The Resurrection Puddle

Video : HD 30 minutes, colour, sound
Elements of the installation : epdm, foam, acrylic, polyester, water

Special credits of the film:
Image: Dima Dubson
Editing: Margaux Parillaud
Co-production : the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten

Special credits of the performance:
Costumes and set design : Rachel Garcia assisted by Marjorie Potiron and Julia Stadelmann
Performers: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Simon Fravéga d’Amore, Hélène Iratchet, Mikey Mahar, Viviana Moin and Claire Vailler
Choreography and direction by Pauline Curnier Jardin in collaboration with the performers and Rachel Garcia
Music composed and performed by Claire Vailler
Curator Charles Aubin

The Resurrection Plot is installation consisting of the scenery and a video from the eponymous theatrical performance commissioned by the biennial Performa 15.

Oggi siamo tutti muti
Ci portiamo la voce
Today we are all mute
Let’s carry the voice

Adesso siamo tutte incinte
Facciamo il serpente
Now we are all pregnant
Let’s do the snake


Controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens meets philosopher Michel Foucault in Pauline Curnier Jardin’s idiosyncratic rescripting of the Renaissance. In her Resurrection Plot the artist plays with the period’s emphasis on renewal, revival, and regeneration, and invites snails, cicadas, lizards, and snakes – all animals with the ability to don new skins throughout their lives – to join the dance. Among an abundance of references and incongruous juxtapositions, Curnier Jardin conjures a human-sized Bernard Palissy ceramic plate and its overflowing nature; a world of its own. Ignited by the artist’s fascination for the anatomical theaters that appeared in the fifteenth century and the era’s desire to enter and demystify the human body, The Resurrection Plot is a voyage amid freed écorchés, contrapposto boogies, and a terrifying Medusa that exposes the audience to fantasies of plastination and petrification. The myth of the “Renaissance Man” and its conquering hubris is undermined in a carnivalesque Gesamtkunstwerk.



Produced by Performa in association with Lafayette Anticipation - Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris. Supported by PSM gallery, Berlin, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam,

(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) Views of the installation at Rijksakademie Open Studio, photos: Gert Jan van Rooij and Paula Court
(10) View of the installation at La Villette 100% Festival, photos: Christophe Raynaud de Lage