Vorspiel 2019: Affect/Effect – Performance Prosthesis
Curated by Zander Porter (XenoEntities Network)
from: 29.01.2019 5pm to: 9pm
Juan Pablo Cámara
Natalie Abbott & Zander Porter
Sylv Myst (Zac Murphy)
Within the framework of Vorspiel 2019, the official preliminary program leading up to the Berlin Transmediale Festival, SomoS Art House hosts an evening of performance art curated by Zander Porter reflecting on the theme of technological tools as prosthetics; viewing them as enabling-devices for performance and for identity construction within the performative space.
Performance itself, a crucial part of creating and displaying identities, functions as an apparatus through which the dynamics of effect and affect become more than just forms of artistic expression: they surface as abstracted extensions, artificially connected body parts. The presented multi and interdisciplinary performances go beyond the physical, mobilizing both the invisible and the inanimate through their use of techniques and practices ranging from sound and sculpture to embodied irony and the digital space.
Affect/Effect: Prosthesis is an event invested in the de-and-re-construction of identities through the close investigation of performance and technology.
Djibril Sall – at our funerals, we wear white
The blues and West African rituals converge for Djibril Sal’s performance of personal and literal cleansing.
Djibril Sall emigrated to Memphis, TN after spending the first five years of their life in Dakar, Senegal. Even after they started life in America, West Africa never left their household. The steaming spices of mafé, Islam, and their parents’ insistence that everyone speak Pulaar in the home ensured that they were strongly exposed to Senegalese sensibilities. However, being black in America has a way of complicating identities so that new, divergent cultures are formed in perpetually discordant rhythms. Through their work, Djibril hopes to complicate the idea of a singular narrative that is prescribed to the African diaspora.
Juan Pablo Cámara – ?latin0
Embodying a roving real-life avatar, ?latin0 crosses the boundaries of digital and physical. Combining the dance influence of techno with the Columbian style of Cumbia, ?latin0 is a hyper-mediated identity for the curious spectator/voyeur.
Audio: Moro, costume design: AvoidStreet.
Juan Pablo Cámara was born in Argentina, where he started his education in dance and theatre and worked as an actor and performer. In 2013 he moved to Amsterdam to study choreography at the SNDO (School for New Dance Development) from which he graduated in 2017. His work reflects upon the mediated relationships that we, humans, establish with our surroundings and among ourselves. He researches on functional and dysfunctional relationships between his body and other living or “non-living” bodies, creating spaces and possible narratives/identities that could problematize the ways that Language (as a human ontology) determines our experience and perception of reality.
Maciej Sado – Anydog cont.
Challenging the contract of ‘viewer’ and ‘performer’, the virtual and the real, artist Maciej Sado will utilize the social media platform Whatsapp as an audience-participatory medium for this installation and performance piece.
Maciej Sado is a choreographer, performer, and dancer based in Berlin. He graduated in choreography at SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in Amsterdam, 2016, and in medicine at the Medical University in Wrocław, 2012. He is a member of Jacuzzi space in Amsterdam. In his work, he investigates concepts of the obliqueness – challenging the contract ‘viewer-performer’ – and questioning usual perspectives of entering the uncanny within normativities. He is fascinated by the notion of nothingness and its limitless (im)potentiality. He understands virtuality as an extension/augmentation of reality. He believes in ghosts, gaps, leaps, glitches, errors.
Monilola Ilupeju – Eat Your Calf
Through an improvisational and expressive performance, Monilola Ilupeju will explore the personal and the intimate. Incorporating narratives of sexuality and race, identity and vulnerability, ‘Eat Your Calf’ will bond artist and audience in a release of private thoughts and shared space.
Monilola Ilupeju is an artist and writer living and working in Berlin. She graduated from New York University in 2018 where she studied Studio Art and Social and Cultural Analysis, the latter of which focused on the intersections of race and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, sociology, and political science. She is also an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Class of 2018. She views her interdisciplinary practice “as evidence and earnest pursuit… a way of coping, asking, and occasionally proposing something new.”
Natalie Abbott & Zander Porter – Untitled
Abbott and Zander Porter present an ‘untitled’ performance of “un”-related feelings: unfinished, undeveloped, uninvolved. The two employ tech-objects and effects of the computer-device/voice to engage with feelings of distance and detachment, sharing intimate details in a performative environment.
Natalie Abbott is an Australian artist, performance maker, and choreographer based between Sydney, Melbourne, and Berlin. She is busy with excavating the fissures between what is real and un-real and pushing into the spectacle of the theatre to create absurd performance experiences for audiences. Her practice sits at the nexus of dance, performance, live cinema and visual spectacle, exploiting familiar formulas to interrogate form and challenge perception. She has collaborated with bodybuilders, sports stars, non-dancers, Marina Abramović, and her dad to generate an interesting physicality that creates extra-contemporary, visceral, and moving performance experiences.
Zander Porter is an artist, performer, and curator from Los Angeles. His/her/their/its moving image and liveness work develops from interest in social and collective vs. individuated identity- or persona-based investigation. Both social and (dis)embodiment researches focus on virtual and physical spaces of sexual and nonsexual roleplay, including online reality TV competition games, MMOGs, and (anonymous) (cam)sex, among others. Zander graduated with high honors in Art Studio from Wesleyan University in 2017 with additional attentions in Computer Science and Performance Studies and works in and outside of Berlin individually/collaboratively as well as part of XenoEntities Network.
Sylv Myst (Zac Murphy) – WATERWITCH – deathsnakegoddess
Where does the performance begin and the artist end? Has it already begun, or was it missed? WATERWITCH is an embodiment of love, death, rebirth, and violence, through religious symbolism and the swamp-waters of physical expression. WATERWITCH is a thinking dance “from the places we don’t like to swim around in, in our minds.”
Zac Murphy/Sylv Myst is a dance-maker, performer, ex-actor and occasional poet currently based in Berlin. They studied classical theatre at George Brown Theatre School (Toronto, CA), and recently studied contemporary dance in the intensive program at Tanzfabrik (Berlin). Major influences for their artistic work come from varying sources: mythology, Butoh, clubbing, somatics, stomping, real life drama, and improvisation inspired by the imagination. Their interest in performance lies in creating neo-atavistic atmospheres to manifest and celebrate Shadow Goddess energy.
Affect/Effect: Performance Prosthesis
January 29th 2019 – 6-9 PM
Djibril Sall, Juan Pablo Cámara, Maciej Sado, Monilola Ilupeju, Natalie Abbott & Zander Porter, Sylv Myst (Zac Murphy)
SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG, 10967 Berlin (U8 Schönleinstrasse)