ORACLE (2009 – ongoing)

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Jim Morrison, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Jim Morrison, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

VAN GOGH / BECKETT / CALLAS / WILDE / SARTRE / DE BEAUVOIR / MOZART / FASSBINDER / PIAF / CITROËN / GAINSBOURG / RAVEL / SATIE / BELLINI / BRETON / GIVENCHY / HEINE / MAN RAY / EIFFEL / STEIN / CHOPIN / SCHIELE / ERNST / RIEFENSTAHL / TARKOVSKY / TRUFFAUT / BELLMER / BAUDELAIRE / SONTAG / ÉLUARD / NUREJEV / BÉCAUD / FALCO / TZARA / SCHNITZLER / DEMY / MARCEAU / NIJINSKY / LYOTARD / MORRISON / MERLEAU-PONTY / BERNHARDT / …

What advice would the famous Dead offer us today? And how would they speak to us?

This ongoing works-on-paper series explores a contemporary form of the ancient Oracle through a message from the famous Dead, via their tombstones. BORIS+NATASCHA facilitate this ‘message from the beyond’ by using only the letters of the name on the tombstone of the famous Dead. Mixing up the letters of the name to create new words, this message comes close to an anagram or Scrabble line. Altering the old graphic technique of frottage (“rubbing”) they work directly with the tombstone to create an imprint with a gold pencil on a handcrafted piece of gold paper, akin to an embossing.

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Edith Piaf, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Edith Piaf, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

As the process involves a mixture of research, stealth, synchronicity, mysticism and guerilla action, they have satirically re-named their technique, Grave Rubbery and have discovered that the official language of the Dead is English.

The making of EDITH PIAF and VASLAV NIJINSKY / Paris

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of André Breton, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Gilbert Bécaud, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Charles Beaudelaire, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 51 x 76 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Hans Bellmer, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Oscar Wilde, Paris, frottage on handmade paper, 51 x 76 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2010, Oracle from the grave of Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers-sue-Oise, frottage on handmade paper, 47 x 66 cm, unique piece

BORIS+NATASCHA, 2011, Oracle from the grave of Leni Riefenstahl, Münich, frottage on handmade paper, 51 x 76 cm, unique piece

The tombstone of LENI RIEFENSTAHL before Graverubbing / Munich

ORACLE NIGHT at MAK VIENNA

BORIS+NATASCHA: MAK 'Oracle Nite', Vienna Oct 2011October 2011. This participatory performance, commissioned by MAK Vienna, Austrian Museum for Applied Arts & Contemporary Art, was situated within the BORIS+NATASCHA installation.

The installation featured 8 framed ‘ORACLES’, two projected videos (the ‘Making-of ORACLE’ video [13:51min], ‘Freud’s Rohrschach Couch’ [2:00]), ‘ORACLE’ related curiosities from the MAK collection (curated by BORIS+NATASCHA).

The performance featured Berlin medium Susanne Semrow and the Granddaddy of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Hosted by BORIS+NATASCHA, the evening offered a series of special treats to lure MAK participants into a heightened state, including a magic body stamp, a poison-bliss drink complete with edible gold and a secret ingredient, memento mori merchandise and a mass hypnosis led by Susanne Semrow. Across a 15-minute trance, participants had the opportunity to contact Sigmund Freud and then confess their revelations and eclectic experiences to the group. Dancing ensued, to the BORIS+NATASCHA paranormal mix in the Witchhouse Disco.

Watch our short documentation:

Photographs by:
BORIS+NATASCHA, Katja Heinke/Kopperhead Photography, MAK/Nathan Murrell

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Or the official documentation of MAK Nite
with a beautiful trance sequence:

Here are the videos that appear in the above documentaries –
The Making-of ORACLE Video:

Freud’s Rohrschach-Couch & the BORIS+NATASCHA Paranormal DJ Mix:

The Paranormal DJ Mix features excerpts from ‘Okkulte Stimmen‘ published by Andreas Fischer / Thomas Knoefel / Melwyn Willin and David Parsons‘ soundscapes.

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