Renaissance Reflux II
Performance, with Paulina Nolte, 2023, 20 min., (audio + video)
Renaissance Reflux is a performative collaboration between the artists Rosanna Graf and Paulina Nolte.
Two women find themselves undergoing states of radical transformation in which the act of “Weirding” becomes a survival strategy. They are popping up in different realities as different characters with contrasting sensibilities and confronted with strange outcomes.
In Renaissance Reflux II Graf and Nolte are recalling an unusual Renaissance profession: As female garden hermits they inhabit the garden of the Kunstmuseum Bochum eager to fulfill their roles as "thinking beings".
Garden hermits or ornamental hermits were hermits (solitaries) encouraged to live in purpose-built hermitages, follies, grottoes, or rockeries on the estates of wealthy landowners, primarily during the 18th century. Such hermits would be encouraged to remain permanently on site, where they could be fed, cared for, and consulted for advice, or viewed for entertainment.
In a surrealist singspiel, Graf and Nolte's characters oscillate between Mary Magdalene like figures and posh little animals quoting Pamela Anderson and OpenAi.
Text and music by Rosanna Graf & Paulina Nolte
With quotations by Pamela Anderson and a sonnet by OpenAI
Renaissance Reflux //, performance, 2023, Les Gardiennes, curated by Lisa Klosterkötter and Alicia Reymond, Kunstmuseum Bochum, 2023, documentation photos (photos: Lisa Klosterkötter)