Joan Morey

Non Serviam (I Will Not Serve), 2014

Limited edition poster | Work derived from the performance

97 x 68 cm



NON SERVIAM [GETHSEMANE] is a specific mise en scène of a performative character which takes as its point of departure the obtaining of olive oil from the press. On the basis of this process and the resulting production of the oil a link of an almost abstract nature is established with ‘The Desiring-Machines’, the first chapter of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus. In an exercise of appropriation, this text is used to elaborate the script of a sound work which articulates the different parts of the project and its extension as a limited-edition graphic work.

Starting from the commission to develop an artistic project on the basis of a very specific element, olive oil, Joan Morey incorporated that element into his discourse and his research work in the field of performance, in which he explores how we relate to others and how relations of power and subjugation are exercised. The notions of non serviam (the words attributed to Lucifer in his refusal to serve the God of the heavenly kingdom) and of Gethsemane (from the Aramaic word for an oil press, the name of a garden on the Mount of Olives in the Cedron valley, in the east of Jerusalem, considered a sacred place) are, together with a number of passages from the first chapter of Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus, ‘The Desiring-Machines’, are the articulating axes of a performance in which actions and aesthetic elements associated with erotism and sadomasochism appear, and in which oil is present as a liquid lubricant of bodies and machines. The whole is governed by ceremonial patterns of exquisite elegance which contrast with the brutality of the concepts on and around which it reflects.

GETSEMANÍ [GETHSEMANE] by Joan Morey was an event produced by CAL CEGO. Contemporary Art Collection which took place in December 2014 on the occasion of the presentation of the new olive oil.

Mise en scène – Conductor actors: Ingrid Agut, Guust Selhorst. Music: La Rêveuse, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reinken. Styling: Mónica Zafra. Photography: Teddy Iborra Wicksteed. Sound piece – Voice: Nicholas Chettle. Text: words from L’Anti-Œdipe. Capitalisme et schizophrénie (Paris, Les Editions de Minuit, 1972) by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Voice: Michaël Rudy Cermeno. Voice recording and editing: Miquel Mestres  (Angel sound studio).

NON SERVIAM is a hors commerce limited-edition graphic piece printed by offset lithography in black ink on white Pop’Set paper (Antalis) containing the script of the event based on ‘The Desiring-Machines’, the first chapter of L’Anti-Œdipe. Capitalisme et schizophrénie (Paris, Les Editions de Minuit, 1972), by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

Graphic piece – Design: Miquel Polidano, Joan Morey. Edition and text correction: la correccional (textual services). Words on the obverse: Extérieur et intérieur ne veulent plus rien dire (Outside and inside no longer have any meaning whatsoever). Models in the images: Manel Muñoz, Marc Vilajuana. Barcelona, ​​Joan Morey © 2014