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.
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).
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.