REVERIES on VISIBLE THINKING by Julia Bardsley︎︎︎ PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK
28th - 30th July 2021, Folkestone
Featuring E.M. Parry and Adrian Coto, with interventions by Ernst Fischer.
“Process as Performance – Thought as Action – Reverie as Method
x1 provocateur + 3 artists over x3 days
= coexisting in a real-time process room of mulling + mapping
A proposition for three days of process, generating visual vocabularies and spatial grammars of materials, actions, mark-making, objects, body, maps, diagrams, sound, space and time.
Each participant will bring their own discrete practice and aesthetics into dialogue with a common set of provocations - working individually but within a coexistent frame.
We will be accruing our coexistent thinking in the space and over time, through processes of - generating + disturbing | layering + disrupting | erasing + collision”
Julia Bardsley is an artist working with the interplay of performance, pinhole photography, video projection, sculptural objects, psychological garments and hybrid personae. Works include: The Divine Trilogy: Trans-Acts, Almost The Same (feral rehearsals for violent acts of culture) and Aftermaths: a tear in the meat of vision (London, Glasgow, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, Italy); meta-FAMILY (Brazil, UK, Belgium, Slovenia) and Medea: dark matter events (Brazil & London). A book of her pinhole photographs, u See The Image Of Her i, was published in 2016.
In a new phase of work, under the creative umbrella The House of Wonder & Panic, she has developed a series of durational process events entitled Reading Rooms. The Reading Rooms have repurposed a political, a philosophical and an entomological text. The third of the series, An Apian Paradox, conjures an apicultural world that offers a feminine ecology of creativity, pleasure and female bee-ing and has been presented in London, Lisbon and at Fierce! Birmingham.
Her work tests coexistences and antagonisms across the nature/culture & animal/human spectrums. She is currently exploring ways of appropriating and folding rewilding principles of disturbance and succession into her creative process.
Images: REVERIES on VISIBLE THINKING workshop outcome, Julia Bardsley, Adrian Coto, E.M. Parry and Ernst Fischer, 2021. Photos by Manuel Vason.
Re:STORE (trust) by Sandra Johnston︎︎︎ PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK
25th - 27th August 2021, Folkestone
“In the unfolding circumstances of the past year where interpersonal connections have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, how can performance art be reconfigured to address an uneasy new body-phobic social consciousness? I suggest that one of the central ideas that gives performance art agency as a discipline is the range of intimacies that can be tested and opened up through myriad acts of close witnessing. In this workshop we will explore together various ways that trust might be reconstructed, or restored between self and others, including more-than-human relationships and perspectives. Moving between a scale of viewing distance, touching distance, breathing distance, with the aim not to rupture but to respect the parameters of how we sense these sensitive borders, we will consider how intimacy might be redefined. Furthermore, can we still trust ourselves to engage through attuning practices?”
Sandra Johnston’s practice involves developing strategies of performance art improvisation, as a means of engagement with imbedded issues of social trauma within selected contexts. She utilises improvised actions as a form of porous interaction with the actuality of environments, open to interference, adjustment and connective responses. The somatic physical aspects of the work develop from an ethos of attrition – consciously attempting to use a minimum of available resources, intersecting with a desire to leave no trace on the surroundings. This approach of ‘provisionality’ insists upon a speculative relationship to the emergence of narratives and meanings being formed directly, and conjointly, between the artist and audience. A key impetus for the work arises from recognition of the implications of social trauma and the ensuing cultures of silence, finding in performance methods a humble means to provide alternative forms of live testimony and mediation.
Layers of Time by Rubiane Maia︎︎︎ PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK
21st-23rd May 2021, Folkestone
Featuring Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, Pierce Starre, and Sylvia Morgado, with Ash McNaughton and Maria Clara.
“The notion that the past is a vital force that moves incessantly inside and outside us, coexisting and actualising itself through our bodies continuously has been a fundamental aspect in my current artistic production. I am particularly interested in the idea that the moment a memory is actualised through an action, it ceases to be a memory and becomes perception. In this sense, we could consider the body as a channel with infinite layers of time - a primordial device that never stops to launch us towards the future.
My proposal is to develop an immersive and practical study around collective and individual memories using empirical exercises of telepathy and telekinesis. Throughout the workshop we will be practicing actions that involve acuteness, permanence and physical-mental resilience.”
Rubiane Maia is a Brazilian visual artist based in Folkestone, UK. She completed a degree in Visual Arts and a Master degree in Institutional Psychology at Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Her artwork is an hybrid practice across performance, video, installation and text, occasionally flirting with drawing and collage. She is attracted by states of synergy, encompassing the invisible relationships of affect and flux, and investigates the body in order to amplify the possibilities of perception beyond the habitual. More recently, she has been researching the concept of memory and its resonances in our way of existing.
In 2015, she took part at the workshop 'Cleaning the House' with Marina Abramovic and participated at the exhibition 'Terra Comunal - Marina Abramovic + MAI', at SESC Pompéia, São Paulo with the long durational performance ‘The Garden’ (2 months). In 2016, she worked on the project titled 'Preparation for Aerial Exercise, the Desert and the Mountain' which required her to travel to high landscapes of Uyuni (Bolivia), Pico da Bandeira (Espírito Santo/Minas Gerais, BRA) and Monte Roraima (Roraima, BRA/Santa Helena de Uyarén, VEN). In the same year she completed her second short film titled 'ÁDITO'. Since 2018 she has been working on the creation of a ‘Book-Performance’, a series of actions devised in response to specific autobiographical texts particularly influenced by personal experiences of racism and misogyny.
Images: The Table, ‘Layers of Time’ workshop outcome, Rubiane Maia, 2021. Photos by Manuel Vason.