In five minutes, I’ll bomb the Soviet Union

Creator: 
Dominique Angel
Performer: 
Dominique Angel
Occurence: 
Description: 

In the countryside, around what appears to be a barn or farmhouse, Dominique Angel, on guard, his hair coated in white paint, goes to discover a collection of various objects and materials littering this microcosm.

He covers his face with dirt taken from a mirror, tries multiple times to mount a rusty bicycle, discovers in the tall grasses a dead chicken with which he attempts to communicate with the aide of a kazoo all while making it walk. Later (farther into the grass) he meets a helmeted man, armed with a metal shield and a yellow inflatable plane for a sword. This man does not defend himself, lowered to the level of object, a source of additional experience: after a few blows on the shield that produce the sound of metal, Dominique Angel runs to the other side of the field sheepishly.

Throughout the action, he comments on his actions, his impressions, his discoveries as would someone verbalizing his train of thought, translating his immediate feelings, idea associations, inherently nonlinear.

The experimental exploration lasts 45 minutes, during which he plays with objects in an empirical fashion, ingenuous and adapting to the surrounding universe.

Dominique Angel | photographie de la performance "Dans cinq minutes je bombarde l'Union Soviétique", 1984 | © Dominique Angel | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Dominique Angel | photographie de la performance "Dans cinq minutes je bombarde l'Union Soviétique", 1984 | © Dominique Angel | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste