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until Thursday 25th June

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PSX screenings

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi 



ouTcasT, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, The Rising, 2018. Videography by Matt Mahoney-Page.
︎︎︎ PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT] works internationally but lives in Kumasi, Ghana. sHit is a multidisciplinary “artivist”, founder and artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR) which aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators, and thinkers.

As a performer and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes, prejudices, queerness, identity politics and conflicts, sexual stigma and their consequences for marginalized groups or individuals. With rituals and a gender-fluid persona, sHit employs sHits own body as a thought-provoking tool in performances, photography, video, and installations, ‘life-and-live-art’ confronting issues such as disenfranchisement, social justice, violence, objectification, internalized oppression, anti-blackness, systemic indoctrination and many more.

www.crazinistartist.com


PSX conversations

Jade Montserrat


Jade Montserrat in conversation with Benjamin Sebastian, 2021. Edited by Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway.

Dancing her way through history and her story. Marking the archive and letting it mark her. Finding a voice within a chorus of opinions and reflecting projections of now and then. Jade Montserrat’s work is a fracture in the linear narrative of consumption and a rigorous critique of the way cultural production scars bodies and constructs histories.

Her work exposes the perceptions of the Other as weighted responsibility in need of retort. Skirting social activism by gesturally and texturally ascertaining new ground for politicized territories manifest through performance, film, installation, sculpture, print & text. This process is focused on the interrogation of materials, rearticulating them to expose gaps in both visual and linguistic habits.

www.jademontserrat.com




PSX screenings

Bean, Benjamin Sebastian, and Leo Devlin



InCon FORMative, Bean, Benjamin Sebastian and Leo Devlin, 2013. Videography by Elenor Hellis.

Bean is the co-founder and (former) co-director of ]performance s p a c e[.

I make performance work that incorporates live voice, installation and film. I like using technology as a malleable material, testing & pushing it through live moments; from my earliest works playing super 8 films through my vagina, to recent works digitally tracking my body to live-edit sound. Through my work I often 'speak' of things silenced in daily life, or attempt to undo language used in mass media/ normative pop-culture. I make performance as an act of transformation, a catharsis through sound, a reclamation & refusal of the body.

www.beaninthearchive.com

Benjamin Sebastian's work is a visual poetics of the erotic and explicit.

They utilise this work as an anarcho-queer-feminist technology to dismantle narratives of heteronormativity, patriarchy and capitalism - by illuminating our spiritual, sexual & animal selves - while centring their non-binary subjecthood. This is achieved via emotive & esoteric methodologies such as chaos magic, new ritual, eroticism and gender fuckery. Sebastian creates across disciplines, specialising in time-based mediums exploring ideas of becoming, transformation/transition, animalism, memento mori, queerness, longing and desire. Through curating, repetitious tropes, appropriation and acts of duration; their work attempts to interrupt historic binary relations and create new narratives & ways of being in the world.

www.benjamin-sebastian.com

Leo Devlin (b.1983, Omagh) is a visual artist based in Belfast. He received a First class honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 2006. For the next 10 years Leo presented his work locally and internationally. 

Leo Devlin’s work is a mixture of drawing, sculpture and performance.  Across all media, Leo considers a range of materials both organic and man-made. He is interested in both the origin story and present status of materials such as domestic silver and broken twigs and how they’re perceived status can be transformed, either by physically amending the objects or by engaging with them in performance. Leo presents uncertain scales and perspectives, from working with miniature objects in performance to producing large-scale drawings. The ground or surface upon which Leo makes his work, whether performance or drawing, is carefully selected with existing residues in mind.






PSX conversations

VestAndPage




VestAndPage in conversation with Benjamin Sebastian, 2021. Edited by Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway.

Since 2006, Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes and German artist Verena Stenke have been working together as VestAndPage. They have gained recognition in the fields of performance art, performance-based film, collective performance operas, curation, temporary artistic community projects production, writing and publishing. Through their collaborative creative practice and artistic research, they explore performance art and filmmaking as phenomena site-specific consisting of continuous sequences of momentum where adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct. Their works have been presented in museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, and various sites worldwide. Before the pandemic, they were touring with the cycle of live collective performances HOME while premiering their films “Anam Cara – Mirror in the Mirror”, “Plantain” and “SIGNUM”.  During the lockdown, they have begun to develop “STRATA”, their 6th performance-based art film on Deep time, alongside the performance monologue “1 9” about Stenke’s recent TB experience, and “Momentum,” a series of videos in which they host conversations under existential focus with people from the arts, culture and science. VestAndPage are conceivers and curators of the live art exhibition project VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, its ongoing educational program, and its new residential/collaborative format Co-Creation Live Factory. Their theoretical texts and interviews have been published in books, art magazines, and academic journals, among which are Performance Research, Flash Art, Studio Research, Repertório, Ephemera, JER, Storie, Art & Education, LADA blog, Kunstforum, Research Catalogue, Nexus, Revista Experimenta.

www.vest-and-page.de


Image: Ash McNaughton, Salvage, 2019. Photo by Manuel Vason.