Ariadna Guiteras

(Barcelona, 1986)

Healthy Gestures #beauty, 2015

3 hours

Healthy Gestures #beauty is a performance based on the mimesis and abstraction of movements and words gathered from online beauty and health tutorials. The piece consists of gesture and word improvisation based on an online score and takes at least three hours to perform. Pieces of fruit and vegetables (fake and real) are placed randomly in the space waiting to be used during the performance. Ariadna Guiteras' performance starts displaying the sole process of memorizing, accumulating sequences of movements and/or words, failing and starting all over again until she memorises a sequence. Following Judith Butler on gender performativity, if repetition consolidates the norm, there’s a slight hope in failure, in repeating badly, as a way of resistance. The long duration allows the piece to depict the process of consolidation through repetition while makes visible the inner violence of seemingly soft gestures.  Healthy Gestures #beauty sets out to reveal the impossibility of precise repetition, that is to say, the potentiality of a myriad of alternates. Heatlhy Gestures #beauty was first commissioned by Hangar for the exhibition “The Conversation” (Barcelona, 2015). Taking its name from Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 psychological thriller about a paranoid surveillance expert, the curator Lauren Wetmore.

Performance on 14/03/2017 for "Perversions and desire" a series of three events, curated within the framework of a research project titled "Embodied Cinema" curated by Núria Gómez / LA KINO at Espai2 of àngels barcelona.