Performance Art and Theory (Live Art and Performance Studies)

 

Recent Submissions

  • Kucia, Karoliina (2014)
    Oops! Sorry, later just Oops! was a group practice of micro-events and animation for 4 persons that took place in 2009 in the public spaces of Helsinki. It was also staged as a performance production and presented at the Theatre Academy in November 2010. The entire process was circling around a situation of lapsus (a lapse, slip, faux pas). We used lapsus to experiment with cooperation, which is not based on sympathy or consensus. I chose lapsus for its sensual-emotional complexity and immediacy, to be an occasion for alternatives in self-organizing and collective co-emergence. I chose to do research, not through affirmation of any exact alternative or potentiality of alternative, but by inhabiting a state of disruption. I asked people who share my affection for moments of lapse or ones to whom those moments happen frequently to join the project. We were working through combining mechanical and organic processes of dialogue, exchange and production. Methods and tools used in this practice were: lapse, parody, mockery, inconsistency, reanimation and personal resistance. The main reason to initiate this research was to try out a process that would embrace a condition of fuzzy, fractalized and flexible precarious work structure in cognitive production with its possible collapses. As an event producer in an age of commodification of time, experience and event I decided to play with this structure and to invite a lapsus as a moment of disruption; to see how do we get out from there. Does a collapse produce stiffening or a reinvention of the norm? I see in a lapse an everyday practice of letting go of self-control. Letting go of the constant creation of my face, body and personality as something to be looked at. Letting go of one's own desire to look good. The event of a lapse never fails me. It always works. It always disrupts the consistency of emotions, production, play, drama and interpretation. I believe in tools that are not pretty. A lapse is anti-aesthetical. It disrupts aesthetics, any order and any structure of representation and meaning. In the written part of my thesis I write about the conceptual base for the Oops! project. The concept of Oops! relates mainly to Giorgio Agamben's idea of parody and it's coexistence with fiction, Paolo Virno's concept of joke as a diagram for innovatory action in public, Félix Guattari's minor notions of lapse in Chaosmosis, and Richard's Schechner's idea of dislocation (not-not-me) relating again with Agamben's concept of remnant. Through this theoretical background I try to make sense and formulate my idea of lapse as a fallacy, micro collapse and minor event of the every day, a momentary state of dealing with the possibility of becoming both, a joke or a failure. After that I depict what we intended to do with Oops! the plan I wrote before we started to work and during the practice. This part contains a description of the background for the work and the research, how did the group come together and how did it sustain itself for the period of the work. I also describe my main method of working, the method of reanimation and how I have created this sort of prosthesis to deal with the documentary results of live action and with the live action producing documentary results. Following that I talk about what actually happened in the process of Oops! I concentrate on the most interesting points. I describe the end result, the performance, and point out what was interesting in what we did and what I have found out conceptually and practically. I refer to Franco “Bifo” Berardi's writings on automatism, virtual time and the social consequences of increasingly immaterial labor, and describe surprises, reflections, touching moments and some tools or techniques developed and ready to be carried on. At the end I draw some conclusions and present a short plan for my next attempt to work with lapse; as an appendix I am attaching the script for Oops!, a collection of concepts, scores and structures we followed on the way. Throughout the entire text I relate to other artistic projects beside our Oops! project. In the case of the question of parody I refer to the piece by Jeremy Deller, Battle of Orgreave and the documentary of this work by Mike Figgis, both from 2001, also to a work by Yael Bartana from 2011, And Europe will be Stunned and to the film Attenberg from 2010, by Athina Rachel Tsangari. When talking about the method of reanimation and lapse I refer to Martin Arnold's Passage à l'acte from 1993, Jeremy Deller's piece again, my own previous works and Joan Jonas' pieces, Vertical Roll, 1972 and Reanimation, 2012.
  • Georgiou, Christina (2013)
    Mapping the Body, Embodying the Map: A corporeal taxonomy into a topographical transformation at the border of Nicosia is a project realized along and across the buffer zone within the Venetian walls of Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus. The focus of this project is the area that divides the city into two parts and it has been mentioned as buffer zone, green line, borderline, dividing line, dead zone and many more. This restricted area has activated not only physical barriers for people but also caused emotional and mental restrain. The motivation is my wish to reveal the significance of this area and uncover the impact it creates on the body: physical, mental and emotional. Also my intention is to deform and reconstruct the psychophysical perceptions of the dividing line through artistic means. The approach and method of working consists of artistic research, and a practical and theoretical framework. I have used live performance as my creative technique to realize a series of site-specific performance interventions along and across the Nicosia buffer zone in order to generate knowledge about that area, examined in my research. In addition, the written part of this project includes a description and analysis of my artistic work at the border, supported with theories focusing mainly on José Esteban Muñoz’s work, “Disidentifications” (1999) and Sarah Pink’s “Doing Sensory Ethnography” (2009). This thesis project questions: How the conventional idea of the border and its solidified historicity can be transformed to a new perception through performing, while bringing a psychophysical transformation to this experience? To come to an answer, the body is used as a tool to create live actions and the Nicosia border is used as a site to be experienced through non covnentional ways. Finally, the outcome is an experiential mapping, which is shaped while the body is used to measure, archive, experience and re-experience, and therefore memorize the border anew.
  • Palokangas, Satu (2012)
    Liikutuksen Tiloja on kokoelma tekstejä vuosilta 2006-2009 jotka käyvät läpi esitystaiteellisen ajatteluni kehitystä tältä ajalta. Se kuvaa kolmea taiteellista työtäni, alkaen Trio A rekonstruktio prosessista ja siitä kummunneesta ajattelusta, johon vaikuttivat mm. opiskeluni Anna Halprinin ja Ruth Zaporahin kanssa, esittellen ajatuksiani esitysekologiasta ja ekosomatiikasta esitystaiteellisina työvälineinä. Tässä tekstissä olen keskittynyt erityisesti The Game of Desire teokseen, jossa tutkin esiintyjän, tilan ja yleisön liikkuvia suhteita, sekä katsojaposition aktivaatiota ja uudenlaisen näkijä-toimija position mahdollistumista. Kirjoitan muutoksen imperatiivista ja taiteen tehtävästä tarjota meille ns. ontologinen paussi, tila, jossa näkemäni voi muuttua kokemukseksi ja liikuttaa havaintoani pois totutusta, mahdollistaen näin uusia neuromotorisia reittejä maailmassa toimimiselleni. Tämä havainnoinnin muutos voi ehdotukseni mukaan toteutua erityisesti keholähtöisen improvisaation ja somaattisten liikemenetelmien kautta ja olla osa taiteilijuuden harjoittamista. Esittelen tekstissä lyhyesti myös Ruth Zaporahin kehittämää Action Theater metodia ja tarkastelen somaattisia liikemenetelmiä taiteellisena praksisena, “ajatteluna liikkeessä”. Ehdotan kirjoituksessani myös, että osallistava esitystaide mahdollistaa mallien ja relaatioiden tutkimista taiteen kautta, purkaen silmän ylivaltaa ja rakentaen läheisyyden estetiikkaa.
  • Kivinen, Sari (2012)
    Spin-Fold-Spill is a solo performance, installation and written thesis that explores the Role-System, a system of roles that represents parts of a personality. The performance and installation took place during May 2011. This written component articulates and documents the performance whilst aiming to re-perform the live performance in a textual form. This body of work fits within the fields of live art and performance studies. Spin-Fold-Spill is about how to obscure autobiographical material through the fiction of roles. It is about exploring monologue, about speaking subjects, about telling ones own story and simultaneously playing with the certainty of whose story it is/ was. The body of the performance and this written component are structured in twelve parts that are represented by twelve colour combinations. The audience / reader can choose the order by selecting a colour order of their choice. Various overlapping themes are explored within Spin-Fold-Spill such as: multiple persona in artistic practice, compartmentalisation, melancholia and performativity, storytelling, and the function of the video camera in developing a role's fictitious history.
  • Alastalo, Marko (2012)
    Tämä kirjallinen työ perustuu opinnäytetyöni taiteelliseen osioon, aivomusiikkilaboratorioon, jonka esitykselliset ihmiskokeet järjestettiin Teatterikorkeakoulussa syksyllä 2009. Käsittelen tässä tekstissä Aivomusiikkilaboratorion interaktiota. Painopiste on yleisön interaktiokokemuksissa, joita on kartoitettu tutkimushaastattelujen avulla. Teoreettisena viitekehyksenä ovat peliä käsittelevät teoreettiset tekstit, joiden avulla pyrin hahmottamaan Aivomusiikkilaboratorion interaktiivisia prosesseja. Aivomusiikkilaboratorion katsoja-koehenkilöiden ruumiillisuuteen liittyvien interaktiokokemusten ymmärtämiseksi tukeudun myös Helena Erkkilän hahmotuksiin ruumiinkuvan käsitteestä, johon haen näkökulmaa kyborgiuden kautta. Lisäksi taustoitan taiteellista työtäni viittaamalla mm. John Cagen ja Alvin Lucierin teoksiin.
  • Tubin, Tuuli (2012)
    Some texts and a performance story. All motivated by the author’s interest in space, in this that surrounds, and that interest, in turn, originating from the author’s earlier studies in cultural anthropology, in observing and experiencing the surrounding animate and inanimate world. The texts in this thesis are alternating between academic and creative writing. They are texts written on a specific site on Suomenlinna island in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the performance ”Beyond the Wind in Front of Me / A Space Ship Journey” story or prologues to that, and the more academic ones supporting them or growing out of them, being accompanied also by the thoughts and practices of others. The main research questions and themes being How to perceive this that surrounds me? What is space, what does it consist of? Is it something that simply surrounds me? Am I a part of it or is it a part of me? How can a space be researched? How to activate a space? What kind of mental images do spaces/places create/uncover/open up in us? How to animate/make alive those images? Body giving meaning to space via actions created by the body. Physical environment contra emotional, imaginary, visionary one. Presence in a space/place. Physical and mental presence. Presence in memories.