Arti Grabowski is living in the ‘Performer street’ in a small village close to Krakow inPoland. He dedicated his artistic and as well his non artistic life to Performance and Action Art. “I am a performative animal” he states and this might be the reason of his vivid and enormous CV. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, where he obtained a Diploma (MA) at the Multimedia Department by Professor Antoni Porczak. Currently he is working as assistant professor at the Performance Art Laboratory at the Intermedia Department, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow led by Professor Artur Tajber.
In the past 10 years of his artistic activity he realized over a hundred of actions and performances - always strong, absurd and with a typical sense of humor as well as with thoughtful criticism. He took part in many of the most important Performance Art-, Theatre-, and Video Art Festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Arti Grabowski is also working as a curator for Performance Art and has curated various festivals and events with a distinct quality of presenting Performance Art as an art form that matters. With curating the 13th International Art Action Festival INTERAKCJE at Centre for Art Action in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland and a lot of other Performance Art events more Arti Grabowski has shown that his dedication to this art form is beyond a regular engagement.
Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist, writer and curator Andrea Pagnes have been working together as VestAndPage in Performance art, filmmaking, writing, research and as independent curators. Their works, recordings and live performances have been shown in solo and group shows, festivals, and biennials across Europe, Asia, Central and South America and the US. They collaborate with international theatre companies, humanitarian and social organizations in production and education, as recently for the street-children workshop project “Fear is Fear. Love is Love.” in Mexico City. They further present methodological workshop series, which work on memory activation and stimulation of the personal, inner library for creative use through Performance art, and have been held in cultural institutions, academies and universities worldwide. Their theoretical investigations have been published in various books and magazines of contemporary art such as Flash Art, Art&Education, Research Catalogue, Flux News, Re-Tooling Residencies, and in the book “The Fall of Faust - Considerations on Contemporary Art and Art Action” by Andrea Pagnes. Being active as independent curators and organizers, they recently presented the performance-focused live art exhibition project “Venice International Performance Art Week” at Palazzo Bembo in Venice (2012). Between 2010-2012, VestAndPage produced the experimental art film trilogy “sin∞fin The Movie” in Antarctica, India, Kashmir, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, researching the possibilities of combining the ephemeral art form of Performance with filmmaking.
emily promise allison [ca] - emilyallisonemilyallison.blogspot.com
lecture, concept development for PAS youth
emily promise allison is a canadian artist focused on installation, performance art, and pedagogy. she studies at the alberta college of art + design (sculpture bfa), and the glasgow school of art (sculpture + environmental art ba hons). her previous education and work experience in dance and theatre has evolved into a form of performance art that could be described as ‘romantic’. her performance work was first seen as part of PAS #24 in calgary, alberta. since then she has participated as performance artist within the province as part of the mountain standard time performative arts festival, emmedia, truck gallery, southern alberta art gallery, and the city of calgary’s inaugural nuit blanche festival. impassioned by children, their unusual communication skills and imaginative resourcefulness, she has been teaching experimental theatre and visual art to youth since 2007.
Dr. Karmenlara Ely [us]
performative lecture for PAS # 27
Dr. Karmenlara Ely (Phd, Performance Studies) is the Artistic Director of the Acting program at Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad, Norway. Before coming to NTA, Karmenlara spent nearly 10 years teaching theater and performance theory at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a special emphasis on exploring the impact of ethical philosophy and erotics on contemporary performance. Karmenlara has collaborated as a performer, dramaturg and scenic costumer on theater, performance works and installations in the New York area since 1996, performing in spaces such as La Mama, Here, Galapagos Art Space and The Public Theater, as well as other notable sites outside the city and throughout the Americas. Heavily influenced by her experience as a dancer and physical performer in both festival and stage genres, her topics of inquiry examine the critical role of the body in taboo breaking and the complexities of erotic pleasure in the creation of art.
pietro pellini is based in Cologne. His work is mainly photography art with a particular focus on art documentation and transformation. Since 1986 he build up a unique archive of his photography on international performance-art. Based on his research and experience in the field of transforming ephemere phases into the media photography he is teaching and giving lectures on the subject. Since 2009 he is teaching photography at the academy of fine arts in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Irene Müller [ch]
lecture for PAS # 27
Irene Müller is an art historian, curator and author based in Zurich. Besides her curatorial and publication projects, she also collaborated in several research projects focusing questions of the preservation and documentation of electronic art (www.aktivearchive.ch) and the archiving and transmitting of performance art (www.zhdk.ch/?archivperformativ). Since 2009 she works as lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the F+F School of Art and Media Design, Zurich.
Marie-Luise Lange [de] - www.marie-luise-lange.de
teaching and art education
Prof. Dr. Marie-Luise Lange holds a professorship for art theory/aesthetics and art history at TU Dresden. Hereby her special research interests are focused in the areas of teaching methods in performance art, participatory art, contemporary art theory, aesthetic research and performative learning methods. She is investigating and exploring new strategies for a useful and enriching inclusion of performance art in courses and project workshops for children, youths and students in teacher training. With a special emphasis Lange promotes the placing of performative teaching methods and models in the general curriculum in secondary schools and high schools. According to this in 2002 she published her habilitation treatise with the title „Grenzüberschreitung Wege zur Performance Körper - Handlung - Intermedialität im Kontext ästhetischer Bildung“ and 2005 her second book with the title „Performativität erfahren Aktionskunst lehren Aktionskunst lernen“. Since the 80ies she is a performance artist herself and presents continually own performance art pieces in galleries and public spaces with the main topic of material transformation. After 5 years of organizing and teaching a special performance art course together with BBB Johannes Deimling in Rehlovice, Czech Republic, in 2012 this course was held for the first time as cooperation between the TU Dresden, the University of Cologne and PAS| Performance Art Studies.
Ingolf Keiner [de]
performance / sculpture / installation / video for PAS # 20
Ingolf Keiner studied first communication design, then fine arts at the University of Arts Berlin in the class of Rebecca Horn. In numerous international exhibitions, he is working on synergies between performative acting and installations, sculptures and videos. In 2000, he founded with Jonas Burgert the exhibition series FRAKTALE, which as last took place in the Palace of the Republic. In cooperation with the European Performance Institute he organized and curated performance art conferences and festivals. Since 2008 Ingolf Keiner is teaching at the University of Arts Berlin installation and performance.
Christopher Hewitt has been involved in areas of performance art and interdisciplinary art for the past 20 years, working as a curator, teacher and facilitator. After nearly 10 years of being based in London, which included working as the Director of Live Art at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he went on to set up the ‘Crossing Borders’ performance art degree programme at the Turku Academy of Art in Finland. He is currently based in Berlin where he publishes liveartwork DVD – a quarterly compilation of video documentation of contemporary performance art. Since 2010 Christopher has been making the video documentation for PAS - Performance Art Studies.
Johannes Lothar Schröder [de]
performance art history for PAS # 20
Johannes Lothar Schröder is based in Hamburg. His free lance research has backgrounds in visual arts and art history, in which he holds a PhD for his thesis on Performances from Happenings to persona. Besides writing and lecturing, he does photography, installations and performances. Schröder recycles continuously his archive into objects, performances and installations like “Relic-Lounge” www.performance-festival.de “Architexture” (Performance Research, Vol. 11, No. 3). Recently he performed a number of re-doings such as “The Art of Sleeping” inspired by Chris Burden’s “Bed-Piece” for extension series 12, Berlin 2011
Essi Kausalainen has been active in the international performance art scene since 2000. Her solo performances have been shown in festivals and events such as ACTS (Contemporary Arts Museum, Roskilde 2011), Extensions –series / Grimmuseum (Berlin 2010), Open –festival (Beijing 2009), 7a*11d (Toronto 2008), Ensemble of Women (Santiago de Chile 2007), Future of Imagination #3 (Singapore 2006), The National Rewiev of Live Art (Glasgow 2004). In Finland Kausalainen’s work has been seen in varying venues from Meilahti Art Museum and EMMA to festivals such as ANTI –Contemporary Art Festival, Là-bas and Amorph! In addition to her performance works Essi Kausalainen has had six solo exhibitions in Helsinki, Malmö and Turku presenting videos, performances and installations.
Studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts University in Torun, poland. He is working with performance art since 1979, where he also founded the "Group A". During the 80's he worked with the Open Theatre Centre in Wroclaw and author of the holistic concept of performance. In workshop projects he uses the experience of "Laboratory Theatre" by Jerzy Grotowski and behavioral training. He defines this stage as "pre-space" for "creative impulse" in performance art. The main focus in his own work is the search for identity. Antoni Karwowski is author and organizer of many international art projects and participated in several editions of the OST - WEST FORUM in Germany. Currently he is working with OFFicyna art place in Szczecin as an artist and curator for Performance art.