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The International Performing Art Giswil

I’m really looking forward to take part at the upcoming International Performing Art Festival in Giswil (Switzerland). On this year edition of Festival there is a real emphasis on documentation and the discussion around it and I’m happy to be invited alongside another DARC member Ernst Fischer to input with our experience.

Perderse Juntos [publication]

Perderse Juntos (Lost Together) is the first digital publication featuring the world of The PhotoPerformer. This easily accessible publication is the result of a 5 months long research taking place in Mexico during which Manuel Vason has developed as series of workshops, talks and exhibitions focused on the philosophy behind the PhotoPerformer and the concerns that animate his/her/its existence.

The publication, rich of photographic content, is written in Spanish and translated in English and was published by the Universidad Autonoma del Estate de Mexico in 2017.

Click on the image below (Book Cover) to see the publication.

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To receive a pdf version please send me an email.

Past, Present, Future. What is Time-Base media?

On the 22nd of March, I will be taking part to the ‘Past, Present, Future. What is Time-Base media’ symposium as part of the StrangeLove Festival 2019. I will take this opportunity to share some new views on Time-Base documentation looking through the eye/lens of the PhotoPerformer.

Folkestone Darkroom Collective: Salt Photo Printing

Folkestone Darkroom Collective: Salt Photo Printing.
Railway arches, Harbour Square (opposite the fountain), 12–4pm, drop-in, FREE

Looking forward to share some skills with a group of Local artists all interested on alternative processes.

Faye Golley, Emily Rose Parris, Luke Jones, Manuel Vason, Philippa Wall and Tsvetelina Ivanova celebrate photography and performance by creating unique prints using one of the oldest traditional techniques – salt printing. The process uses salted water, silver nitrate, paper, a negative film and sunlight to produce images – shipping the viewer back to Victorian times. Join the artists in their makeshift

darkroom to create and develop a portrait on Saturday, then come along on Sunday to see the finished results. Suitable for all ages.

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The PhotoPerformer at Body and Freedom Festival

After a long break from action due to the arrival of Tian and the other baby (Phd thesis), the PhotoPerformer returns ‘live’ as part of the Body and Freedom Festival in Zurich.

Along side an exciting selection of artists and friends, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to experiment a durational photographic activity.

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23 – 25 of August – Zurich

Here a link to the program: http://bodyandfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Flyer-Body-and-Freedom-Festival-2018-doppelseitig.pdf

Here a link to the festival site: http://bodyandfreedom.com/manuel-vason/

A Photographic Exchange: Workshop with Manuel Vason

Dear friends,

since I moved to Folkestone I was wishing to do a project with the landscape and here the opportunity arrived. A fabulous organisation called The Ash Project are inviting artists to respond creatively to the devastating disease that is killing the most common tree in Kent Down area.

During a two days workshop we will photographically explore a local forest, we will gain and share information about the ash trees and we will engage in a series of actions using our bodies that we will document and share as a small campaign to build awareness.

If you believe that imagination, connection and care can make a difference, than join us!

ashtree020webThe workshop is free.

Booking is essential so follow the link to book your space.

https://www.theashproject.org.uk/a-photographic-exchange-photography-workshop/

 

Over two days we will practice photography as a methodology to communicate and connect with the ash trees of a small forest near Folkestone.

Instead of using photography as an observatory tool that replicates reality from distance, we will explore the medium as a stage on which to enact a correspondence between photographers and plants. Using intuition and imagination we will search for individual ways to interact with the trees and we will investigate creative ways to document those actions with photography. The workshop is open to anybody willing to explore the ash trees as companion for a new photographic and performative adventure.

Over the two days you will engage with an experimental photographic practice that considers the photographic relationship as a transfer of energy between subjects, to explore ways to move the photographic discourse away from a site of capture. The trees are viewed as a breathing, living participant in the act of creation

DARC ‘Transformance Project’ at Tempting Failure Festival 2018

Transformance-JemimaAfter 2 years from its first conception I will have the pleasure to present the Transformance project through a ‘live’ installation during the Tempting Failure Festival alongside DARC members: Tara Fatehi Irani, Ernst Fischer, Holly Revell, and Jemima Yong.

Matthews Yard Gallery

1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, England, CR0 1FF  (map)

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If you want to know more about DARC have a read at LIVE ART UK Feature

Here a small promotional  trailer of the project:

Transformance by DARC (Documentation Action Research Collective) from Tara Fatehi Irani on Vimeo.

A radical new methodology examining how live performance can be experienced, transformed and translated, Transformance is an exciting ongoing project from this extraordinary collective. A meeting of the words ‘transformation’ and ‘performance’, artists Tara Fatehi Irani, Ernst Fischer, Holly Revell, Manuel Vason, and Jemima Yong have been exploring this practice-led research for over a year, seeking to actively blur the lines between performance and documentation, finding exchange between forms in a new hybrid live practice.

As part of this ongoing research, DARC have recently been working with select Tempting Failure artists – Moa Johansson, Hollie Miller and Peter Eason Daniels – exploring the ways in which these innovative approaches can be applied. Asking questions around what is seen, what disappears and what might become fixed from a live performance – the collaboration between these two groups will culminate in the collective’s first public showing for the project as part of TF18.

Moa Johansson, one of the artists selected for TF18’s Mentoring programme, entered into this working process with DARC earlier this month. She described the process as one of exploring what might occur beyond photography purely being seen as an act of documentation. What if it began to function and fuse as part of the creative process of making a performance?

“We began with an initial piece of work and were encouraged to explore ideas around exchange – exchanges between artist and photographer, with a focus on the interaction and communication. A kind of responsive exchange to documentation”

Using the works being developed for TF18 as a starting point, Moa and the other select artists will continue to work in daylong exchanges – with recordings of dialogues, performance, and actions aiming to capture different viewpoints and perspectives on the creative acts.

Peter Eason Daniels, another of TF18’s mentee artists, said “It is hard to believe that spaces like the DARC studio still exist in London, equally rare was the collective itself. From the moment I arrived, they were kind, accommodating, interesting and challenging. I am extremely excited to see what will happen to the performance and how it will be presented and transformed. It was a pleasure…and worth carrying a leaf blower through airport security.”

Both a live performance event and static exhibition, the work from this phase of Transformance will be presented at Matthews Yard, 1-4pm 17th July with the free static exhibition on display until the 21st. Day tickets are available now here. For the full programme please visit https://www.temptingfailure.com/events/.

A trailer for Transformance, and this phase of work between DARC and TF18 artists, can also be found here.

Header image by Holly Revell.

Becoming an Image with Cassils at Wiener Festwochen

I’m very happy to be performing with Cassils again the Becoming an Image piece… a live piece that will accompany the artist/collaborator life and manifest the various stages.

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Dates: Fri, 15. June , 22:00

Location: Gösserhallen, Halle 4
Laxenburger Straße 2B, 1100 Wien

here some info:

Performance icon Cassils gained international recognition with their use of their own body as artistic material and by continually modifying it. The Huffington Post listed Cassils as »one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art.« In their performances, to be understood as a visual critique of ideologies, Cassils’s body, which is constantly transformed by strict physical training regimes, is the protagonist in the contemplation of a history of violence, representation, struggle and survival.

Becoming an Image takes us into a world of absolute darkness where performance, photography and sculpture meet. During the course of about twenty minutes, Cassils unleashes an attack on a 1000 kg clay block with full force, thus making the audience a witness of an act of violence. Delivering a series of kicks and blows in total darkness, the spectacle is illuminated only by the flash of a photographer, burning the image into the viewer’s retina. The result is a series of live photographs that allow the senseless acts of violence against transsexual and queer bodies to be viewed as if through the lens of history.

Symposium: O.U.T (Once. Upon. Time) Performative strategies and the interplay between action and image.

I’m looking forward to present the PhotoPerformer during the upcoming Symposium. I will be talking along side a very interesting group of artists and art critics all captivated by the complex relationship between performance and photography.

The event will take place at the James Hockey Gallery  ( UCA Farnham ) from 10.00 till 5.00 pm.

The project is part of BookRoom 

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Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest

I’m very happy to have been commissioned a new photographic intervention commemorating the 30th anniversary of the protests against Section 28.

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In 1988, the UK government introduced Section 28, legislation that stated that councils should not ‘intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ in its schools or other areas of their work.

Over 20,000 people marched in protest against the legislation on 20 February 1988 in Manchester: the city’s largest ever peaceful protest at that time.

Click here for more info:

Queer Contact ’18: Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Attend an initial workshop with the organisers to explore ideas for the images, and discuss connections to the march and the issues surrounding the struggle for LGBTQ+ people’s rights in the 30 years since the protests.

Either: Sat 10th February 2018 (2pm-5pm, Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Road, M12 4NE)

Or: Sat 17th February 2018 (2pm-5pm, Manchester International Festival, Blackfriars House, M3 2JA)

Then attend the public photoshoot of the images in Manchester City Centre.

TUE 20 FEBRUARY 2018 (TIME/CITY CENTRE LOCATION TBC)

The photographs will then be presented at a public event in May 2018, alongside performances, poetry and music celebrating the protest and its legacy.

MORE INFORMATION / HOW TO TAKE PART

Please email [email protected] if you’d like to take part, or for more information.

Please note: this opportunity is unpaid but we aim to provide food and refreshments at all the session days.