Herman Nitsch - Splatter Paintings

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Splatter paintings of Hermann Nitsch Elements of grotesque theatre. Lennart Driessen Introduction. It was the year 2009 when I had the pleasure and privilege to attend a very special performance by Viennese Aktion artist Hermann Nitsch, during the Incubate festival for independent culture. At the time, I visited the performance as a festival reporter for a local website discussing mostly musical acts. The editor in chief noticed the public commotion in reaction to the artist's plans to slaughter a pig. The pig was to be used fully (blood, meat and organs) during the performance. The public reactions were clear: "No 'art' at the expense of animals." The editor in chief requested a story on Nitsch. I was sent to attend and report on Nitsch's performance, or so called Aktion. Before entering the performance, I knew very little about Hermann Nitsch, nor was I experienced with performance as an art in general; I hardly knew what to expect. The majority of the information I gained was from local news reporting on the controversy around this particular artist and his methods. The experience from the actual performance was vast and intense. The audience witnessed a several hours long procession through religious rituals draped with symbolism. Actors were crucified and daubed with pigs blood, food offerings were made to empty idols and boundaries between the sacrilegious and perverseness were eerily crossed. In the background was an orchestra of rattlers, producing a monotone layer of hypnotizing music accompanying the gruesome play that was unfolding before our eyes. However visually gruesome the performance was, I found one particular aspect of the experience more terrifying: The eagerness of my own persona to look at everything happening during the Aktion. The performance forced my being into a deep reflection of its' own behavior, a moment of catharsis. The

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