LIVE! Volume UP! -- LATVIA -- LIVE PERFORMANCES, SCREENINGS & DISCUSSIONS
Volume UP! BALTIC PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL! --- LATVIA
Volume UP! is a new generation of artists, spectators, and performers in search of their own mindset and safe social space.
Volume UP! is a creative source of energy, the road to understanding a generation that has the desire to change the balance of power through direct intervention on reality - giving more importance to creation and participation. Going deeper into subjects to find the common thread between performers and spectators, they veered toward extremes to provoke themselves (and their audience) to confront social norms by giving themselves over to mental and visual ways of participation. This is an ongoing reflection of a generation alarmed by the rise of a new puritan social movement that sharply restricts the freedom of individuals.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 @ 6 PM --- FREE
LATVIAN LECTURE, presentation by Laine Kristberga
“Performance Art in Latvia: Challenges and Obstacles Historically and Today"
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - LATVIAN VIDEO SCREENING --- FREE
Video works by Ieva Balode, Ivars Grāvlejs Mārtiņš Ratniks, Elīna Semane, Arturs Virtmanis, Daniela Vetra
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 - LIVE PERFORMANCES:
Arvis Kantisevs, Irita Tilane, Anna Maskava , Simona Orinska , Laura Feldberga, Beatrise Anda Ozolina (video) & Occasional Live Performance by Performance Group ANIMIST
LAURA FELDBERGA -- Installation, performance object: "Safe Space"
Laura Feldberga is a printmaker, who also works with installations, objects and performance art. She has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia, works in the field of installations and objects. The themes and imagery of her works are connected with personal and collective experience, relationships with nature, landscape, belonging to one’s skin, place, identity. She has participated in exhibitions and art projects in the Baltic states,
Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, USA, Japan and elsewhere. She has worked as a creative project curator at Pedvale Art Park. She is a member of performance art group IDEAGNŌSIS.
IRITA TILANE -- “Blue”
Irita Tilane-Pakalnina was born in 1980 / Latvia. In 2014 she moved to Italy, where she studied ceramics. Irita's artistic background is based on fashion design. Yet, in her works Irita explores interdisciplinary manifestations in various disciplines of visual and applied art. So far, Irita has gained twenty years work experience throughout the projects in fashion concept development, illustrations, tattoo art and interior design. Irita always challenges herself to search for new sources of inspiration and experimentation. Irita's paintings, drawings and sculptures present a world where frivolous reality goes hand in hand with the unreal, imaginary and metaphysical. Recently Irita has turned to performance art with several solo and group projects. She is the author and leader of performance collective ANIMIST.
SIMONA ORINSKA -- “There She Goes My Beautiful World” with Arvis Kantisevs (sound)
Simona Orinska is an award-winning performance and butoh artist, choreographer, director, poet, and author, working in these fields for about 20 years. Her artistic interests cover the archetypal, primordial, healing, unconsciousness processes of human body and mind, as well Baltic identity and crossroads of different cultures.
Author of various performances, books, exhibitions, multimedia projects (since 2004). Simona has performed in Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Belorusia. She has also collaborated with the EU-Japan Foundation for many years.
ARVIS KANTISHEVS -- “Light Side of the Shadow” // and “There She Goes My Beautiful World” with Simona Orinska (performance)
Arvis Kantishevs is a Multimedial artist working in music, visual arts, and costume design. His music is often a looped blend of his voice and a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, jaw harp, didgeridoo, accordion, jembe, etc.He also does a variety of visual work, including graphics, painting, and mixed media sculpting. His costumes function as pieces for his performances as well as wearable everyday clothing.
ANNA MASKAVA -- “She who sees”
Anna Maskava is a visual artist, from the depths of a Northern forest.
BEATRISE ANDA OZOLINA -- “Oaktress” (video)
ANIMIST Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.
PARTNERS OF THE FESTIVAL
Academia Gustaviana Society - ESTONIA
Latvian Performance Art Center - LATVIA
Grafikas Kamera (The Chamber of Graphic Art) - LATVIA
Public enterprise Gallery „Meno Parkas“ LITHUANIA
Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art - New York, USA
Anarchist Book Fair - New York, USA
Supported by Baltic Culture Fund
The organizer and curator of the Festival: Al Paldrok
Curator of Lithuanian Week: Vaida Tamoševičiūtė.
The festival lasts until September 25.
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
182 AVENUE C NEW YORK, NY 10009
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Grace, n. - simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period - an extended period granted as a special favor
The Three Graces (Greek Mythology) - charm, grace, and beauty
Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid-career or established. Our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006.
Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art Space IRS tax-exempt 501(c)3 status in 2015.
Grace Exhibition Space follows the We Have a Voice Collectives Code of Conduct to Promote Safe(r) Workplaces in the Performing Arts For more information and resources, visit: www.wehavevoice.org