Perry Bard

CAN (1944). Lives and works in New York.

Hotel, 2014
Video

Both Bard’s individual and collaborative projects are often destined to be public works. The Canadian artist works in video, photography, and installation, introducing political, social, and cultural themes that question human relationships. Similarly, she investigates the relationship between the individual and urban space, the role of communication media and what these select and ignore.

Hotel is a piece produced by the Cartagena Biennale in collaboration with the dancers from El Colegio del Cuerpo (The school of the body), an acclaimed dance academy in Cartagena. This video is both local and global. On the one hand, the choreography is based on observing the gestures of the Almirante Hotel’s staff in public spaces, the front desk, or the restaurant. The message is that these gestures are globalized.

Throughout the world, the gestures of hotel staff are uniform. They train their posture and their smile in order to communicate their role professionally. Their movements are standardized, much like the rooms, the halls, and the windows. Social order permeates the atmosphere. For a guest, being in a hotel means being suspended in an anonymous room, isolated and surrounded by strangers. Nevertheless, the experience is familiar due to the similarities of grand hotels is any part of the world. The Cartagena Biennale presents two versions of the project. One performance is a tribute to wait staff—structured and improvised simultaneously. The other is an installation piece that refers to the standardization of tourism in a globalized world.

#1 Cartagena presents two versions of the project. One performance is a tribute to wait staff—structured and improvised simultaneously. The other is an installation piece that refers to the standardization of tourismin a globalized world.