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Cyber Bodies is an online performance art festival that examines the challenge of doing performance art online, boarding problematics such as the live presence and the engagement of the audience.
The festival program will be constituted by talks, live streaming performances and video performances.
Cyber Bodies will take place from the 2nd to the 30th of October 2020.

Project

ABOUT CYBER BODIES 2020

Since 2017 we have been arranging an annual performance art festival, named Body Landscapes, in Copenhagen. The past festivals we have taken place in the cultural centre, UNION (Former Verdenskulturcentret) and the line-up has included local Danish artists and artists from abroad. Due to the current situation with the global pandemic, covid19, we find it difficult to organize a festival with artists traveling to Copenhagen from other countries. Therefore, we have decided to change our format and use the internet as an alternative platform for the festival. With the new format, the festival will carry the name: Cyber Bodies.

Cyber Bodies will gather artists from around the world. They will perform and exchange their experiences and knowledge about artistic practices during the crisis period. 

The festival program will be constituted by talks, live streaming performances and video performances. For this edition, we will examine the challenge of doing performance art online, boarding problematics such as the live presence and the engagement of the audience. Cyber Body will take place in October 2020, but already now we are organizing online activities to attract and engage the audience.

PERFORMANCE ART AND ONLINE SOCIAL INTERACTION

Due to the pandemic crisis, any social activities have been limited and forced to change. The dynamic of cultural institutions, audiences, markets and artists is changing, and art has been challenged to move forward to find new solutions for social experiences. Tools like Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other streaming platforms are being filled up with content. 

In the field of performance art, this situation is challenging the theoretical foundations, because the body has always been the central element in performance art. How to create actions without a body that is present? The pandemic is forcing us to reconsider the frames and formats of performance art.

Consequently, this year, our festival will summon artists with familiarity in relational performances to challenge their practice in an online environment. Performance art is already stimulating in the sense that it removes the imperative necessity of an object, and it focuses on the specific relation between bodies, artists and audiences. Through this festival project, we will encourage artists and audiences to confront their ideas about social interactions and communitarian actions in art.

BODY LANDSCAPES 2020 -> Cyber Bodies 2020

The activities of 2020 will focus on online proposals familiarized with relational aesthetics. As mentioned earlier, we are already organizing online activities, e.g.  the online exhibition with video performances called “QuAR(T)antine”. We invited artists to create performance art in their homes during the lockdown. The open call resulted in forty-two video performances from all around the globe. Releasing one video per day during the quarantine time in Denmark. 

From June 2020, we will have a video streaming event with one different artist each time. This performance art event is constituted by one performance and a talk about the work of the artist. 

During October 2020 we will organize the festival, CYBER BODIES, which will have a month-long program that includes online workshops, streaming performances, talks, and video performances focused on relational proposals. 

THE SELECTION

For this year, we have made 2 different selections, starting with the online events that lead up to the big festival in October 2020: 

  • “QuAR(T)antine” open call for video performances:

Anette Friedrich Johannessen (Norway), Heta Tepponen (Finland), Nik Rye (USA), Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (Denmark), Mary Kate Ford (USA), Ana Rita Canhão (Portugal), Henrik Vestergaard (Denmark), Max Provenzano (Venezuela), Sean Smuda (Germany), Mark Harvey (New Zealand), Maria Plotnikova, Simone Whiteley-Allen, Jakob Wirth and William Zeng (USA), Ileana Gherghina (UK), Henrik Koppen (Norway), Johannes C. Gerard and Alena Chernova (Netherlands), Annabel Strange (UK), Sara Cowdell (New Zealand), Collective Variations of Beckett (Norway), An Malv (Germany), Yiyao Hu (China), Ignacio Pérez Pérez (Venezuela), Zakia Fawcett (Scotland), Nargiz Galib Andersen (Azerbaijan), Alina Tofan (Romania), Jani Petteri Virta (Finland), Ayshia Taskin (Scotland), Elena Victoria Pastor (Venezuela), Thami Majela (South Africa), Felicia Konrad (Sweden), Collective Teenage God (France), Collective Haibo Melikó (Hungary), Christine Sloan Stoddard (USA), Lady Gaby (Germany), Josef Ka (Finland), Cipriano Ortega (USA), Yin Chi Lee (Taiwan), Dagmar Radmacher (Denmark), Jasmine Lin (China), David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo (Colombia), Jacqueline Van De Geer (Netherlands), Emma Varker (Australia), Alexa Wilson (New Zealand), and Lee Campbell (UK).

  • CYBER BODIES 2020

Natacha Voliachovsky (Argentina), Luna Acosta Tobón (Colombia-Spain),  Eja Rhea Mathea Due (Denmark), Rocio Boliver (Mexico), Olof Olson (Denmark)), Michelle Lacombe (Canadá), Hector Canonge (United States), Jörn Burmester Wium (Germany), Shahrzad Malekian (Irán-Norway).

This selection is based on our aims to challenging performance art practice and strengthen the relation between artists living the Nordic Countries and abroad. Furthermore, we constantly seek to engage new audiences.

There will be written and audio-visual documentation of the whole project, workshops, and performances. This collection of material will be accessible online for anyone interested in performance art and our focus on movement, migration, interconnectedness and memory.

Programme

ARTISTCOUNTRYDATE TIMEMeeting information
ROCÍO BOLIVER MÉXICO 2 OCT

13:00 (CPH)
06:00 (MEX)
07:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
OLOF OLSONDENMARK 8 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
10:00 (MEX)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
JORN BURMESTER WIUM
GERMANY
9 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
12:00 (BUE)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
LUNA ACOSTA TOBÓN
COLOMBIA
15 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
12:00 (BUE)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
NATACHA VOLIAKOVSKYARGENTINA 16 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
12:00 (BUE)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
SHAHRZAD MALEKIANIRÁN 22 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
17:00 (OSL)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
EJA DUEDENMARK 23 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
10:00 (MEX)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
MICHELLE LACOMBECANADA 29 OCT

17:00 (CPH)
11:00 (YUL)
11:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting
HECTOR CANONGEUNITED STATES 30 OCT
20:00 (CPH)
15:00 (NYC)
Join Zoom Meeting

Programme

ARTIST

ROCÍO BOLIVER

COUNTRY

MÉXICO

DATE TIME

2 OCT
13:00 (CPH)
06:00 (MEX)
07:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

OLOF OLSON

COUNTRY

DENMARK

DATE TIME

8 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
10:00 (MEX)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

JORN BURMESTER WIUM

COUNTRY

GERMANY

DATE TIME

9 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
12:00 (BUE)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

LUNA ACOSTA TOBÓN

COUNTRY

COLOMBIA

DATE TIME

15 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
12:00 (BUE)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

NATACHA VOLIAKOVSKY

COUNTRY

ARGENTINA

DATE TIME

16 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
12:00 (BUE)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

SHAHRZAD MALEKIAN

COUNTRY

IRÁN

DATE TIME

22 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
17:00 (OSL)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

EJA DUE

COUNTRY

DENMARK

DATE TIME

23 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
10:00 (MEX)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

MICHELLE LACOMBE

COUNTRY

CANADA

DATE TIME

29 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
11:00 (YUL)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

ARTIST

HECTOR CANONGE

COUNTRY

UNITED STATES

DATE TIME

30 OCT
17:00 (CPH)
10:00 (MEX)
11:00 (NYC)

MEETING INF.

Artists

Rocio Boliver – Mexico

Rocío Boliver was born in Mexico City in 1956. Boliver studied dance and philosophy. In 1992, Boliver began reading her porno-erotic texts, which focus on sexually repressive ideologies towards Mexican women. From 1998-2008 Boliver collaborated with an electropanic music ensemble called Binaria, combining sound art and performance art. Boliver studied performance art at the Tisch […]

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Olof Olson – Denmark

Olof Olsson is a product of the 1960s charter tourism industry. His Dutch catholic mother and Swedish social democrat father met on Mallorca. In his youth Olof made attempts in journalism, photography, and as a radio disc jockey. After having studied languages, philosophy and translation theory, Olof studied visual art at Konstfack in Stockholm and […]

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Luna Acosta Tobón – Colombia

Luna Acosta is a Colombian performance and visual artist. She is Curator and Historian of Art with a specialization in sound art. In her work is visible her experience as a migrant artist, and how that experience has shaped her body, and how she approaches the performance and the practices of art. She uses technology […]

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Natacha Voliakovsky – Argentina

Natacha Voliakovsky is an activist and Bio Hard-Core performance artist, Argento-Sudaca-Judia. Her work fights for the sovereignty of the body through performance pieces that hack the system from the inside, showing its oppressive rules on gender identity and self-construction. She’s been selected to participate in prestigious educational programs around the world, including Creative Capital’s Taller […]

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Shahrzad Malekian – Iran

Shahrzad Malekian (IR) is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, video and installation. Malekian’s works often address human conditions and body politics. Her interests include power structures, presentations of gender, the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and shifts that occur in the transition between the private and public domains.  Her works have been shown internationally in […]

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Eja Rhea Mathea Due – Denmark

Eja Rhea Mathea is a Danish actress and performance artist based in Copenhagen, part of Teater Bæst her work is an attempt to draw on her own experiences and personal research of prostitution and the feminine naked figure in relation with Viewer-client – because what are the similarities and the differences between her and a […]

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Jörn Burmester Wium – Germany

Jörn came to performance art through independent theatre and pursuing a university degree in Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen and New York City. Still mobile between genres, today his passion is performance art in all it’s manifestations. He devises and shows solo works and collaborates with a variety of partners and groups worldwide. The use […]

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Hector Canonge – United States

He is an American interdisciplinary artist, curator, cultural producer, and educator. Born in Argentina, Canonge spent his childhood in Bolivia, South America, and grew up in the United States where he studied Comparative Literature, Cinema, and New Media Arts. His work incorporates various forms of artistic expression: Performance Art, Dance, Multimedia Production, Installation, and Social […]

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Michelle Lacombe

Michelle Lacombe lives and works in Montreal. Since obtaining her BFA from Concordia University in 2006 she has developed a unique body-based practice that is located at the intersection of visual arts and performance. Her work has been shown in Canada, the USA, and Europe in the context of performance events, exhibitions, and colloquiums. She […]

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