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Bob Karstadt

Every Time a Bell Rings...

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Described by Karstadt as a "battle between agrarian and technological materials," this highly audience-interactive performance focuses on the artist's manipulation and transformation of domestic objects and materials as a form of "symbolic communication."

The piece progresses through a series of actions using materials such as lead, corn, vinegar, and salt. Karstadt becomes a hummingbird, a turtle, and a fish as he speaks and moves through a narrative sequence wearing body and head apparatus. He hands out objects to encompass the audience's physical senses in preparation for a material symphony, drawing, and dance.

The resulting experience is a "carnival of earth magic and alchemical activities" in which the artist uses base materials to change people's perceptions, to create altered states of consciousness.

When

1998

About The Artist

Bob Karstadt received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He taught for a number of years in Pittsburgh and Kingston, PA and served as adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University and Youngstown State University. He currently teaches art at Squaw Valley Academy.

Described by Karstadt as a "battle between agrarian and technological materials," this highly audience-interactive performance focuses on the artist's manipulation and transformation of domestic objects and materials as a form of "symbolic communication."

The piece progresses through a series of actions using materials such as lead, corn, vinegar, and salt. Karstadt becomes a hummingbird, a turtle, and a fish as he speaks and moves through a narrative sequence wearing body and head apparatus. He hands out objects to encompass the audience's physical senses in preparation for a material symphony, drawing, and dance.

The resulting experience is a "carnival of earth magic and alchemical activities" in which the artist uses base materials to change people's perceptions, to create altered states of consciousness.

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