• TRILOGY OF THE BODY I: Hybrid Body – Poetic Body (2012)

Hybrid Body - Poetic Body
08 - 15 DECEMBER 2012

Riva del Carbon - San Marco 4793
Venice (Italy)

EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday, 08 December 2012, 7 pm
EXHIBITION HOURS: Sunday, 09 - Saturday, 15 December 2012, 10 am - 10 pm

Admission Free


The first VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, under the title Hybrid Body - Poetic Body, will take place in Venice from December 8th to December 15th, 2012, showcasing works by 31 international artists.

Pioneers alongside established and emerging ones will trace an itinerary of still vivid past influences and current tendencies in the field. Consisting of a dynamic program of live performances, installations, photographic and video documentation, daily artist talks, and meetings with the participating artists, researchers, and curators, the event focus on concepts such as authenticity, interconnectivity, empathy, struggle, love, political and social habits, and how the Self relates to them.

The purpose is also educational. The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK is in fact conceived as a long-term project, aiming to promote a series of workshops and seminars on Performance art issues throughout the year on an international scale, in cooperation with other cultural institutions of the city, such as the Academy of Fine Arts. Two-way communication between artists and the audience is the key to this discipline, for proposing experiences and investigating cutting-edge ideas in different branches of human activity.

Performance art is life itself, it doesn’t represent or portray. It rather analyses how and why people and their surroundings evolve or devolve, to generate reflection. Because it is ephemeral and because the artist’s own body is the primary medium, Performance art holds an unquestionable vital potential: it steps beyond conventional borders to create an immediate impact by engaging directly the viewer emotionally and intellectually. Finally, it requires both artists and the audience to be responsive here and now to position themselves. Anything becomes a matter of process and presence.

The selection of Live art performances responds to a precise curatorial line to avoid the risk of ending in another hypertrophied platform of global art. If the concern is also aesthetics, the objective is to analyze thoughts and ideas on space, time, and existence: questions of form and substance in continuous transformation, and where however the artist’s body is always the primary instance. When the artistic value matches human qualities, it is possible to scan new carriers of meanings about how to live this life with more care and to address it for positive change by producing challenging expressions In such context; concepts such as lasting and endurance, persistency, necessity and trial, resistance and awareness are not confined anymore to the realm of abstraction, but become tangible because they experienced as real.


Yoko Ono (Nutopia), VALIE EXPORT (Austria), Hermann Nitsch (Austria), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Ilija Šoškić (Montenegro/Italy), Boris Nieslony (Germany), Jill Orr (Australia), Lee Wen (Singapore), Gonzalo Rabanal (Chile), Helena Goldwater (UK), Snežana Golubović (Serbia/Germany), Jason Lim (Singapore), Manuel Vason (Italy/UK), Joseph Ravens (USA), Prem Sarjo (Chile), Suka Off (Poland), Nelda Ramos (Argentina), Shima (Brazil), BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany/Norway), VestAndPage (Germany/Italy), Santiago Cao (Argentina), Francesca Fini (Italy), Francesco Kiàis (Italy/Greece), Wanda Moretti | Il Posto (Italy), Gabriela Alonso (Argentina), Alvaro Pereda Roa (Chile), Andrea Morucchio (Italy), Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile), Marcus Vinicius (Brazil), Weeks & Whitford (UK), David Dalla Venezia (France/Italy), Zierle & Carter (UK).

CURATOR Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage)
CO-CURATORS Blair Todd (The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery, UK) and Gabriela Alonso (Zonadeartenacciòn, Argentina).

Partners & Sponsors Under the patronage of Regione Veneto and the City of Venice, with the generous support of Consorzio ConCaVe and Archivio Bonotto, the event is organized in collaboration with Studio Contemporaneo, Venice Open Gates, and Global Art Affairs Foundation, which hosts the event in its prestigious premises at Palazzo Bembo.

A comprehensive documentation of the first VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, with a selection of theoretical texts on Performance art issues by international scholars, will be published in hard copy and digital copy after the event.




Admission free. Ingresso libero.
Please note that the program may be subject to change.



• SATURDAY 08 | 7 pm

WANDA MORETTI | IL POSTO [Italy] "FAR VUOTO". A production by Il Posto feat. Marco Castelli. In collaboration with Comando Provinciale dei Vigili del Fuoco di Venezia.

SUKA OFF [Poland] "tranSfera"

BBB JOHANNES DEIMLING [Norway/Germany] "Blanc #9"



Durational performances every day from 3 to 7 pm

WEEKS & WHITFORD [UK] "Wearing the Horns Series"

ZIERLE & CARTER [UK] "At the Edge of Longing"

HELENA GOLDWATER [UK] "Once in a while it's important to clear out your glory-hole"

SNEŽANA GOLUBOVIĆ [Serbia/Germany] "ВЕНЕЦИЈА Medley" (Series of durational performances)

BBB JOHANNES DEIMLING [Norway/Germany] "Blanc #9"



• SUNDAY 09 | 7 pm

BORIS NIESLONY [Germany] "A Feather Fell Down on Venice"

JILL ORR [Australia] "The Promised Land"

GONZALO RABANAL [Chile]" De la trama del habla a los tramos del cuerpo"



• MONDAY 10 | 7 pm

JOSEPH RAVENS [US] "Ravenous". DURATIONAL 4:30 to 7:30 pm

PREM SARJO [Chile] "Prologue" (from the series "Poetic Body - Hybrid Body. A Performance Trilogy")

NELDA RAMOS [Argentina] "Healing Ritual - Magical Device"

PREM SARJO [Chile] "Unforgettable" (from the series "Poetic Body - Hybrid Body. A Performance Trilogy")



• TUESDAY 11 | 7 pm

SNEŽANA GOLUBOVIĆ [Serbia/Germany] "I LOVE YOU". DURATIONAL from 3 to 7:30 pm

PREM SARJO [Chile] "Poetic Body Body" (from the series "Poetic Body - Hybrid Body. A Performance Trilogy")

ALPEROA [Chile] "Par de patoz de lanaroja y velas (Serie de acciones performaticas)". In collaboration with Pamela Navarro Ortiz.



• WEDNESDAY 12 | 7 pm

JASON LIM [Singapore] "Duet (Light)". DURATIONAL from 3 to 7:30 pm

PREM SARJO [Chile] "Uno" (from the series "Poetic Body - Hybrid Body. A Performance Trilogy")


PREM SARJO [Chile] "Epilogue" (from the series "Poetic Body - Hybrid Body. A Performance Trilogy")



• THURSDAY 13 | 7 pm

RUBIANE MAIA [Brazil] The Transfer. "Maybe, the Birth of Tears". DURATIONAL from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

BBB JOHANNES DEIMLING [Norway/Germany] "Memorial for Deceased Performance Artists"



• FRIDAY 14 | 7 pm

JASON LIM [Singapore] "Duet (Light)". DURATIONAL from 3 to 7:30 pm

ILIJA ŠOŠKIC [Montenegro/Italy] "Panoptikón 2012 (-1969)"

ALPEROA [Chile] "Par de patoz de lanaroja y velas (Serie de acciones performaticas)". In collaboration with Pamela Navarro Ortiz.



• SATURDAY 15 | 7pm

ZIERLE & CARTER [UK] Final of the durational experiment "At the Edge of Longing"

HELENA GOLDWATER [UK] Final of the durational performance "Once in a while it's important to clear out your glory-hole"

WEEKS & WHITFORD [UK] Final of the durational experiment "Wearing the Horns Series"

JOSEPH RAVENS [US] "Kattywampus"




Monday, 10 - Saturday, 15 December 2012 | 11 am - 1 pm
Palazzo Bembo, First Floor
Admission Free. Ingresso libero.
Please note that the program may be subject to change.

An educational morning program organized in collaboration with the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. Daily open artist talks on Performance art with the participating artists, the public, students, and curators.



[Artist Talk] The Behaviour of 'Intimacy'
London-based artist Helena Goldwater will discuss ideas around the notion of 'intimacy' in her work. She states that in the moment of performance a mutual witnessing occurs between herself and her audience, exploring the limits of permissible intimacy and the implications of transgressing boundaries.

[Artist Talk] My private alphabet
Snežana Golubović's work is often durational, minimalistic, feminine and intense. She has worked independently as an actress and performer in professional productions, and her works have been shown internationally.



[Presentation] PAS | Performance Art Studies – follow the bird. An independent educational project on Performance Art
“This is not a workshop!” Studies are the base of PAS, providing a professional studio situation where Performance art can be experienced on various levels. PAS founder, director and professor BBB Johannes Deimling presents an overview of the project’s activities, method and goal.

BLAIR TODD The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK
[Presentation] Performance Transition – A live art exhibition project
The exhibition format “Performance Transition” at The Exchange Gallery in Penzance, UK, has been exploring live art and performance’s relationship with photography and documentation for years.



[Meet the Artist]
"Kunst der Begegnung - Art of Encounter" is essential in Boris Nieslony's work, on which many projects initiated by the artist are based: Künstlerhaus Hamburg, the art group Black Market, or ASA - Art Service Association.

ILIJA ŠOŠKIC Montenegro/Italy
[Meet the Artist]
One of the most important artists of conceptual tradition in ex-Yugoslavia, a pioneer in performance, video and installation art, Ilija Šoškić is among the first generation of the new art practices, he has been working in Italy since 1969.



[Presentation] The dissolution of the body in Performance as a political act: DEFORMES BIENNIAL 2012
Deformes Biennial, an itinerant event dedicated since the year 2000 to Performance art in Santiago, arises from the union of different interests related to research, documentation and analysis of the body and its expressive possibilities.

[Presentation] Cultural Agitation - Action Art from Rio de la Plata / Argentina
Artist and organizer Nelda Ramos outlines some of the activities in the field of Performance art in the region, such as the exchange of artistic processes, curatorship, or Saturday actions for Oncelibre Art Residency.

[Presentation] CONFL!CTA - Performance Practices at the End of the World
CONFL!CTA Contemporary Art and Science Research in Punta Arenas, Chile has been proposing since 2010 proposing a platform that supports cutting-edge, relevant and mobilizing projects; instances that are designed to problematize the contingent topics pertinent to the organization’s unique geography at the southernmost end of the world: Patagonia.



JILL ORR Australia
[Artist Talk] Space, Place and Performance from an Australian context
Orr is best known for her works in performance, photography, video and installation that often explore the body, and its positioning within social, political and environmental contexts. Her work centers on issues of the psycho-social and environmental where she draws on land and identities as they are shaped in, on and with the environment be it in country or urban locales.

[Artist Talk] Becoming an Image
Manuel Vason’s artistic practice explores the relationship between photography and performance, presence and representation. His collaborations to date have become some of the most iconic images of performance and his work has been published and presented internationally.
www.manuelvason.com | www.ArtCollaboration.co.uk | www.StillMovil.com | www.Double-Exposures.com



[Talk] Performance art: In Singapore and Everywhere Else
Singapore-based artists Jason Lim & Lee Wen have staked working in Performance art through the years of its official sanction, in a society that has become a miraculous little Asian dragon of economic success. They speak about why they find Performance art challenging and stimulating, and how it matters to them as much as it should matter to everyone else.

[Presentation] LIVE Now
Executive director Randy Gledhill presents an overview of the activities of LIVE, the International Performance Art Biennale in Vancouver. Since its inception in 1999, LIVE has presented umteen local, national and international emerging, established and celebrated artists every two years to both informed and accidental audiences throughout Vancouver.

[Talk] Censorship on Performance art
Artist, producer and organizer Joseph Ravens talks about censorship and Performance art in the United States.