Helena Hei-Sook Park
Work for Live Art Denmark
2010: “Slagter Grøntsager” at Samtalekøkken
It is a cold November night in Copenhagen’s notorious Kødbyen, the former slaughterhouse district. Crouching on the ground close to a brick wall, a figure clad in black fur commits a series of brutal murders. The victims are several heads of cabbage and a large pumpkin, massacred and shredded to bits with an impressive arsenal of knives and cleavers. The pumpkin even gets infused with tomato pulp blood before its demise to make the spectacle more gorey. All the evidence, bits and pieces of veggies, gets thrown into a large cooking pot, where they are transformed into a delicious soup, which the murderous artist serves to slightly befuddled audience members.
About the Artist
Helena Hei-Sook Park works with everyday objects and actions, primarily from the context of household and kitchen. They serve her as fields of documentation and a frame to investigate how things and chores are normally performed. In the performances she generates from her observations, she likes to discover the absurd elements of the ordinary. Which leads to the question if our conception of rationality is irrational.
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