Art in the Elevator: Alpine Gothic. Black Saliva
The collective Alpine Gothic was founded in 2009 and focuses its artistic practice on processual, location-specific, often participatory projects that use shifts of perspective and contextual displacement to examine phenomena, myths, and rituals in rural spaces.
Black Saliva was created from an exploration of a technique used in early cave paintings. A slurry of pigment was made by chewing pieces of charcoal and was then spat onto cave walls using stencils — which usually comprised the artist’s own hands. Human saliva served here as a binding agent. This video material, presented here for the first time, was made in 2012 as part of an exhibition at the Salzburg Gallery 5020. A wooden construction (a “cave”) was hung with textiles on the inside and served as the action space for the performance on which the video is based.