Zyklus: Untitled

performance
winter refectory
Plasy Monastery 1992

Classification

ArchiveArtist

Artist

Zyklus

Curator

Miloš Vojtěchovský

Project

Hermit Foundation

Venue

Plasy Monastery

"Since 1986, artists from various disciplines (film, dance, painting, graphic, design) have worked together under the name ZYKLUS. In our projects, we combine our skills and energies to create special environments which deal with archaic imagery. ZYKLUS explores a range of symbols and mythological images by relating them to our view of the modern world. We build atmospheric sceneries using lighting effects, smells, film loops, soundtracks, costumes and the human body as a means of organic expression. ZYKLUS prefers to work at special locations such as beaches, abandoned factories, basements and castles in order to cause an interaction between the surroundings of the performance and its audience."
Zyklus, 1992
"BRESSON, BATAILLE, CHASSON, NERVAL, KIERKEGAARD, CELINE, BACH, NIETZSCHE, ANCIENT BABYLONIAN SCRIPTURES,  AND A WILD ARRAY OF MUSICAL STYLES PUMPED UP LIKE A CHARLIE PARKER ATTACK. I COULD RUN OFF PAGES OF SPECIFIC REFERENCES- BUT THAT DOESN'T MATTER. WE ATE IT ALL. THIS MADE US FIERCE AND PENSIVE. THE POINT WAS TO INGEST IT ALL AND LET IT DRENCH OUR SPIRITS, AND THEN, ONCE ASSIMILATED, TO SHIT IT OUT AGAIN- SHEDDING ALL THE FORMALISTICS AND RETAINING THE ESSENCE. (I SHOULD NOTE HERE THAT ARYAN WAS ALWAYS BETTER AT SHITTING QUICKLY THAN I WAS. I HAD A TENDENCY TO CHEW LONGER). THEN, WITH THIS DISTILLED SUBSTANCE, WHICH BURNED LIKE HELLFIRE (THE FIRE OF TRUST AND BELIEF) WE PUSHED EVEN FURTHER. THE AIM WAS TO TAKE KNOWLEDGE AND FUEL IT WITH LIFE, OR VICE VERSA. IN ANY CASE, TO TAKE THESE TWO DEAD ENDS AND FUSE THEM FATALLY TOGETHER, SO THAT THEY CREATED A DOUBLE HEARTBEAT. WE CONCLUDED THAT IF A PERSON DIDN'T HAVE THIS DOUBLE HEARTBEAT THEY WERE CONDEMNED. WE DIDN'T TAKE ANY STEP UNLESS IT WAS SIGNALED FROM THE DIMENSION OF LIFE ITSELF, RATHER THAN FOLLOWING ANY ARTISTIC OR CULTURAL DISTRICTS. WE WERE ALWAYS CAVALIER, UNIQUE AND IMPOSSIBLE. THOSE WERE FINE, BRISTLING DAYS."
Djeff Babock


Zyklus was an obscure performance group, based in Amsterdam and inspired by everything gothic, dark and Artaudian. They performed in Holland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, USSR, Czech Republic, Siberia & Mongolia.
Members included: Grace de la Luna, Rob Vroomen, Djeff Babcock, Gerard Riksen & Maria Goudsblom.
Grace de la Luna, Gerard Riksen a Alexander van der Woel also founded the wonder-cabinet The iLLUSEUM in Amsterdam. Since 2001, they have been running exhibitions, staging performances, concerts and festivals. 

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