“They are what we were; they are what we ought to become once more. We were nature as they, and our culture should lead us back to nature, upon the path of reason and freedom. They are therefore at the same time a representation of our lost childhood, which remains eternally most dear to us; hence, they fill us with a certain melancholy. At the same time, they are representations of our highest perfection in the ideal, hence, they transpose us into a sublime emotion.”
— Friedrich Schiller (On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry, 1794–95)
The naive genius does the darndest things is a performance featuring 2 children re-enacting, re-performing, re-interpreting 7 pieces from the canon of performance art history to the soundtrack of experimental music. Works by artists such as Marina Abramovic, Yves Klein, Chris Burden, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari and Tino Sehgal are included as points of departure. This 25 minute piece attempts to salvage what can be saved from history, through the the genius of the next generation of artists.
The naive genius does the darndest things was made in collaboration with Iris Vermeulen, Luka Happe and New Amsterdam Children’s Choir.
Images: Andy Ingamells, Julia M.C. Reist & Jeremiah C. Runnels, The naive genius says the darndest things, 2012, photos by Katia Krupennikova
Image: The Monotone Symphony by Yves Klein, score by Andy Ingamells
Andy Ingamells, Julia Reist and Jeremiah Runnels are currently part of Master Artistic Research at Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and live and work in The Hague.
Andy Ingamells (1988, United Kingdom) graduated in Music Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK (2011). Recent exhibitions include; Action Relay, NewBridge Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK (2011) and Field Recordings, Five Years Gallery, London, UK (2010). Performances include I'll show you the life of the mind, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK (2011) and Midsummer Special, The Forge, London, UK (2011).
Julia Reist (1989, Switzerland / The Netherlands) graduated at Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais in Sierre, Switzerland (2011). Recent exhibitions include Some Exhibitions are more Equale than others, Royal Gallery, KABK, The Hague, The Netherlands (2011); Secrete Academy of Drawing (Diplome Exhibition), USEGO, Sierre, Switzerland (2011); Wer ist die/ der Beste Künstler/in im Land, Group Exhibition, Gallery Milieu, Bern, Switzerland (2011) and Act, Swiss Perfomance Festival, Luzern, Switzerland (2011).
Jeremiah Runnels (1982, United States) graduated in Music Composition at Royal Conservatory, The Hague (2010). He has performed and exhibited all over the world.
“It's about self reflection and about doing. It's about knowing and loving the unknown. It's about eclecticism and positioning. It's about control and the control of non control. It's about contradiction and perfect match. It's about the immaterial and the desire of perfect form. It's about finding out and the unsolved question. It's about body relation and the perforative object. It's about linear retrospective and rhizomatic process. It's about representation and reality. It's about black and white but also about the gray. It's about the assembling and collective erasure. It's about the savoir and the connaisance. It's about conflict and ambivalence. It's about the mask and the creative fiction of the real. It's about curiosity, potentiality, possibility and ending.
It’s about that I want to be able to operate on a human heart and have the genuis to draw the perfect pony.”