Marseilles, 25 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
Abraham Poincheval, an artist accustomed to surprising artistic performances, walled himself in the underpinning of the bookshop/gallery Histoire d’un jour.
Abraham Poincheval will then spend 604,800 seconds, title of the performance, walled in a hole covered with a huge stone, with no light and his books as only company. He brought in this 62 cm large and 1.7 m deep capsule a front light, some water and freeze-dried food, a camera, but also and above all books selected by the booksellers, including Colum McCann’s This Side of Brightness and Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood.
The artist is being permanently filmed, the bookshop clients can watch him, and even talk to him. In this hermit cave, cosmonaut capsule, motherly womb, as he calls it, the artist can hardly move. He can neither stand nor sit: the experience will surely prove as a challenge.
The performance is part of the HO lab, a contest organised by the bookshop for the fifth time, allowing contemporary artist to addapt the place. Abraham Poincheval, as soon as this performance ends, will go and “walk on the canopy cloud”, hanged by a cable on an helicopter. This should not frighten the man who went across France, from Nantes to Metz, following a right line thanks to a compass, uncaring of barriers and obstacles, as the France Press Agency informs.