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PERFORMANCE ART AS A TOOL FOR DEMOCRACY

series of  workshops led by Denisas Kolomyckis (Lithuania-Portugal)

July 9, 10, 2014

THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GREY

performance

actor and dancer: Denisas Kolomyckis

video and documentation: Luís Carvalho

duration: 40 minutes

The Small Theater/The Armenian National Center of Aesthetics

11 Abovyan str., Yerevan, Armenia

July 21, 2014 (no fee for the entrance)

 

As a partner organization of the RAIZVANGUARDA Cultural Association based in in Gois (Portugal), the Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL) collaboratively organized series of workshops  entitled ‘Performance Art as a Tool for Democracy’ led by denisas Kolomyckis, co-workers Luis Carvahlo and Inesse and a performance ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by an artist Denisas Kolomyckis on a stage of the Small Theater (Poqr Tatron) of the National Center of Aesthetics (NCA), Armenia.

The aim of the workshops is to establish a working and collaborative platform with artistic and non-artistic communities with introducing them the idea of Performance Art, and promoting their own power for an active society. During the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to create their own interpretations, producing new ideas that will be tested during the workshops. Other artistic disciplines were introduced, being taken as a starting point for a critical thinking and artistic improvisation. The objective is to demonstrate the possibility of achieving social change through the use of artistic tools.

The series of workshops embraced the students of the Art College (NCA), artists of the Small Theater and group of MA students of the Institute of of theater and Cinematography/department of Scenography and theater directing.

The RAIZVANGUARDA and ACSL will continue that reciprocal collaboration in Portugal in a frame of new body of projects which are in the stage of processing and developing and will take place in 2015.


Workshops 1:  Performance Art as a tool for Democracy

The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the Performance Art, promoting their own power for an active society. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create their own interpretations, producing new ideas that will e tested during the workshop. Other artistic disciplines will be introduced, being taken as a starting point for a critical thinking and artist improvisation. The objective is to demonstrate the possibility of achieving social change through the use of artistic tools.

Duration: 8 hours (09h30-13h00/14h-18h30)

 

Workshops 2:  Body – The link between art and society

This workshop has the objective to show the participants the importance of their body by demonstrating the capabilities of motion and composition skills as well as the development of critical thinking, combined with the creativity of expression. Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create their own choreography and perform it. Duration: 6 hours (10h-13h/14h-17h) Language : Russian (Armenian translation if needed).

 

 

THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY

Performance by Denisas Kolomyckis

 


 

‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’ is a multidisciplinary synthesis of the work of Oscar Wilde, that incorporates elements of theater, contemporary dance, music, sound and visual arts. The novel was adapted for an actor/ dancer who will recreate all the characters through voice, body, movement and music. The performance will include numerous multicultural expressions: traditional dances, language, music, sounds and video, which reflect human creativity and are measured in many fields of cultural heritage. It will be focused in Portuguese, Lithuanian and Armenian culture. Festivities, rituals, oral traditions, weddings, funerals and multicultural festivities will be addressed from the work.

Contemporary dance plays a crucial role in performance. Through body, ordered and highly complex movements will illustrate specific events of the novel. Dance is a language for the spectators, and through natural movements, homoeroticism, narcissism, seduction, beauty and gratification the novel will be present. The performance  addresses s issues such as multiculturalism, art as a tool for democracy, LGBT rights and human rights. All performances in Armenia will be recorded and documented. They will be posted online for the general public.

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Denisas Kolomyckis
is an interdisciplinary, performance artist, dancer and director. Worked with Lithuanian director Sarunas Bartas and avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas in New York. He has presented his works in USA, Russia and many other European countries. Denisas is an activist for human and LGBT rights and he has been awarded with the prize for the Youngest Lithuanian Volunteer in 2006. In 2013, Denisas Kolomyckis spoke on the international platform TEDx about “Performance Art as a Tool for Critical Approach”.

Luís Carvalho graduated in Sound and Image by Escola Superior de Arte das Caldas da Rainha, where he studied Cinema and Photography. In 2012/2013, Luís Carvalho participated in a European volunteer program in South Caucasus, having lived in Gyumri. In Armenia, he worked in youth initiatives, organized art events and within the non-formal education, studied the Armenian language and culture.

 


This project funded by Galouste Gulbenkian Foundation
with support and partnership  of the ACSL,  Lithuanian Embassy in Armenia, Youth Initiative Centers in Gois and Yerevan and others.

Special Thanks:

The Armenian National Center of Aesthetics and its “Small Theater”

Vahan Badalyan (artistic director of the “Small Theater”)

Samvel Baghdasaryan (dean of the Department of Fine Arts at the Armenian Open University)

Liana Khachatryan (coordinator of the Department of Fine Arts at the Armenian Open University)

Performance Art as a Tool for Democracy

    PERFORMANCE ART AS A TOOL FOR DEMOCRACY

    series of  workshops led by Denisas Kolomyckis (Lithuania-Portugal)

    July 9, 10, 2014

    THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GREY

    performance

    actor and dancer: Denisas Kolomyckis

    video and documentation: Luís Carvalho

    duration: 40 minutes

    The Small Theater/The Armenian National Center of Aesthetics

    11 Abovyan str., Yerevan, Armenia

    July 21, 2014 (no fee for the entrance)

     

    As a partner organization of the RAIZVANGUARDA Cultural Association based in in Gois (Portugal), the Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL) collaboratively organized series of workshops  entitled ‘Performance Art as a Tool for Democracy’ led by denisas Kolomyckis, co-workers Luis Carvahlo and Inesse and a performance ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by an artist Denisas Kolomyckis on a stage of the Small Theater (Poqr Tatron) of the National Center of Aesthetics (NCA), Armenia.

    The aim of the workshops is to establish a working and collaborative platform with artistic and non-artistic communities with introducing them the idea of Performance Art, and promoting their own power for an active society. During the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to create their own interpretations, producing new ideas that will be tested during the workshops. Other artistic disciplines were introduced, being taken as a starting point for a critical thinking and artistic improvisation. The objective is to demonstrate the possibility of achieving social change through the use of artistic tools.

    The series of workshops embraced the students of the Art College (NCA), artists of the Small Theater and group of MA students of the Institute of of theater and Cinematography/department of Scenography and theater directing.

    The RAIZVANGUARDA and ACSL will continue that reciprocal collaboration in Portugal in a frame of new body of projects which are in the stage of processing and developing and will take place in 2015.


    Workshops 1:  Performance Art as a tool for Democracy

    The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the Performance Art, promoting their own power for an active society. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create their own interpretations, producing new ideas that will e tested during the workshop. Other artistic disciplines will be introduced, being taken as a starting point for a critical thinking and artist improvisation. The objective is to demonstrate the possibility of achieving social change through the use of artistic tools.

    Duration: 8 hours (09h30-13h00/14h-18h30)

     

    Workshops 2:  Body – The link between art and society

    This workshop has the objective to show the participants the importance of their body by demonstrating the capabilities of motion and composition skills as well as the development of critical thinking, combined with the creativity of expression. Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create their own choreography and perform it. Duration: 6 hours (10h-13h/14h-17h) Language : Russian (Armenian translation if needed).

     

     

    THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY

    Performance by Denisas Kolomyckis

     


     

    ‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’ is a multidisciplinary synthesis of the work of Oscar Wilde, that incorporates elements of theater, contemporary dance, music, sound and visual arts. The novel was adapted for an actor/ dancer who will recreate all the characters through voice, body, movement and music. The performance will include numerous multicultural expressions: traditional dances, language, music, sounds and video, which reflect human creativity and are measured in many fields of cultural heritage. It will be focused in Portuguese, Lithuanian and Armenian culture. Festivities, rituals, oral traditions, weddings, funerals and multicultural festivities will be addressed from the work.

    Contemporary dance plays a crucial role in performance. Through body, ordered and highly complex movements will illustrate specific events of the novel. Dance is a language for the spectators, and through natural movements, homoeroticism, narcissism, seduction, beauty and gratification the novel will be present. The performance  addresses s issues such as multiculturalism, art as a tool for democracy, LGBT rights and human rights. All performances in Armenia will be recorded and documented. They will be posted online for the general public.

    —————————————————————————————————————————–


    Denisas Kolomyckis
    is an interdisciplinary, performance artist, dancer and director. Worked with Lithuanian director Sarunas Bartas and avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas in New York. He has presented his works in USA, Russia and many other European countries. Denisas is an activist for human and LGBT rights and he has been awarded with the prize for the Youngest Lithuanian Volunteer in 2006. In 2013, Denisas Kolomyckis spoke on the international platform TEDx about “Performance Art as a Tool for Critical Approach”.

    Luís Carvalho graduated in Sound and Image by Escola Superior de Arte das Caldas da Rainha, where he studied Cinema and Photography. In 2012/2013, Luís Carvalho participated in a European volunteer program in South Caucasus, having lived in Gyumri. In Armenia, he worked in youth initiatives, organized art events and within the non-formal education, studied the Armenian language and culture.

     


    This project funded by Galouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    with support and partnership  of the ACSL,  Lithuanian Embassy in Armenia, Youth Initiative Centers in Gois and Yerevan and others.

    Special Thanks:

    The Armenian National Center of Aesthetics and its “Small Theater”

    Vahan Badalyan (artistic director of the “Small Theater”)

    Samvel Baghdasaryan (dean of the Department of Fine Arts at the Armenian Open University)

    Liana Khachatryan (coordinator of the Department of Fine Arts at the Armenian Open University)

    Mountain Project

      Antoinette Nausikaä, 1973 Vlissingen NL, is an Amsterdam based visual artist. She studied visual arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and in 2009 and 2010 she participated in a two-year Residency program at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

      She works with the media drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Her presentations are spatial narrative installations and publications. She uses the human figure as her starting point.

      Observing human presence, particularly our universal behavior and emotions in relation to the immediate environment are central in her work. Antoinette Nausikaa’s work is always site specific and immediate of nature.

      Antoinette grew up in a family where all members are aerial photographers. As a child she sat in the back of the plane, watching her parents shooting their photographs. She watched as they circled around their objects, approaching them from all perspectives, to take pictures. Her own way of working probably has its roots there in her youth.  Antoinette uses a kind of helicopter perspective and circles around her subject, zooming in and zooming out. She does not have a fixed position.

      Steering through these various layers of the subject provides a variety of perspectives, from observing in the distance to embracing the little things around her.

      Antoinette Nausikaa is in Yerevan as part of a project she is doing on sacred mountains worldwide. Earlier this year she worked for 2 months on and around Mount Olympus/Greece and now she is traveling around Mount Ararat (Armenia, Iran, Turkey).

      She is mainly interested in the relationship and connection between mountains and the people living around it, and specifically how apparently local and temporal particularities express universal and timeless emotions that define the very core and fabric of human existence.

      Mountain project

      Antoinette Nausikaa is in Yerevan to evolve a project she has been doing on sacred mountains worldwide. Earlier this year she worked for 2 months on and around Mount Olympus/Greece and now she is traveling around Mount Ararat (Armenia, Iran, Turkey).

      She is mainly interested in the relationship and connection between mountains and the people living around it, and specifically how apparently local and temporal particularities express universal and timeless emotions that define the very core and fabric of human existence.

      Art and Engagement // Art and Gender

        Art & Engagement // Art & Gender

        Public lectures by Mirjam Westen (Netherlands)


        Mary Beth Edelson, Death of Patriarchy/A.I.R 1976 afische

        The Club, Tumanyan 40, Yerevan

        June 5, 2014

         

        The entire body of lectures consisted of two independent parts with the following topics: Art & Engagement and Art & Gender .

        The topic ‘Art & Engagement’ discussed works by international artists that deal with political and social issues through temporary interventions in public space and/or through long term projects in neighborhoods. The focus will be on artists who exploit the autonomy of art in order to create a new space that is literally “rooted”, interwoven, with the social here and now.

        The ‘Art & Gender’ explored how artists deal with the issue of gender on the one hand, and on the other hand it will analyse how the feminist art movement has influenced art institutions in their exhibition policies.

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        Mirjam Westen is a curator, critic and editor in the field of contemporary art, gender and global art. Her essays and reviews have been published in journals, art magazines and catalogues. She recently curated Prospects & Concepts with work by 90 young artists (Van Nelle, Rotterdam), the international group show Threads and a solo presentation of Esiri Erheriene-Essi, titled Don’t Support the Greedy. She organized Female Power (Arnhem 2013), rebelle. Art & Feminism 1969-2009. (Arnhem 2009) and was co-curator of A chacun sa grace. Femmes Artistes en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas 1500-1950 (Antwerp 1999-Arnhem 2000).

        Working as a senior curator of contemporary art in the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem (NL), she has curated numerous exhibitions from 1991 to the present day, amongst others, Kara Walker (2002), Emily Jacir (2003), Lida Abdul (2006), Regina Galindo (2007), Berni Searle (2011), Heidi Sincuba (2011) and Alicia Framis (2013). In addition to her curatorial and writing activities, she gives lectures. She is member of AICA and of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). Mirjam Westen is based in the Netherlands.

         

         


        The lectures was provided with simultaneous translation (English-Armenian)

        This event is initiated by ACSL and funded by the ‘Mondriaan’ Foundation (Netherlands)

         

        Urban Non-Places

          Urban non-places

          Teresa Leung

          public talk and screening

          Art laboratory – Open Platform-Space

          Hr. Qochar 13, studio 20

          Yerevan, Armenia

          May 30, 2014

          Teresa Leung explores art-as-responses to urban situations and creates shared-experiences by involving people as collaborators. Most of her recent works reflect her interest in space of urban non-places such as harbor front and highways, its possible functions, and people’s interaction with it. In addition, involving people as equal collaborators in participatory projects allows her to demonstrate that art is an experience. A graduate from the MA in Fine Arts program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Leung exhibited her works in Bulgaria, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Spain, Slovenia, and the UK. For more information of her practice, please visit: http://www.teresart.net. Teresa Leung lives and works in Hong Kong.

          The project that Teresa Leung has been following up in Armenia is on urban space which gives a glimpse of what a city is undergoing. She comes from a city that strives for more economic growth and is constantly hungry for financial success. Thus, urban space in this city can change anytime to accommodate new, revenue-growing projects—new luxurious apartments, new infrastructure—while city dwellers have to give way to the process of commercialization and gentrification as ‘more important undertakings’. During her three-month stay in Yerevan a core goal of Teresa Leung is exploration of the post-Soviet urban space and everyday life with traces of the history through visual, archival research with stressing interactions with local artists,  communities, and the city’s neighborhood. This process and art works to come out of it will be shown publicly in various forms including videos, photographs, and documentation of a participatory project.

          ‘I believe by living in a different city I could reflect on my experience as an urban dweller and how I might respond to urban life as an art practitioner.’

          Triangular Projections

            ‘Triangular Projections’ is the title of the exhibition at the Yerevan Modern Art Museum. It consists of artistic works by Spanish artists Guillermo Manuel Rojas Aguilera and Eriz Moreno Aranguren, as well as a curatorial project by German mediator and curator Constanze Muller hosted by ACSL in the frame of the ‘Art Commune’ AIR Program for 4 months residency stay.

            During the implementation of this project, questions regarding the role of contemporary art arose quite often. Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben claims regarding the notion of ‘contemporary’ that to be contemporary is to fix our gaze upon the DARKNESS of our age, and we have to be in time for the appointment with the realities of this darkness. According to art critic Terry Smith, ‘contemporary’ is a series of endless social injustices, while another art critic Christine Ross claims, ‘contemporary artists are interested in the revelation of the possibilities of the remainders of the past and using them as a tool for resisting and reorganizing of the contemporary life.’

            All three projects are related to the realities of contemporary Armenia and are based on ‘involuntary memories’ and rethinking and representation of events. Characteristically, the differences among the projects coincide with current debates regarding the role of contemporary art. One of the calls that can be often heard during these debates is for exhausting and overcoming the relative diversity of works of art about the ‘present moment’, where it seems that there is no difference between styles and beliefs, and for turning to a more acute, politicized stance in the art, looking into the future to understand how and where we seek to reach. Both the first and second tendencies are present in the projects.

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            EUROPEAN COMMENCEMENTS #ARMENIA

            Participants:

            Art Laboratory

            Karen Alekyan

            Lala Aslikyan

            Susanna Gyulamiryan

            Vardan Jaloyan

            Arevik Martirosyan

            Varham Martirosyan

            Vahram Soghomonyan

             

            Curator and Mediator: Constanze Müller

            Editor: Eriz Moreno Aranguren

             

            ANGULAR PROJECTIONS

            GUILLERMO MANUEL ROJAS AGUILERA (Spain)

            multimedia installation (video, objects, painting)

             

            ԱՐԱՐԱՏ  (ARARAT)

            ERIZ MORENO ARANGUREN (Spain)

            multimedia installation (ready-made, documentation)

             

             

            The exhibition organized with support of  Yerevan Modern Art Museum, Mekhitar Sebastatsi Educational Complex, Department of Fine Arts at the Armenian Open University and  European Cultural Foundation