A Trap for Greta

Performance by artist Jeremy Chen, interacting with his site specific installation at Marinaressa Gardens

A Trap for Greta is a performative sculpture by Jeremy Chen. The artwork is part of the European Cultural Centre’s Personal Structures: Beyond Boundaries exhibition. The next public performance with ice is on Saturday, 13 July from 15:00 to 18:00 in Giardini Marinaressa (Levante).

Chen activates the sculpture when he attaches a 70 kg block of ice to the spring mechanism on the bricola structure. He slowly interacts with the melting ice over several hours, subjecting his body to the melting ice and its weight.

When the ice block on the sculpture completely melts away, a new ice block is eventually attached to repeat the Sisyphean process. The artist will produce ice blocks from June—November 2024 and perform with the sculpture as announced.

In summer 2023, a UNESCO committee recommended putting Venice on its list of endangered World Heritage Sites. But in autumn 2023, Venice avoided addition to this list for now. From April to November 2024, the artist brings this project to Venice and the European Cultural Centre knowing the fragility of the Veneto and hoping for its resiliency and preservation.

A Trap for Greta is a literal and metaphorical personal structure for the artist to examine and demonstrate his uselessness and paralysis while entangled in unsustainable habits and structures that propel all of us into a future collapse that is beyond boundaries. This is a trap of his own device, but it is useless in catching anything but him. He becomes frozen in the structure repeating useless actions. A Trap for Greta calls us to imagine and invent new structures, habits, and ways of caring for ourselves and all others as we face our current circumstances together.

A Trap for Greta

Performance by artist Jeremy Chen, interacting with his site specific installation at Marinaressa Gardens

13.07.2024
15.00 — 18.00

  • Event: Performance
  • Venue: Marinaressa Gardens
  • Presence: In-person

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