1. 22nd – 23rd August 2015, Saturday and Sunday

    Live art interventions take to the streets… From East to the BARBICAN

    Curated by Something Human

    With thoughtful reflections on democratic uses of public space, artists as citizens, explorers and activists utilise digital streaming and connectivity to playfully re-configure our understanding of the city.

    Enacting ceremonial processions, tracing alternative routes and activating dead spaces from Fish Island Labs and the Eastern boroughs, the artists move across the City and over its thresholds into the historical and financial heart of London, to join an exciting live art programme at the BARBICAN.

    In the surrounds of this iconic labyrinthine space, visitors are invited to explore new territories re-mapped by digital projections, online technologies, performance installations, and intimate interactions.

    Presented as part of INTERFACES, in partnership with Fish Island Labs and the Barbican.

    Boedi Widjaja, Edgar Oliveira, Lynn Lu, Marta Angelozzi, Richard DeDomenici, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., Teow Yue Han + RAW Moves + London Contemporary Dance School, Yoko Ishiguro (+ Nathalie Czarnecki, Anna Pickles Harvey, Elenor Hellis, Hannah Millest) and Yuri Pirondi in collaboration with Ines Von Bonhorst, Alexandra Baybutt + Bitch “n” Monk

    Kindly supported by:

    Arts Council England
    National Arts Council Singapore
    Singapore International Foundation
    The Co-operative Funeralcare
    Town Hall Hotel
    University of the Arts London – Students’ Union

    With thanks to the Magma Collective.
    Camera / Editor - David Sentosa
    Copyright Something Human 2015

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  2. 2-8 November 2015, Monday – Sunday
    Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8

    How are we caring for ourselves? And others? What makes us feel cared for? How does society look after us? Can art care? Couldn’t Care Less is a week-long live art project curated by Something Human in collaboration with curator Vipash Purichanont. The project will be in residence at Deptford Lounge in Southeast London as the second edition of CCLAP (Cross Cultural Live Art Project) and will take place from 2nd to 8th November 2015.

    Couldn’t Care Less explores the relationship between performativity and the concept of ‘care’ both as a fundamental human feeling and as an administration of social welfare. “Care” is also variedly described as to have thought or regard. It is deemed to be a state of having affection or inclination, as well as a mindset of caution and anxiety. It implies protection, stewardship and also for which to make future provision – linking the wider philosophical concerns.

    Led and mentored by artist, Lynn Lu, the project seeks to generate artistic practice that focuses on the various modes of caring—“intimacy”, “empathy”, “hospitality”, “maternity” and “generosity” versus “administration” “management” “protection” and “custody”. This project will engage with local audiences in the heart of Deptford’s thriving artistic and multicultural community via a series of lectures, seminars, performances and workshops. The project will explore the many issues prevalent and critical in the context of mental and physical health, nursing, social care in ageing Britain and Singapore, and also shared universally in the 21st century.

    Participant artists and speakers: Linda Aloysius, Esther Carolin, Catherine Hall, Anna Macdonald, Hamish MacPherson, Lynn Lu, Martin O’Brien, Prof. Carmine Pariante, ]performance s p a c e [ directors (Bean & Benjamin Sebastian), Ezzam Raham, Deba Salim, Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn, Georgina Theodotou, Eleanor Turnbull, Christina Vasileiou.

    CCLAP is a three year live art project began in 2014 that instigates the sharing of the developments and critical reflections of significant and diverse live art practices in Southeast Asia and the UK, to bring the critical contexts for Southeast Asian live art practice in conversation with developments in the UK/European scenes. The project presents thought-provoking live art performances by Southeast Asian and international practitioners in London, bringing their work to both local and a wider international audience.

    With thanks to Katy Baird (Coordinator at Live Art Development Agency), Dr Paola Dazzan (Reader in the Neurobiology of Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London), Saskia Delman (Arts manager at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust), Dr Trudi Seneviratne (Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician, Perinatal Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)

    Images and video: David Sentosa, Naura Naurarat Suksomstarn & Annie Jael Kwan
    Editor: David Sentosa

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  3. FRESHLY PACKED / ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL is a programme of live art interventions performed in public spaces that took place across various sites in London from May – August 2013, exploring themes surrounding notions of the biological, corporeal, flesh, food, sustenance and mortality.

    This open call series began with American performance artist, Anya Liftig, whose work Consider the Lobster, was hosted at a community table in the heart of Deptford’s bustling Saturday market. This was followed by a series of responsive interventions to paintings that included animals at Tate Britain, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

    Next up were performances by London-based Nicholas McArthur and Robert Molloy Vaughan in suburban Brockley, and Peruvian artist Lorena Lo Peña and Singaporean artist Malvina Tan at Deptford Lounge.

    Please be advised that this video contains content that deals with difficult subjects including killing of animals, eating disorders, body issues, disease and death, and could be triggering for those who have related issues.

    With thanks to cueB Gallery, Deptford Community Cookbook and Deptford Lounge.

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  4. The yet to be titled visual technique for 'Dust' is a result of user and CPU mistakes- I shouldn't have pressed that, and the CPU shouldn't have done that. The new visual behavior created is a random and unstable glitch, replacing objects outlines with arrows and single pixels. From that point on, it only seemed natural to combine one fatal error with a few minor ones: 'Dust' is a created, abstract video work observing the bombing and the after math of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in a new form.

    Daniel Wechsler is a video artist & audio engineer currently based in Tel-Aviv. Focusing on the creation of new video techniques, he uses computer errors and malfunctions to create visual ’bugs’. As an SAE graduate, his preliminary field of expertise was audio engineering for post production, working both in London and TLV. For the past 7 years he has been filming, editing and creating video & digital art.

    This film is screened as part of the programme, From East to the Barbican, curated by Something Human.

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  5. ‘This is my God’ is a on-going photo and video series, initiated during the 18th International Residency Studio Program City of Weimar/ACC Gallery in 2012, that explores the identity of immigrant communities in relationship to concepts of otherness and spirituality.

    Upon her arrival in the city, the artist enrolled in a German Language Integration Course, in which over six months, five hour per day, she studied German with immigrant people living in Weimar. She decided to invite them to work with her and conceived the photo series ‘This is My God’. The project consists on inviting local people to visit her studio and bring an object with them that they feel represents God for them in abstract terms. These objects take different forms depending on the individual and it is from these objects that the artist has developed each piece of work.

    The artist's intention is to investigate to what extent the people in the photographs identify with otherness and how this can build acceptance and understanding, via the performative act they bring to the studio of carrying their object of choice.

    Ana Mendes is a visual artist, performer and writer living in London and Berlin. She studied Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Animation Film at La Poudriére – École du Film d’Animation and Photography at Bauhaus University.

    Mendes’ work is driven by personal inquiry: an attempt to learn something that strikes her but that she fails to understand. It is also a need for social interaction, trying to provoke or challenge the perception of a certain issue. Although she is not a socially-engaged artist in the strictest sense of the term, Mendes develops projects in which she collaborates with other people, be they artists, immigrants or scientists. Often Mendes develops multidisciplinary projects in which she uses sound, video, photography, movement and text to speak on subjects such as identity, memory and language. Her work revolves around the idea of movement and rhythm. She is better known for her performance works, which have largely been produced in Europe and North America, and with which she won several prizes in Europe and the USA. Her career in performance started accidentally when she wrote ‘Self-portrait’, a play on her identity that is based on a collection of personal details. Since then she has been developing other works in which she plays with her own condition as a non-trained body on stage, as well as personal handicaps that exhibit fragility and shyness.

    Since 2012, Ana Mendes has been developing projects that exist between performance and photography, both in terms of format and content. She is interested in using photography as an autonomous art form in order to develop new works, as a well as a tool for researching new projects. In her works, Mendes develops a single concept or proposal and then later invites other people to work with her. That is the case of ‘This is My God’, a photo series initiated with immigrants with whom Mendes was attending a German language course in Weimar, Germany. She asked them to choose an object that meant God for them in abstract terms and developed a photo series and video collection with them. Since one of the immigrants, a refugee from Afghanistan, could not be photographed (her husband did not allow her), Mendes developed the performance Dance Play, based on her life affirming story.

    Mendes considers herself first and foremost as a performance artist, in the sense that performance is the language that better conveys the issues that she deals with, as well as her inquisitive personality. She is interested in developing work that is politically-engaged, but that at the same time plays with form and aims to question what is the nature/boundaries of a certain art form in itself. Her work is critical and political in its nature, but also subtle and tender at the same time. She wants to raise questions that come out of a personal inquiry, a raison d’être, rather than a fortuitous attempt to shock.

    These images iare screened as part of the programme, From East to the Barbican, curated by Something Human.

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