POXXI Announcement

POXXI Announcement

POXXI: Performance of the XXI Century

TRIAD is collaborating with MAXXI Museum (Rome) and Lilith Performance Studio (Malmö) on a three-year project under the banner of ‘Performance of the XXI Century’ (POXXI).

This project has emerged as a reaction to significant developments over the last decade in performance art in the XXI century

Emerging out of the 1900s, performance has developed in various forms during the second half of the century. In the last decade many organizations, art collectives and art institutions have developed innovative projects focused on performance of different scales and durations.

POXXI aims at complementing the productive efforts of these organizations and artists in producing cultural awareness on performance art, integrating it with a structured and systematic methodological approached.

The aim of this three-year project is to explore and improve the critical role of performance as an artistic expression in the history of twentieth century art encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

We want to illuminate the enormous significance of performance in contemporary art.

POXXI AIMS TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING:

-Commission new performance projects by using a methodology that uses research and presentation in an innovative way.

-Communicate and collaborate with art institutions and cultural organizations in Europe to create dynamic and historically significant performance awareness.

-Offer an ongoing educational platform for expanding the knowledge and understanding of this critical area of visual art and cultural history.

Performance can be described by its “non-being-ness”: it is neither “object”, acting, or dance, it does not properly belong to any established discipline. Performance explores and questions the way we look at the body in our society, both the language of the body and the language of our society. We aim at answering this issue by creating a platform that allows performance art to be researched, developed, exhibited and communicated.

The selected artists will develop their concepts into performance exhibitions, one every year, during a three-month residency at LILITH. The same project will be displayed at MAXXI at a yearly festival of performance, which aims to create audience development on an institutional and public level. TRIAD will focus on developing educational programmes to engage a greater audience.

ABOUT

TRIAD is a not-for-profit and registered charity in UK and a not-for-profit in the US. TRIAD aims to promote contemporary visual arts for public benefit and is supported by trusts, private giving, cultural organizations and corporate sponsorship.

MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity. Conceived as a broad cultural campus, MAXXI is managed by a Foundation constituted in the July of 2009 by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and headed by Giovanna Melandri. Since December 2013 Hou Hanru has been the Artistic Director of the museum, which includes MAXXI Architettura, directed by Margherita Guccione, and MAXXI Arte, directed by Anna Mattirolo. The MAXXI building is a major architectural work designed by Zaha Hadid, located in Rome’s Flaminio quarter and featuring innovative and spectacular forms.

Lilith Performance Studio is a non-profit organization and an independent arena for practical artistic research, focusing on visual art performance. Lilith Performance Studio initiates new exceptional performances and shows them for a large audience.

Rock Bottom: Performance Workshops by Einat Amir

TRIAD Gallery 28 Field Street London WC1X 9DA

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
As part of the educational programme of the performance Enough About You, TRIAD is giving the opportunity to art students and artists to participate in a workshop created and lead by Jerusalem-born artist Einat Amir. The workshop explores notions of body, space and intimacy between strangers. We will play with some performative scenarios, through which we will ask questions about meaning, (gently) explore our personal borders and use the human body as our basic creative substance.

Workshop 1 is on the 9th October 2015 from 2pm – 4pm
Workshop 2 is on the 10th October 2015 from 2pm – 4pm Each workshop has a capacity of 20 people and lasts 90 minutes.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rock-bottom-performance-workshops-by-einat-amir-tickets-18286484367?aff=es2

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Enough About You explores relationships in their most organic state, revealing how individuals relate to one another when confronted with a constructed reality, as strangers become intimate and viewers become voyeurs. It is inspired by the new possibilities of virtual socialising and the instant intimacies offered in modern times. Amir blurs the boundaries between performance and authenticity in an ambitious and stimulating way, constructing lab-like circumstances in an attempt to test the limits and relations between two strangers in an intimate situation. Enough About You, a participatory performance by Einat Amir. In collaboration with the MAXXI Museum, Rome and the Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö.

ABOUT TRIAD
TRIAD is a cultural organisation based in London, which works on developing and promoting contemporary visual arts. TRIAD prepares a yearly programme that consists of projects developed by international emerging artist and has so far presented three exhibitions in Miami, Venice Biennale and Paris. This year we will be launching our programme here in London to coincide with the week of Frieze. Additional information about the organisation on www.thetriad.org.uk

Performance Art Practice in the 21st Century: Panel Discussion

Performance Art Practice in the 21st Century: Panel Discussion

PANEL DISCUSSION / THE PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE  WITH PARTICIPATION OF EINAT AMIR

TRIAD Gallery Field St London WC1X 9DA

PANEL

Einat Amir, artist Petter Pettersson, Director of Lilith Performance Studio Hou Hanru, Artistic Director of MAXXI Fatos Ustek, Independent curator Louise O’Kelly, Director of the Block Universe Festival Mariateresa Setaro, Director of TRIAD Chair: Nicola Trezzi, curator, roving editor at Flash Art International, Head of MFA Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design The problem of performance art stems from its nature, which is non-object base and purely experiential. We aim to answer this issue by creating a European development platform that allows performance art to be researched, developed exhibited and communicated. Free entry. Open to the public. RSVP to [email protected]

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Enough About You, a participatory performance by Einat Amir. In collaboration with the MAXXI Museum, Rome and the Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden, Amir’s performance is both ambitious and stimulating. Enough About You explores relationships in their most organic state, revealing how individuals relate to one another when confronted with a constructed reality, as strangers become intimate and viewers become voyeurs. It is inspired by the new possibilities of virtual socialising and the instant intimacies offered in modern times. Amir blurs the boundaries between performance and authenticity constructing lab-like circumstances in an attempt to test the limits and relations between two strangers in an intimate situation.

ABOUT TRIAD

TRIAD is a cultural organisation based in London, which works on developing and promoting contemporary visual arts. TRIAD prepares a yearly programme that consists of projects developed by international emerging artist and has so far presented three exhibitions in Miami, Venice Biennale and Paris. This year we will be launching our programme here in London to coincide with the week of Frieze. Additional information about the organisation on www.thetriad.org.uk

Einat Amir: Artist talk

Einat Amir: Artist Talk

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
London SW1 4JU

The Chelsea College of Arts will be hosting a talk by Jerusalem-born artist Einat Amir in collaboration with Chelsea College of Arts. Amir will be talking about her practice in relation to the theories and issues surrounding performance art in contemporary times.

The talk is free and open to the public. Chelsea College of Arts is a five minute walk from Pimlico tube station and ten minutes from Vauxhall tube.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>JOB DESCRIPTION </strong></span>

TRIAD will be presenting “Enough About You” by Einat Amir in a venue close to Kings Cross Station. For this occasion we need a total of four volunteers to help us with the events being held from the 8th – 11th October related to the performance. We will need you to help with the set up of the press preview, VIP preview with silent auction, two artist lead workshops and the panel discussion.

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>JOB DESCRIPTION </strong></span>

TRIAD will be presenting “Enough About You” by Einat Amir in a venue close to Kings Cross Station. For this occasion we need a total of four volunteers to help us with the events being held from the 8th – 11th October related to the performance. We will need you to help with the set up of the press preview, VIP preview with silent auction, two artist lead workshops and the panel discussion.

Formally dressed in black.

Location: Central London (close to Kings Cross station)

Hours: 10am – 2pm or 2pm – 7pm

Duration: 8th October – 18th October 2015

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>HOW TO APPLY</strong></span>

Please send your CV and short description to <strong><a href=”mailto:[email protected]” target=”_blank”>[email protected]</a></strong> by 30th September 2015.

Interviews will take place during the following week.

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>ABOUT TRIAD</strong></span>

TRIAD is a cultural organisation based in London, which works on developing and promoting contemporary visual arts. TRIAD prepares a yearly programme that consists of projects developed by international emerging artist and has so far presented three exhibitions in Miami, Venice Biennale and Paris. This year we will be launching our programme here in London to coincide with the week of Frieze.

Additional information about the organisation on <a href=”http://www.thetriad.org.uk/about/our-mission/” target=”_blank”>www.thetriad.org.uk</a>

Work Experience – Host

Work Experience – Host

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>JOB DESCRIPTION </strong></span>

TRIAD will be presenting “Enough About You” by Einat Amir in a venue close to Kings Cross Station. For this occasion we need a total of four hosts to welcome viewers and to give them directions into the performance space.

<strong>Host A</strong>:In charge of the line outside the booth. Providing information about next performance starting time and end time and gathering more audience if needed.

<strong>Host B:</strong> moderating the performance, greeting the audience, choosing pairs to go inside boxes, operating sound system. You can see Host B in action here: <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTNd3h0X7u0″ target=”_blank”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTNd3h0X7u0</a>

Both are performative roles which suit people who feel comfortable standing in front of an audience. You need to be authoritarian and confident. Formally dressed in black.

Location: Central London (close to Kings Cross station)

Hours: Training with artist on 7th October and performances 8th – 18th October, from 10am-2pm and from 4pm-7pm

Duration: 7th October – 18th October 2015

Salary: Minimum wage per hour

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>HOW TO APPLY</strong></span>

Please send your CV and short cover letter to <strong><a href=”mailto:[email protected]” target=”_blank”>[email protected]</a></strong> by 30th September 2015.

Interviews will take place during the following week.

<span style=”color: #7b68aa;”><strong>ABOUT TRIAD</strong></span>

TRIAD is a cultural organisation based in London, which works on developing and promoting contemporary visual arts. TRIAD prepares a yearly programme that consists of projects developed by international emerging artist and has so far presented three exhibitions in Miami, Venice Biennale and Paris. This year we will be launching our programme here in London to coincide with the week of Frieze.

Additional information about the organisation on <a href=”http://www.thetriad.org.uk/about/our-mission/” target=”_blank”>www.thetriad.org.uk</a>

Art in Focus: Michael Dryden & David McCulloch

Art in Focus: Michael Dryden & David McCulloch

Written by Kosha Hussain

Michael Dryden, 6,000ft Beyond Humanity and Time, 2015. Video, 1.04

David McCulloch, Still Life, 2015. Video and sound, 14.00

The two video installations by British artist Michael Dryden and Scottish artist David McCulloch compliment each other in their study of contemporary technological angst.

What the works do well is probe the notion of authenticity in contemporary times, but also more potently, they are heavy with that feeling you get when you’re in a dream and you can’t run any faster. But this time I wasn’t sleeping, I was experiencing your everyday mix of corporeal and metaphysical prompts.

I’m often in awe of the might of the Internet, owing to it being possibly among one of the most defining bits of technology that we’ve created. It has allowed an unbelievable reach of information at an unprecedented rate. We’re more technologically connected now than ever. But what is the impact of this?

Dryden’s two-channel video ‘6000ft Beyond Humanity and Time’ (2015) sees the artist on the left channel swimming back-stroke against a tide of mathematical equations, simultaneously on the right, Dryden is seen meditatively still. While struggling to remain on the surface, his mind and body is in absolute work. Dryden faces us with a philosophical dialogue of dualism, something Rene Descartes toiled over, the idea that we are a combination of two distinct foundations – the body and the mind. The material and the immaterial.

But there is a rift in Dryden’s video. A feeling of disjointed operations. Overwhelming anxiety, endless struggle and just simply feeling lost. I strangely enjoyed this mixed bag of feelings that I got from the work, because it’s not actually a nice feeling at all. I think I enjoyed it because it felt familiar, perhaps not solely through direct experience, but through observation of others also.

I feel privileged that I can look for a loose diagnostic, or at the very least solidarity, among Internet users who say they feel the same and who offer advice and tips on how to tackle the problem (is it a problem?). And in a way this is like going on a hunger strike during a famine. My means of reconciliation uses the same methodology which fuels the problem, sort of like a modern day uroboros, though less mythic and more virtual.

It’s widely considered that despite the instantaneous communication we have at our finger tips, offering contact with any of the two and a half billion Internet users out there, we find ourselves ever so subtly alone. Not so lonely that we turn to our immediate landscape for affection, but just enough to keep us to asking Siri.

David McCulloch, Still Life, 2015, Video with Sound – 14.00

These notions are echoed in David McCulloch’s video titled ‘Still Life’ (2015). The artist dressed in a bright white shirt, trousers and black tie, caught in an endless struggle to reach his destination. Again and again you see McCulloch emerging from the horizon, a coarsely ploughed field shot in his native Scotland, frantically clambering over the land, running towards us, only to freeze and fade out from the landscape. It’s a poignant and rather distressing piece of video art to watch. I found myself tightening my fist and tensing my muscles, desperate to help the guy resolve his nightmare.

What made Still Life so compelling is the brutalist way in which McCulloch tackles the relationship between the body, the landscape and desire.

Dryden and McCulloch argue that we are seeing a divorce from the binary relationship of Cartesian philosophy, moving towards a misaligned and out of synch relationship between the corporeal and the metaphysical. While our minds are engaged with being virtually extended and augmented, our bodies are struggling to navigate the cold, hard landscape of the material world.

I must have let my mind wonder while my body was left watching the work, but in the process it came back with some thoughts and apologised for leaving in the first place.

Michael Dryden is currently studying MFA Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art. He is next showing at his interim show on 3rd – 8th October 2015.

David McCulloch co-runs Nomas Projects in Dundee, Scotland, providing a platform for local and international contemporary artists to contribute to the growing cultural vibrancy in Dundee.

Written by Kosha Hussain

@KoshaHussain

FAKE BONES at Lilith Performance Studio

FAKE BONES at Lilith Performance Studio

FAKE BONES is the title of an ongoing performance piece by Swedish artist Leif Holmstrand in collaboration with Japanese artist collective OLTA.

The work is a large-scale durational piece that explores ritualistic practice through acts of eating, cooking, the televised programmes about cooking; the notions of physicality and birth and death. Through transformative shamanistic references and conversations about biology, ecology and the ego, the representation of culture and time in this performance is abstracted and mythologised.

Leo Holmstrand began his career as a poet in 2002 and since then has continued as a practicing artist. His works employ knitting and crocheting to create unconventional wearable sculptures. His body of work incorporates still image, video and performance that looks at topics such as paranoia, phantasm and household waste.

OLTA is a seven person art collective. Formed of graduates from the Oil Painting Department of Tama Art University. Their mission is to reconciliate present day modernistic media and technology with the relationship towards the notion of the primitive and the ancient through performative sculptural installations.

Lilith Performance Studio is a non-profit organization and an independent arena for practical artistic research, focusing on visual art performance.

The exhibition opens 17 – 26 September 2015, 7pm – 10pm at Lilith Performance Studio Bragegatan 15, 212 14 Malmö, Sweden.

No booking is required.

http://lilithperformancestudio.com/

Hyper Sexualised, Marilyn Minter

Hyper Sexualised, Marilyn Minter

Written by Irene Due

If we were to visualize society’s deepest fantasies and desires, they might look a lot like Marilyn Minter’s works. Her photographs, videos and hyper-realistic paintings seductively incorporate close-ups of the female body interwoven with hints of a glamorous lifestyle.

As a female American artist living in New York, it is perhaps not surprising that her work touches on elements of fashion, celebrity lifestyle, and decadence. The portraits she confronts her audience with be they photographs, paintings or videos, all have the ability to draw us in immediately, ensnaring us in a glittering world. On closer inspection, we realise the images actually contain subtle imperfections, giving the images a slight disturbing quality. This game of illusions Minter plays proves that in the end the essence of our fantasy of perfection is quite fragile. She represents femininity while criticizing the idea of beauty as dictated by fashion, through visually seductive images.

Minter’s pieces are highly collectable. Her exceptional talent as an artist has been proven by the numerous exhibitions across the globe and the fact she is representation by gallery Salon94, New York.

Her next exhibition, wonderfully entitled Pretty/Dirty, is her first major museum retrospective, exploring in detail the works of her 40-year career. Organised by two major museums, it will initially be shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston opening April 18th 2015 until August 2nd 2015; followed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver opening September 18th 2015 to January 31st 2016.

By Irene Due

Play of Lights, Tara Donovan Review

Play of Lights, Tara Donovan Review

Written by Irene Due

Play of Lights

It is always surprising and fascinating to see a large-scale installation by Tara Donovan. Her work draws you into a space that appears as if materials from the future have grown into the environmental context of the space through process and precision.

Tara Donovan is an American artist living in New York whose work is characterised by her use of everyday materials such as plastic cups and straws to produce amazing site-specific installations. The intriguing aspect of her work is how she manages to take possession of a space using these commonplace objects, and what seem to be natural looking organisms. From a distance these installations seem to have been created by technology, and only when you observe her work close-up do the details of individual objects stand out. Several of her installations also play with the element of light, giving her work an aspect of natural growth that fills the pieces with life.

Her next installation will be hosted as part of Platform, an opportunity to exhibit awarded every year to a single artist at Parrish Art Museum, inviting the artist to use the entire museum as potential site. We are looking forward to seeing how she will use the space to incorporate her work into the museum through the use using simple, everyday objects.

The exhibition runs throughout the summer at the Parrish Art Museum, New York from the 4th of July 2015 until the 18th October 2015.

By Irene Due