“I’m here”, is a site specific performative installation for “Changing Places / Espacios Revelados” Buenos Aires, taking place from March 27th – April 6th 2014. The installation was realized in Edificio Lanusse a former trading companies headquater, located in Micro Centro, the financial district of Buenos Aires. The area is a no mans land where various systems and economies coexist in utterly different rhythms and temporalities. During the opening hours the bustling businessmen of the financiers rule the district, so as to subsequently at night the informal sector takes over the streets – only inside the buildings the capitalistic structures remain present.
The core element of Julian Hetzel’s installation “I’m here” is a 1:1 encounter between a spectator and a homeless person. By dislocating the subject from the habitual environment, a blind-spot is created in the urban architecture while the presence in the exhibition space generates hyper visibility. By switching places and thereby shifting the context several value systems get interlaced. The the power-structure and the gravity is inverted; now inside is outside and vice versa. The presence of the homeless person is framed as a performance. This presence is the capital of the performer. A group of homeless people who usually make a living from cadging in the street, is now soliciting on behalf of the arts. The beggars are getting paid to perform their daily practice during the opening hours of the festival. The money circulation is twisted and the habits of thinking and seeing are challenged. Labour gets transformed into occupation; a specific form of being in time. Occupation is not dependent on an outcome, on a product, it is permanent and processual. Occupation has no temporal framework then the passing of time itself. The dematerialization of the work of art directs the gaze on what remains: the social. The situation of encounter between two individuals is framed and negotiated again and again by the participants. The setting contains potential for mutual unsettlement as much as of self-empowerment. It’s a step into the void; into something that accelerates an already insecure situation and opens a real space for encounter, confrontation and reflection.