CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 (2017)
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Poetics of Relations
VestAndPage, Balada Corporal I. Galeria Homero Massena, Vitoria, BR (2011). Photograph by Sergio Prucoli.
For us, to perform through a Poetics of Relations is a matter of existence. Our conceptual, situation-responsive
and collaborative body-based performances are in the light of the creation of
universal meanings and new imagery. Our
laboratorial process revolves around a range of techniques reflecting our
backgrounds along the interface of visual arts, performing arts, experimental
and Social Theatre and creative writings. VestAndPage’s approach to performance
matters aims to empower emotional intelligence, readiness, responsiveness,
empathy, awareness, notions of critical, creative and divergent thinking,
including mindful risk assessment.
We will work on the body as a poetic and
imaginary landscape, using the three bodies (physical, mental and spiritual) as
primary artistic tools. Notions of temporalities, memory strata, failure and
fragility of the individual and the collective within social and environmental
spheres serve to approach themes such as: trust in change, endurance, union,
pain sublimation and risk-taking, in a poetic bodily approach to art practice
with a focus on universal human experiences.
Verbal and nonverbal communication, the
personal inner archive, emotional drive, ecological intelligence and the study
of the archetypes are to enforce endurance, presence, condition, the Self,
independence, and trust. Insight into more practical subjects include the art
of sustaining a life as an artist, and how to build temporary artistic
communities to find innovative approaches for new modes of existence and art
Be open, blind, silent, loud, quick, light, slow, humble, determined,
collective, to inspire yourself and the others.
Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke
and Venetian artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together as
VestAndPage, generating art in the mediums of live performance, filmmaking,
writing and as independent curators. Their collaborative practice has roots in
contemporary visual and conceptual art, classical, oriental and social theatre,
martial arts, philosophy, anthropology, anthropoetics, political science, the
study of rites, myths, religions, particularly Sufism, alchemy and iconology.
Animated by a nomadic, confrontational spirit, they apply the themes of
acceptance, resistance, endurance and union with a poetic bodily approach to
art practice, examining notions of fragility, vulnerability and failure of the
individual and the collective within different social and environmental
spheres. Exploring what, as human beings, we still have to offer, VestAndPage
question the boundaries between the interior and exterior aspects of our
existence. They are the conceivers and the independent curatorial force behind
projects such as the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK.
CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is for those who trust in change.
For those who are ready to challenge
their own practice.
It is for the overstretched global bodies
searching for a home or on pilgrimage. For those to whom the surreal is
familiar, those who dance on the limits hand in hand.
For those who go to spaces of hidden
beauty and scan into the flesh of dream matter— visionary poets, artists and
performers pushed by an urgency. For those who reconcile with the mystery to
make and let things coexist, for anything that remains alone is just a nothing
For those who seek to express, not to
impress, and take risks in the name of seeking new images. For those who are on
a journey skittering through visible landscapes and invisible places, actual
places and imaginary places.
This is a nomadism aiming to empower
one’s own art and openness, leaving subtle traces, structuring temporary
autonomous zones. It is to take action, because each one of us has important
stories to tell, for we are stories until we die. And then again, 'Remember
all, forget all.'
Photograph © Alexander Harbaugh, Istanbul, 2016.