Ghostly personality, stiffened body, sticky skin. The hungry vulture, the act of becoming a landform and the impermanence of all things earthly. A certain tendency not to make eye contact. A tendency not to notice tendencies. Cultivating inner chaos without its outward expression. There they stand at the edge of the cliff with trembling knees. And nothing happens. It rains regardless of people's feelings.
“Koodeks" is Viies' thesis performance, where the foundations of the artist’s set of rules are presented chapter by chapter. The artist being punished, who is on the borderline of both fiction and temporal vagueness, does not know what they are being punished for. There is an effort to navigate in this systematized set of rules in such a way that the suffering resulting from this activity is enjoyable and purposeful.
Elle Viies has graduated the Tartu University Viljandi Cultural Academy. She is interested in eerie ways of being and perceiving, bodies that are both functional and phenomenal and puzzles.