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PERFORMINGBORDERS & QUEERINGBORDERS NEW CONVERSATIONS

PERFORMING RELIGIONS: TRANSLATION, LIVE ART AND EXPLORATION OF THE SELF

Performing Religion: Translation, Live Art and Exploration of the Self, was a public performance and open conversation session exploring the intersections of translation studies and Live Art practices around notions of religion and identity as part of the University of Exeter's Translation! Festival 2019: Languages in Motion.

Invited by co-curators Alessandra Cianetti and Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies Dr. Hephzibah Israel (University of Edinburgh), artist Sara Zaltash presented her newly commissioned performance, 'Construction of Equivalence,' in response to Hephzibah Israel's research on religion, conversion, and South Asian contexts. The session focussed on the artist's response to the rare case of a woman's autobiography writing about conversion published in the 1930s: 'I Follow After' by Lakshmibai Tilak (Lakshmi).

For performingborders, this was a first attempt to delve into the aesthetic, social, political, and cultural intricacies of religions and spiritualities and it was a fantastic experience to find stimulating, fun, and fierce companions in Hephzibah, Sara, and Lakshmi.

The performance was followed by a conversation between the artist Beloved Sara Zaltash, Alessandra CianettiDr. Hephzibah Israel, and a Q&A with the audience and performance's participants.

 

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE & CONVERSATION VIDEO HERE

Image credits: Beloved Sara Zaltash, 2019

Video-documentation by Theo Moye (Exeter) - Editing by Studio MaBa (London)

QUEERINGBORDERS | COPENAGHEN LANDSCAPES

This instalment of queeringborders, which we called Copenhagen Landscapes, emerged from a research residency between artists Xavier de Sousa and An* at Warehouse9, in Copenhagen, on the lead up to the city’s 24th Pride Parade in August 2019.

The volume is composed of four self-contained interviews with artists and activists from Copenhagen’s queer and live-art communities and was first exhibited in video-form as part of QueerLands, a community-focused alternative to the hyper-commodified Copenhagen Pride. They are now published digitally, in audio format, as a podcast made in collaboration between the artists, Warehouse9 (DK) and performingborders (UK).

The podcasts find artists Sara Hamming & Lukas Raki fighting against rapid gentrification around the Astrid Noak Atelier which threatens the local community and their ability to continue to hold that space in the Nørrebro area of the city. Filmmaker and visual artist Lasse Lau explores the commodification of Pride across the West, and the differences between queer communities in Copenhagen, Beirut and Tijuana. Visual and Performance Artist Jupiter Child discusses their journey from Mozambique to Denmark and the difficulties accessing and navigating the art world in the west as a Queer Black person. We end with our hosts Jørgen Callesen and Emma Møller reminiscing on the beginnings of Warehouse9, the importance of having a venue in central Copenhagen with a focus on live-art and queer practices, the intersections of art and activism, and how important it is to understand and support ones surroundings.

These conversations call for a nourishing of (hyper-)locality whilst maintaining a global focus, for knowing our histories of resistance and of protest and of acknowledging our position, our privileges, and our complacency, within the different political forces and shifts that affect our surroundings. During these four 30 minute-long interviews we discuss Pride and co-option, racism and racial inequality in the arts and queer communities and the artists working and living conditions as well as how those reflect and relate with the city’s developments and current political situation. From various angles and perspectives, with the interviewees’ experiences at the core, we speak about the importance of preserving arts and community-focused venues, of DIY initiatives for making and collaborating, of intersectionality and interlinking struggles and of fighting for spaces for gathering outside of consumerism.
 

LISTEN TO COPENAGHEN LANDSCAPES HERE

Image credits: Xavier de Sousa and An*
QUEERINGBORDERS | WAREHOUSE9  | INTERVIEW WITH JØRGEN CALLESEN AND EMMA MØLLER

“we will continue to be a key voice in the political debates of city development  and the disappearance of public spaces through privatisation." Emma and Jørgen, Warehouse9

Warehouse9, a primarily queer and live art venue in the center of Copenhagen, is a specially unique one. Founded by Jørgen Callesen, the space is a welcoming home for artists and art-lovers hoping to find community and a breathing space for intersectional, local and international live art programming in Denmark. 

The context of where the venue exists is a peculiar one, if incredibly illustrative of both Jørgen and Emma’s ethos. Situated in the rapidly gentrifying Meatpacking district – beautiful cobbled-stones buildings and pavements, with its galleries and studios occupying the old slaughterhouses, where ever more expensive cafés and commercial infrastructure restrict access to communities who have historically found a home there – the venue has consistently supported marginalised communities and protected the historically ‘avant-guard’ nature of community development and social-cohesion of the area. Ever increasingly, it is a venue that maintains it’s responsibilities and connections with its history, as well as being a bastion of radical thinking, artistic exploration and the meeting point between local and international collaborations. 

It is under these remits that Xavier de Sousa invites Jørgen and Emma, to reflect on their history, intentions and how Warehouse9 sees itself in relation to contemporary social and artistic movements.
 

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

Image credits: photo by Warehouse9
GUEST POSTS | OCTOBER 2019

EAGLE VIEW / VISTA DE ÁGUILA: KARMADAVIS PERFORMING BORDERS | AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIA CRISTINA FUMAGALLI AND BRIDGET WOODING | English/Spanish

Karmadavis is a talented, committed, and respected Dominican performance artist: many of his major works deal, directly or indirectly, with the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola, a border which has been defined by the late Haitian anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot as the ‘the longest and most significant land boundary in all the Antilles.’ [...]

Fumagalli & Wooding:  You were born in the Dominican Republic in 1976 and many of your works have been devoted to border relations on Hispaniola: when did you start perceiving the fact that you were born on a divided island and what does this mean to you? 

Karmadavis: From a young age I always felt a profound rejection of the ways in which we [Dominicans] were meant to perceive Haitians in the Dominican Republic. The fact is that we were educated to fear the other. The immigrant. The neighbour. My work is based on forms of communication between inhabitants of different countries sharing in the same context. As an artist, I am interested in generating new patterns and new approaches, in enabling new languages. [...]

 

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Image credits: Karmadavis in action in Parc Martissant, Port au Prince, Haiti, on 30th November 2016 for his performance El Vecino (The Neighbour, 2016) for the Festival Quatre Chemins. 

SPIRALS (2013 - ONGOING) BY HARI MARINI - PARTSUSPENDED

Hari Marini in conversation with 

Poets: Barbara Bridger, Ana Rodic, Noelia Diaz Vicedo, Beatriz Viol | Videographer: Olga Lagun | Contralto: Irini Tzanetoulakou | Musician: Georgia Kalogeropoulou | Performer: Benedetta Castello

Spirals (2013 - ongoing) is a poetic journey that crosses geographical borders and unites European female voices in an exchange of languages, cultures, personal narratives and modes of expression. Through the symbol of a spiral, the project explores thresholds, migration, path, nature, home and sense of belonging; the spiral acts as a sign of becoming, transforming and awareness. 

The Spirals project employs leftover spaces in Europe where interventions and spatial performative gestures based on the symbol of a spiral are filmed. In SpiralsHari Marini has collaborated with female poets, musicians, videographers and performers and has filmed video-poems in London, Broadstairs, Barcelona, Belgrade, Coventry and Athens. Hari Marini and PartSuspended group seek to articulate the female experience of time, movement, memory, nature and sense of belonging in a poetic and innovative way. The project lets us imagine spaces, time, texts otherwise, and opens a common space for dialogue and sharing. The project consists of a series of performances, exhibitions, workshops, videography, recorded material, music and movement. 
 

READ THE FULL CONVERSATION HERE

Image credits: Spirals (2013 - ongoing), Hari Marini, PartSuspended 

NAJIA BAGI with Umama Hamido, Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani, Jumana Hokan

The Momentless Existence 

My dad is Arabic; he is from Benghazi in Eastern Libya. He came to Europe as a young art student, studying in Rome and then travelling to the UK to study for a Master’s Degree in English literature where he met my English mum. Together they had three children, my two younger sisters and me. 

The introduction I have just given is one I have rehearsed all my life. It is a justification of why my dad is here and therefore, why I am here. It is a composed presentation of the past because it is a list of his achievements and importantly, his movement towards Westernisation.  It is also a story that makes his being Arabic, more real to me. 

I have realised as I have grown older, that my story, or fiction, of my father’s rightful place in the UK is a reflection of his own fragmented memories of home and his journey of cultural heritage and identity.  These fictions have been passed down to my sisters and me, and again from me to my daughter. Along with pride and joy, nostalgia and longing, one of the overwhelming feelings created by these stories is one of absence.

According to Frankowski, the white gaze creates a “momentless” reflection of existence of diasporic cultures because it is created from “violent” moments of history, which means that those held under the white gaze are left in some way “without time”. [...]


Listen, move, repeat 

Following this generous sharing by these three artists, I took some time in the studio, listening andresponding to their songs, creating a dialogue with the music and with the  meaning of the music to the other artists, just as I had done with my sisters. I wanted to find ways of connection, embodiment and re-interpretation. [...]

 

READ AND LISTED TO NAJIA'S GUEST POST HERE

Image credit: Najia Bagi, Piano Work 2019. Photo credit: Andrew Bell

PERFORMINGBORDERS ONLINE RESOURCES
PERFORMINGBORDERS | LIVE 2019 PROGRAMME - DIGITAL RESOURCES  & COMMISSIONS
For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Raju Rage's keynote, performingborders | LIVE 2019, Photo by Studio MaBa
PERFORMINGBORDERS INTERVIEWEES & GUEST POSTS SO FAR...
 
Lois Keidan - Live Art Development Agency | Tania El Khoury | Núria Güell | Helena Walsh | Almir Koldzic - Counterpoints Arts | Natasha Davis | Marilena Zaroulia - Winchester University | Sara Zaltash | Kai Syng Tan | Federica Mazzara - Westminster University | Lisa Alexander | Michaela Crimmin - Culture+Conflict | Lucia Palmero | guest post: Elena Marchevska | Bill Aitchison | Áine Phillips | Moran Been-noon | Noel Kelly - Visual Artists IrelandSuzanne Walsh | Katherine Nolan | Elvira Santamaría-Torres | Brian Patterson - BBeyond | Amanda Coogan | Dominic Thorpe | Níamh Murphy - Dublin Live Art Festival | Martin Bureau | Xavier de Sousa | Mengting Zhuo | Riccardo Matlakas | Eca Eps | Esther Planas | guest post: Kevin Biderman | queeringborders: Mariscrycrycry | queeringborders: Greg Wohead | queeringborders: Sebastian H-W | queeringborders: Rachael Young | Rita Marcalo | Tanja Ostojić | guest post: Loredana Paracciani interviews Abdul Abdullah and Pao Houa Lynn Lu | queeringborders: Tarik Elmoutawakil | Tara Fatehi Irani | guest post: Lisa Alexander | guest post: Burong interviews Zoran Todorović | guest posts: Instant Dissidence | Camille Barton | guest post: Áine Phillips interview s EL Putnam | The Center for Cultural Decontamination | Emmanuel Guillaud | Instant Dissidence. Final interview | There There | Season Butler | ; a place, of their own. (Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy) | Diana Damian Martin | Boedi Widjaja | Filippos Tsitsopoulos | Pelin Başaran - Contact Theatre

READ | LISTEN TO | WATCH THE INTERVIEWS & GUEST POSTS HERE

Image credit: Season Butler at performingborders | LIVE 2019, Photo by Studio MaBa

OPEN RESOURCES | NEWS | OPPORTUNITIES | INFO | CONTACTS

OPEN RESOURCES 

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performingborders is a platform conceived by Alessandra Cianetti that explores the relations between the notion of border and live art. The performingborders project is disseminated as an interview-based research-blog and series of related events and writing commissions which interrogate the practices of performers that are responding to the challenging notion of contemporary borders.
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NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

Open Call / This Matters Now, Circa Magazine. More info here

17 October / Cuerpxs Queers en el Caribe: Fronteras e Identidades, New York, US. More info here

15-20 October / Fierce Festival
, Birmingham, UK. More info here

19 October 23 November / Where No Wall Remains
, New York, US. More info here

26 October / A Live Art Gala 2019, London, UK. More info here

3 November & 1 December / 
Under/Valued Energetic Economy exhibition's workshops with Raju Rage, London, UK. More info here

7-8 November / 
Nando Messias' The Pink Supper - Call for participants, London, UK. More info here

9 November / Inferno Summit, London, UK. More info here

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