Fake Mirror

by Xandra Popescu and Larisa Crunteanu
We live in the rhythm of the layers that contain us, the rhythms of two realities advancing and retiring in the same time. Two worlds cannibalize each other in the inertia of separation.

According to Debord separation is the alpha and omega of the spectacle. At the foundation of his concept of the society of the spectacle is the affirmation of a radical transition of direct experience towards representation. The image as index of looking becomes the opposition of knowledge. To look means to remain outside, contemplating a reality that has ceased to find an ideal unity.
We advance towards the invisible with the illusion of a dialogue. On both the stages, figures of the other are being introduced continuously, rejecting any dramaturgical development.

The two video frames intersect in a tight angle, paradoxically passing behind each other.

Fake Mirror

Things for Money

By: Xandra Popescu and Larisa Crunteanu

This project consists in a collection of disclosures around generating income. We gathered these stories from friends, family and acquaintances and dramatized them into a performance. Things for Money started out from the acknowledgement of an increasingly volatile relationship between work and money as well as the radical changes in nowadays working world. These changes have affected especially what we call the creative class, which we are part of. Since income is viewed as a compensation for the inconvenience of working, “creatives” are often expected to work voluntarily. Furthermore, in-spite of technological advancement we are witnessing the rise of what calls “bullshit jobs”. Buckminster Fuller refers to the same phenomenon as Obnoxico or “jobs that don’t produce any wealth or life support”. Buckminster Fuller has defined wealth as “the accomplished technological ability to protect, nurture, support, and accommodate all growful needs of life”.

 

Guilty Yoga

By: Xandra Popescu and Larisa Crunțeanu

Guilty Yoga is a series of instructive videos proposing Yoga Solutions for personal, social or political issues: Yoga for False Consciousness, Yoga for Debt, Yoga for Conservatives, Yoga for Work Addiction, Yoga for Discrimination. In each video a Yoga instructor demonstrates choreographies for a adverse situations a person or a community may be confronted with. The practitioners present the advantages and technique of these positions, combining reality and fiction, healing motivational and critical discourses.

In the documentary film “YogaWoman”, Donna Farhi, a respectable yoga teacher declares: “Yoga is one of the most politically subversive practices that any person, male or female could do in our time.” In other words, spiritual, physical and psychological transformation is politically subversive. But can individual physical and spiritual emancipation conjure political change? Can personal reconstruction through action over one´s own body address economic injustice or discrimination?


Video, 15´

Performers: Xandra Popescu, Larisa Crunteanu and Dragos Tatulea

Camera:Sorin Nainer

Exhibited at Salonul de Proiecte from December 2012 to February 2013

Looking For A Perfect Gentleman

By: Xandra Popescu and Larisa Crunteanu, curated by Simona Dumitriu

Inspired by couch casting and burlesque shows, this piece portrays several men from our entourage and unveils their views on good looks, romance and courtship. We made a list of boys and men in our entourage and convinced them to audition for the part of a perfect gentleman. In the light of an autumn afternoon, they interpret literary texts with romantic connotations. For your viewing pleasure, they wear noting but a a sumptuous burgundy robe. After the performance, they take questions and reveal their views on what makes a man look good, their physical qualities but also their complexes.

Looking for a perfect Gentleman

film still,

Video, 2 hours

Looking Video still, 2012

Exhibited at Atelier35 during the month of May in 2012.