I SWEAR I SAW IT – Ep.II / 2011
site-specific performance as part of Dora Garcia’s The Inadequate at the Spanish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale
I Swear I Saw It – Ep. II acts more as an intrusion than its previous installation, following the invitation to take part in Dora García’s extended performance piece, The Inadequate, shown at the Spanish Pavilion, during the 54. Venice Biennale. The instructions given to a singular drawer are in this case strictly related to the Spanish artist’s exhibited piece Instant Narrative (2008), “a performance involving an observer in an exhibition space typing on a laptop computer, writing everything she sees and hears, mostly the appearance and behavior of the visitors to that exhibition. This text is projected on a screen somewhere in the exhibition room […]” .
Seated in front of the screen, the drawer relates to the projected text as if it were a script; in so doing he relies on his imagination to reconstruct, by distorting it, the same reality he’s part of. In this episode, the sheet of paper employed is a fifteen-meter long roll that is left to unwind itself on the floor throughout the time frame of the pavilion’s opening hours.