29 Oct – 31 Oct 2015

This Is Performance Art (TIPA) is a series of events celebrating the history of performance art from across the globe. After the success of TIPA Aberdeen in 2011 we are delighted to be presenting another edition with artists who are social, political and always questioning. We hope to inspire you to want to explore performance art beyond this exciting programme of artists, many of who are visiting Scotland for the very first time.

TIPA Programme – Peacock Visual Arts Gallery

Thursday 29 Oct

6pm // Meet the Artist – Sinéad O’Donnell

29 October – 31 October, 2015

Sinéad O’Donnell

Sinéad O’Donnell – Performance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Workshop for Women

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 3-5pm
  • Location: Gray’s School of Art

Street Action

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 5pm
  • Location: Aberdeen City Centre

O’Donnell’s performances engage directly with the public. She will be creating two separate actions for Aberdeen, including one as a direct response to a workshop undertaken with and by women at Gray’s School of Art, outcomes from which will be seen as a street action on the final day of TIPA. The resultant collective action in response to sharing a more tangible experience of performance art during the workshop will enable the women to celebrate the female body as an empowering emblem. The second action will be performed solo in the gallery.

“The work is about pushing my boundaries, not pushing “the boundaries”. That’s not to say that there aren’t systems and cultures that my work challenges, as there are. Countries or systems that challenge personal autonomy, particularly the autonomy of women, rile me. If someone tells me that as a woman I don’t have the right to have a voice, then I need to find a way to show that I have a voice and that my voice is strong. My intention is never to offend or upset other people: it’s a personal challenge to use my body to see how far I can go. Images of bodies have become so sensationalised, but it’s not my intention to do that – I’m not interested in that. It feels natural for me to learn things about my body through my work and if someone else can identify with that, then that’s great, but I don’t need anyone else to.” Sinéad O’Donnell

Meet the Artist

  • Date: Saturday 29 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

O’Donnell will be talking about how her current practice was strongly influenced by her experiences in Eastern Europe at the start of her career. She will take you on a journey through a series of photos, film, and poetry, relating it to action art before the communist regime. Quite often the only witness to performance/action art at this time was a camera, which was forbidden as it was seen as a threat to the state.

About the Artist

Sinéad O’Donnell has worked in performance, installation, site and time‐based art for the past 20 years. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers and she often uses her body to investigate both her own and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to the restrictions placed on women. Despite deliberately avoiding the sensationalisation of the body, her works often promote strong reactions and emotions.

Recent work has been presented at Perfo, Tempere, Finland (2015), Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2014), Asiatopia, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, (2013), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (2012), Southbank Centre, London (2012). iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme, managed by the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

7.30pm // Performance – Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe

29 October – 30 October, 2015

Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe – Performance

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Artist statement

I started using the live body as part of work in 1969 and have been active ever since. If practice is a journey it seems there are important questions – where are you trying to get to, and are you always getting there by the same means, or in the same way? Of course more than forty years brings considerable experience of being and doing across the world. The last few years I feel I have reached a good and strong plateau, deeper and with better focus than what preceded it. The works are back to some renewed energy, with a strong driver and possibly more selfish, simply reliant on core principles. I have been known to be bound up in social or socio-political causes with the work as their carrier. Now, once again, the images are direct and more to the point. There are always metaphors inside the images and the recent work has maintained this but become more expressive. Not far away are frontiers of duration and body stamina – expressive markings that are transgressive – dirtying of visage and identity. As a parallel even contradictory ingredient, I make rich, nearly catholic photographs, film and video, along with music and sound – all useful advisory building blocks. Mine is a practice where I have entered these background subjects professionally in their own right, as well as or to facilitate their use in my own work. For example my album Lament, a recording of traditional musicians created as a monument to the loss of life in Irelands’ urban war The Troubles, was released in 1992 by Real World Records. https://realworldrecords.com/release/61/lament/ Subsequently, Lament was listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazines best albums of all-time. There has hardly been a cause or issue to the left or liberal necessity in struggle that I have not supported or put my name behind. Since 2005 I have headlined festivals with a refreshing energy and singular zeal – with live work that risks, that makes a contribution. Nigel Rolfe

Meet the Artist

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 8.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Nigel Rolfe is recognized as a seminal figure in performance art, in its history and among current world practitioners. He has lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland since 1974, working intensively and making significant contributions as an artist, curator, activist and scholar. His work spans live performance, photography, video and sound and has received international acclaim over five continents, including the former Eastern Block, North and South America and the Far East.

The central contention of Rolfe’s practice is that art making is a live and vital engagement. He studied sculpture and in the 1970’s used the term Sculptures In Motion to describe his work using materials across time, long before the term performance was put forward as any descriptor. Rolfe employed multi-media to articulate his largely political and activist voice as an artist. The demands Rolfe placed on large-scale production in the1980s led to his ongoing research and engagement with audio and video/film production. Hand On Face was shown worldwide to an audience of 600 million people in 67 countries at the concert to release Nelson Mandela in 1988 at Wembley Stadium in London. Rolfe employs video not as a tool of documentation but to investigate and test his own physical and psychological limits, using his body as a site for challenging his limitations and revealing vulnerability.

Nigel Rolfe’s work engages sociopolitical concerns of have and have-not and fault lines in society. Since moving to Ireland he has been consistently involved in such issues both locally and directly.

The job of good work is to be remembered and the job of great work is to contribute to the subject and to the wider world. Nigel Rolfe

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

8.30pm // Meet the Artist – VestAndPage

VestAndPage // Performance installation

31 October

VestAndPage

Dyad

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

“Two and two, of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. Two and two… went into the ark.” ~ Genesis 7:15

Conceived for TIPA, Dyad is the latest creation in our performance cycle investigating the dangers of dichotomy, attachments to dualism, and the paradox of Ego. We are interested in what divides and separates us and how divisions are applied socially and politically as mechanisms. We look into the ability to integrate foreground with background, and content with context. Through a series of poetic bodily images, we question how dichotomies, polarity and dualism are being employed as effective tools of ideology, propaganda or collective manipulation.

When Individual or Atom is that which cannot be cut or divided any further into separate parts, why are we still torn by schizophrenia? What if finally the Ego is not only useless, but a paradox that we continue to uphold only to confine ourselves? What if we really are just one part completing something else? Each episode starts with the above quote and a conflictive moment between a mouse and a rabbit, both burrowers and symbols of mediation, procreation and vulnerability.

The performance cycle has been developed and presented in 2014 with stations in Toronto (Black and White), Amsterdam (One and Two), Zagreb (You and Me) and Leipzig (Past and Present), and will be continued through 2015.

Dyad VII will offer the vestiges of the performance as an installation.

VestAndPage

Meet the Artists

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 8.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

VestAndPage will speak about their current performance-based art film and research project Plantain in which they walk 500 miles through Northern Germany, Poland and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, tracing the exodus route from East Prussia by Verena’s ancestors 70 years ago. They will present selected material and talk about the experience and intercultural exchange the project has facilitated.

Film Screening – sin∞fin The Movie

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 9.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

A trilogy of films of collaborative performances by VestAndPage in epic locations around the world. Teetering between the real and the visionary, the films feature the two protagonists undertaking surreal and ephemeral acts. Amplified by the unfamiliar environments, the performances reflect on universal human experiences such as altruism, partnership and the transient nature of existence.

Episode #1, Performances at the End of the World, set in Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (2010) thematically focuses on the intimate, inner domain of the individual and the couple.

Episode #2, Performances at the Hole Centre, located in Northern India and Kashmir (2011) highlights the topic of society and religion. Episode #3, Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass, filmed in Antarctica (2012) engages with narratives on nature and the universe.

There is no script or storyboard and the artists’ actions evolve in direct response to the surroundings in which they find themselves. The camera records what possible spectators would view, yet the movie is not a documentary. Instead the works are pieced together organically, forming an autonomous story generated through the process of making to be read by each viewer in a personal way.

A VestAndPage production 2010 – 2012 In co-production with CONFL!CTA Contemporary Art and Science Research, Punta Arenas (Chile); Sarai CSDS Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies, New Delhi; DNA Dirección Nacional del Antártico, Buenos Aires; Thetis Spa, Venice.

Workshop – Fragile Limits

  • Date: Wed 28 – Fri 30 October
  • Location: Gray’s School of Art During the three days, VestAndPage will be run their intensive Fragile Limits workshops with students from Gray’s School of Art.

Participants will follow VestAndPage’s unique method through the process of making a performative piece. Through practical exercises, participants will be provided with the means to conceive, develop and realise their own performance piece. The facilitators will lead exercises on a range of performance techniques and approaches that blur the boundaries between fine art, live art and contemporary performance practices.

About the Artists

VestAndPage are German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist Andrea Pagnes who have been working together since 2006, generating art in the mediums of live performance, filmmaking and writing and are independent curators (Venice International Performance Art Week www.veniceperformanceart.org). Their practice is contextual, process-led, situation-responsive and conceived psycho-geographically in response to natural surroundings, social contexts, historical sites or architecture, hence unrepeatable and subject to the given conditions.

Their works have been produced and presented internationally in a variety of sites, museums and galleries as well as collaborating with theatre companies, cultural and humanitarian organisations in production and education, presenting lectures and methodological workshop series all over the world from Seoul to Venice, Canada to Helsinki. Their writing is published widely in journals, books and magazines on contemporary art. They are recipients of the Fellowship of the Cultural Program of Argentina’s National Antarctic Direction (2012), AIR Taipei International Residence Fellowship (2012), Treviglio Video Poetry Prize (2011), Culture Prize of the City of Nassau (2011), Project Grant by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2010),Storie Literary Prize (A. Pagnes, 2008), Art Kontakt Prize (2007), Windsor & Newton Millennium Painting Award in Representation of Italy (A. Pagnes, 2000) and the Robert-Schuman-Silver Medal for European Unity (A. Pagnes,1990).

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Cons: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

9.30pm // Screening - sin∞fin The Movie

Film Screening – sin∞fin The Movie

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 9.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

A trilogy of films of collaborative performances by VestAndPage in epic locations around the world. Teetering between the real and the visionary, the films feature the two protagonists undertaking surreal and ephemeral acts. Amplified by the unfamiliar environments, the performances reflect on universal human experiences such as altruism, partnership and the transient nature of existence.

Episode #1, Performances at the End of the World, set in Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (2010) thematically focuses on the intimate, inner domain of the individual and the couple.

Episode #2, Performances at the Hole Centre, located in Northern India and Kashmir (2011) highlights the topic of society and religion. Episode #3, Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass, filmed in Antarctica (2012) engages with narratives on nature and the universe.

There is no script or storyboard and the artists’ actions evolve in direct response to the surroundings in which they find themselves. The camera records what possible spectators would view, yet the movie is not a documentary. Instead the works are pieced together organically, forming an autonomous story generated through the process of making to be read by each viewer in a personal way.

A VestAndPage production 2010 – 2012 In co-production with CONFL!CTA Contemporary Art and Science Research, Punta Arenas (Chile); Sarai CSDS Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies, New Delhi; DNA Dirección Nacional del Antártico, Buenos Aires; Thetis Spa, Venice.

Friday 30 October

6pm // Meet the Artist – Stefanija Soskic, Ilija Šoškić (via Skype), with Dragica Cakic

30 October

Ilija Šoškić

Performance – Ilija Šoškic – CANCELLED, Branko Miliskovic will now be performing The Day of Defiance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 9.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Artist Statement

At a very young age I discovered hammer throwing, my passion for sports was founded in this athletic discipline. At the age of 19 I won the Yugoslav Junior Championship, which brought me to Red Star Belgrade. At the same time I had also passed the entry exam at the Academy of Arts and since then and for many years my life was tied to these two apparently incompatible activities. In 1965 I became Champion of Yugoslavia, as well as winning the Yugoslav National Championship. This provided me with the financial support and opportunity to travel the world. Also, thanks to the hammer, I was able to keep up my studies in art and in 1969 relocated to Italy. Whilst at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna I continued hammer throwing and participated in the Championship of the Italian Universities, which I won. It was to be my last competition, by 1972 my art was becoming more prominent in my life and I was already performing.

In 1975 I became aware of the Scottish Highland Games and of the traditional Scottish hammer throwing. I thought as a former hammer throwing champion it would be nice to take part as a guest but unfortunately was never invited – perhaps I did not understand the rules! Today I am an artist of a certain age but still yearn this invitation. Behavioral Performance is characteristic of my artistic language and here at TIPA I see the opportunity to connect the traditional Scottish hammer throw with my performance art.Ilija Šoškić

Meet the Artist

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Ilija Šoškić will now be speaking via Skype and his daughter Stefanija Soskic will be joining us in Ilija’s place. They will be speaking about Ilija’s artistic practice, accompanied by Dragica Cakic. Dragica has extensive knowledge of the performance art history from the Balkans, which, over the years has often been buried, deliberately rewritten or badly reported. They will be joined by VestAndPage to also talk in general about performance art in the Balkans. They will also show the film, Zygote. Made in 2011 it is a work dominated by the figure of the artist philosopher. Even in its name it is a powerful metaphor as its meaning alludes to the idea of a new organism, the germ of a new being. Zygote is an illumination of the pure vital forces and energy that nourish the artist’s spirit.

About the Artist

Born 1935 in Decani, Yugoslavia, Ilija Šoškić is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the conceptual tradition in the former Yugoslavia. A pioneering spirit working in performance, video, photography and interactive installations, he studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Ilija was one of the first Balkan artists to move to Italy in the 70’s, he became associated with Galleria Attico in Rome where Kounellis, Ontani and many other prominent artists were active. He also became friends with Pasolini, whose death he commemorated with a contentious installation on the exact spot of his murder. It was a politically difficult period in Italy and Ilija’s seminal performance actions criticized both the arts system and politics of that period. In 2008 he received the Duclea Montenegrin Award for his contribution to Performance Art, alongside Eugenio Barba. In 2011 he represented Montenegro (national pavilion, in the project MACCO Cetinje) and Italy (Port of Art, Central Europe Initiative Trieste) at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). He lives and works in Rome and Montenegro, where he is a member of the Montenegro’s Council of Artists (ULUCG).

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

7.30pm // Performance – Sinéad O’Donnell, Wladyslaw Kamierczak & Ewa Rybska

29 October – 31 October, 2015

Sinéad O’Donnell

Sinéad O’Donnell – Performance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Workshop for Women

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 3-5pm
  • Location: Gray’s School of Art

Street Action

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 5pm
  • Location: Aberdeen City Centre

O’Donnell’s performances engage directly with the public. She will be creating two separate actions for Aberdeen, including one as a direct response to a workshop undertaken with and by women at Gray’s School of Art, outcomes from which will be seen as a street action on the final day of TIPA. The resultant collective action in response to sharing a more tangible experience of performance art during the workshop will enable the women to celebrate the female body as an empowering emblem. The second action will be performed solo in the gallery.

“The work is about pushing my boundaries, not pushing “the boundaries”. That’s not to say that there aren’t systems and cultures that my work challenges, as there are. Countries or systems that challenge personal autonomy, particularly the autonomy of women, rile me. If someone tells me that as a woman I don’t have the right to have a voice, then I need to find a way to show that I have a voice and that my voice is strong. My intention is never to offend or upset other people: it’s a personal challenge to use my body to see how far I can go. Images of bodies have become so sensationalised, but it’s not my intention to do that – I’m not interested in that. It feels natural for me to learn things about my body through my work and if someone else can identify with that, then that’s great, but I don’t need anyone else to.” Sinéad O’Donnell

Meet the Artist

  • Date: Saturday 29 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

O’Donnell will be talking about how her current practice was strongly influenced by her experiences in Eastern Europe at the start of her career. She will take you on a journey through a series of photos, film, and poetry, relating it to action art before the communist regime. Quite often the only witness to performance/action art at this time was a camera, which was forbidden as it was seen as a threat to the state.

About the Artist

Sinéad O’Donnell has worked in performance, installation, site and time‐based art for the past 20 years. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers and she often uses her body to investigate both her own and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to the restrictions placed on women. Despite deliberately avoiding the sensationalisation of the body, her works often promote strong reactions and emotions.

Recent work has been presented at Perfo, Tempere, Finland (2015), Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2014), Asiatopia, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, (2013), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (2012), Southbank Centre, London (2012). iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme, managed by the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.


 

Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

30 October – 31 October, 2015

Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska Performance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska Street Action

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Aberdeen City Centre

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska’s performance in Aberdeen will be their first live appearance in four years.

Artist Statement

Contrary to expectation the time without performing was not time wasted because it was devoted to analyzing our existence in a collision with the world. The resultant experiences and hard feelings, the grievances towards people and their state systems, concluded in an abhorrent picture of the world with its inequalities and illiberality in religions, societies and countries. The growing hypocrisy in politics has become something that turns us into radical people. We value and love art, despite its uncertainties, it is where we can find our freedom of expression; however, our attitude of non-violence stems from our helplessness and the powerlessness of art. Our attitude in recent years has also been heavily modified through a series of scientific discoveries in space exploration because one look at our earth from a distance of 40 million light-years has changed everything in our lives. It has disturbed our conception of ourselves. So, uncertainty, exhaustion and helplessness will be the essence of our performance in Aberdeen. Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska

Meet the Artists

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak was educated at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow (M.A.) and first began creating performance art actions in 1979. He has presented over 150 performances in Poland, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Mexico, Indonesia and Switzerland. He began creating collaborative works with Ewa Rybska in 1997. He was the director and curator of the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Slupsk, Poland and was former curator and organiser of the Castle of Imagination International Performance Art Festival that took place annually in various locations throughout Poland from1993 to 2001.

Ewa Rybska studied at the College of Art and Design in Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland. In 1994 she began working as a curator at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. She became a co-organizer of the annual Castle of Imagination International Performance Art Festival. Following her interest in multi-media visual art she has been active in the initiation and administration of several international artist-run projects, including exchange exhibitions, festivals and artist residencies. Since 1997 she has been creating performance art works in collaboration with Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, performing in the UK, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Slovenia, Mexico, Indonesia and Poland.

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

8.30pm // Meet the Artist – Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe

29 October – 30 October, 2015

Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe – Performance

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Artist statement

I started using the live body as part of work in 1969 and have been active ever since. If practice is a journey it seems there are important questions – where are you trying to get to, and are you always getting there by the same means, or in the same way? Of course more than forty years brings considerable experience of being and doing across the world. The last few years I feel I have reached a good and strong plateau, deeper and with better focus than what preceded it. The works are back to some renewed energy, with a strong driver and possibly more selfish, simply reliant on core principles. I have been known to be bound up in social or socio-political causes with the work as their carrier. Now, once again, the images are direct and more to the point. There are always metaphors inside the images and the recent work has maintained this but become more expressive. Not far away are frontiers of duration and body stamina – expressive markings that are transgressive – dirtying of visage and identity. As a parallel even contradictory ingredient, I make rich, nearly catholic photographs, film and video, along with music and sound – all useful advisory building blocks. Mine is a practice where I have entered these background subjects professionally in their own right, as well as or to facilitate their use in my own work. For example my album Lament, a recording of traditional musicians created as a monument to the loss of life in Irelands’ urban war The Troubles, was released in 1992 by Real World Records. https://realworldrecords.com/release/61/lament/ Subsequently, Lament was listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazines best albums of all-time. There has hardly been a cause or issue to the left or liberal necessity in struggle that I have not supported or put my name behind. Since 2005 I have headlined festivals with a refreshing energy and singular zeal – with live work that risks, that makes a contribution. Nigel Rolfe

Meet the Artist

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 8.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Nigel Rolfe is recognized as a seminal figure in performance art, in its history and among current world practitioners. He has lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland since 1974, working intensively and making significant contributions as an artist, curator, activist and scholar. His work spans live performance, photography, video and sound and has received international acclaim over five continents, including the former Eastern Block, North and South America and the Far East.

The central contention of Rolfe’s practice is that art making is a live and vital engagement. He studied sculpture and in the 1970’s used the term Sculptures In Motion to describe his work using materials across time, long before the term performance was put forward as any descriptor. Rolfe employed multi-media to articulate his largely political and activist voice as an artist. The demands Rolfe placed on large-scale production in the1980s led to his ongoing research and engagement with audio and video/film production. Hand On Face was shown worldwide to an audience of 600 million people in 67 countries at the concert to release Nelson Mandela in 1988 at Wembley Stadium in London. Rolfe employs video not as a tool of documentation but to investigate and test his own physical and psychological limits, using his body as a site for challenging his limitations and revealing vulnerability.

Nigel Rolfe’s work engages sociopolitical concerns of have and have-not and fault lines in society. Since moving to Ireland he has been consistently involved in such issues both locally and directly.

The job of good work is to be remembered and the job of great work is to contribute to the subject and to the wider world. Nigel Rolfe

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

9.30pm // Performance – Ilija Šoškić - CANCELLED, Branko Miliskovic will now be performingThe Day of Defiance

Branko Miliskovic

30 October

Branko Miliskovic

Branko Miliskovic – Performance of The Day of Defiance

  • Date: Thursday 30 October
  • Time: 9.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

The Day of Defiance

The Day of Defiance – is a long term living installation which came from a very personal experience of mine. What is my past? What is my future? I came from Yugoslavia. Therefore I put myself in the context of defensive body, in constant alert for defiance. In this performance I stand firmly in the middle of the space, holding and violently waving the red flag, performing along with my short film, Detention Paradise (2009).

About the artist

Branko Milisković [Бранко Милисковић] was born in 1982 in Belgrade/Serbia. Born in Former Yugoslavia he was the last generation of Marshall Tito’s Pioneers. In 1989 Yugoslavia broke up and he has started his primary school passing through the period of isolation, embargo, inflation and devastation of his country. After having completed the secondary school for Architecture, Milisković studied Polytechnic High School (Industrial Design) and Faculty of Fine Arts, class of Mrđan Bajić, department of Sculpture in Belgrade/Serbia. In 2007 he has received the Dutch scholarship HSP Huygens and continued his Bachelor at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague/The Netherlands and obtained his degree in 2009. Milisković has earned his Master degree from Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, class of Jeanne Faust (2012). His work have been shown internationally such as at Reims Scenes d’Europe 2015 at La Comedie de Reims, Galerie Metropolis, Paris 2014, CSW/CoCA, Torun, G12 HUB, Belgrade, solo productions at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Les Halles, Brussels 2011-2014, Zeitraumexit, Mannheim 2013 etc. Branko Milisković currently lives and works between Germany, France and Serbia and was also performing and exhibiting in Venice, Turin, Alba (Italy), Hamburg, Berlin, Gießen, Baden-Baden (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Paris, Marseille, Reims (France), Krems (Austria), Belgrade (Serbia), Tel Aviv (Israel), Moscow (Russia), Piotrkow Trybunalski, Torun, Lublin (Poland), Turku, Helsinki (Finland), Trondheim (Norway), The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Arnhem, Den Bosch (The Netherlands) New York, Chicago (USA).

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

Friday 30 October

3pm // Street Action – Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska (city centre)

Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

30 October – 31 October, 2015

Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska Performance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska Street Action

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Aberdeen City Centre

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska’s performance in Aberdeen will be their first live appearance in four years.

Artist Statement

Contrary to expectation the time without performing was not time wasted because it was devoted to analyzing our existence in a collision with the world. The resultant experiences and hard feelings, the grievances towards people and their state systems, concluded in an abhorrent picture of the world with its inequalities and illiberality in religions, societies and countries. The growing hypocrisy in politics has become something that turns us into radical people. We value and love art, despite its uncertainties, it is where we can find our freedom of expression; however, our attitude of non-violence stems from our helplessness and the powerlessness of art. Our attitude in recent years has also been heavily modified through a series of scientific discoveries in space exploration because one look at our earth from a distance of 40 million light-years has changed everything in our lives. It has disturbed our conception of ourselves. So, uncertainty, exhaustion and helplessness will be the essence of our performance in Aberdeen. Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska

Meet the Artists

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak was educated at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow (M.A.) and first began creating performance art actions in 1979. He has presented over 150 performances in Poland, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Mexico, Indonesia and Switzerland. He began creating collaborative works with Ewa Rybska in 1997. He was the director and curator of the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Slupsk, Poland and was former curator and organiser of the Castle of Imagination International Performance Art Festival that took place annually in various locations throughout Poland from1993 to 2001.

Ewa Rybska studied at the College of Art and Design in Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland. In 1994 she began working as a curator at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. She became a co-organizer of the annual Castle of Imagination International Performance Art Festival. Following her interest in multi-media visual art she has been active in the initiation and administration of several international artist-run projects, including exchange exhibitions, festivals and artist residencies. Since 1997 she has been creating performance art works in collaboration with Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, performing in the UK, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Slovenia, Mexico, Indonesia and Poland.

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

5pm // Street Action – Sinéad O’Donnell (city centre)

Sinéad O’Donnell

29 October – 31 October, 2015

Sinéad O’Donnell

Sinéad O’Donnell – Performance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Workshop for Women

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 3-5pm
  • Location: Gray’s School of Art

Street Action

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 5pm
  • Location: Aberdeen City Centre

O’Donnell’s performances engage directly with the public. She will be creating two separate actions for Aberdeen, including one as a direct response to a workshop undertaken with and by women at Gray’s School of Art, outcomes from which will be seen as a street action on the final day of TIPA. The resultant collective action in response to sharing a more tangible experience of performance art during the workshop will enable the women to celebrate the female body as an empowering emblem. The second action will be performed solo in the gallery.

“The work is about pushing my boundaries, not pushing “the boundaries”. That’s not to say that there aren’t systems and cultures that my work challenges, as there are. Countries or systems that challenge personal autonomy, particularly the autonomy of women, rile me. If someone tells me that as a woman I don’t have the right to have a voice, then I need to find a way to show that I have a voice and that my voice is strong. My intention is never to offend or upset other people: it’s a personal challenge to use my body to see how far I can go. Images of bodies have become so sensationalised, but it’s not my intention to do that – I’m not interested in that. It feels natural for me to learn things about my body through my work and if someone else can identify with that, then that’s great, but I don’t need anyone else to.” Sinéad O’Donnell

Meet the Artist

  • Date: Saturday 29 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

O’Donnell will be talking about how her current practice was strongly influenced by her experiences in Eastern Europe at the start of her career. She will take you on a journey through a series of photos, film, and poetry, relating it to action art before the communist regime. Quite often the only witness to performance/action art at this time was a camera, which was forbidden as it was seen as a threat to the state.

About the Artist

Sinéad O’Donnell has worked in performance, installation, site and time‐based art for the past 20 years. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers and she often uses her body to investigate both her own and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to the restrictions placed on women. Despite deliberately avoiding the sensationalisation of the body, her works often promote strong reactions and emotions.

Recent work has been presented at Perfo, Tempere, Finland (2015), Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2014), Asiatopia, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, (2013), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (2012), Southbank Centre, London (2012). iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme, managed by the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

6pm // Meet the Artist – Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

30 October – 31 October, 2015

Wladyslaw Kamierczak and Ewa Rybska

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska Performance

  • Date: Friday 30 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska Street Action

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Aberdeen City Centre

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska’s performance in Aberdeen will be their first live appearance in four years.

Artist Statement

Contrary to expectation the time without performing was not time wasted because it was devoted to analyzing our existence in a collision with the world. The resultant experiences and hard feelings, the grievances towards people and their state systems, concluded in an abhorrent picture of the world with its inequalities and illiberality in religions, societies and countries. The growing hypocrisy in politics has become something that turns us into radical people. We value and love art, despite its uncertainties, it is where we can find our freedom of expression; however, our attitude of non-violence stems from our helplessness and the powerlessness of art. Our attitude in recent years has also been heavily modified through a series of scientific discoveries in space exploration because one look at our earth from a distance of 40 million light-years has changed everything in our lives. It has disturbed our conception of ourselves. So, uncertainty, exhaustion and helplessness will be the essence of our performance in Aberdeen. Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska

Meet the Artists

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak was educated at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow (M.A.) and first began creating performance art actions in 1979. He has presented over 150 performances in Poland, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Mexico, Indonesia and Switzerland. He began creating collaborative works with Ewa Rybska in 1997. He was the director and curator of the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Slupsk, Poland and was former curator and organiser of the Castle of Imagination International Performance Art Festival that took place annually in various locations throughout Poland from1993 to 2001.

Ewa Rybska studied at the College of Art and Design in Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland. In 1994 she began working as a curator at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. She became a co-organizer of the annual Castle of Imagination International Performance Art Festival. Following her interest in multi-media visual art she has been active in the initiation and administration of several international artist-run projects, including exchange exhibitions, festivals and artist residencies. Since 1997 she has been creating performance art works in collaboration with Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, performing in the UK, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Slovenia, Mexico, Indonesia and Poland.

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

7.30pm // Performance installation – Vest&Page

VestAndPage // Performance installation

31 October

VestAndPage

Dyad

  • Date: Saturday 31 October
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

“Two and two, of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. Two and two… went into the ark.” ~ Genesis 7:15

Conceived for TIPA, Dyad is the latest creation in our performance cycle investigating the dangers of dichotomy, attachments to dualism, and the paradox of Ego. We are interested in what divides and separates us and how divisions are applied socially and politically as mechanisms. We look into the ability to integrate foreground with background, and content with context. Through a series of poetic bodily images, we question how dichotomies, polarity and dualism are being employed as effective tools of ideology, propaganda or collective manipulation.

When Individual or Atom is that which cannot be cut or divided any further into separate parts, why are we still torn by schizophrenia? What if finally the Ego is not only useless, but a paradox that we continue to uphold only to confine ourselves? What if we really are just one part completing something else? Each episode starts with the above quote and a conflictive moment between a mouse and a rabbit, both burrowers and symbols of mediation, procreation and vulnerability.

The performance cycle has been developed and presented in 2014 with stations in Toronto (Black and White), Amsterdam (One and Two), Zagreb (You and Me) and Leipzig (Past and Present), and will be continued through 2015.

Dyad VII will offer the vestiges of the performance as an installation.

VestAndPage

Meet the Artists

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 8.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

VestAndPage will speak about their current performance-based art film and research project Plantain in which they walk 500 miles through Northern Germany, Poland and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, tracing the exodus route from East Prussia by Verena’s ancestors 70 years ago. They will present selected material and talk about the experience and intercultural exchange the project has facilitated.

Film Screening – sin∞fin The Movie

  • Date: Thursday 29 October
  • Time: 9.30pm
  • Location: Peacock Visual Arts

A trilogy of films of collaborative performances by VestAndPage in epic locations around the world. Teetering between the real and the visionary, the films feature the two protagonists undertaking surreal and ephemeral acts. Amplified by the unfamiliar environments, the performances reflect on universal human experiences such as altruism, partnership and the transient nature of existence.

Episode #1, Performances at the End of the World, set in Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (2010) thematically focuses on the intimate, inner domain of the individual and the couple.

Episode #2, Performances at the Hole Centre, located in Northern India and Kashmir (2011) highlights the topic of society and religion. Episode #3, Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass, filmed in Antarctica (2012) engages with narratives on nature and the universe.

There is no script or storyboard and the artists’ actions evolve in direct response to the surroundings in which they find themselves. The camera records what possible spectators would view, yet the movie is not a documentary. Instead the works are pieced together organically, forming an autonomous story generated through the process of making to be read by each viewer in a personal way.

A VestAndPage production 2010 – 2012 In co-production with CONFL!CTA Contemporary Art and Science Research, Punta Arenas (Chile); Sarai CSDS Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies, New Delhi; DNA Dirección Nacional del Antártico, Buenos Aires; Thetis Spa, Venice.

Workshop – Fragile Limits

  • Date: Wed 28 – Fri 30 October
  • Location: Gray’s School of Art During the three days, VestAndPage will be run their intensive Fragile Limits workshops with students from Gray’s School of Art.

Participants will follow VestAndPage’s unique method through the process of making a performative piece. Through practical exercises, participants will be provided with the means to conceive, develop and realise their own performance piece. The facilitators will lead exercises on a range of performance techniques and approaches that blur the boundaries between fine art, live art and contemporary performance practices.

About the Artists

VestAndPage are German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist Andrea Pagnes who have been working together since 2006, generating art in the mediums of live performance, filmmaking and writing and are independent curators (Venice International Performance Art Week www.veniceperformanceart.org). Their practice is contextual, process-led, situation-responsive and conceived psycho-geographically in response to natural surroundings, social contexts, historical sites or architecture, hence unrepeatable and subject to the given conditions.

Their works have been produced and presented internationally in a variety of sites, museums and galleries as well as collaborating with theatre companies, cultural and humanitarian organisations in production and education, presenting lectures and methodological workshop series all over the world from Seoul to Venice, Canada to Helsinki. Their writing is published widely in journals, books and magazines on contemporary art. They are recipients of the Fellowship of the Cultural Program of Argentina’s National Antarctic Direction (2012), AIR Taipei International Residence Fellowship (2012), Treviglio Video Poetry Prize (2011), Culture Prize of the City of Nassau (2011), Project Grant by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2010),Storie Literary Prize (A. Pagnes, 2008), Art Kontakt Prize (2007), Windsor & Newton Millennium Painting Award in Representation of Italy (A. Pagnes, 2000) and the Robert-Schuman-Silver Medal for European Unity (A. Pagnes,1990).

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Cons: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

TIPA is Curated and Produced by Nikki Milican

Booking

Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.

The University of Aberdeen presents: Performance Art: East, Northeast, West

30 -31 October 2015

A free public conference with talks and artistic performances.

Performance Art East, Northeast, West will explore the development of performance art in Eastern Europe, North America, and the Northeast of Scotland, highlighting connections between artists that occurred along the way.

Friday 30 October, 9.00am – 3.00pm, Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen

Saturday 31 October, 9.00am – 2.30pm, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

To book visit: http://performancenortheastwest.wordpress.com

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