Chiara Valci Mazzara

Ich bin überfordert / I am overwhelmed , curated as artistic director of fontaine b. and with Gabriela Anco,  with Vadim Zakharov; presenting Vito Acconci’s work
Biting myself:biting as many parts of my body as my mouth can reach (Courtesy Fondazione Morra Naples)
in the frame of the exhibiton project conceived to present various participant artists, art historians, architects, curators, composers, editors, opera and film directors, journalists, photographers, philologists and writers
 Hosted by Free Home Berlin, Germany

On the occasion of the exhibition bin ÜBERFORDERT / I am OVERWHELMED,  fontaine b. presents a serigraph by Vito Acconci showing the documentation of the performance Biting myself:biting as many parts of my body as my mouth can reach. A witness of the process, a heritage of the concept of his performative act. The piece belongs to the series Trademarks produced in September 1970. The work of Acconci stands as an evidence and as an elaboration of a wider documentation of his body of works realized throughout the 1969 and the 1973.

September 1970
Photographed activity/Ink prints 
Sitting naked on the floor, and biting myself:biting myself as many parts of my body as my mouth can reach.
Printer’s ink is applied to each bite; bite-prints are stamped, like finger prints, on convenient surfaces around me (wall, floor, furniture, paper, another person’s body, another person’s clothes…)
The attempt is to reach, mark, as much as my body as possible:getting through a spot. 
The means will be to turn in on myself 
Turn on myself: a performance can be a scheme for splitting oneself in two, with one part taking action relative to the proclivities of the other: arousal jag.
Determining a space of free movement: performance as locomotion across a boundary-mouth to leg, skin to flesh.
Learning the region: the marks produced will measure performance ability : differentiation of areas previously undifferentiated.
The biting should produce a clear mark: ‘staking a claim’.

Vito Acconci, from Diary of a Body  1969-1973, Charta Edition, Milan, 2006

PARTICIPATING  artists, art historians, architects, curators, composers, editors, opera and film directors, journalists, photographers, philologists, writers:

Vito Acconci Yuri Albert Rob Blake Barbara Breitenfellner Safia Dickersbach Kane DoMaurice Doherty Shahram Entekhabi Susanne Frank Moritz Frei Jan Glisman Pierre Granoux Silvia Guerra Doreet Levitte Harten Jürgen Harten Rudolf Herz Patrick Huber Yaroslav Schwarzstein Renata Kaminska Klaus Killisch Yuri Leiderman Colette Lumiere Martin MaellerNicolas Manenti Contanze Musterer Mascha Pörzgen Natalia Pschenitschnikova Matthias Reichelt Vincent Rischer Michal B Ron Eike Schmitz Karin Sander Semra Sevin Anatoly Shuravlev Alexander Skorobogatov Noemi Smolik Vladimir Sorokin Sven Spieker Michael Staab Sergei Tchoban Anja Teske Asako Tokitsu Lukas Troberg Timm Ulrichs Meyer Voggenreiter Brigitte Werneburg Stephan Wiese Miriam Wiesel Daniel Zakharov Ireen Zielonka