PLAYING TO CHANGE THE WORLD (THE BRIDE) 2004 2 channel video installation KUNST MUSEUM BERN Switzerland
The project was based on a situation I had witnessed in Budapest. The spot is a subway station entrance, which is also a big pedestrian underground junction and busy social spot in the town. Crowded, dirty, homeless people sleeping in their shelters, some guys are selling phone card collections, and the crowd is constantly flowing from the subway station.
Then there is the Bride, in her white dress, trying to give flyers of the wedding dress shop (if there is anyone interested).The Bride is more of a kind of cleaning woman, but on the edge (blond hair, young, but her poorness is visible somehow – on her face, maybe).
My intention was to re-stage the original situation, to hire a woman for the job, than document her actions (the way of her involvement is also a crucial point in the project). In the performance, she was giving a short poem from George Bataille:
‘The night is my nudity,
The stars are my teeth,
I throw myself among the dead,
Dressed in white sunlight.’