Paris and New York. Mostly self-taught, from age seventeen onwards Greenberg completed a number of artistic/research residencies in lieu of formal education, including most notably École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Red Gate Gallery Beijing and Long Island’s Watermill Center. During March/April of 2019, he was the inaugural in-house resident of Palais de Tokyo's new performance art residency, La Manutention.
Greenberg has exhibited internationally, most recently: HAEMOTHERAPY (I) (Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, 2020); PNEUMOTHERAPY (II) (Galerie Perrotin, New York, 2020) and ALPHAVILLE NOIR (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019)