Long durational performance 3 Cycles of Otherness (2014). In collaboration with Marco Gazzato (Tattoo) and Alessio Breda (Drums).
Benjamin Sebastian, 3 Cycles of Otherness. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.
Sebastian (born 1980 UK/AUS) is a visual artist and curator, living and
working in London.
practice is born out of an anxiety of living. Examining the environments,
Sebastian uses his body (and those of others) as a departure point, searching
for reason in the irrational and the profound in the mundane. His work is
interdisciplinary and not bound by any one medium, historically locating itself
within lineages of appropriation art, assemblage, installation and performance.
Paper, thread, porn, fire and gold make up many of the materials he returns to
again and again with imagery of intimacy and alienation utilised to evoke a
sense of longing and familiarity. In the face of the inevitability of death,
how should we live? With this question in mind, Sebastian attempts to make
sense of living. Refusing prescriptive narratives and interrogating life, he attempts to dismantle binary relations to find self in otherness, through
strategies of repetition, appropriation, duration and liveness. Sebastian has
exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. 2012 saw
him awarded the Artists' International
Development Fund by the British Council and Arts Council England.
Sebastian's works are held in numerous private collections and he is currently co-director of ]performance s p a c e [, the UK's only performance
art specific studio and exhibition space.
VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Sebastian will present the new long
durational performance 3 Cycles of
Otherness, a live installation that explores issues of alienation,
identification and agency through the repetition of an evolving score. Across
three days Sebastian will interweave text, performance and sound; assembling a
visual narrative that interrupts binary relations and questions fixed modes of
representation. In collaboration with Marco Gazzato (Tattoo) and Alessio Breda (Drums).
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