Miguel Benlloch

Inversión is a performance-installation about the need for human warmth that people feel when passing through the spaces and times in which their lives take place. This is also a piece about the intrinsic need of all subjects to exchange this human warmth. The basic trajectory of the performance is one that goes from heat to cold: the artist comes out under a hill of blankets and crawls towards a fridge, out of which he takes a number of ice breasts, two of which he places on his body.

This is a work which handles symbolic as well as real contents, in that it presents relations of equilibrium and disequilibrium between cold and warmth.

Benlloch enters -and remains inside- a bed-pile built out of one hundred blankets which a hundred people from the artists social circle and with which he has different relations of friendship, have sent him. From this space, one of real and metaphoric warmth, the performer comes out into the open and slithers on the floor. He gets rid of the clothes he is wearing -three coveralls, green, white and red, the colours of the Basque flag-, which he leaves extended on the floor, as if marking a path of transit and transformation. Then he gets up. He is wearing a sequined mini-skirt, his fetish object, which features in many of his pieces. He puts his hands into a pair of working gloves and approaches the freezer, from which he extracts twenty-five ice breasts that he lays on the floor, on a water absorbent surface. He then takes two of these breasts and puts them on his, exchanging heat for cold, and so instancing the defrosting of the ice.
Belloch approaches the body as a vehicle that constantly transports, retains and exchanges temperature, and hence, energy. This is an energy that the body takes and gives, and which in part, is the result of its relation to the outside. Starting out under the blankets, from a feeling of protection but also of suffocating heat, his body crawls to the outside, abandoning its clothes. This is a metaphor for the desire to shed the weight of life. We see a body in transit towards the final goal of constructing a mild and balanced identity.

This performance was part of the exhibition Transgenéricas (Transgendered), curated by Mar Villaespesa and José Vicente Aliaga. Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastián.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Inversión
  • Direction: Miguel Benlloch
  • Production: BNV. 1998.
  • Duration: 00:19:15
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: DVD
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright