sin∞fin - Performances at the Holy Centre (2011). Performance-based movie episode.
VestAndPage, Still from sin∞fin - Performances at the Holy Centre (2011) Courtesy of the artists.
artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been
working together since 2006, generating art in the mediums of live performance,
filmmaking and writing, and as independent curators. Their practice is
contextual, process-led, situation-responsive and conceived
psycho-geographically in response to social contexts, natural surroundings,
historical sites or architecture, hence unrepeatable and subdue to the given
conditions. In a poetics of relations it examines notions of fragility,
vulnerability and failure of the individual and the collective within different
social or environmental spheres. Exploring what, as human beings, we still have
to offer, VestAndPage question our existence within a humanity characterised by
social exclusion and global atrocities. Demanding themselves to inspire others
and animated by a nomadic, confrontational spirit, they apply the themes of
acceptance, resistance, endurance and union with a poetic bodily approach to
2010-2012, VestAndPage produced the experimental art film trilogy sin∞fin The Movie, a complex visual research
realised during three years in Antarctica, South America and Asia, examining
the relationship between the ephemeral art form of performance with filmmaking.
VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK presents the second episode sin∞fin - Performances at the Core of the
Holy Centre (2011), produced in collaboration with the Sarai Centre for Studies of Developing Societies in New Delhi. sin∞fin The Movie is a trilogy of films of collaborative performances 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. The concluding episode, 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.
Courtesy of the artists and Video Out Distribution, Vancouver.
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