RITUALS OF TRANSITION
Full Version: https://vimeo.com/435177036
(online) art performance by John Herman
3th July 2020, Barnes Crossing, Cologne
In many cultures, hair symbolizes spiritual and sexual power. A hairstyle can often be synonymous with individual freedom or even a sign of belonging to a group. Equally, the erasure of this symbolism may serve as punishment, cleansing, or even a new positioning. Such rituals lead to others that are intended to open the way for a transition from the status quo to a new level. The performative power of the ritual thus becomes an allegory of life, survival and death.
Based on the preparations for his HOMO CONSUMENS performance, John Herman addresses rites of passage that, similar to art, create a shift to another reality in RITUALS OF TRANSITION.
The boundaries between the private and public are thereby blurred as the private is made public and the public private in a meditative experiment.