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Public Infringements includes performance work made in the streets for both the public as well as the camera. This series investigates performative interventions that touch on themes of collectivity, illusion, transgression, and emotion. Public Infringements includes work by Regina Jose Galindo, Márcio Carvalho, Tales Frey, and Li Wei.
Photo: Nuno Vicente
“Vorbei” was produced as a response to the quotidian and actual state of the Turmstrasse in Berlin. The street and the neighborhood had problems concerning state art funding, that promised to end in this area of Berlin. Vorbei, which means something that passed by, tried to find other ways for inhabiting the street within its daily routine.
It represents a time-based action that, together with all artists participating in the festival, attempted to give emphasis to the importance of extraordinary events as a way to develop and activate both landscape and context in this area of the city.
Márcio Carvalho (Portugal/Germany) born in 1981 in Lagos, Portugal, is a visual artist and an independent art curator. He holds a masters degree in performing arts from HZT/UDK Berlin and a masters degree in Visual Arts from ESAD in Portugal. Carvalho works with installation, photography, video and performance art and participates in exhibitions and festivals throughout Europe, Africa and Canada. He is the founder and curator, together with Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Savvy Contemporary, of the performance art program CO-LAB editions, in Berlin. He is also the founder and art director of the artist residence program Hotel25 in Berlin and initiated, “The Powers of Art”, the first international TV show dedicated to showcasing the cross between performing arts and paranormal activity.
Title: “Mirror Series”
Date: 2000 – present
Li Wei began his performance series, Mirror in 2000. Using the mirror as a simple device, he creates a variety of spatial illusions. In some instances, Li’s head seems to hover, be it in the midst of a crowd of observers, a gully between buildings, in the sky or on glittering water.The artist says of his work, “The mirror turns concrete reality into an immaterial image by establishing new relationships between things. The process mirrors that of imagination, since we are always putting single impressions together to form an imaginary reality. Insofar as my head is stuck in the middle of this reflection one of the important functions of contemporary art becomes evident: it is unsettling – like this performance – and questions our everyday habits of perception. We see ourselves and also the surrounding reality anew.”
Li Wei (China) (born in 1970, Hubei, China) is a contemporary artist from Beijing, China. His work often depicts him in apparently gravity-defying situations. Wei started off his performance work with the series, Mirroring, and later received acclaim for his Falling into… series which shows the artist with his head and chest embedded into the ground. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei assures us that these images are not computer montages, but that he uses mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. Wei’s works have been published on the cover of the following magazines: Wallpaper*, Flash Art, Work, Magazin-Frankfurter Rundschau, Out of the Red, Zoom, Juliet, Contemporary, Theater Forum, NY Arts, Fine Arts Literature, and Lapiz and Arte Al Limite.
Concept: Tales Frey
Title: “Re-banho (Wash-herd)”
Performers: Joana Lleys, Lizi Menezes, Miguel Ambrizzi, Paula Guedes, Tales Frey and Tania Dinis
Photo: Marcos Guilherme
Video: Jorge Quintela
The original name of this work is Re-banho (in the Portuguese language), which means something like “wash again” and at same time means “herd”. Both ideas exist simultaneously in this word. Nietzsche says that “morality is the herd instinct in the person”. While this performance shows some of what Nietzsche resounded, it also emphasizes how the model of Christian morality is castrating, laying shame and guilt over the freedom of the subject. The action of the performance consists of six people washing their bodies in front of a church, but the body itself remains covered or cloaked and is never actually revealed.
TALES FREY from Cia. Excessos (Catanduva-SP, Brazil. 1982) lives and works in Brazil and Portugal as theatre director, art critic, art performer and video maker. At the moment, he is studying his PhD in Theatre Studies and Performance at the University of Coimbra.He did his degree in Theatre Direction at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He also did specialization and Master degree in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Porto. Editor of the Magazine Performatus and founder of the Instituto das Artes de Inhumas. Both works with Paulo A. da Mata, who integrate the Cia. Excessos too.
REGINA JOSE GALINDO
REGINA JOSE GALINDO
Title: “Skin (Piel)”
Photo: Lino Polegatopez
In her performance, “Skin”, Guatemalan-born artist Regina Jose Galindo completely shaves off all the hair on her entire body, then walks through the streets of Venice, Italy. Through the gesture of removing her hair, she erases the last vestiges of any possible protection of her unclothed self. Paradoxically, in exposing her deeply vulnerable body in public space, she takes takes charge of that space and commands it as her own.
The work was created in 2001 at La Platea de la Humanidad, the 49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Regina José Galindo (Guatemala) (b. 1974) was born in Guatemala City. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows including the TEA, in Tenerife Spain, Atrium, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain, Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, González y González Santiago Chile, the Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in México City, Fundación Joaquim Nabuco in Recife, Brasil, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Exit Art in N.Y.C., the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, ArtPace, San Antonio Texas and Contexto Arte Contemporáneo in Guatemala City.
JEREMIAH BARBER (US) | GUY BEN-NER (ISRAEL) | LIAT BERDUGO (US) | KENT ANDERSON BUTLER (US) | CRISTIANE BOUGER (BRAZIL/US) | MÁRCIO CARVALHO (PORTUGAL/GERMANY) | LIONEL CRUET (PUERTO RICO/US) | MICHAEL & ALAN FLEMING (US) | TALES FREY (BRAZIL/PORTUGAL) | REGINA JOSE GALINDO (GUATEMALA) | MARTA IVANOVA (RUSSIA/LITHUANIA) | NABI NARA (SOUTH KOREA/GERMANY) | NARCISSISTER (US) | SUKA OFF (POLAND) | VERÓNICA PEÑA (SPAIN/US) | DANA SEDEROWSKY (SWEDEN/GERMANY) | CASEY SMALLWOOD (US) | SYNCHRODOGS (UKRAINE) | BRADLEY TSALYUK (US) | VIDEOROVER | LI WEI (CHINA)