Fa particolarmente freddo nel Palazzo, le luci si stanno per abbassare, la gente comincia ad affluire nelle sale, mentre noi siamo qui, concentrati nella nostra scrittura, come al solito. Ma non è una giornata come le altre, si attende il gran finale, siamo tutti sottilmente emozionati, come dei ragazzini che aspettano l’inizio di una festa, come un sabato sera di diversi anni fa.
On December 21, 2012, the 5,000-year-old Mayan Calendar ended. We seem to have survived. On October 19, 1960 Yves Klein pretended to leap out of a window. We never landed. On January 17, 1963, Robert Filliou proposed that Art began one million years ago, when someone dropped a sponge into a bucket of water. We have been partying ever since. From December 8 to 15, 2012, the first edition of Venice Performance Art Week again redefined performance art. There is a fresh whiff in the breeze.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY
Zierle & Carter
At the edge of the land, of practice, and of knowing
West Penwith, Cornwall, UK
DIY 9: 2012 - Call for Participants
This three full day (four nights) intensive workshop will explore, in a sensorial and experiential way, what it is like to be out at the very periphery of a ‘bleak and rugged land’ – where historically experimentation, innovation, pioneering, radicality and alternative methods/philosophies have emerged strongly and are embedded in an ancient, seemingly ‘untouched’ landscape. Working site and context specific, we will be mapping the psycho-geographical landscape through our bodies and actions, trying to find our inner edge through exploring the outer edges, stepping into the spaces in-between land and water. Through body centred and material-led exercises/experimentations at sites along the West Penwith coastline, the workshop’s activities respond to the complex context and multiple realities revealed by being at the edge. Inhabiting a different space/site each day, the intention is to ‘get under the skin’ of what Cornwall ‘means’, ‘what it is’, and what its legacies are today; reflecting on its long industrial history, rich with processes of extracting, breaking down and filtering out, melting down and transforming. With a guided walk by the National Trust, an opportunity to ‘go underground’ and contextualising talks/presentations by local experts and residents, we will be working with the post-industrial legacy (disused mining sites), introducing durational processes – embedding and ‘anchoring’ actions back into the contemporary narrative of the landscape. We will adopt a peer support and skill sharing approach.
Dates, times and location:
Evening of Saturday 4 to Morning of Wednesday 8 August, 2012
10am – 9pm daily (on the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).
At various sites of historical/contextual significance around West Penwith, Cornwall.
Based from our accommodation at Carnyorth Environmental Educational Centre, daily site visits will be made by foot and by minibus.
Nearest Train Station: Penzance (the ‘end of the line’), Cornwall.
Applications welcome from practitioners from all levels of experience working within contemporary performance/cross interdisciplinary artforms. Please submit a short statement (approx. 500 words) that includes a description of your practice, an indication of a strong interest in the location and context specificity of the workshop and/or in durational, site-specific, process based and/or material-led enquiries, as well as how you feel you could contribute to the group. Include any relevant websites/links to your work and your email address and phone number. Send up to five related or representative images (no larger than 2MB each) with your statement to firstname.lastname@example.org (cc’d to email@example.com) with ‘DIY 9’ in the subject line. For videos/sound please send as links in your application. There are 12 places available, with six places allocated for Southwest based practitioners.
Application deadline: Monday 9 July 2012
Zierle & Carter are experienced workshop leaders, lecturers and project managers. As artists, they critically examine different modes of communication and what it means to be human, addressing notions of belonging, dynamics within relationships, and the transformation of limitations. Their work sites an embodied investigation into human interactions and encounters, acting as an invitation to venture into the spaces in-between the external and internal, permanent and transient, spoken and unheard. The work fundamentally explores society’s conventions, traditions and rituals, often flipping them on their head, reversing orders and disrupting the norm. Working internationally, their site-specific work takes on many guises and has been shown in galleries, in cupboards, empty cinemas, busy shopping areas, city parks, in libraries, tunnels, World War 2 bunkers, and created from working nomadically in wilderness – on snow covered mountain plateaus, at craters of volcanoes, and on the edge of a stormy cliff.
For further info see http://www.zierlecarterliveart.com or http://throughtheheartperformances.tumblr.com
Please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have about the workshop.
This DIY project is supported by The Works, Dance and Theatre Cornwall.
This project was a response to the DIY 9 Call for Proposals
DIY 9 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with Abandon Normal Devices (North West), Artsadmin (national), Colchester Arts Centre (East), Fierce (West Midlands), Live at LICA (North West), The Performance Centre at University College Falmouth (South West), PLATFORM (national), Sound and Music (National), Whitstable Biennale (South East), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Yorkshire), and The Works, Dance and Theatre Cornwall (South West).