New gallery/studio space in Folkestone

Dear Friends in Folkestone and close by, please come along on Sunday for the opening of our new space, a joint adventure between my wife, myself and Ernst Fischer. We will show a small selection of work but it would be a great opportunity to present our practice to the local community and start planning future projects and collaborations. Opening
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Performance Documentation workshop – Wake Festival Folkestone

Getting ready to a new workshop experience as part of Wake Festival in Folkestone. We open call for a group of participants interested to discuss the complex relationship between Photography and Performance Art and exercise new ideas.
To apply please send: A short letter of motivation, artist's bio/statement & weblink. To: [email protected] Participants will be provided with a bursary of £300, food, travel and assistance with accommodation if necessary. Workshop dates: 1st - 5th September Wake Festival dates: 8th - 10th September Deadline for applications: 4th August Applicants notified: 7th August
About the workshop: Title: Looking at Documentation from the lens of Performance Art. Description: This workshop is matured as a natural development of my art practice. Since 1999 I have been collaborating with more than 200 performance artists internationally. Each collaborations was different but in every single one the objective was to transform a symbolic action into a significant image. During these years I have developed a methodology of working based on dialogue, exchange, intention, attention, exercises and process. By questioning the reductive activity of photography (framing and choosing) we will reconsider documentation as a creative action of emotional proximity with the subject. By confronting the authoritative fixity of the photographic evidence we will open up the medium so to welcome new valid and necessary perspectives such as the ‘provisional’ or the ‘precarious’. Basically, we will try to embody documentation as an exercise to sync with our subject and solution the inevitable distance.

- Manuel Vason

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Becoming an Image workshop – Reboot – Chisenhale Dance Space

Precarious-PhotographIt has been great to work with a group of participants put together by Clod Ensemble as part as their Reboot program. The group was mainly composed by movers and choreographers and I felt a real interested on questioning the image (mainly the photographic image) and its role in our society. During the various presentation I noticed a real connection between the action and the sound or better the rhythm. While I used my practice as a vehicle to create some exercises to be experience in group, we all ended up united in the search for the ‘Precarious Image’. _V0A5419 _V0A5433 REboot2417
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UNFORESEEN – Open Studio event

Dear Friends I’m delighted to invite you to my first Open Studio event.   Press Image web   For 3 days ( Friday 30th of June, Saturday 1st of July and Sunday 2nd of July) I welcome you to visit my studio where I will install a selection of artwork spanning 18 years. With the supervision of curator Clara Rocha we have selected more then 35 pieces which are part of my artist proof collection. A lot of the selected work have been shown abroad but never in London. We chosen UNFORSEEN as the title for the event. It highlight the mystical interdependency between the live event and its documentation. All the work exhibited is born as an attempt to overcome the failure of documentation and the distance that photography is ontologically creating. UNFORSEEN would like to celebrate that sense of 'productive failure'. UNFORSEEN is matured out of a desire to generate further visibility and discussion on my  art practice and the urgency to find alternative ways to sustain more development. The work exhibited will be available for sale and the money collected will be use to fund new projects. Please help me to prove that there are other ways to survive as an artist in London without the support of a commercial gallery or a second job. If you don’t think so, please come along anyway and let’s discuss it all. Manuel
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Becoming an Image – Performance with Cassils.

Looking forward to collaborate once more with the incredible Cassils on the Becoming Image performance in Brighton. Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 16.54.08 The day after the performance 17th of June there will be a conversation between Cassils, Dr. Dominic Johnson and Manuel Vason, hosted by Dr. Gavin Butt from the University of Sussex.  Here the link. Becoming an Image is a performance designed for the camera. Taking place in a blacked out room, the only elements in the space are the audience, a photographer, the performer and a block of clay weighing 2000 pounds. In the darkness, Cassils uses their skills as a boxer and MMA fighter to unleashing an assault where they beat the clay, molding the form. Originally commissioned by the ONE Archives (the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States.) Becoming an Image addressed LGBTQ archives and the Ts and Qs often missing from historical records, which exist outside of the lens. Cassils is originally from Montreal and now lives and works in Los Angeles. An internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, Cassils is also founding member of the Los Angeles based performance group the Toxic Titties.
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Wake Festival – workshop opportunity

I’m so pleased to have been asked to give a workshop as part of Wake Festival. The program is sooo good! 14993450_10155372984008776_6152444565353350387_n Here some info:
Manuel Vason workshop and WAKE festival performance documentation opportunity.
As part of WAKE festival 8th - 10th September ]performance s p a c e [ will be working with renowned photographer Manuel Vason to offer a dynamic performance documentation workshop. The workshop will take place e from 1st - 5th September in Folkestone,  following which participants will document the work taking place across WAKE festival. Each participant will either be assigned an artist to work with for the duration of the festival or an evenings event to document.
About Manuel Vason: Manuel Vason’s artistic practice explores the relationship between photography and performance, presence and representation. He considers the capturing of a moment as an act of creation, a ritual towards the illusion of immortality, and an exchange between who is in front and who is behind the camera. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique, hybrid art form and generates new vocabularies. His collaborations to date have produced some of the most iconic images of performance and his work has been published and presented internationally. Website.
Participants will be provided with a bursary of £100, food and assistance with accommodation if necessary.
Participants must be able to attend 2 out of the 4 WAKE program events taking place ahead of the festival.
These are: Rising 17th June, Vigil: Black 24th June, Vigil: Rite 29th July, Vigil: Earth 26th August.
To apply please send: A short letter of motivation, artist's bio/statement & weblink. To:
Deadline for applications 5pm, 31st June.
Successful applicants notified by 14th July.
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Documentation of Body Media II Exhibition

I just received a couple of pictures from China and I was well impressed with the installation. I said to the curator I was worried about the reflections on the artwork as the images were mounted on perspex and they constructed a lit ceiling... The credit of the images: " Photograph by Jiang Wenyi, Power Station of Art " Manuel Vason web The credit of the images: " Photograph by Jiang Wenyi, Power Station of Art " Manuel Vason-2web
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THE ETHICAL DOCUMENT – Tate Liverpool – Look Festival

Thu 11 May  2:00pm - 3:30pmTate Exchange Space, Level 1, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dockbrazil-Capture-026 I’m really looking forward to share some ideas and example of my work around a topic so complex and poignant as The Ethical Document. Take part in a discussion exploring photography and performance: This event is aimed at artists, photographers, curators and those interested in socially engaged practice, the event will be chaired by Sarah Fisher; Executive Director of Open Eye Gallery. Join Jennifer Verson, Manuel Vason and Tara Fatehi Irani of the DARC collective for talks and presentations on the practices, aesthetics and ethics of co-creating performance documentation, performance photography and photo performances. Last summer Manuel Vason was in residence with the multi-faith women’s group and choir Migrant Artists Mutual Aid (MaMa) and the transmutable voices team: performer/director Jennifer Verson, artist/psychotherapist Lorena Rivero de Beer and and social psychologist Pamella Mastrilli and co-created a series of photo performances exploring new aesthetics of citizenship. Manuel Vason returns to Liverpool on May 11th with Tara Fatehi Irani to discuss the theories, processes and challenges of creating the ethical document. DARC are a collective of artists who believe that the documentation of other artists work is not just preservation but a creative act. This event is programmed by Open Eye Gallery in association with LOOK/17 and is part of the week long event LOOK/17: UK/China Cultural Exchange II. Here the weblink to the event:
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Body Media II Exhibition Shanghai

I’m very excited to participate on this group exhibition at the Power Station Gallery in Shanghai China. web Body Media II will first incorporate PSA’s industrial space as a cold body and a segment of modernity. This cold body will use hot language and hot narration to guide visitors around internally like the circulation of blood, to test if space, artworks, and visitors can achieve uniformity in terms of languages and actions.  Body Media II continues the theme of Body Media, which took place at the Red Town Sculpture Center in 2007 and was mainland’s earliest international interactive media exhibition. 10 years ago, Body Media took place in two totally enclosed black boxes, and the sense of space was intentionally taken away, with bodies of visitors becoming keys to open projects in the sense of time. After a decade, when we re-look at “body” and “media”, they have gone beyond the relations of mirror or cooperation, and are leading to interesting performativity as they are now substitutes to each other.
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Exhibition/collaboration at Coleman Project Gallery

After one year collaboration with artist Anne Bean, I’m very excited to see the images exhibited.

Exhibition/collaboration at Coleman Project Gallery

EMIT a dialogue through time Preview:             Friday 17 March 6-9.30 pm Dates:                 March 18 – April 9 2017 Times:                12-6 pm Fri, Sat, Sun. & by appt. Performance:    3 pm  Sunday 9 April Talk:                   4 pm Sunday 9 April Coleman Project Space is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Anne Bean that have grown out of her film-performance project ‘Night Chant’ – originally conceived for the Whitechapel gallery’s 2015 symposium ‘Performance and Politics in 1970s’. Bean is interested in the different ways artists have been influenced over the years by the permissive space that performance art has provided. ‘Night Chant’ is a short film that explores her personal connections with five artists who sadly, and suddenly, died a few years ago. Two of them – Alexis Hunter and Rita Harris – were based next door, or very near, to Coleman Project Space during the seventies. In a recent Art Monthly interview, Bean said of these relationships: ‘We are each other’s archives and legacies’. Hunter used photography to powerfully buck sexual, social and gender stereotypes, while Harris became a recognised master of t’ai chi, using her art as a healing tool – such as leading a ritual ceremony as part of Bean’s ‘365 dresses’, a CGP London commission performed locally in Southwark Park in 2005. For the exhibition at Coleman Project Space, Bean has worked with performance photographer Manuel Vason, to create a series of images for the main gallery depicting sites of significance to the work and lives of Harris and Hunter. These include the room where Hunter made her most radical feminist works, such as ‘Domestic Warfare,’ 1975, and the park where Rita worked and taught t’ai chi. ‘Night Chant’ will be projected in the shed space, which will also become the site for Bean’s new performance work: ‘Secret conversations we didn’t know we were having’.  
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