From March till August 2006 Pablo Wendel was a student at the Department of New Media, Performances and Body Language and Theatre
at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. His major works are performances which are documented by photo and
video (16:9). For his performances in China Wendel received great attention all over the world.
›FIRST MUD‹ 2006
For his first work during his studies in Hangzhou, Wendel, fighting down his aversion, jumped into the canalisation and soaked
with mud he made his way through the city of Hangzouh. Walking through the shops people watched him with amazement, amusement and also
pity. Taxi drivers refused to take him home which forced him to go on foot for four long hours.
This performance consisted of audio recordings that Pablo Wendel transported with his Bianda-construction to another place, where he played back the audio recordings. At the same time he recorded the people's reactions around him and also the noises of his environment for playing them later at another place...
The spectators reacted to this performance with amazement and questions while hearing quite the same questions from other people in
the play-back. But most of the time Pablo pretended to be deaf-mute.
The construction was composed of a Pienda - the classical way to transport things in China - with a basket for 2 MD players, microphone, batteries and an amplifier. On the other side of the Bianda there was another big amplifier.
›TERRACOTTA WARRIOR‹ 2006
From March till August 2006 Pablo Wendel was a student at the Department of New Media, Performances and Body Language and Theatre at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. His major works are performances which are documented by photos and videos (16:9). For his performances in China Wendel received great attention all over the world.
The Terracotta-Army in Xi´an in the North West of China is one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. 2200 years ago it was given to the first chinese imperior Qin Shihuangdi as a burial object. About 7000 lifesize terracotta warriors were build to guard the gigantic sepulchre construction.
On september 16, 2007 student Pablo Wendel, disguised as a terracotta warrior, positioned himself for about 23 minutes between the more than 2000 year old soldiers. His costume consisted of a coat of mail, a hat of paper-mâché and shoes of old car tires. To appear as authentic as possible, he had even brought a pedestal to stand on during his performance.
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