The times of short-lived, brave and heroic men and their martial codes seem long gone, yet many of their behavioural patterns and ways of thinking still have a way of prevailing today. From gender courtesy and gallantry to MMORPGs, Live Action Role Playing and TV shows – all inspired by medieval knighthood – a revival of male codes of “valour” and “honour” is thriving on the marketplace.
In a society attempting to move on and free itself from heavily patriarchal structures, the concepts of chivalry and chauvinism are dangerously intertwined. The armoured body is used as a symbolic representation of these concepts, exemplifying the discrepancy between the outer and the inner: An idea of masculinity derived from being hard and unforgiving on the outside, while soft and understanding at heart.
Idea and Performance: Alex Deutinger and Alexander Gottfarb
Sound: Stephan Sperlich
Lighting Design: Peter Thalhamer
A coproduction between Kunstverein Archipelago, PI22 and WUK performing arts
Supported by: Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Stadt Graz Kultur, Kultur Land Steiermark, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich and The Place London
Aerowaves Priority Company 2015