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VA15: Crossing Boundaries

 

About VA15: Crossing Boundaries

Venice Agendas 2015 is a programme of breakfast events and performances, curated by workinprogress, during the preview week of the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia followed by a series of outcome events that take place internationally throughout 2015. The theme for this edition is Crossing Boundaries; an open brief, which considers the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries. Since 2011 Venice Agendas has also included live art presentations.Venice Agendas 2015 is a programme of breakfast events and performances, curated by workinprogress, during the preview week of the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia followed by a series of outcome events that take place internationally throughout 2015. The theme for this edition is Crossing Boundaries; an open brief, which considers the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries. Since 2011 Venice Agendas has also included live art presentations.

The first edition of Agendas held at the Venice Biennale was in 1999, created by the sound artist Bill Furlong and the writer Mel Gooding, which was a progression from the audio arts, which began in 1972 by Bill Furlong and Barry Barker. The original Venetian partner was Vittorio Urbani, director of Nuova Icona who continues to be a valued partner in Venice Agendas.

The Biennale reinforces nation building and territorial borders when even now maps are being rewritten and the concept of free speech is under attack. The idea of national pavilions at the Venice Biennale representing the essence of an identity has been increasingly questioned in the context of today’s globalized world, however where there are boundaries there are crossings. The emphasis of these agendas is on the cross over and exchange between artists, writers, filmmakers and critics whilst reflecting on the cross border reality of the present time.

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VENICE AGENDAS AT CZ95 Discussions curated by: Terry Smith

CZ95, Giudecca 95, 30133 Venezia
Vaporetto: Zitelle on lines 
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OPEN BORDERS: Where are you from? Wednesday 6 May 2015 10 .00 – 11.00h: breakfast from 9.30h

Moderators: JW Stella and Mark Waugh

Considers identity - do artists belong to one culture through their Nationality, or are they citizens of the world? This debate asks questions about statehood, effects of global migration on cultural boundaries, and if it matters where you are from.

CLOSED BORDERS: Whose boycott is it anyway? Thursday 7 May 2015 10 .00 – 11.00h: breakfast from 9.30h

Moderator: Gilane Tawadros

The recent questioning of geographical boundaries, both democratically and by force, and the withdrawal of support by some European countries for various International artists and institutions act effectively as a boycott with cultural events being altered by political agendas. Is this a genuine support for civil rights or a convenient way for governments to play politics with culture?

CROSSING BOUNDARIES: Speed Date Friday 8 May 2015 10 .00 – 11.00h: breakfast from 9.30h

Moderator: Tim Rawlins

Piloted at VA13, Speed Dating gets people talking, involved and networking. With 60 questions relating to the idea of identity and crossing boundaries, each deals specifically with how we connect to ‘local’ culture and how that interfaces with the wider international agenda.

BORDER LINE: Rights of Passage Wednesday 6 May - Friday 8 May 2015 11.00 – 12.00h

Curated by: Jean Wainwright

A unique publication where 100 individual art books will be assembled and constructed on site from work by 24 international artists who have produced signed photographic art works as a ‘one off’. Each book with the 24 signed prints is made to order and available to purchase. The selected artists address complex issues of individual identity, territorial borders, society, economics, and immigration. The artists include: Martina Bacigalupo, Roger Ballan, Behrnd Behr, Valerie Belin, Adam Chodzko, Shez Dawood, Ori Gersht, Shaun Gladwell, Glenna Gordon, Mishka Henner, Nina Katchadourian, Steffi Klenz, Martin Kollar, Karen Knorr, Sohei Nishino, Max Pinckers, Charlie Shoemaker, Laurie Simmons, Heidi Specker, Terry Smith, Julian Stallabrass, Daniel Traub, Sue Williamson and Catherine Yass. https://rightsofpassage2015.wordpress.com

VENICE AGENDAS AT IMAGINA CAFÉ Artist performances curated by Mark Segal

Imagina Café, Rio Terà Canal, 3126 Dorsoduro, Venezia (Near Campo Santa Margherita) Vaporetto: Ca’ Rezzonico

Three artists have been selected to realise or represent the theme of Crossing Boundaries for Venice Agendas 2015. Each addresses, considers, celebrates and/or challenges single or multiple boundaries, be they neurological, physical, sculptural, geographic, fictional or actual.

Jon Adams: 18.00h Wednesday 6 May 2015

Jon performs Games with the Water Horse, a performance/installation piece that he has learnt as a memory journey. Starting from a time on the 12 hour clock face (provided on request by an audience member), then following Fibonacci numbers, he will describe events connected to time, but liberated from an easily digested narrative, informed by his synaethesia.

Katrina Palmer: 18.00h Thursday 7 May 2015

Katrina read from a selection of her books on a one-to-one basis with one individual for up to ten minutes, along with a further 12 audience members as observers. The one-to-one listener could select from one of Katrina’s publications which will be available on the table while the observers view the reading in close proximity. Four one-to-one readings will take place from 6pm, in twelve minute slots. Courtesy of the artist and MOT International, London and Brussels.

Marita Isobel Solberg: 18.00h Friday 8 May 2015

Marita performed: There exists love, will, sounds and movements in this vast room. We are deeply connected. The performance concerns reflections on the challenges, conflicts, potentials, aspirations, importance and impact of being both a citizen of the world while remaining close to our roots. A spoken word session which includes poetry, movement, singing, making sounds and rhythm.

Venice Agendas 2015 presented in partnership with Turner Contemporary, SHAPE London, and University for the Creative Arts with additional support from Sámi Dáiddačehpiid Searvi, Arts University Bournemouth, DACS, Nuova Icona, Clocktower Productions, Audio Arts; CZ95 and Municipalità di Venezia. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Katrina Palmer works through a range of media including published stories, live reading/performances and installations which include recordings. Palmer locates the sculptural object in fictional narratives. These stories typically feature artist-protagonists negotiating aspects of materiality and the dynamics of fictional spaces. End Matter, an Artangel commission launches on 26 April 2015 in Portland, Devon with a new publication End Matter, available from Book Works. In May 2015 her work will be included in the group show The Weight of Data at Tate Britain, and she will have a solo show at the Henry Moore Institute Leeds later in the year. Katrina’s work was recently included in the exhibition Mirror City at Hayward Gallery, London. Courtesy MOT International.

Jon Adams works in a variety of mediums, is a trained geologist and considers himself to be an ‘Outsider Artist’. His work references his neurodiversity including Asperger’s (an autism spectrum condition), dyslexia and synaesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sense leads to automatic, involuntary responses in a second sense, for example, ‘seeing or tasting sounds’. Jon has recently been awarded the first digital commission by the Speakers Art Fund for Democracy Streets celebrating Parliament in the making throughout 2015 (with Mozilla, National Portrait Gallery, Arts Council England and Local Trust). Jon Adams is currently an Associate Artist of the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Research Fellow in Disability Arts within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth.

Marita Isobel Solberg is a musician, a visual artist and poet. A nomad of the world. A multifaced crossover artist, she experiments and engages many different media in her work such as spoken words, sound/music, performance art, photography, video, clay/ceramics and sculpture. Interweaving elements from Sámi, Northern and Japanese Culture and subculture she embodies personas or characters of varied but particular properties; The seer, the witch, the sage or the jester. Her nomadic practice has taken in a wide range of residencies and professional performances around the world, from Arkhangelsk, Russia to Melbourne, Australia, including the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, 2007; The Watermill Center in New York (Robert Wilson), 2008 and The Performance Centre, London (David Thorp), 2013. http://maritaisobelsolberg.virb.com .virb.com

 

VA15: Crossing Boundaries Locations

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VA15 Discussions

VA15: Crossing Boundaries Discussions brought together artists and professionals to share, discuss and consider the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries and included topics such as Closed Borders: Whose Boycott is it Anyway? and Open Borders: Where are you From?

 
 
 
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VA15: Speed Dating

 

Participants included  Yvannoé Kruger, Tony Heaton, Louise Camrass, Jean Wainwright,  Katie Jolin, Gill Hedly, Voilet MacClean,  Piloted at VA13 and subsequently in Norway, Speed Dating successfully gets people talking and involved in the project. With 60 questions relating to the idea of identity and crossing boundaries, each deal specifically with how we connect to ‘local’ culture and how that interfaces with the wider international agenda.  Meet, discuss and exchange ideas with some of the worlds leading artists, curators, critic, directors and collectors.

Speeding dating at the Globe Gallery, Newcastle

Speeding dating at the Globe Gallery, Newcastle

Speed dating in Venice

Speed dating in Venice

Speed dating in Athens

Speed dating in Athens

 

 

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VA:15 Publication

Curated by: Jean Wainwright, Oliver Gapper, Martin Garwood, Katie Jolin and Hala Morris George.

A unique publication where 100 individual art books will be assembled and constructed on site from work by 23 international artists who have produced signed photographic art works as a ‘one off’. Each book with the 23 signed prints is made to order and available to purchase. The selected artists address complex issues of individual identity, territorial borders, society, economics, and immigration.  The artists include: Martina Bacigalupo, Roger Ballen, Bernd Behr, Valérie Belin, Adam Chodzko, Shezad Dawood, Ori Gersht, Shaun Gladwell, Glenna Gordon, Nina Katchadourian, Steffi Klenz, Martin Kollar, Karen Knorr, Sohei Nishino, Max Pinckers, Charlie Shoemaker, Laurie Simmons, Heidi Specker, Terry Smith, Julian Stallabrass, Daniel Traub, Sue Williamson and Catherine Yass.


 

speakers bio’s for the talks

Anna Bitkina is an independent curator living and working in St Petersburg, Russia and in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Bitkina is a founding director of The Creative Association of Curators (TOK). Anna has more then 10 years of experience in the field of contemporary art and culture. She studied at a graduate program at the International Center for Culture and Management (a program of Leadership in Culture by Salzburg University and SMBS – Salzburg Management Business School) and at the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA) in Berlin. She holds a BA in visual arts from St Petersburg State University and Bard College (New York, NY). In 2006-2011 she worked as a program manager and a consultant for an international arts organization CEC ArtsLink in its St Petersburg brunch. In different years she worked in art galleries in New York City and in St Petersburg, at American Councils for International Education and Summer Literary Seminars. In 2004 Anna in collaboration with Maria Veits produced a documentary Lost and Found about identity of young people from post Soviet Union Republics. She would also like to make a research on public art in Finland that will help for the development of TOK's regular international public art project Critical Mass in St Petersburg. The first issue of Critical Mass that took place in the summer of 2011 included two artists from Finland. Bitkina hopes to continue working with Finnish artists that specialise in public art within the Critical Mass project. TOK is a non-profit art organization founded with Maria Veits in 2010 as a platform for conducting interdisciplinary projects in the fields of contemporary art and design and social sciences.

David A. Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator. Bailey lives and works in London and Nassau, The Bahamas. Bailey's practice is focused on the issues relating to black representations in the area of photography and artists' film. These interests informed his appointment as an advisor on the founding bodies that established Autograph (ABP) and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in 1994.

One of his main concerns are the notions of diaspora and black representation in art. He co-curated the seminal exhibitions 'Back to Black - Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary' with Petrine Archer-Straw and Richard J. Powell at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1995) and 'Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance' with Richard J. Powell at The Hayward Gallery in London (1997) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Bailey has extensively written about photography and film. From 1996 to 2002, he was Co-Director of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA) at the University of East London. Until the end of 2009, he was Senior Curator of Autograph ABP, and Curator of the organisation PLATFORM's Remember Saro-Wiwa Living Memorial. He is founder and director of the International Curators Forum ICF and currently is Acting Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in Nassau. David A. Bailey was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2007, for services to art. He worked as an associate curator at inIVA from 2003-2005. David A Bailey's personal archive is held in Iniva's Stuart Hall Library.

Sacha Craddock is a freelance critic and curator - co-founder and curator of Bloomberg Space between 2002-2011, former Director of Programme at Max Wigram Gallery 2011- 2012 and active Chair of the Board of New Contemporaries from 1996. Craddock chairs Braziers International Workshop, co-founded Artschool Palestine and is a Public Art Advisor for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. She is also a Member of the Curatorial Board of Fondazione MACC, Sardinia and founder of Fellowship in Contemporary Art at British School at Rome. She studied painting at St Martins and Chelsea School of Art and went on to write criticism for the Guardian and Times newspapers and work as a postgraduate tutor at the Royal College of Art. Her very large range of curated exhibitions include a six year programme of contemporary art for Sadlers Wells. Recent essays include those on Gillian Wearing (for IVAM Valencia), Angus Fairhurst, Richard Billingham, Edgar Davids, Mustafa Hulusi, Heri Dono, Rosa Lee, Art and Youth for Turner Contemporary and London in the 1970s. She is currently working on a major publication about the contemporary in British Art for Reaktion Booksa

Richard Demarco CBE (born in Edinburgh, 1930) is an artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts. He has been one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation, as well as his professorship at Kingston University in London.

His contributions to contemporary art internationally have been recognised on numerous occasions, receiving the Polish Gold Order of Merit, the Cavaliere della Republica d’Italia, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres de France and the Order of the British Empire. He was co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963. Three years later he and other organisers of the gallery space left the Traverse to establish what became the Richard Demarco Gallery. For many years, the Gallery promoted cross-cultural links, both in terms of presenting artists such as Marina Abramovic within Scotland and in establishing outgoing connections for Scottish artists across Europe.

Tony Heaton OBE is Chair of Shape – a disability-led arts organisation – based in London, working with major cultural institutions and disabled people, as artists and audiences www.shapearts.org.uk 
Also a practising sculptor, ‘Monument to the Unintended Performer’ was installed on the Big 4 at the entrance to Channel 4 TV Centre in celebration of the 2012 Paralympics, and created in recognition of all those disabled people who are subject to scrutiny simply by getting on a bus in a wheelchair or walking down the street with a white cane. 

Invited to re-create his sculpture ‘Great Britain from a Wheelchair’ for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games as Lecterns for Lord Coe and Sir Phillip Craven, ‘Great Britain from a Wheelchair - Revisited’ utilised sports wheelchairs and the blades of Oscar Pistorius within its construction.
Winner of the Art-Plus Art in Public Places Award with Zoe Partington-Sollinger and Dada South, this £50,000 award resulted in the creation of the sculpture, “Squarinthecircle?” - Situated outside the school of architecture at Portsmouth University.

Prior to Shape he was for over ten years Director of Holton Lee, Dorset, developing within the 350 acre campus an architectural award winning building, Faith House Gallery and fully accessible artists studios.

Emeka Okereke born in 1980 is a Nigerian photographer who lives and works between Africa and Europe, moving from one to the other on a frequent basis. Presently, his works oscillate between diverse mediums. He employs mainly photography, timebased medium of video, poetry and performative interventions in the exploration of the central theme of ‘borders’. His works grapple with the questions of exchange and co-existence in the context of various social-cultural confluences.

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of “Invisible Borders Trans-African Project, an initiative which brings African artists together to reflect on the question of borders, movement and exchange within Trans-African context. He has a Bachelors/Masters degree from the National Fine Art School of Paris and has  exhibited in biennales and art festivals in such cities as Lagos, Bamako, Cape Town, London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Johannesburg, New York, Washington, Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Paris, etc. His works are featured at the 56th Venice Biennale of Arts under the Invisible. Borders presentation “A Trans-African Worldspace”

Gaynor O’Flynn is a pioneer in interactive, inter disciplinary art. Based in East London & Somerset she works globally both as a solo artist & lead artist of  The Beinghuman Collective, a global network of inter disciplinary artists founded in 2000. A consummate early adopter of technology, she works extensively in the Himalayas, curates The British Chapter of The Kathmandu International Art Festival & campaigns for Fair Trade For Artists

Marita Isobel Solberg is a musician, a visual artist and poet. A nomad of the world.  A multifaced crossover artist, she experiments and engages many different media in her work such as spoken words, sound/music, performance art, photography, video, clay/ceramics and sculpture. Interweaving elements from Sámi, Northern and Japanese Culture and subculture she embodies personas or characters of varied but particular properties; The seer, the witch, the sage or the jester. Equally understated and burlesque, minimal and expressive, sarcastic and blissful, blunt and evasive, the works explore a world of challenge and strangeness, violence and melancholy, loneliness and desire with narrative passages or content. At times autobiographical, she mixes with more symbolic and ritual elements. These days she resides in New York City, where she had performances at Grace Exhibition Space, The Lodge Gallery and Bowery Poetry Club.  She will have performance in April at The Queens Museum (with Hector Canonge) and at GAPAF, a performance Festival at Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn.

JW Stella

Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS: Gilane has spent her career in the visual arts, formerly as founding Director of the Institute of International Arts (inIVA), a contemporary visual arts agency in London and joint Chief Executive of Rivington Place (a RIBA-Award winning £8m building project).
She has curated numerous exhibitions in the UK and abroad and has written extensively on contemporary art, including Changing States: Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Globalization (inIVA, 2004) and Life is More Important Than Art (Ostrich, 2007). She currently sits on the Boards of EVA (the European Visual Artists Association), Camden Arts Centre and Photoworks.

Until the end of 2010, she was also President of the Board of the Internal Foundation Manifesta - an organisation based in Holland that is a pan-European platform for the contemporary visual arts and acting Chairman of A Foundation (Liverpool and London).

Vassiliki Tzanakou is a London based political scientist, independent arts curator and writer. After completing a foundation course in architecture, she studied Political Science at the University of Athens, followed by a MA in Political Communications at Goldsmiths College, UoL. Whilst working as researcher at the Laboratory of Political Communications, UoA, she focused on the construction of identities and the societal consequences of the use of the Internet. At the same time she developed her interest in semiology and iconology with particular attention paid to the aesthetisation of power. Since then she has been published in Greek and UK publications covering internet studies, contemporary art and culture. For the last  three years she has been curating art exhibitions in Greece the UK, and for the 55th Venice Biennale. She is a Founding member and Chair of ARTINTRA Arts Organisation.

Maria Veits is a sociologist, curator, and researcher. Maria graduated from St Petersburg State University and Bard College. She is co-founder and curator of the Creative Association of Curators TOK, a Russian NGO that develops large-scale international projects in the sphere of contemporary art and social sciences.  TOK is currently working on two long-term, socially significant projects: “Critical Mass”, a biannual exhibition of public art, held in dormant districts of St Petersburg and “Design Platform”, a project aimed at improving learning environments in post-Soviet schools, using innovative design and architecture practices. Maria also works as an independent curator and researcher; she’s currently involved in an art project on the history of GULAG and also plans to bring a large exhibition of Israeli video art to Russia in 2014. Creative Association of Curators, TOK is a non-profit art organization founded by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits in 2010 as a platform for conducting interdisciplinary projects in the fields of contemporary art and design and social sciences.

Angela Vettese is an art critic, curator, and the director of the graduate programme in visual arts of the università Iuav di Venezia, where she teaches theory and criticism of contemporary art as an associate professor. Angela has taught at numerous fine arts academies, at the Bocconi University in Milan (2000-2007) and since 1986 she has written for the Sole 24 Ore Domenica magazine. Vettese has been president of the fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, City of Venice (2002-2013) and director of the Galleria Civica in Modena (2005-2009). In 2009 she was president of the international jury of the Biennale of visual arts in Venice. From 1995 to 2003 she was the curator of the Antonio Ratti Foundation Course. From 1993 to 1996 she was co-curator of the Premio Furla-Querini Stampalia. Angela is a co-founder of the Festival of contemporary art in Faenza (since 2007-2011). She is part of the scientific committee of the Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana in Venice. She is currently deputy mayor for culture and tourism in Venice.She has published essays in catalogues for institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kunsmuseum of Basel, and has written several books in Italian and Spanish; among others Capire l’arte contemporanea (Understanding Contemporary Art, Allemandi, Turin 1996 and 2013), Artisti si diventa (Becoming an Artist, Carocci, Rome 1998),  Ma questo è un quadro (This is a Picture, Carocci, Rome 2005), Si fa con tutto (You make it with everything), Laterza, Rome 2010), L'arte contemporanea (Il Mulino, Bologna 2012 and Madrid 2013).

Mark Waugh is producer of The International Curators Forum, Head of Research and Innovation at DACS and co-director of arts agency, Waugh Office. He is a board member of The Brighton Photo Biennial and has enjoyed being Chair of Spacex in Exeter for a number of years now. He was, until recently, the Associate Director Of SUUM; organising a number of projects most notably The Samsung Art+ Prize. together with emerging art fairs such as G-Seoul 13 and Art Gwangju.Currently collecting material for a new novel, he has authored two previous books Come and Bubble Entendre a Semina commission for Book Works, his non fiction texts have included co-editing We Love You/On Audiences.

Sue Williamson, Born in Lichfield, England in 1941. Family emigrated to South Africa in 1948. Lives and works in Cape Town. In the 1980s, Williamson was well known for her series of portraits of women involved in the country’s political struggle. A Few South Africans went some way towards filling the representational void of people and events during apartheid. And in many ways, her video work focusing on South African immigrants is a return to this concern. She says: “You become aware of the audience to whom you speak. In that sense, you think backwards: what you have to say, whom you say it to, and how it will reach the audience. Having to consider your work through the eyes of somebody who knows nothing about you as an artist and what you are doing is a useful exercise.” Williamson has managed to avoid the rut of being caught in an apartheid-era aesthetic, she says: “I am never particularly interested in doing what I did the last time. I take one thing and work it out a number of ways.” This fact is reflected in the variety of media Williamson embraces, from print to mixed media, video and site-specific installations.

Richard Demarco CBE (born in Edinburgh, 1930) is an artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts. He has been one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation, as well as his professorship at Kingston University in London.

His contributions to contemporary art internationally have been recognised on numerous occasions, receiving the Polish Gold Order of Merit, the Cavaliere della Republica d’Italia, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres de France and the Order of the British Empire. He was co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963. Three years later he and other organisers of the gallery space left the Traverse to establish what became the Richard Demarco Gallery. For many years, the Gallery promoted cross-cultural links, both in terms of presenting artists such as Marina Abramovic within Scotland and in establishing outgoing connections for Scottish artists across Europe. His involvement with Joseph Beuys led to various presentations, from Strategy Get Arts in 1970 to Beuys' hunger strike during the Jimmy Boyle Days in 1980. Also particularly notable were the presentations by Tadeusz Kantor's Cricot 2 group during the 1970s and 1980s. An unofficial performance of The Water Hen at the former Edinburgh poorhouse during the Edinburgh Festival in 1972 was a notable success. Cricot 2 returned to Edinburgh in later years. Demarco introduced Beuys and Kantor to one another and in one performance of Lovelies and Dowdies Beuys performed under Kantor's direction.

Since the early 1990s, Richard Demarco's activity has been through the Demarco European Art Foundation. Richard Demarco has attended every Edinburgh Festival. He has attended or been extensively involved with the Edinburgh Festival (and Festival Fringe), the largest arts festival in the world, since its inception.

Ala Younis is an Artist and curator based in Amman. Younis curated several projects including Covering One’s Back (2013), Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence at the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait (2012), Out of Place at Tate Modern and Darat Al Funun (2011), Momentarily Learning from Mega-Events (2011), and film programs for Arab Shorts, Cairo (2009-2011). Ala’s projects are research-based socio-political investigations, deeply explored in concurrence with personal experience. Through art, film and publication projects, Ala unfolds the conditions under which collective historical and political collapses can become personal ones.


 

THE GLOBE GALLERY

47 Pilgrim Street  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 6QE

GLOBE 2015

GLOBE 2015

THE GLOBE GALLERY 47 Pilgrim Street  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 6QE

FRIDAY 27 November 2015 18.00 - 20.OO THE GLOBE GALLERY

CROSSING BOUNDARIES: THE RIGHT TO ROAM / SPEED DATE / PERFORMANCE

Marita Isobel Solberg (b. Tromsø, Norway) is an artist and a musician who also performs with her band, Mara & The Strangeness. She has performed worldwide and comes to Newcastle direct from a European tour. Her performance at Globe Gallery is a continuation of a previous performance in Oslo. To compliment the speed-dating, the audience is invited to participate by filming Marita’s performance on personal mobile devices, then donating the video to the artist to create a multi view digital moving image edition of the work.

Don’t be the problem be part of the solution

Usually during a performance you are asked to turn off your phone and told don't photograph or film, in this project we are asking the opposite.

We invite members of the public to document the whole performance, following on from speed dating we offer the chance for everyone present, to contribute to a film of the performance recorded from as many camera phones as wish to contribute. We will collect all the recording and names of the contributors and edit them all into a multi channel work. Calling all budding filmmakers and people this is your chance to be part of a performance and film.

This is history, present and future.

Our bodies

Earth

Everybody carry a weight, 

It´s growing.

A home for all experiences, 

Our relations.

The world carry a weight,

It´s growing.

A home for all.

Filled with sadness, reflection and will

Marita