Join the post-festival Saturday matinee / after party: Live Artists Think tank
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One of the new perspectives Untitled promotes is the idea of a new kind of freedom. Freedom as a relational idea, a freedom that is gained through interdependency to others – the living and non-living.
The idea of freedom as something that individuals own has run out of steam. We have the honor to offer to the Untitled Alliance and its wider community a ”Live artists think tank” that dives into, interrogates and performs this idea.
On Saturday the 25th seven artists gathered together by Andrea Pagnes will open their unique way of working with the world, how they see the agenda tracks of Untitled and what the artistic relationship to the society can bring to the transformation at hand. It is a way to digest, chill and innovate the imaginaries that the festival has presented to us.
This session is open to all public. Sign up and share the invitation with friends and colleagues on social media!
Meet the artists:
Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, Nathalie Bikoro, Marcel Sparmann, Joseph Morgan Schofield, Benjamin Sebastian, Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes from VestAndPage.
Chinasa Vivian Ezugha
Chinasa Vivian Ezugha is the Community Engagement Officer of ‘A Space Arts’, a Southampton-based arts support group. Chinasa graduated from Aberystwyth University, School of Art in 2014, after which she worked for the Welsh Government, having been awarded the Windsor Fellowship. Since then she has worked with various arts organisations, focusing particularly on working with isolated communities in Norfolk, and recently in Portsmouth. Chinasa is also a professional artist; performing at both national and international festivals; including recently at SPILL Festival of Performance Art.
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro merges installations, sonic radio, live art performances, film & archives. Her work analyses processes of power & fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles. Much of her work has focused on marginalised communities, such as the voices of African women’s resistance movements and the architecture of racism in cities. She is the recipient of several awards, including Fondation Blachère & Afrique Soleil Mali for Best Artist Dakar Biennale (2012), Arts Council England (2016), Goethe Institut (2016) and many more.
Marcel Sparmann is a German visual artist, working in performance art, theatre, dance, public art and installation. After studying Theatre, Performance Art and Environmental Art in Germany and Scotland, Sparmann now works internationally, both as artist and researcher in Residence. Furthermore, he has presented as a guest lecturer for Performance and experimental theatre including theatre pedagogy all over Europe, North and South America, China and Japan.
Currently holding guest teaching positions at several German universities, Sparmann lectured at international institutions. Supported by Goethe Institute, he participated in renowned Performance Art festivals and Biennials, such as the Venice International Performance Art Week, 1st Bienal Internacional de Performance de Caracas, Xi’an Live Art Festival, the Houston Performance Art Biennale as well as many others.
Joseph Morgan Schofield
Joseph Morgan Schofield is an artist working with performance, moving image and expanded forms of writing. Articulating their practice as ‘queer ritual action’, their work is broadly concerned with desire, particularly in relation to ecology and queer futurity. This queer ritual action foregrounds the immediacy of the sweating, wanting, sensate non-binary body. Understanding art-making as a technology of divination, they consider their work to be a tool for the creation of contemporary myth; a site for the work of mourning, yearning, processing and communing.
Understanding acts of gathering and communing as central to their practice, Joseph’s work incorporates curating, producing, facilitating, mentoring and teaching. Joseph organises FUTURERITUAL, a performance and research project considering ritual and queer futurity, and co-produces Move Close. They are a co-founder and facilitator of The Sunday Skool for Misfits, Exprimenters and Dissenters and Live Art Club (London).
Benjamin Sebastian is a visual artist and curator. Sebastian’s practice is born out of an anxiety of living. Examining the environments, Sebastian uses his body (and those of others) as a departure point, searching for reason in the irrational and the profound in the mundane. His work is interdisciplinary and not bound by any one medium, historically locating itself within lineages of appropriation art, assemblage, installation and performance. Paper, thread, porn, fire and gold make up many of the materials he returns to with imagery of intimacy and alienation utilised to evoke a sense of longing and familiarity. In the face of the inevitability of death, how should we live? With this question in mind, Sebastian attempts to make sense of living.
Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes from VestAndPage
Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together as VestAndPage, and gained international recognition in the fields of performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing, and with collective performance operas and temporary artistic community projects. For over a decade, VestAndPage have been exploring performance art and filmmaking as phenomena of ‘thin places’ through their collaborative creative practice, as well as through theoretical artistic research and curatorial projects.
They have produced their body-based art among others under Antarctic glaciers, at the Himalaya foothills, in the vastness of Tierra del Fuego, in abandoned factories, Russian enclaves, or inside the dark depths of Southern German prehistoric cave systems. Their works – a celebration of life – have been presented in museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and a variety of sites worldwide. Their theoretical and poetic writings have been extensively published and translated for international readers.