visual art

Almanac 2016: MP_art (Maja Budzarov & Predrag Sidjanin) (Novi Sad, Serbia)

The performance was a part of the project ‘SHAME’, realized in Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria. The project realized in Austria called ‘MP_pro_o2 SCHAM_A’ contained exhibition, performance, video, video interviews and a sound installation. M & P stood in the completely dark ‘mirror room’ of the Neue Galerie Graz. They were tied with a strong rope to the pillar. They were also blindfold. The performance began when the visitors enter the room and when the video projection started. The video projection, with loud and tense sound, presented static words ‘shame’ on the bodies of M and P. Between each alternate image was a break of 10 seconds [without images but with sound]. When the video projection began, M and P started to liberate their bodies from the rope. Until the end of the performanc...

Almanac 2016: Ashes Company (New York, USA)

Following King Agamemnon’s return from the Trojan War, the House of Atreus is plagued by reciprocal violence. In this production, Aeschylus’ trilogy becomes the catalyst for a new theatre performance of three acts, approximately 90 minutes. In our search for a future theatre, it became necessary to return to the Ancient Greek poets because their drama founded the Western tradition. Athenian tragedy is a point of origin from which we depart, charting our own evolving tradition. Salvator Settis has written, “Rebirths feed off fragments of the past.” For a radical new theatre, we excavate its classical origins. This project is also an exploration of tragedy, which is the most powerful art form we have encountered. Of course, today we cannot experience Athenian tragedy as it was conceived. T...

Almanac 2016: BOOMERANG (New York City, United States)

"For the toward" is a performance which exists as a duet and a solo. The performers coax, ride, and hurl steel sculptures that are the immediate result of relentless labor. Raw energy channeled into athletic grace is absorbed by the performers as they maneuver such weight. This work is being made into an evening-length duet, an expansion from the initial 20 minute work. BOOMERANG's strong repertory of duets and solos makes touring viable and dynamic. "It’s about negotiating the unbearable baggage of an intimate relationship. It’s abstract but very legible, really accessible, and palpable--the energy between the two performers. And the materials—nails and big discs of steel—you really felt the energy from one moment to the next. It was relentless, and very magnetic." - Shari Frilot, Senio...

Almanac 2016: Walter Dundervill (Brooklyn, United States)

ARENA is a 3 hour dance installation in which an elaborate environment is continuously created and transformed, built up and broken down. ARENA spans various historical epochs and artificial environments via costumes and visual design. The performance is structured around a chromatic sequence which proceeds from white to vivid color; then to black and eventually silver. Dundervill maintains a workman-like focus while constructing this world, draping the dancers in layers of costumes and fabrics while they occupy various performative states of stillness, languor, and chaotic frenzy. Dundervill created ARENA with the desire to bring the audience into the mindset of focused visualization and sensory exploration utilized by the dancers. He proposes an opportunity for transformation via satur...

Almanac 2016: Modern Recollections (Seattle, USA)

“Atemwende” transforms dance, performance, ritual, and symphony into an enveloping and hypnotic landscape that plunges the spectator into a vacuum of divine melancholy. It is a sleepless nightmare. It is the site of a gaping wound, which swells and hemorrhages. It is a work in which every gesture and every word and every image is directed at itself, seeking its own destruction. Everlasting defeat is the only imperative. The piece draws from the bitterness and decay of Georges Bataille’s paternal betrayal, Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas,” states of paretic madness, and the violent blinding of famed bullfighter Manuel Granero to assemble a poetic manifestation of Bataille’s elevation out of darkness and into darkness as saint of the impossible. Conceived/Directed: Carl Lawren...

Almanac 2016: RALPH HALL (S. JEAN CAP FERRAT, FRANCE)

During the days of Biennale Venice ,Art Basel, Freeze Ralph Hall will give life to [The Last 2.0], a spectacular performance, particularly important for the message he wants to convey and which will take place among the stands of the fair as well as the streets of the cities This performance – reiterates Hall - wishes to describe contemporary reality and show the cruelty that distinguishes the human being at the height, perhaps, of his evolutionary process: there is no more room for any value, everything is massacred by the claws of marketing, everything is compressed, boxed, caged, hastily sold, bought, discarded, in the name of the god of money, trampling every right - of animals but also of human beings themselves!". With his performance Hall once again forces us to reflect on the br...

Almanac 2016: RALPH HALL (S. JEAN CAP FERRAT, FRANCE)

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here.  [THE LAST 2.0] During the days of Biennale Venice ,Art Basel, Freeze Ralph Hall will give life to [The Last 2.0], a spectacular performance, particularly important for the message he wants to convey and which will take place among the stands of the fair as well as the streets of the cities This performance – reiterates Hall – wishes to describe contemporary reality and show the cruelty that distinguishes the human being a...

Interview: Thom Kubli (Germany)

This past February, artist Thom Kubli staged his installation and performance piece, Record Attempt, at MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo) as part of the exhibition Presencia active (curated by Sergio Edelsztein and Kathleen Forde) and his second attempt to set the world record for the longest guitar solo. Record Attempt provides a platform for individuals to attempt the world’s longest guitar solo through a set of regulations, a notary, as well as an amplifier, speakers, microphone, and a camera for streaming the performance. Kubli set the record in 2008 at the Figge von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany, with a performance that lasted for 6 hours and 18 seconds. The record is currently set at 15 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds by Cristian Fernández Graña. Record Attempt will o...

In Performance: How to Build a Forest (NYC) FREE!

PearlDamour + Shawn Hall: How to Build a Forest Friday-Sunday, June 17-19 and 24-26, 2-10pm The Kitchen FREE Known for transforming narrative into something richer, stranger, and ineluctably feminine, OBIE Award-winning PearlDamour (Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour) join forces with New Orleans-based visual artist Shawn Hall for a hybrid project: part visual art installation, part theater performance that unfolds over an extended eight-hour interval. Beginning with an empty stage, PearlDamour, Hall, and a team of performer-workers transforms The Kitchen’s theater from floor to ceiling, constructing and then dismantling an elaborate evolving environment evocative of an old growth forest at one moment and a spectacular deep-sea landscape the next. Audience members are invited to enter the mutati...