Solve et Coagula
Performance, 90 min., 2019, Gender Hierarchies: Recycling its Errors, Space One, Seoul, 2019
Through the alter ego Chaos Witch Graf appropriates different magical practices in anarchistic ways and combines them into their own, experience-based pseudo therapies. Solve et Coagula (lat.) (engl.: dissolve and coagulate) is the key formula for understanding alchemy. The initial substance (here: the self) is going through various steps of dissolution; First the spirit is solved from matter; Social imprints and conventions are recognized and eliminated. In the process of coagulation the spirit is then brought back again into the purified matter.
In this performance Chaos Witch acts as motivational trainer, who explains the basics of this convention resolution. At the center is the will for change. By opening and expanding awareness, the eye for details is sharpened. Clear ideas of good and evil, ugly and beautiful, repulsive and attractive are being tested. With their scepter and elongated finger prosthesis Chaos Witch examines the surrounding place and points out holes and dirt, loopholes, wormholes, unnoticed matter and its absence. Non-objects, which hold life and transformative power of their own. In personal conversation with Chaos Witch the attendees then learn how they can bring desired change in their lives. In a spiritual-psychological one-on-one anamnesis the reason for possible blockades is sought out and finally solved with the help of a magical spell.
Solve et Coagula, Performance, 90 min., 2019, Gender Hierarchies: Recycling its Errors, Space One, Seoul, 2019, documentation photos (click on photo for slide show)