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# 49 | Neighbourhood

17. - 26. September 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia
In cooperation with Nomadic Performance Art Festival

with BBB Johannes Deimling and guest teacher Brian Connolly


Silja Kerstin Rebane
Aksel Norreen Hauklien
Martin Zepter - 1
Martin Zepter - 2
Guillaume Dufour Morin
Kristiane Nerdrum Bøgwald
Crisia Miroiu
whatsthebigmistry (Priya Mistry)

Brian Connolly - 'the market', a documentation of the worksession


The PAS #49 study is focusing on the notion of neighbourhood through an ecological scope as eco derives from the Greek word Oikos, which means “house”. The idea of the oikos has a strong image to the notion of neighbourhood as it not only refers to the building of a house, but also everything else that supports it, such as atmosphere, the garden, weather, relations, smell etc. Thus an oikos can be seen as "larger than a house/home", but something, which actually begins to consider the neighbourhood/community around it, as well as recognizing its dependence of its surroundings. Dancer and Performer Simon Whitehead offers a similar idea of home:

'the body is the ‘first home’, and the place or territory where we live is a ‘second home’, or perhaps something that is made through a heightened sense of awareness to where we are. The ‘third’ home is the home you discover when you start interacting with the assemblage body and environment to produce something new.'

Combining Whitehead’s thoughts with the concepts of performance art, which, among other things, can be considered as a social art form, the ‘third home’ offers a very interesting context to PAS #49, in which new modes of performance can be developed. Participants of the study will have the chance to research, discover and explore a specific area of Bratislava. The area is situated at the periphery of the “Old Town” - surrounding the Contemporary Cultural Centre A4 – and is a mix of different kinds of architecture, calm areas and markets and empty spots between buildings, while hidden behind the main train station and the busy street Sancova. This Neighbourhood, with its diverse possibilities, will be the subject of the #49 study, where site-specific, long durational performances and interactive forms of art-making are in the focus of how to adjust and enhance an artistic ephemeral concept of performative art.

The challenge of the researchers will be the questions of how to access private and public space in this area and how far it is possible to include the local people in the PAS activities. Neighbourhood is thus meant as a metaphor for how we react to what surrounds us rather than using the space for individual work.

Following to the topic of PAS #49 we will research different performance art practices and create an experimental setting in which we will work towards an individual and/or collective performance work which will be presented as part of the Nomadic Performance Art Festival 2016: Neighbourhood and Territory, in the public realm of the quarter.