Performance developed within the working and researching group on action art Caterva, in which we investigated the concepts of appropriation and simulation.
With Mariana Piñar and Martina Marqués.
Review of the Martha Rosler´s video-performance “Semiotics of the Kitchen”, from 1975. This is a videoperformance made within the context of feminist struggle of the late sixties and seventies in the United States. Rosler reviews different cookware showing how they are used, making violent and exaggerated gestures. He uses parody, like it it were a television program, to a critique of the role of women in traditional society, in this case its relationship with the kitchen. It is important how this tour cookware is arranged alphabetically, because for Rosler is determining the language system, because the structures of power, dominance and submission are shown from the word and signs, not only social policy and economic.
In the video-action, Home Semiotics, we have started from the main elements of the action of Martha Rosler and we carried our daily lives. We wanted to recreate the spirit of his action as closely as possible, so we have made our action with the same serious and comical attitude while exaggerating movements to display the objects in alphabetical order. We have left the semiotics of the kitchen and we have extended this universe of the house, making a tour of those everyday utensils, linked, in most cases, to women.