Anthea Moys contre les Communes Genevoises 2014
Special commission for Antigel Festival, Geneva 2014
Special thanks to Pro Helvetia.
To open the festival and her series of contests Anthea challenges the city to a series of arm wreslting battles. The contest lasted about 45 minutes long.
About the project:
“Fail again. Fail better.”
- Samuel Bekett
“Bring it on, Geneva!”
- Anthea Moys
What chance does one woman have against a whole city?
Over the duration of the Antigel festival, South African performance artist Anthea Moys will be competing against the clubs and associations of Geneva in a tournament of skill, strength, and artistry.
Over a series of contests, outnumbered and outclassed, Moys will single-handedly do battle against some of Geneva’s best teams: its athletes, its musicians and its warriors… in a contest she cannot hope to win.
Moys has spent the last two months learning the skills she will need, from the groups against which she will be competing. This process of exchange is very important to the artist. “For me, there is something pure and powerful about connecting with strangers by learning the rules of their games.”
In 2013, as the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist award in South Africa, she created ‘Anthea Moys vs. The City of Grahamstown’, which was performed at the National Arts Festival. In this performance, she competed against a soccer team, a karate club, two choirs, a chess club, a ballroom dancing association and a battle re-enactment club.
Although Moys did not win any of the matches, she was awarded points by the judges for ‘most improved choir’, and she was also able to score some points in the karate competition. The final score was Anthea Moys 8, City of Grahamstown 68. After her battle with Geneva, she plans to continue competing against cities around the world.