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Our Bodies Do #1 – Workshop on Performance/Live Art – June 22 – 29, 2013

AFiRIperFOMA in collaboration with Alle School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa University (AAU) is organisining a performance workshop in Addis Ababa. The workshop titled, Our Bodies Do will appropriate the use of body as vehicle of visual expression. It will bring together visual artists from Eastern Africa countries, which include Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in an interactive performance production processes and methodologies. It will direct its central research focus on:

i. The individual artist’s interactions with objects or structures, which may be cultural and social, concrete and abstract,

ii. The individual artist’s actions, which may play a role(s) in their placement,

iii. Expand the integration of art and culture in everyday life in an untraditional spaces; and

iv. Exploration, interpretation and conceptualization of the relationship between people and space.

Essentially, the artists in this workshop shall be encouraged to present a critical discourse on our contemporary human experiences by referencing our global transmogrification, which has had positive and negative impacts on the psychic of the world. This includes (negatively) global crises, recent demonstrations, environmental squalor, collapse economies, social decay, crashing in monetary systems, corrupted democracies, etc, and (positively) global connections through social networks and internet, growing awareness of state of the earth’s resources, power to the people, grassroots projects, etc.

The workshop will take place at Alle School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa University (AAU), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 22 – 29, 2013 as preliminary activities of the upcoming AFiRIperFOMA Biennial #1 – Contemporary Performance / Live Art Festival in Africa. The Biennale, which is tentatively scheduled to take place from October 18 – November 3, 2013 in Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, will be held under the general title “Mnemonic”. Literarily, the word designates a device use in aiding memorization of ideas and materials – A device use to improve human memory. The title and its inspiration are derived from the continent, as an allegory of the powerful multi-dimensionality of its past and contemporary history.

The participating artists are expected to involve in a broader perspective in artistic collaborations. Working together, the artists will expand the concept of human bodies in physical space. By so doing they shall combine or marry their identities and arsenal to create a kind of recursive interconnections.

For further information on the workshop, contact:

Jelili Atiku

29, Ifoshi Road, Ejigbo,

P.O. Box, 1890, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria,

+234 802 315 5408, +234 805 935 8116,

jelili.atiku (SKYPE),,

Robel Temesgen

Alles School of Fine Art and Design,

Addis Ababa University,

Addis Ababa


+251-913 21 80 44

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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