Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Johan Lorbeer’s Still Life Performance and its Secret

Johan Lorbeer is a German street performer. He became famous in the past few years because of his “Still-Life” Performances, which took place in the public area. His installations includes “Proletarian Mural” and “Tarzan”, which are famous in Germany. Several of these performances feature Lorbeer in an apparently impossible position.

With his still-life performances, this German artist seems to unhinge the laws of gravity. For hours on time, he remains, as a living work of art, in physically impossible positions. Elevated or reduced to the state of a sculpture, he interacts with the bewildered and irritated audience, whose appetite for communication rises as time goes by, often culminating in the wish to touch the artist in his superhuman, angelic appearance in order to participate in his abilities.

Is it magic or does Johan really have superhuman ability? Check out Johan’s little secret at the end of the page.

Secret of Johan Lorbeer Still-Life Performance Tarzan:
Here’s a little clue on the trick; His arm is the supporting bar, and his real arm is hide inside his cloth.

Johan Lorbeer Official Site
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John Stephen Lewis said...

Truly cool. Thank you for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Very cool, although his zip is down in the picture 3 above the video clip. I don't know if that's part of the show or not.

drazraeltod said...

the only possible way to do this seemed obvious to me... but that he uses a false arm was interessting (thought about something similar but around and not instead of his real arm)
would be interesting how the arm is fixed to the wall...

Masood Molan said...

If you want to have explenation about what he did, read this book " the holographic universe- michael talbot, crafton book, 1991"

Masood Molan

Kirsten McCrea said...

Interesting seeing how it's done; it may be a trick, but it would still be very painful sitting on that metal bar for hours at a time!!! Ouch.

Pandemic1444 said...

How didn't these people see him set up? Aside from the guys who took the picture. Somebody had to shout BS, right?