Installation Parque
Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, exhibition Onschuld (Innocence)



Central to Parque is a hunting dance performed by Mariëlle Videler. An exercise, titled the dance of Diana; who punishes those who take to brutally from nature. The dance consists of three parts: 'preparation', 'around the campfire' and 'to hunt'. (See video fragment above).

Although vegetarian herself, Mariëlle Videler investigates hunting, what motivates people to kill an animal and how do they perform the ritual. The shape of the installation Parque is inspired on a space for a hunting feast: Turé. It is celebrated by different groups of indigenous people from Brazil and takes place between September and November, when the rain is scarce. The feast, dancing and singing, is performed for the invisible people. They appear only to the shaman, in the form of plants and animals.

The installation includes wood, gold cord, yarn, teasels, motor, shoes, video, feathers and seeds of fruits recently eaten. Dimensions of the exhibition space: 9.7 x 7.1 x 3.25 meters. One of the details is a knotted gold cord (weiknoop in Dutch) a macramé technique. This knot was used to make bags for hunting; the shot animal remained fresh through the openings between the knots.

Photo: Rik Klein Gotink