Saliva, salive – about X-Event 2.7 (d’après le protocole Salives) of Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
This protocol is really a “proto-col”, a master sheet to draw from as glue, a reminder that implies a fidelity to the relationship.
The Event is principally a connection between bodies and with the space that hosts them, that generates everytime new exhibition frameworks.
That glue keeps the bodies faithful to a statement and to themselves putting the other, an individual or a space, as the bedrock of the performance and in this way it leaves mucous remains, it soaks everything in the relationship.
The presence of lysozyme, lactoferrin, thiocyanate ion and antibodies reject the life and the growth of the bacteria that are introduced within the oral cavity. They also protects us from infectious bacteria. Saliva can therefore serve as a natural disinfectant
The bodies flow.
Saliva as a word etymologically derives from flowing, it flows and makes the flow, protects the individual that hosts it and protects the other, gives the interior.
Maybe the greatest gift that a person can do to another individual is to give one’s saliva, as it puts in touch the inner self with another one’s skin or may even be a transition from one to another. In doing so it configures itself as an element that sets the groundwork for a possible trepassing. It removes organs, makes the individual extensible, pulled toward the other. The saliva is in constantly regeneration, it never ends.
Perhaps the greatest scenic gift, the gesture of a performance taken to the extreme , as the saliva of the performers reaches the audience, it states the force of a shout that grows into matter.
Being this physiological element so meaningful to E. Levinas, it can be considered the Otherwise, what is biologically closer to what follows any ontology.
And the purpose of this X before the –Event is just to seal the susceptibility of each relationship that doesn’t know yet the itinerary of his tracks.
The text above refers to X-Event 2.7 (according to the protocol Salives), whose last performance was held at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on November 6th.
In 2005, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan), in partnership with the Contemporary art Centre of Bretigny, have introduced the construction and diffusion of several danced performances – The X-Event.
The creations point out and question the frontiers between the two fields: performing and plastic arts.
After the creation of X-Event 1, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet have developed seven protocols brought together under the generic title X-Event 2. Constructed as autonomous units and utilised as individual objects, these embodied forms can enter into a duality with other venues as part of a framework or an exhibition agenda, distinct from the ordered theatre space.
The creation X-Event 0 presented in 2008 is a piece without show.
By Emiliano Aversa
Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
X-Event 2.7 (d’après le protocole Salives) September 17th 2007-January 6th 2008, La Sucrière – Lyon, France, Lyon Biennale for Contemporary Arts 2007, Photos: Blaise Adilon, Courtesy: les gens d’Uterpan.