SUNDAY, MAY 11
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Photo Credit: Demosthenes Agrafiotis
CRISIS. FLUID IDENTITIES
PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION
An X number of musical threads are created using as inspiration the linguistic properties of the word “crisis” in various European languages.
These properties derive from the position of each letter in the alphabet, the association of each letter to musical notes, terms and/or techniques, and the audible characteristics of the word itself. Every time the performer interacts with a member of the audience a new musical thread will be played, in the beginning each thread will exist as an autonomous unit and gradually the threads will start interacting with each other creating a greater sounds cape in which the performance is taking place.
Demosthenes Agrafiotis www.dagrafiotis.com
For MPA-B, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER II. Works on Paper inverts classic assumptions of paper as a medium, inviting performance artists to approach paper not as a static blank canvas, but as a dynamic source of conceptual and performative possibility. This year’s WORKS ON PAPER takes place parallel to MOMENTUM’s exhibition PANDAMONIUM: Media Art from Shanghai.
PANDAMONIUM is the collision of Panda Diplomacy – China’s longstanding practice of sending cute fluffy mammals into the world – with its most enticing cultural export of the day: Contemporary Art. WORKS ON PAPER II focuses on China, where the painting of calligraphy, from its very origins, had a performative aspect.
WORKS ON PAPER II: PANDAMONIUM
SUNDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES
Equilibrium No.8 – Boundaries with Isaac Chong Wai
The body extensions which generate traces and symmetrical balance unconsciously create a dialogue with one another by means of body language. The movement of the arms creates boundaries in geometrical forms and explores the human form and the boundaries among people. We were quiet and paying attention to draw the area that we could reach and meanwhile, we were listening to the combined sound made by the drawings. By the movements and the instructions that the artist gave, a record of our bodies was marked. This performance was done on a large-sized paper and the place of each performer was determined by the artist. In this sense, the form of the human shape was lightly deconstructed by the overlapping drawings. The instruction is: the artist counts from 1 to 5, then all participants start drawing. There is no limit of time, however, the only limit is that of the material, the charcoals. Once the charcoals cannot be used anymore, participants stop drawing. The artist listens, when there is no longer any sound of drawing, he counts again 5 times and then everyone leaves.
Qui Anxiong (b. 1972) was born in the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest of China. Qiu Anxiong’s recent work consists largely of paintings, animations, and video installations. Besides investigating the interaction between ancient and modern Chinese culture, his work has a dreamlike quality; the clearly delineated images framed by unbelievable narratives faithfully depict the absurdity of the world around us. This link to the everyday further enhances the political value of the work, which engages in a damning criticism of environmental degradation, social breakdown, and massive urbanization. Qiu does not indulge in the personal pleasures of the everyday, but rather takes the undifferentiated mass of history as his raw material. Qiu also co-mingles the classical and the contemporary in his animated films, using the traditional Chinese ink-and-wash style to transpose contemporary social and environmental issues onto traditional Chinese landscapes.
Isaac Chong Wai
Photo Credit: Weeks and Whitford perform at Defibrillator, Chicago | Photo by Lisa Stertz
ENABLED MANIFESTO PROJECT
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP AND PLATFORM PROJECT
This project is intended to offer an international platform to disabled artists/researchers and able bodied peers committed to integration and to raising awareness. The outcome will be a performed manifesto that will address the participants concerns, needs and desires in relation to disability and performance art. The project is facilitated by Rebecca Weeks, Ian Whitford and Marcel Sparmann and is supported by UK artist led space Cornwall Autonomous Zone, SAVVY Contemporary, and Berlin based artist Joseph Patricio.
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Anna Berndtson, Dieuwke Borsma, Robin Brass, Lisa Gaden, Kamil Guenatri, Ann Haycock, Irene Loughlin, Henry MacWilliams, Kaite O’Riley, Josefin Poehlmann, Roland Walter