Anne Rochat Live Performance
Medium is the Message
A certain insect bites the nervous centers of a caterpillar to paralyze it and thus serve as a meal for its descendants who will hatch eggs that it lays next to it. He dies, this act is done. The praying mantis kills the male who impregnated it. In a few words, Medium is the Message is a choreography-performance of extremes, of our life and death impulses. I will paint a moving picture of chimeric, animal and human scenes of our society from being of desire to being for death. Body sacrificed in resistance expressing our violent and carnal impulses. Eros & Thanatos gathered in a body ready to explode at any moment. Transformations of the body, call of the trance and modified states of consciousness, working procedures that I use to transmit to the public a powerful and brutal physical discourse of our relationship to violence, whether internal and/or external.
Anne Rochat positions the human body at the centre of her artistic work, a body flexible and strong, subtle and athletic, wild and acrobatic. Her postures are incongruous and a little absurd and lead her into offbeat situations, she expresses herself with forbidden gestures we can only dream of engaging in ourselves. The artist takes her position through actions both sensual and powerful, mellow and savage, disturbing, sometimes funny and always informed by rigorous aesthetic discipline. Spectacular without being a spectacle, the live art performances of Anne Rochat invite us to marvel.
ECAL-graduated Anne Rochat has travelled widely in Asia. In 2011-2012, she took up an art residence in Varanasi. India. She has been awarded many notable prizes including Prix Irène Reymond(2013), Prix Kiefer Hablitzel (2012), Bourse culturelle du Canton de Vaud (2011), Bourse culturelle de la Fondation Leenaards (2010), Swiss Awards, Art Basel (2010). In 2017, she has completed a formidable journey of “Hic & Nunc” across the Great Wall and Gobi areas, supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai. The video-performance realized during this research trip is showcased at A4 museum.