First monograph dedicated to the French/Austrian artists collective, around a choreographic trilogy, documented in pictures and with a dozen texts and interviews, deconstructing the modern narrative strategies (mainly developed in the media and advertising fields) that shape our representation of reality.
In their BIG-trilogy (2002-06), the performance collective Superamas addresses themes such as
reality TV, artificial intelligence, show business, and happiness, humorously deconstructing their
formal conventions and social underpinnings. Next to dialogues with Superamas on their creative
processes, a full DVD documentation of the trilogy and a series of photographs, in this volume nine
authors revisit and explore the trilogy with topical concepts and vocabularies. In the wayward realm
of post-art, spectacle, unreality, criticality, and over-identification, one meets cheerleaders and
desperate househusbands, a cadaverous stewardess and Adorno's stuntman.
A French/Austrian artists collective founded in 1999 and based in Vienna, Superamas takes on dance with materials from other areas of life. The group uses “untreated”, often unspectacular circumstances as well as readymades coming from everyday culture, and it treats those elements equally. Superamas are especially interested in attributes developing from the combined presentation of materials and their newly derived connections. “Showing” here means “letting see”, “expose to view”. In the context of public performance, Superamas call their work “dé-montrer”, separating and dismantling that which in its original state presented a unit or entity. According to this concept, visible facts are questioned. Samples from films and cutting techniques are implemented in the artistic work.
Edité par Jeroen Peters and Superamas.
Texts by Alexandra Baudelot, Paula Caspão, Antoine de Baecque, Rudi Laermans, Jeroen Peeters,
Helmut Ploebst, Pieter T'Jonk, Elke van Campenhout, Frank Vande Veire.
Photographs by Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker.