Apr 27, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015

Special productions released in the BP.15

Performance Biennale - BP.15, Argentina.

The Biennial, in partnership with public and private institutions, co-produced the following 15 performances.

The Great Essay
Mariana Obersztern invited the public to abandon its role of passive spectator and occupy a unique position in the context of a joint action. The public received from the artist, a sealed envelope with precise information about the route to follow, the actions to be executed, the museum works to contemplate and dialogues to read and wield against them.
The Contemplators
Diana Szeinblum invited the public to participate in a tour of approximately two hours in different areas of the city selected under the criteria of "oceanic feeling", a concept that describes the loss of the intimate body when experiencing the immense.
Eva: I will return, and I will be performers
The artist Martin Sastre proposed the public to stand in the Casa Rosada balcony for 1 minute and experience what Eva Duarte felt in her final speech of May 1, 1952, when she addressed the workers.
des lúcidos
Provisorio Permanente presented des lúcidos, a service of black and white analogue photographic portraits. The project focused on the personal experience of each viewer who became part of the action.
Leonello Zambón y Eugenia González develop an installation that consisted in substituting the window panes in the facade of the Casa Nacional del Bicentenario for sounds these panes can transduce from the inside. The window panes were removed from their original location and be relocated in different strategic points of the building. The ambient sound that filtered through was hyperamplified using piezoelectric sensors and emitted outside, where a wooden platform supporting speaker was replacing the previous facade.
Roberto Jacoby and Alejandro Ros conceived a basement filled with crumpled up paper balls so that visitors could plunge in and have their own experience. This immersive work proposds a change in the traditional artistic format: paper, always used as a support for print pieces, became here the support of the audience. And so, those who walked through Papelón became performers themselves.
No soy tan joven como para saberlo todo
Mondongo exhibited Pinocchio's adult life preserving some traits of the unanimated. Behind a windowpane, the character carried out a series of actions recreating daily rituals or scenes of the world of art. The space where Pinocchio lives simulated a large fort inspired in the Hall of Mirrors of the Versailles Palace but stripped from its opulence, for it is made up of wooden boxes originally used for vegetables. Its depth exacerbated the illusion, evidencing the disproportion of scale between the place and the body that inhabits it. The cincture folded over the character, turning the scene into a self-reflective reverie.With this playful mise-en-scene, where the roles of Pinocchio, the girls and other characters were played by different performers in each action, Mondongo explored issues of gender, and existing taboos on sexuality.
Gabo Ferro y Emilio García Wehbi developed a performance that attempted to approach certain aspects of the poetics and psyche of Antonin Artaud in an interdisciplinary way. Using non-traditional narrative, this joint work by Gabo Ferro and Emilio García Wehbi showed possible landscapes made of matter and certain objects belonging to the French poet, under the influence of a past session of electroshock.
Amalia Pica developed Asamble, a participative performance in which a heterogeneous group of people gathered in a square carrying chairs. This event suggested an attempt to voluntarily congregate in a circular assembly that never closes.
Flor tallada en madera (Flower carve in wood)
During two sessions of two hours each, Gabriel Baggio learnt to carve a flower in wood from a carpenter and wood carver. The performance took place in the context of learning different crafts such as marquetry, crochet knitting, use of the sewing machine, among others. The audience got to observe the process of learning a craft and interact both with Baggio and the master carver.
The work of Martin Bauer and Alexander Cesarco was structured in three acts the style of a microópera, and revolved around three main themes: the past (childhood), the present and the future. Two adult performers alternated their role as protagonists, and was accompanied by a piano and percussion duo plus an electronic device that played a quadrophonic sound track.
Take care of yourself: A view from a male perspective
Sophie Calle's exhibition Take care of yourself (Prenez soin de vous), consiste don an installation made up of nearly a hundred interpretations by women, inspired by an e-mail received by the artist years ago, in which her partner at the time ended their romantic relationship. Within this framework, Maricel Álvarez premiered a series of performances which proposed a radical change of analytical perspective by focusing on the male standpoint.
The time among us
Fernando Rubio created El tiempo entre nosotros, a performance about a man who decides to abandon his environment to occupy an abstract and recognizable space, turning the relationship he has with strangers into an aesthetic event while exploring the possibility of being someone else. For five straight days, he talked and write from this new place, with the almost constant presence of the public. He told a story and permanently and repetitively reflect upon the place where he belonged, the different ways to leave it behind and observe it, the passing of time and events and how they mediate our decisions and transformations. When night arrieved and he was left alone, he has a radio to connect with the outer world and talked - with potential listeners.
Pattern of co-existence
Nicolás Varchausky, Juan Onofri Barbato y Matías Sendón explored the physical construction of a sound in space and in time. A group of performers/operators placed a series of speaker modules, microphones and light sources in a grid that supports them and induced each module into a state of controlled feedback, which increased and generated a multiplicity of beats as the minutes go by. These beats (perceived as rhythmic fluctuations of intensity) originated in the closeness of one speaker with the other. The spatial co-existence of these sound objects and their progressive accumulation throughout time result in a mass of unstable balance were built up and modified by the action of the performers.
Find your Match
Marta Minujin conducted a performance that started from an app in which, through a series questions, she invited the public to find their soul mates and ended with a meeting at the Puente de la Mujer in Puerto Madero where the artist dropped from a helicopter thousands of flower petals.
Performance Biennale -BP.15 Argentina
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Performance Biennale- BP.15, Argentina

Abril 27 to June 7

Argentina, 2015.


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