1. For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, WORKS ON PAPER invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.

    The underlying theme common to my works is the conflict or dialogue with myself and my interactions with the world. What should I hide about myself? What should I show? What should I reveal? There are questions, there is inquiry – and all of this goes on within the context and with the understanding that I’m sharing the space and creating an experience with other people who are busy with the same thing. The two works I have presented here feature performance, sculpture, and body in an intertwined relationship. Body is a part of the sculpture, and an inseparable piece of it. The performance is putting into question the presence of the body, and the experience is relating to the artist as a person or as a part of the object in that moment. As the designer of these frameworks for experience and an integral performer of them, I experience the performed sculptures as an extension of my body, and as a frame for my body that defines borders, declares division, and offers points of access and inaccessibility. In these works, I create a specific structure for the situation or interaction, which I assume has clear guidelines. However in reality, each person present, individuals loaded with imagination, cultural conditioning, social inhibitions, influence of their peers, will perceive, interpret and act differently in the given situation, and that’s when things get interesting.

    Video shot and edited by Dian Zagorchinov with Chiara Nardone

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  2. For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled Works On Paper. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, Works On Paper invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.

    As part of the theme of this work is paper, the stage will be set with multiple levels of hanging paper and a paper cylinder, in which one of the artists will wait prior to the performance. Once the music begins to play, she will dance, playing with light and shadow as it falls upon the paper. Suddenly cutting herself free from the cylinder, the other artist will join in the background painting the word “hakanasa” (“transience”, “impermanence”, “fragility of existence”) upon a hanging sheet of paper in Japanese. Both artists, dressed in paper costumes, will be covered with writing and words. As the first artist dances and the second artist works, the paper costumes will be torn from their bodies and the first, through the dance, will tear down the paper hanging with the word “Hakanasa” upon it, revealing another drawing behind. This work, inspired by the main use of paper – communication and recording of ideas – and its short life, focuses on the nature of change as well as the transience of ideas and forms. From the paper cylinder a concept is born in the form of the dancer, described and defined by the words applied to it. From its birth to its eventual destruction, it fights against becoming outdated, oldfashioned and useless. The initial black and white scene evokes the sterility of the written word upon paper, as opposed to the vibrance of reality, and distances the audience from everything except the world of written communication. In its fight against the changing context, the concept’s initial definitions and descriptions are stripped away, leaving it less and less of what it was. Finally, in a last act of violence, the dancer as concept will try to defy the nature of “transience” and “impermanence” itself via her attack on the first canvas, where the second artist will have written “transience”, only to reveal the vibrant piece of art behind: a reality which she cannot destroy, and in acting against it, she is destroyed by it. This work attempts to focus on the utter inability to permanently define or express anything, the inability of the human mind to create an immortal concept.

    Video shot and edited by Dian Zagorchinov with Igor Dimitri

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  3. with Maria Angeli, Rowan Hellier and Ingrid Goetlicher.

    For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, WORKS ON PAPER invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.

    Empress of Sorrow is a work that contemplates the body of a being enchained by pattern; the fate of this being’s family writes itself into the body as if it were a blank sheet of paper, with the body of the woman becoming host of the family’s patterned desire to be. The white fabric used in the performance acts as the herald of such a pattern. It tells the story and spins it at the same time.

    Video shot and edited by Dian Zagorchinov with Igor Dimitri

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  4. For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, WORKS ON PAPER invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.

    What does it mean to be present? How does one close the gap between the actual self and the desired self? On Presence | On Paper is a meditation on the notion of presence, an interactive performance about works on paper from the perspective of the writer. Writing is the act of putting thoughts on paper, of concretizing self, of declaring, “I think, therefore I am – and here’s the proof”. The transference of ideas from mind to page is a simultaneous act of grasping and creating self, whereby the paper becomes body – a vessel containing thoughts that is malleable, desirable, transferable. Witness how one writer navigates the space between perceiving and being, separation and connection. The paper – in all its pliability – serves as her model, a highly coveted blueprint for the writer to become one and the same with her creation. However, the writer’s body appears too rigid to assume paper’s form and the paper’s content too exacting to realize. Propelled by text both off and on paper, the writer observes herself and others, all the while pushing and pulling at feeling present, ultimately unveiling her struggle as a static subject of longing whose creation is more present and powerful than she is.

    Video shot and edited by Dian Zagorchinov with Igor Dimitri

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  5. For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, WORKS ON PAPER invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.

    The underlying theme common to my works is the conflict or dialogue with myself and my interactions with the world. What should I hide about myself? What should I show? What should I reveal? There are questions, there is inquiry – and all of this goes on within the context and with the understanding that I’m sharing the space and creating an experience with other people who are busy with the same thing. The two works I have presented here feature performance, sculpture, and body in an intertwined relationship. Body is a part of the sculpture, and an inseparable piece of it. The performance is putting into question the presence of the body, and the experience is relating to the artist as a person or as a part of the object in that moment. As the designer of these frameworks for experience and an integral performer of them, I experience the performed sculptures as an extension of my body, and as a frame for my body that defines borders, declares division, and offers points of access and inaccessibility. In these works, I create a specific structure for the situation or interaction, which I assume has clear guidelines. However in reality, each person present, individuals loaded with imagination, cultural conditioning, social inhibitions, influence of their peers, will perceive, interpret and act differently in the given situation, and that’s when things get interesting.

    Video shot and edited by Dian Zagorchinov with Igor Dimitri

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