Building an Igloo

Creator: 
Jean Mas
Performer: 
Jean Mas
Annie Vautier
Serge III
Ben
Un marin russe
Bibliographical sources: 
cité in Performas, 40 ans d'art d'attitude, Alain Amiel, 2010
Producer: 
Jean Mas
Occurence: 
Documents: 

Certificat de réalisation de l'igloo et photographie de l'action montés sur papier cartonné

Type: 
Imprimé
Technique description référence: 
Certificat de réalisation de l'igloo et photographie de l'action montés sur papier cartonné
MAS_JE
Montage photo et certificat vierge
Jean Mas | trace de la performance "Construction d'un igloo", 1969 | Montage photo et certificat vierge | © Jean Mas | courtesy Alain Amiel
Description: 
my beginning in art

I had bought an old book from a secondhand bookseller: “The Art of Making an Igloo”.

That evening at the café and amongst the artistic propositions that were being thrown around, I suggested making an igloo as a work of attitude art.

In Ben's van, with Annie, Serge and Pedro, a Russian sailor that we had picked up drunk on the harbor in Nice and who wanted to follow us.

We arrived at the massif du Cheiron near Saint-Martin-Vésubie, and went into the mountain.

But the temperature wasn't cold enough for the technique that I had studied, namely: cutting the snow quickly so that the molecules freeze and form a thin layer to make a block.

We filled up the Russian’s suitcase with snow and packed it down. In spite of the overly warm temperature, we managed to build the walls and the vault but we weren't able to sleep in the igloo because it was melting.

The Russian’s feet were frozen, and so were Annie’s. We took pictures and raced to St. Martin and drank grogs (igloo and gloo)...