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in the loop nov 6: live art streaming

dimanche rouge, paris, brisbane, sydney, melbourne


Onnie Art,  exist@QCA Sept 2012: Live Art Intensive Residency   Onnie Art, exist@QCA Sept 2012: Live Art Intensive Residency
photo Alan Warryn
DIMANCHE ROUGE IS A PARIS-BASED ARTIST COLLECTIVE (QUITE A LARGE ONE IF THE CONTACTS PAGE IS ANYTHING TO GO BY) FORMED IN FEBRUARY 2011 TO PRESENT A MONTHLY EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL. THEY PLACE STRONG EMPHASIS ON INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS AND ON NOVEMBER 18 WILL BE PRESENTING AN AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATION VIA THE WONDERS OF THE INTERNET.

They will team up with artist spaces/collectives in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and, in addition to the Paris program, will stream an hour of experimental performance to and from each venue. Nicola Morton from the Exist collective will be curating the Brisbane hour at Metro Arts; Zoe Scoglio has put together the program for Tape Projects in Melbourne (see RT111 for review or her receent show Shifting Ground); and Sari Kivinen an ex-pat Australian who runs Ptarmigan, an artist collective in Helsinki, Finland and Taalin, Estonia, will be in Sydney curating an hour of performance taking place at Alaska Projects.

There’s a lot on in the four hours but highlights might (depending on your proclivities) include Leena Riethmuller’s Saliva (Absorption) as part of the Brisbane program which will involve the artist grooming herself from a pool of her own pre-collected saliva. In Melbourne you can get up close and personal with Hannah Raisin’s Contact in which the artist will wrap herself in bubble wrap and you are invited to undertake the ever-so-satisfying task of popping the bubbles.

In Sydney, in the carpark that is Alaska Projects, Janet Meany will present Journey. Leaving white footsteps in bright yellow tumeric, she will trace a mandala-like circle in order to explore “the ephemerality of our naming and marking making as we journey through the cycle of life” (email from Sari Kivinen). Also in Sydney, Liam Benson (whose glamourous, glittery photos are currently on display as part of Sexes at Performance Space see RT111) will present a vocal performance using the acoustics of the carpark to explore his relationship with masculinity. There's a synchroncity between this and Onnie Art's Yasi in Brisbane, a duet for male and female voices and bodies symbolising "an elemental transmutation from female to male, water to fire" (press release).

Ane Lan, Persona, Dimanche Rouge Ane Lan, Persona, Dimanche Rouge
courtesy the artist
The Paris iteration offers two performances. Ismael Ogando from the Dominican Republic will use elements of ancient African voodoo rituals—oil, powder and fire—to turn his African body in to a caucasian one in the performance Rite of West. While Norwegian artist Ane Lan will explore ideas around stage charisma and the cult of personality in contemporary media with reference to feminist theories, significant female artists and Ingmar Bergman's Persona in her performance of the same name. The downside for Parisians is they have to get out of bed to see these performances, but the upside is they'll enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a Norwegian brunch.

Michaela Davies Michaela Davies
photo courtesy MONA/Remi Chauvin Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Interestingly many of the performances move away from analogue body art/live art mode to incorporate a high level of mediation. For example in Brisbane there will be a performance by Botbog (see RT89), renowned for their parasitic audiovisual link-ups creating psychedelic synaethesic experiences. The Melbourne program features Michaela Davies’ Involuntary Duet in which Davies will convert one of her compositions into electrical muscle stimulation data, which she will then inflict on herself and bassist Sam Pettigrew—their involuntary spasming will then re-interpret the composition. (A recent outing of this process at the Musicircus celebrating John Cage’s centenary at the Sydney Opera House produced an entertaining if sometimes alarming performance.)

Head to the venue near you to get the full stream (and hope Australian broadband can cope).


Dimanche Rouge #21, in co-operation with Exist, curator Nicola Morton, artists Botborg, Leif Arwen Gifford, Onnie Art, Leena Riethmuller, Velvet Pesu, Jamie Hume and Ben H, Makeshift Dance Collective, Unique Oil Free Air, Marisa Allen, 459, Metro Arts, Brisbane; Tape Projects, curator Zoe Scoglio, artists Michaela Davies & Sam Pettigrew, Deanne Butterworth & Michael Munson, TR Carter & Arie Rain Glorie, Hannah Beth Raisin, Scratch Ensemble, Tape Projects, Melbourne; Ptarmigan, curator Sari Kivinen, artists tbc, Alaska Projects, Sydney; Dimanche Rouge, Ismael Ogando, Ane Lan, Le Dansoir Karine Saporta, Paris; November 18, 6-11pm; http://www.dimancherouge.org/; http://existenceperformanceart.wordpress.com/; http://tapeprojects.org/; http://home.alaskaprojects.com/

RealTime issue #111 Oct-Nov 2012 pg. web

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