This Is Performance Art (TIPA)

In collaboration with New Moves International, Peacock Visual Arts and Citymoves Dance Agency present ‘This Is Performance Art’ (TIPA), a four-day festival featuring some of the most exciting and influential performance artists in the world.

Black Market International, in residence as part of TIPA Europe 2011, kick-start everything here in Aberdeen. The collective, featuring Alastair MacLennan, Boris Nieslony, Elvira Santamaria Torres, Jacques Van Poppel, Jürgen Fritz, Lee Wen, Miriam Laplante, Norbert Klassen and Roi Varra, will be travelling to the city for the very first time for the four-day programme. The festival includes performances, installations and a workshop, as well as an opportunity to meet the artists on their arrival into Aberdeen at a discussion chaired by Lindsay Gordon, Director of Peacock Visual Arts.

Programme

Wednesday 16 February

1630 - 1800 Meet the Artists, Citymoves
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  • Date: Wednesday 16 February
  • Time: 1630 – 1800
  • Location: Citymoves

Join us at Citymoves for the opportunity to meet the artists from Black Market International upon their arrival in Aberdeen. Alastair MacLennan, Boris Nieslony, Elvira Santamaria Torres, Jacques Van Poppel, Jürgen Fritz, Lee Wen, Miriam Laplante, Roi Varra and Peacock’s current Cultural Diversity Fellowship artist Jay Koh will be in conversation in a discussion chaired by Lindsay Gordon, Director of Peacock Visual Arts.

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1830 - 1930 Elvira Santamaria Torres, Citymoves
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  • Date: Wednesday 16 February
  • Time: 1830 – 1930
  • Location: Citymoves

Torres works with the things that life presents to her in the moment. She doesn’t use things, but tries to dialog with them. The public context is for her the place where the creation of situations can deconstruct what we think about reality, human relationships and ourselves. “My works has evolved through a personal search by means of many forms of action art (performance, public interventions, process, installation etc). Nowadays I am doing urban interventions, process art and In-situ installations, which are rarely practiced in Mexico.”

Elvira Santamaria Torres

Elvira Santamaría was born (1967) in Mexico. Since 1991 she has showed her work in public spaces, museums, galleries and theatres of Mexico, Canada, USA and in cities in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia. She is continuously developing her artwork, giving workshops, talks and organising performance art events in Mexico and other countries.

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Thursday 17 February

1900 - 1930 Myriam Laplante, Snafu
Miriam Laplante, Photo Nel Lim

Therapy

  • Date: Thursday 17 February
  • Time: 1900 – 19.30
  • Location: Snafu

“The performance is a cognitive behavioural type psychedelic-supportive group therapy recommended for the treatment of many psychiatric and psychological conditions and in particular to help control mental distress and mood disorders and as complementary support in the treatment of personality problems, psychosis and other syndromes triggered by this shitty hell we live in. Its efficacy in alleviating the symptoms of different psychopathological disorders has been evaluated as favourable.”

Myriam Laplante

Myriam Laplante is a Canadian artist living in Italy who started performing while she was a student at Ottawa University in the early seventies. After concentrating on painting, installations and photography she started performing again in 1991, while continuing her “gallery” work. Her early performances were essentially self- portraits in which she addressed alienation and the difficulty to communicate, the refusal to adapt to society and the cynicism of the dominant sects. Her more recent installation and performance works are cynical replies triggered by the absurdities of contemporary society and power-dealing politics on every level. She has been a member of Black Market International since 2001. Her work is in the public collections of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Rome) and the Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Rome), the Galerie Nationale du Québec (Québec) and the National Museum of Photography (Ottawa).

Myriam Laplante performance at Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, September 2005

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2000 - 2030 Lee Wen, The Tunnels
Lee Wen, photo courtesy of the artist
  • Date: Thursday 17 February
  • Time: 2000-2030
  • Location: The Tunnels

Lee Wen

Lee Wen is a Singaporean performance artist who has been exploring different strategies of time-based and performance art since 1989. His work has been strongly motivated by social investigations as well as inner psychological directions using art to interrogate stereotypical perceptions of culture and society. He is best known for his Yellow Man performances which involves painting his own body with bright yellow poster paint, through which he expresses an exaggerated symbol of his ethnic identity as a citizen of Singapore. He is a contributing factor in The Artists Village alternative in Singapore and had been participating in Black Market international performance collective. He is co-organizer of “Future of Imagination” (2003), an international performance art event and “R.I.T.E.S.- Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak” (2009), a platform to support and develop performance art practices, discourse, infrastructure and audiences in Singapore.

Lee Wen at Ket Noi, SMU (June 8, 2008)

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2150 - 2235 Roi Vaara, The Tunnels

Roi Varra, photo Pekka Kainulainen

Roi Varra, photo Pekka Kainulainen

Spiral

  • Date: Thursday 17 February
  • Time: 2150 – 2235
  • Location: The Tunnels

Spiral is reminiscent of a shaman’s journey to the spirit worlds. The work does not concern knowledge related to spiritual worlds, per se, but rather immaterial values in the context of contemporary art. The selection of some key concepts and their substitutes represent the core values we subscribe to. The first set of concepts relates to various realms of human endeavour and the point of exchange values are written on the floor clockwise. The second set of concepts that reverse the first ones are written counter clockwise and relate to immaterial values. The first set ends with death and the second set starts by substituting death with birth. Between the two writing processes there is a sequence that deals with a kind of initiation rite. The performer falls down “in order to find knowledge”. As a unitary whole, this work of art refers to various genres: performance, body, dance, painting, writing, calligraphy, poetry, installation, and even philosophy.

Roi Vaara

Roi Vaara has performed in artists’ collective Black Market International since 1988 and is one of the most internationally recognised performance artist from Scandinavia. In 2000, Vaara received the State Prize for Art from the Art Council of Finland and the Ars Fennica Prize from Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation in 2005. Vaara also organised EXIT Festival, an annual summer music festival in Serbia, with 300 other artists in 2001.

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Friday 18 February

1100 - 1700 Alastair MacLennan, Triple Kirks
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  • Date: Friday 18 February
  • Time: 1100 – 1700
  • Location: Triple Kirks

“CONTINUING CONFIRMING EXAMINING HAVING WANTING WATCHING RECEIVING ASKING RINGING ESTABLISHING IDENTIFYING RELATING MAKING EXCLUDING HEARING COMING TURNING BEING GIVING CARRYING SEEING COVERING SEEING CATCHING MAXIMIZING LEADING STARTING BEING PUTTING HAVING DECODING HAVING BEING DISCLOSING CARRYING DISPOSING BECOMING MOVING PASSING CONTAINING LEADING BEING WITHHOLDING CO-OPERATING LOOKING RAIDING USING HOLDING ATTEMPTING CALLING BEING GETTING REBOUNDING TRYING APPROACHING FINDING BEING DESTROYING LOOKING ENGAGING FRONTING DROPPING LYING CONCLUDING INVOLVING TARGETING BEING DESCRIBING INVOLVING RECOVERING BEING HOLDING DIGGING CONTINUING SHOWING CELEBRATING TOLERATING SAYING SHOWING ISOLATING ADAPTING INCREASING REVERTING ACCORDING SAYING DISTRUSTING TAKING MAINTAINING TEMPTING COMING REVEALING BEING STOPPING ENDING REFERRING DENYING CONFIRMING CALLING INSERTING MAKING APPEARING” Performance outside Triple Kirks by kind permission of Stewart Milne

Alastair MacLennan

Scotland born MacLennan is a performance art practitioner whose work has been influential both nationally and internationally. He originally studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, the College of Education, Dundee and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. MacLennan is a founding member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange, of Belfast’s beyond performance collective and is a member of the performance art entity Black Market International. He also represented Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale, is Professor Emeritus from the University of Ulster and is an Honorary Associate of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Alastair MacLennan ‘Done Node’, May 2010

Done Node May 2010

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1700 - 1730 Boris Nieslony, Citymoves
B. Nieslony, photo by M.M Marchiewicz

Debility – Decibel

  • Date: Friday 18 February
  • Time: 1700 – 1730
  • Location: Citymoves

This Performance is based on the question of how movement develops out of a substantial pre-existence, before body and movement is “culturally domesticates” as a dance, as a ritual or as a social habitus.

Boris Nieslony

Boris Nieslony is recognised as one of the most prolific and significant contributors to performance art. Born in Cologne, Nieslony has worked extensively as a performance artist, curator, archivist and independent scholar; staging various installations, interventions and artist projects since the 1970s. He is the founder of Black Market International, a performance group that meets regularly in various configurations to realise group performance projects and ASA, a foundation for self-organizing a network of performance artists and theorists.

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1800 - 1845 BMI group performance, Citymoves
1845 - 1930 Jürgen Fritz, Citymoves

Jürgen Fritz, Photo Kurt Johannessen

Jürgen Fritz, Photo Kurt Johannessen

Exploring Sound Scapes

  • Date: Friday 18 February
  • Time: 1845 – 1930
  • Location: Citymoves

Inspired by his recent solo and collaborative performances, Fritz uses various musical materials and instruments including a bell, a saxophone and the sound clips of his mobile phone or a conch to explore the possibilities in a work-in-progress situation. He aims to combine different actions to a performative Land and Sound scape.

Jürgen Fritz

Jürgen Fritz was born 1958 in the Black Forest in Germany where he studied theatre and the science of music. From 1982-1990 he worked as a theater director, curator and actor, and has been a performance artist since 1984. He is co-founder of Black Market International, an international Cooperation of Performance Artists and has performed across Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico Asia and Australia. Since 2005 has lived as a freelance artist in Hildesheim where he is co-founder of the International Performance Association (IPAH).

Ringing a Bell – Performance of Jurgen Fritz, NRLA, Glasgow 2010

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2000 - 2100 Jacques Van Poppel, Peacock Visual Arts

JV Poppel, photo Rebecca Belmore

JV Poppel, photo Rebecca Belmore

Sine Metu

  • Date: Friday 18 February
  • Time: 2000 – 2100
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

“At this point there is no description of the project available as a consequence of my working methods. It’s just impossible for me to know what I will do in a performance, so far in advance. At this moment I just have a vague idea and a title. The idea will grow in my head for the next period of time. I will find objects or sounds that can fit in; maybe a story will come up. Close to the day when I will do the work, I will have a clear idea about what I’m going to do. Coincidence is a main element in my work, so is improvisation.”

Jacques van Poppel

Since 1981 Jacques van Poppel is knowledgeable through his years of performing at various performance events and via his encounters with various artists of differing backgrounds. In his performances, Van Poppel creates a radical narrative based on working with ordinary objects and related to his “street-wise”, personal life and individuality. He would invent a situation, which breaks preconceived assumptions of art, and welcome an intimacy with the audience. Some unexpected things he would do include putting up a tent in a gallery space or distribute cans of beer or offer packets of tidbits to the audience as he worked with other objects like toys, clothes and household appliances. He would use these objects in an original way and create a collage of imaginative interpretation and actions, which reclaims the infinite possibility of performance art. Jacques van Poppel comes across as a natural performance artist. His confidence with people reflects a genuine humanity filled with openness, compassion and radical creativity.

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2030 - 2230 End of event party, Peacock Visual Arts

Saturday 19 February

1000 - 1300 Workshop, Citymoves
Jack Webb is a dance performance and installation artist currently based in Edinburgh but working throughout the UK and Europe. His workshop will look at performance art with an emphasis on movement and playing with how to blur the borders of various disciplines. Improvisation, durational tasks and acting in the moment without judgment, will be used to break the conventions of traditional performing arts. Participants will play with the principal that the act of performing must happen in the moment and be experienced by the performer with genuine emotion and an awareness of reality.

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Jack Webb

Photo is by Colin Thom – www.colinthom.com

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