PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 5 premiers in The Hague
The new PERFORMANCE VOYAGE collection for 2015 is ready and will have its premiere on 8 March 2015 in the Hague. PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 5 showcases video performances by 13 artists and collectives. The PV5 compilation was made from among work submitted in response to an open international call for artists. The theme of the 2015 compilation is “Domestic”, implying such concepts as national, home and even homelessness, as well as family, native, national, political point of view, and immigration.
The first PV5 screening will be held on 8 March in Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague, Netherlands. The event is organised in cooperation with In Your Living Room.
The artists featured on the screening programme are Annette Arlander (Finland), Yvon Chabrowski (Germany), Sasha Huber (Finland/Switzerland/Haiti), Julieta Maria (Canada), Sara Pathirane (Finland), “Richter/Meyer/Marx(Berlin)” (Germany), Rah Saneie (Canada/Iran), Willem Wilhelmus (Finland/Netherlands) & Tomasz Szrama (Finland/ Poland), and Carlo Zanni (Italy).
The PV5 exhibition in Helsinki in September 2015 will also include works by Jan Hakon Erichsen (Norway), Lea & Pekka Kantonen (Finland), Jenni Markkanen (Finland), and Owen Parry (UK).
The jury members for PV5 were Ray Langenbach, professor of performance art and theory at Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Minna Suoniemi, artist, and Timo Soppela, director, Artists´ Association MUU.
RUIMTEVAART FOUNDATION’S primary mission is to secure affordable spaces in which different disciplines and practitioners can work as well as exhibit. An artist initiative established in 1991, Ruimtevaartalso initiates contemporary art projects: sound/and media art and music.
Since its formation, Ruimtevaart has occupied several very different types of public buildings in The Hague. Since May 2007, Ruimtevaart has had a new location, the former AAZ building at Loosduinseweg 9. The building offers Ruimtevaart ample opportunities to further extend its operations and establish itself as a platform for the visual arts, design, music and cinematography.
IN YOUR LIVING ROOM (IYLR) is an ongoing project founded in 2012 that offers a platform for artists to present their work outside of the usual white cube. Artists from every discipline and approach are welcome to experiment outside of the institution while reaching a wide audience. IYLR’s fast-paced and frequent exhibitions allow space to play, to succeed and to fail.
ARTISTS’ ASSOCIATION MUU, founded in 1987, promotes professional artists working across a wide range of disciplines. MUU has 650 artist members, based in Finland. MUU’s two galleries in Helsinki organise exhibitions, screenings, concerts and performances by artists and curators from Finland and abroad. MUU Media Base is a digital working space that supports the creation of artworks through the use of new technologies.
Amorph! International Performance Art Festival has been organised since the mid-1990s, latest in 2014 under the theme “Community”. Published in 2011, Performance Art Bank is a database dedicated to showcasing Finnish performance art. MUU has actively organised international sound art events, exhibitions and workshops. MUU FOR EARS is a series of sound art CD publications, presenting Nordic and international sound art. In 2015, a new database of Finnish sound art, Sound Art Bank, will be published.
PERFORMANCE VOYAGE SINCE 2011 – The “Performance Voyage” project was launched in 2011 in conjunction with the Amorph! Festival. Since then, Performance Voyage has become part of MUU’s annual project repertoire, an international initiative whose prominence has increased year by year. The goal of the project is to record and document performance art that usually is bound to the moment, and by doing so keep the piece alive even after the actual performance.
In 2015, Performance Voyage 5 videos will be screened globally at 15 different venues in the Nordic countries, Europe, Canada and more.
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Annette Arlander: Year of the Tiger 1 (06:19, 2011 | Finland)
Wrapped in a white shawl, the artist lies on the remains of the stone base of an old building on Harakka Island outside Helsinki once a week for a year from 14 February 2010 to 31 January 2011. The aim is to draw attention to changes taking place in the landscape caused by the shifting seasons, weather and climate, and thus to also demonstrate time, to make visible its passing.
Annette Arlander lives and works in Helsinki. She is an artist, researcher and pedagogue, and one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and trailblazers of artistic research.
Yvon Chabrowski: Afterimage/Protest (07:08, 2013 | Germany)
(excerpt from “Afterimage/Protest”, HD video installation, 17:17 loop, projection onto 191x340cm MDF board, 2013)
Afterimage/Protest is based on a collection of media images of protests found on the Internet. The re-enactment in the video is based on the iconography of images of recent demonstrations from Istanbul and Cairo – but the scenes could also be several centuries old. The slowness of the re-enactment and the freezing of movement in tableaux vivants takes away something of the inevitability of the plot, thereby opening a space of possibilities.
Yvon Chabrowski lives in Berlin and Leipzig. In her work, she ascertains the qualities and functions of media images by establishing three-dimensional video installations and performances, thereby turning the images into material that can be encountered from different perspectives.
Sasha Huber: Haïti Chérie (06:10, 2011 | Finland/Switzerland/Haiti)
Haïti Chérie is a response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti in 2010. A few weeks after the catastrophe, Huber carried out a performance on snowy, seemingly endless frozen sea in Finland, the waters of which continue all the way to the coasts of Haiti. Snow angels drawn by Huber’s body symbolize sorrow and lives lost, but also solidarity and hope.
Sasha Huber is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich, Switzerland, and currently living in Helsinki, Finland. Huber’s creative practice spans a variety of media, including video, photography, performance-based interventions, and publications.
Julieta Maria: Limpia (02:37, 2013 | Canada)
Through an intimate gesture of the mouth, this video performance reveals the healing power and authority of the mother in a mother-daughter relationship. The word ‘limpia’ has several meanings. In addition to its basic meaning ‘clean’, it also refers to a ritual of spiritual cleansing, but in the Colombian Caribbean it also means to reprimand through spanking.
Julieta Maria is a Toronto-based video and new media artist with an MFA in visual arts from York University. Her recent work has centred on staged actions performed for video, exploring the experience of violence as an intrusion in the everyday relationship between a subject and the world.
Sara Pathirane: Scarabée (02:20, 2013 | Finland)
Scarabée is a video performance that was shot and performed in the Sahara desert in 2013. The theme of the video is the origin of an image. The Sahara desert is both an imaginary space and an exact location with specific sand formations and state borders.
Sara Pathirane, from Helsinki, Finland, is a painter and intermedia artist who chooses her media according the subject. Video performance and live performance have long been part of her practice. In her work, Pathirane explores the issue of the origin of images and the tradition of landscape painting.
Richter/Meyer/Marx (Berlin): 9991/24 (DYNAMIC BIOGRAPHY) (05:45, 2013 | Germany)
A life in the fast lane: What will remains of it?
Richter/Meyer/Marx (Berlin) is a group that searches for a point of contact from theory and movement. Helge-Björn Meyer studied philosophy at the University Leipzig, Germany, and has worked for several theatres. Since 2010 he has been a dramaturg for dance at Oper Graz in Austria. Katja Richter studied choreography at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin. She works as a dancer, stuntwoman and choreographer.
Rah Saneie: Oreo (06:01, 2014 | Iran/Canada)
Oreo is a Youtube tutorial parody. Rah strategically uses humour and the tutorial approach as a communicative tool. Youtube tutorials have become a common way to disseminate and obtain information about many things including beauty practices. Rah uses this model to address contemporary political issues and to stimulate dialogue surrounding racism and white privilege.
Rah Saneie is an Iranian-Canadian video, photo and performance artist. Rah’s work has been published and exhibited internationally in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Iran, China, Berlin, Graz, Vienna, Hamburg and London.
Willem Wilhelmus (Finland/Netherlands) & Tomasz Szrama (Finland/Poland):
Framed (00:33, 2012) & Chair (03:45, 2012 | Poland/Netherlands/Finland)
Framed deals with the relation between documentation and privacy.
Chair is an edited video about none other than a chair and how to place such an elementary piece of furniture inside and at the same time outside a living space.
Willem Wilhelmus was born in the Netherlands, and lives now in Helsinki, Finland. Since 1999 he has presented well over 160 distinctive works at international art and performance events in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.
Tomasz Szrama was born in Poland, and lives now in Helsinki, Finland. Since 1996 Tomasz has created happenings, performances and art videos and presented his works in many national and international events and festivals.
Carlo Zanni: My Temporary Visiting Position From The Sunset Terrace Bar (04:00, video from the 360 generated videos (Data Cinema), 2007 | Italy)
Set in the city of Ahlen, in Germany, My Temporary Visiting Position From The Sunset Terrace Bar imitates an amateur film of a landscape framed at sunset. The work, exploring such themes as exile, migration and border control, is enhanced by a poem by the esteemed author, Ghada Samman, and music by the international band, Gotan Project, and composer Gabriel Yared.
Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia, Italy. Since the early 2000s, his practice has involved the use of Internet data to create time-based social consciousness experiences that investigate our life. Zanni’s practice finds its roots in Sol Lewitt’s artist statement, “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art”, which he translates into a contemporary adaptation, “The idea becomes the code that renders the art.”
IN ADDITION TO THE TOUR, THE PERFORMANCE VOYAGE 5 EXHIBITION WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WORKS, PRESENTED IN MUU GALLERY, HELSINKI, IN AUTUMN 2015:
Jan Hakon Erichsen: The Shape Of Things to Come (Origami Odyssey) (08:06, 2012 | Norway)
A male figure attempts to force ordinary furniture and household items into basic origami shapes in a film that mimics the aesthetics of instructional videos.
Jan Hakon Erichsen is a Norwegian artist working with a variety of media. His work focuses on such topics as fear, anger, and frustration. Erichsen has spent several years perfecting a D.I.Y. aesthetic which uses found objects as the main source of material.
Lea & Pekka Kantonen: The Dream and Blueberry Soup (05:20, 2011 (2001) | Finland)
The Dream and Blueberry Soup depicts an everyday domestic situation which embraces simultaneously the states of dreaming and wakefulness and the states of being a child, an adult and an animal.
Since the early 1980s, Lea & Pekka Kantonen´s artistic practice has involved cooperation with other artists, schools, museums and different communities both locally and internationally. They work simultaneously with various projects dealing with similar issues, combining art with fieldwork, teaching, research and political action.
Jenni Markkanen: Fire Tiger (06:29, 2013 | Finland)
Jenni Markkanen bases her video performance, Fire Tiger, on her Chinese horoscope. In its colours and at the core of the performance lies a fiery warmth – the strong optimism of a tiger fighting with love, willing to assure viewers of the trueness of the performer’s belief in her own nature.
Jenni Markkanen is a Helsinki-based visual and performance artist. In her work, she explores personal sincerity through self-portrait narratives which are typically heartbreakingly honest and oddly endearing at the same time.
Owen G. Parry: CIRM 2013-4 (07:37, 2014 | UK)
A public service announcement spoken in the unintelligible languages of Penification, Globalese and onO okoY sparks a series of performances, premonitions, visions, voices and fictions for summoning the impossible “R” and the not-quite-here-yet.
The video uses original sound, scavenged visual material, and edited video documentation from CIRM performances in order to construct a temporary MIRAGE – both a document and advertisement – a porthole into things past and things future.
Owen Parry’s practice is research driven and often collaborative. Working at the intersection of pop culture and the avant-garde, his practice aims to create new mythologies in place of any consistent language or style.