BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE Presents CLIMATE CHANGE with: VestAndPage
THOU TWIN OF SLUMBER: CHRYSALIS
The work investigates stasis, sleep and slumber as liminal spaces, looking to wave mythical reflections on death and rebirth into the narrative of urban regeneration.
German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist, writer and curator Andrea Pagnes have been working together under the name of VestAndPage in Performance art, filmmaking, visual art, writing and as independent curators since 2006. Their works, recordings and live performances have been presented across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Their art originates from a here-and-now interpretation of the fragility of the individual and its surroundings, researching private, social and environmental spheres through precariousness, transformation, liminality, loss of control and authenticity. The socially or environmentally orientated live performances are process-led and conceived psycho-geographically for architectures or in response to natural surroundings and historical sites.
VestAndPage collaborate with international theater companies and humanitarian organizations in production and education, i.e. for the recent street-children workshop project "Fear is Fear. Love is Love". in Mexico City. They further present a methodological workshop series, which works on memory activation and stimulation of the personal, inner library for creative use. Their theoretical investigations have been published in various books and magazines of contemporary art, and in the book "The Fall of Faust - Considerations on Contemporary Art and Art Action" by Andrea Pagnes (2010).
They have been active as independent curators and organizers, such as of the "Venice International Performance Art Week" and the on-going global art initiative "FRAGILE global performance chain journey".
Between 2010-2012, VestAndPage produced the experimental art film trilogy "sin∞fin The Movie" in Antarctica, India, Kashmir, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, combining the ephemeral art form of Performance with filmmaking.
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
Grace Exhibition Space opened in 2006 and is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging performance works by the current generation of international performance artists, whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. We believe this is how performance art is meant to be experienced.
"There is no designated stage area, blurring the line between audience and performer, and seating is sparse, as participating in the performance is encouraged. The unknown terrifies you, and yet something, maybe this very feeling, pushes you inside. Welcome to Grace Exhibition Space." Terri Ciccoe. Bushwick Daily January, 2013
"On each night, and in each performance, the human body is redeemed from the mundane and made anew." David Lagaccia, Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art (June, 2012)
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ABOUT THE BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) is conceived of and formally constructed as a mass performance.
Taking place across 11 spaces in Brooklyn and involving over 150 artists from all over the world, BIPAF is posited as a form of “constructive institutional critique” by its artist-organizers, as demonstration against the increasing capitallization of performance art, as a self-analysis of the current performance art resurgence and index of the discipline, and as an attempt to relationally construct new economic and social contexts for performance art.Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival: