A collective performance-based film about the concept of home, produced during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in April and May 2020. Twenty-two artists co-created across Athens, Belluno, Berlin, Boston, Düsseldorf, Florence, Folkestone, Lincoln, London, Montreal, Neckarsulm, Venice and Weimar. The result is the filmic journey through an imaginary dwelling. In the rooms, we encounter the artists in performance action, rituals and poetic sharing about their isolated notions of home. A place-non-place, where the invisible is made visible and vice versa. Without inside or outside, we recognise the rooms because they originate from the depths of our hearts. There, encounters continue to be possible despite distance, quarantine and insulation. What does “home” mean when being forced there, and when insecurity, unpredictability, disease and death are the denominators of the moment? What can body-based artists speak about then, and to whom? Physically distant, how can a collective co-creative spirit be kept up? A production by VestAndPage as part of the “HOME” cycle of collective performance operas, in collaboration with the Anam Cara Collective, 2020.
By and with Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) in collaboration with Aldo Aliprandi, Marianna Andrigo, Sabrina Bellenzier, Giorgi de Santi, daz disley, Marisa Garreffa, Francesco Kiais, Fenia Kotsopoulou, Ashley-Louise McNaughton, Enok Ripley, Sara Simeoni, Mauro Sambo, Joseph Morgan Schofield, Marcel Sparmann, Susanne Weins, and Giovanni Dantomio, Giorgio de Battisti, Susanna Petternella (Studio Contemporaneo), as well as with contributions by Marilyn Arsem and Franko B. With original music by Aldo Aliprandi, daz disley, Nat Norland and Mauro Sambo.
Trailer: Courtesy of Anam Cara Collective
“I am nothing” is a performance piece based on institutional racism.
Daniel is a confrontational artist based in Suriname, South America and uses his way of raw public performance art to challenge the mass in what seems to be an altered reality.
Image: Jomara Roletti
“Lament for the words we leave behind” is an acknowledgment of the words we need to leave behind, the words we need to say and the words we need to hear, the words we can never forget and the words we can learn from, the words we never intended to leave behind and the words that come back to us. The power of words fluctuates. The power of words transcends time.
Nina Claire is a self-taught performance artist based in Norway who also explores performative elements in photography and video. She has performed at Chale Wote Street Art Festival (GH), Venice International Performance Art Week (IT) and online as part of PerformIstanbul’s “Stay LIVE at Home” project.
Image: Lorenza Cini
Daddy’s Little Spice Girl is a weird, wacky and trashy feminist exploration about the sexualisation of the young girl. Born into a SpiceWorld and a world built by the male gaze, feast your eyes on Baby Spice emerging from the womb and exploring her early and unadulterated sexualisation.
Bryony is a Jersey-born, London based live artist who creates activist work exploring feminism, environmentalism and animal welfare. Bryony performed Daddy’s Little Spice Girl at legendary queer cabaret night, Duckie, Royal Vauxhall Tavern in 2019. She also collaborates with her theatre company Plastica Gals who are working to change the world, one piece of plastic at a time.
Image: Bryony Harris
‘IMPENDING ZOOM’ highlights the absurdity surrounding the merging of the domestic and the digital in a professional context. The piece is a humorous and thoughtful examination of productivity during a time of
restrictions on ‘real life’ interactions.
Jas Lucas and Nisa Khan are recent graduates of the University of Derby, who have begun collaborating on performative works during COVID-19 which are entirely devised and exhibited online. Jas has recently shown with BACKLIT gallery and Nisa has been shortlisted for the 2020 Leeds Summer Group Show.
Image: Jas Lucas / Nisa Khan
Our Lives are on Hold eludes to COVID-19 and waiting for life to return back to “normal”. Through the action of being on hold, Holly and Tess may experience a disconnection, separation and distance. The primary communication to witnesses will be body language instead of voice. Telephones are used to hear another person and to communicate and the action of being put on hold is quite the opposite.
Holly Timpener is a queer performance artist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. From 2019 to 2020, they have taught a workshop with their collective NO OBJECT at the University of Toronto’s International Sex Week and facilitate queer performance event; Pi*llOry. They are currently pursuing a Master’s at York University in Toronto researching gender, identity, trauma, and memory within their experience as a first generation Canadian.
Tess Martens is a Canadian feminist performance artist. In her art practice, personal experiences are re-contextualised through performances. Her performances are often simultaneously funny, tragic, nostalgic and grotesque. Martens is inspired by her playful childhood experiences and images of popular media.
Image: Richard Mugwa
Inspired by Youtube reaction videos, our hyper-competitive neoliberal society and the disintegration of ordinary grammar in internet slang and memes, “Competition: How Does It Make You Feel?” (2020) shows a wide range of one man’s performed emotional reactions to either winning or losing.
Hans Christian van Nijkerk (b.1982, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a performance artist, visual artist and musician who lives in Stavanger, Norway. Since 2013, Hans Christian has shown his work in 12 countries. He has organized performance art events and exhibitions as a member of Performance Art Bergen and BLOKK (2014-2019) and has received grants from Arts Council Norway (2013 and 2018) and working grants from Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond (2016-2018).
Image: Jordan Hutchings
Chanson De Mon Corp is an auditory and visual symbol of what it feels like to have chronic pain within the joints of the body, caused by hypermobility. With this condition, mundane daily tasks like going to the shops or going to see friends become an agonising, screeching ordeal.
Oskar Kirk Hansen is a Scottish and Danish multimedia artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has exhibited video works in Portugal, Berlin, Paris, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and performs under the drag alias Mystika Glamoor, through which he has run weekly and monthly shows, and performed all across Europe and the UK.
Image: Oskar Kirk Hansen
Altercation: 20082020 is a performative gesture exploring “Imperialist Patriarchal White Supremacy” and Alasdair’s current relationship towards it. He identifies as a White British Male; However, he identifies to be failing. This work is an attempt to agitate and revoke imperial white male superiority.
Alasdair is a Nottingham based performance artist, who has recently exhibited with UKYA with his piece Altercation: 07130219. He has also collaborated with the band Pervert Wasp, producing and promoting audio visual live events.
Image: Andrew Ab
SPILL YER TEA #4 was funded & supported by:
Curated and Produced by: Pierce Starre
Digital Producer: George Maund
Organisational Support: METAL Liverpool