RESEARCH

An ever-growing collection of free downloads and links to performance art related research material, provided by the ART WEEK artist and collaborators.


 

Tania Bruguera Manifesto on Artists' Rights 

Published on the artist's website

Tania Bruguera, Manifesto, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Tania Bruguera, Manifesto on Artists's Rights, exhibition view at the Venice International Performance Art Week 2014. Image © Samanta Cinquini

Art is a complex product without a single and final interpretation. Artists have the right of not having their oeuvre reduced or simplified as a schematic interpretation which may be manipulated by those in power to provoke and, consequently, result in public offenses directed to the artists, so as to invalidate their proposals.

 

Tania Bruguera International Migrant Manifesto

Published on the artist's website

Tania Bruguera, Manifesto, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Tania Bruguera, Collective reading of the International Migrant Manifesto at the Venice International Performance Art Week 2014. Image © Monika Sobzcak

The United Nations has designated December 18th, International Migrants Day. In cities throughout the world, artist Tania Bruguera and those involved with her five-year project Immigrant Movement International (IM International) presented the Migrant Manifesto. Immigrant Movement International mobilized artists and cultural producers across the world to develop projects related to the issues and experience of migration. Through artistic actions, IM International wanted to help highlight the fact that human migration is an increasingly central phenomena of contemporary global existence, and to assert and promote the fundamental human rights, freedoms, and dignity of migrants and their families. The December 18th Call for Actions was supported by the United Nations.

 

Lucrezia De Domizio Durini Who is Joseph Beuys? 

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Joseph Beuys, In Difesa Della Natura, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Joseph Beuys, In Difesa Della Natura, exhibition view at the Venice International Performance Art Week 2014. Image © Samanta Cinquini

Joseph Beuys hoped that all men would be able to reach equality in freedom and rights. He fought to promote market economy (an 'Organic economic system'), a factual change in the concept of money and a system based on the right to work. He was interested in the protection of disappearing crops and produce as well as biological farming. He set up a partnership for the support of third-world countries. To this regard, I would like to point out the prophetic quality and importance of Joseph Beuys' thought. He was a true shaman-artist, the precursor of theories focused on social needs and present-day issues. He actually anticipated all the economical, environmental, humanitarian, political and cultural issues affecting mankind today.

 

VestAndPage Two Bodies in Space. Durational Performance: The Quest for Authenticity in the VestAndPage Experience 

Published on Studio Research Issue #3, pp. 4-17

VestAndPage, Venice International Performance Art Week © Claire Clelia Baldo

VestAndPage (Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes) © Claire Clelia Baldo from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2017

By breaking through the sensitive membranes of possessiveness, infighting, ownership, and all that unites and separates us, the space into which we perform metaphorically transmutes into an elastic diaphragm. It is like moving through a blurred hazy path, sharing the same shield, investigating a labyrinth where our cultural identity is not reflected in the fixity of the aesthetic canon, but rather in the metamorphosis, the process of making, and a continuous exchange that tells of transformation and spiritual-psychic growth.

 

Marilyn Arsem This is Performance Art 

Published on Total Art Journal

Marilyn Arsem, Venice International Performance Art Week © Claire Clelia Baldo_Fatica

Marilyn Arsem © Claire Clelia Baldo from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2017

Marilyn Arsem's 2011 manifesto on performance art.

 

La Pocha Nostra Manifesto for 2012 

Published on the artists' website

La Pocha Nostra, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014 © Piero Viti

Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Balitronica Gómez © Piero Viti from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

La Pocha is, above all, a utopian idea. Our ideal setting is a marker in the political distance, a philosophical direction, and a path we often lose. But sometimes, our frail egos and financial hardships occasionally cause us to fall into personal voids and temporarily forget our goals in the midst of the coexistence of the so called real world. One Pocha responsibility is to inspire each other to recapture our strength and clarity.

 

Stelarc Inadequate / Ambivalent / Indifferent - Complicit and Contestable Bodies

Published on Bridging Open Boarders

Stelarc, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 © Piero Viti

Stelarc © Piero Viti from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2016

It is an evolutionary imperative to engineer alternate anatomical architectures. The artist has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Body, an Extended Arm, and Exoskeleton (a 6-legged walking machine). With the Propel: Body on Robot Arm performance, the body's trajectory, position / orientation and velocity was choreographed by a large industrial robot arm. The Ear on Arm project is to surgically construct and cell-grow an ear on the forearm.

 

Franko B & Andrea Pagnes A conversation through Open Letters around Because of Love 

Published on Unbound

Franko B, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 © Piero Viti

Franko B © Piero Viti from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2016

Franko will always say that art has been very generous to him because it gave him life. Hence, for him "it's important to share this generosity." Enduring extreme living conditions, being able to not succumb to his inner wounds, empowered his capacity for compassion, openness and insight.

 

ORLAN Manifesto of Carnal Art 

Published on the artist's website

ORLAN, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 © Claire Clelia Baldo

ORLAN © Piero Viti from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2016

ORLAN's seminal definition of Carnal Art.

 

Preach R Sun Name and Break the Blocks 

Transcript of the lecture held at the ART WEEK Co-Creation Live Factory - Prologue 1, 2017

Preach R Sun, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 © Claire Clelia Baldo "Fatica"

Preach R Sun © Claire Clelia Baldo from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2017

The whole purpose of me saying – and I am screaming to you, I want to get free – all I'm saying is, this is my experience. What's your experience? Let's share, let's talk to each other. When we confront each other, then we break through to difference, in order to  understand that we have common goals together. That's freedom. So, for me, this work is larger than art. It's larger than these walls. I do my conjuring in the street... I don't call myself an artist, what I call it is conjuring. We conjure. The name I put on it is also 'fugitism'. Because I am a fugitive, I am a fugitive because my crime is freedom. [watch the full video]

 

Marcel Sparmann A Curve and A Line – Koanic Thinking on Performance Art 

Transcript of the lecture held at the ART WEEK Co-Creation Live Factory - Prologue 1, 2017

Marcel Sparmann, Venice International Performance Art Week © Claire Clelia Baldo "Fatica"

Marcel Sparmann © Claire Clelia Baldo from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2017

So, maybe it doesn't matter if a Performance Action might be koānic all together or not. What matters for our deliberations, is the fact that both, a Zen koān and a work of art can make people plunge into an abyss: abandon duality, certainties, knowledge and habits, language and the whole culture. Both could make us transgress the boundaries of intellect, release us from the confusion of words and cognitive schemata, linking together separated worlds, exposing the fictitiousness of ego and ownership.

 

VestAndPage Performance Opera - What it is 

Published on the artists' website

Venice International Performance Art Week - Anam Cara, 2017

Anam Cara – Dwelling Body, Venice International Performance Art Week 2018. Image © Alexander Harbaugh

As it was for the alchemists engaging in their philosophical quest, a performance opera is a vision and the result of a creative process, there in the space where it takes place, the laboratory to play out new challenges.

 

daz disley Dissecting Anam Cara – In Between the Senses, Togetherness and the Quantum 

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

daz disley, Anam Cara – Venice International Performance Art Week 2017 © Lorenza Cini

daz disley in Anam Cara – Dwelling Body, Venice International Performance Art Week 2018. Image © Lorenza Cini

As unimaginable as this may seem, what this points to is Universal entanglement. Every building block of every atom of You, was once in quantum superposition with every building block of every atom of Me. And Every Atom of Everything Else. So in a very real sense, with no need for spiritual discourse, or philosophical treatise: I am You, and You are Me, and We are Here: Together.

 

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Helen Cole, Lorne Covington, Alexander Del Re, Jeannette Ehlers, Nicola Fornoni, Julius Kaiser, Kyrahm, James McAllister, Douglas Quin, Leisa Shelton-Campbell, Preach R Sun, Sašo Vollmaier, Susanne Weins Ein Gespräch – A Conversation 

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Kyrahm & Nicola Fornoni, Ecce (H)Omo – Guerrieri, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 © Claire Clelia Baldo

Kyrahm & Nicola Fornoni, Ecce (H)omo Guerrieri © Claire Clelia Baldo from the series FATICA - Venice International Performance Art Week 2016

ART WEEK writer Aisha Ryannon Pagnes in a poetic conversation with the artists and co-curators of the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 "Fragile Body – Material Body".

 

BBB Johannes Deimling, Helena Goldwater, Snezana Golubović, Weeks&Whitford, Zierle&Carter The Experience and Perception of Time 

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Helena Goldwater, Once In A While, Venice International Performance Art Week 2012 © Monika Sobczak

Helena Goldwater, Once in a while it's important to clear out your glory-hole, Venice International Performance Art Week 2012. Image © Monika Sobczak

ART WEEK writer Francesca Romana Ciardi in conversation with the artists of the week-long series of live durational performances at the I Venice International Performance Art Week 2012 "Hybrid Body – Poetic Body".

 

Christina Georgiou In Conversation 

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Christina Georgiou, Actions of Love, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 © Veronika Badolin

Christina Georgiou, Antigone's Dream: Actions of Love, Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Veronika Badolin

Cypriot artist Christina Georgiou in conversation with ART WEEK writer Elena Coco at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 "Fragile Body – Material Body".

 

Barbara Campbell An Interview

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Barbara Campbell, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Barbara Campell, Galatea, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014. Image © Monika Sobczak

ART WEEK writer Karla Horvat Crnogaj interviews Australian artist Barbara Campbell in occasion of the II Venice International Performance Art Week 2014 "Ritual Body – Political Body".

 

Florencia Costa BEHIND THE CURTAINS | Who's Afraid of Architecture?

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Venice International Performance Art Week 2014, Palazzo Mora, Florencia Costa, Who's Afraid of Architecture

Exhibition view of the Venice International Performance Art Week 2014 at Palazzo Mora.

Architect Florencia Costa gives ART WEEK writer Lissi Sánchez an insight into Palazzo Mora's refurbishing process for her 2014 Biennial of Architecture project, which framed the exhibition section of the II Venice International Performance Art Week 2014 "Ritual Body – Political Body".

 

VestAndPage, Weeks&Whitford and Zierle&Carter Interviews

Published in Personal Structures II by GAAF publishing, Venice, 2013, ISBN 978-94-90784-13-3, pp. 288-296

Weeks&Whitford, Venice International Performance Art Week 2012

Weeks&Whitford, Wearing the Horns, Venice International Performance Art Week 2012. Image © Monika Sobczak

In a special coverage of the I Venice International Performance Art Week 2012 "Hybrid Body – Poetic Body" for the publication Personal Structures II, Valeria Romagnini interviews the artist duos VestAndPage, Weeks&Whitford and Zierle&Carter.

 

VestAndPage An Interview

Published by Alexis Avedisian, orginally published on Big, Red & Shiny Boston Contemporary Art Magazine

VestAndPage, Balada Corporal © Sergio Prucoli 2011

VestAndPage, Balada Corporal, Homero Massena Gallery, Vitoria, Brazil, 2011. Image © Sergio Prucoli

Alexis Avedisian interviews artist duo VestAndPage about their durational and site-responsive practice, backgrounds, relationship, location and environment, material and audience.

 

Sandrine Schaefer Texts from the II Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

Wen Yau, Wish You Were Here, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Wen Yau, Wish You Were Here, Venice International Performance Art Week 2014. Video Still.

The Liminal Body in Vela Phelan's En Ti Confio and Alastair MacLennan and Sandra Johnston's Let Liminal Loose

The Blindfolded Body in Wen Yau's Wish You Were Here, Alice Vogler's Liability of body. Language of liability and Marilyn Arsem's Marking Time

The Fragmented Body in Bean's (m)other/the untitled (II), Benjamin Sebastian's 3 Cycles of Otherness and Sarah-Jane Norman's Bone Library

 

Performance art is...

Published by Venice International Performance Art Week

ART WEEK artists give possible definitions of performance art.

 

The Official Blog of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK

Insights into the project as it evolves and an openly accessible study and information tool.

 

VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK CATALOGUES

Venice International Performance Art Week, Catalogues, Publications, VestAndPage press

The ART WEEK and VestAndPage press publish limited edition post-event catalogues documenting the performances and exhibitions of each of the Trilogy of the Body, together with essays on performance art related issues by international scholars. With previously unpublished texts and essays among others by Giovanni Fontana, Marce.lì Antùnez Roca, Franko B, Stelarc, Janusz Baldyga, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Tania Bruguera, VestAndPage, Ilija Šoškić, and many others. All publications are available for online order through VestAndPage press or Unbound.

 

LIVE ART DEVELOPMENT AGENCY | STUDY ROOM

Live Art Development Agency, Study Room, Research

The Live Art Development Agency Study Room is a free and open-access research facility used by artists, students, curators, academics and other arts professionals. It is situated at LADA in Bethnal Green, London, and can be used to view artist's work, read publications, undertake research projects, find out general information about Live Art, opportunities and networks. The LADA Study Room houses one of the largest publicly accessible libraries of Live Art related videos, DVDs and publications in the world.

 

UNBOUND

The online shop for Live Art books, DVDs and limited editions provides one of the largest sources for material around Live art published and co-published by the Live Art Development Agency.