Ivo Dimchev’s I-on is an intensive one-hour performance that playfully explores the limits of the human body, by inquiring into the nature of contemporary abstract art.
The starting point of the Bulgarian performer's solo is a series of sculptures created by the notorious Austrian artist, Franz West. These apparently useless objects, designed to be picked up and be handled by the viewers, reflect one of the main features of contemporary art: the distance between the art work and its audience is getting smaller and smaller. Likewise, instead of contemplation there is immersion, instead of cold rational thinking there is close physical contact and sensual intimacy. The art object nowadays summons all the energies of our entire being. Dimchev brazenly accepts these new challenges as posed by West’s sculptures, employing the performative body in an imaginative game of confrontations with the hard materiality of the crafted objects. And his journey is a hallucinatory one in which the hidden, primordial forces of the psychic are unleashed as he meets the powers of abstract art.
By combining physicality and facial expressivity with his powerful presence and wonderful musical abilities, Dimchev creates an engaging performance which, in its turn, summons all our mental and physical concentration and fascination.