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Hosted by artist run initiative EXIST and curated by Rebecca Cunningham and Nicola Morton, exist-ence is Brisbane’s premiere international festival dedicated to the presentation of live art, performance art and action art.
Herdwerds is a performance that explores the development of a collective narrative through the means of audience-interaction and observation. Herdwerds presents a performative interpretation of material gained through interactions with a place and its people (in this case with Brisbane) whilst playing with notions of listening, understanding, and/ or mishearing.
Sari T.M. Kivinen is an artist and organiser originally from Brisbane, Australia and currently based in Helsinki, Finland. Working with text, performance, video and people her investigations explore social roles, real and imagined histories, migration, and (auto)biography. Sari has attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours) at the University of Western Sydney and a Masters degree in Live Art & Performance Studies at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. She is currently a co-director of the artist-run association Ptarmigan and chairperson of Presentaatio: Live Art Info Finland. Sari has exhibited and performed in a variety of locations and contexts, most recently she has presented Herdwerds at Small Projects (Tromsø, Norway), PAiN/ Performance Art in Norrbotten (Luleå, Sweden), and Perf13! Festival (Pori, Finland).