Transformance is a video-event-work that activates and documents a six month durational performance. Over this period of time, Nina Kurtela establishes a daily practice of visiting and witnessing the changes at the building site of the Uferhallen, Wedding, Berlin. She is spectator to the making of an institution, an art institution, the making of the theater stage. The camera acts as a witness to her performing and witnessing. The piece emerges as a case study of an individual subject's encounter with the radical transformations of social structures and operative models within the performing society. What unfolds is a 6-minute work with multi-faceted implications. The body is rendered a statue through the changes of time. The screen becomes the performing skin.
(Image: "Transformance", still from the video, 2010 Berlin © Nina Kurtela)