FACELESS - interactive audio-visual performance

Since the performance D.A.V.E. (1998) Klaus Obermaier explores faces in the context of performance and art. Subsequent works like the community installation FACE IT or the portrait series ARTISTS deepened his research in nonverbal communication by facial expression and furthermore in the real-time alienation of faces.

But parts of FACELESS open another layer: the anonymization in the light of increasing surveillance of our public spaces. US president Trump and his country are the major force behind the increasing surveillance.
Thus FACELESS is a real-time deconstruction and manipulation of Klaus' own face in random alternation with Trump´s face. The mainly real-time generated sound plays and manipulates his infamous inauguration speech, ending with “… we will make America great again”.

FACELESS was the opening performance of of the exhibition ERROR 404: TERRITORIES OF ABSENCE in context with Klaus Obermaier's interactive installation VISAGE R-0-R.

ERROR 404: TERRITORIES OF ABSENCE - Curator: Horea Avram
Alexandru Antik (RO), Gary Hill (US), Kinema Ikon (RO), Mihaela Kavdanska (RO/BG/AT),
Yann Le Guennec (FR), Klaus Obermaier (AT), Pipilotti Rist (CH), Dilmana Yordanova (RO/BG)

Opening performance FACELESS by Klaus Obermaier

April 27, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
contact: office@exile.at
FACELESS ⋅ Klaus Obermaier