London E2 9DJ
“It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War 6th century BC
‘VANISHING ENTITIES’ gathers together and opens a Pandora’s Box of happenings focused on the big issue of life and death.
During the evening a series of audience participatory and interactive pieces will unfold, including a so-called death café: a group directed discussion of death. ‘VANISHING ENTITIES’ will also showcase films, performance lectures, live art events and scientific dance performances.
Death is inevitable: a journey into infinite mystery that adds a whole new existential dimension to life. It can be taken for granted, repressed or misunderstood, this blind departure point of the life force from the body.
But is physical death really the end of man?
Such an interrogation is like consulting an encyclopaedic or runic stone for definite answers only for other more complex questions to fly out! Narratives are constructed to begin & end, appear & disappear in an age-old cycle, bridging the chasm between birth and death.
This event blends the creative projects of 19 specially invited artists (profiles below).
Curated by Christiana Kazakou, and supported byand University of Arts London (UAL).
Serena Porrati; Porrati graduated in 2008 with a Master in Cinema and Video at the Fine Art Accademy of Milan, and in 2013 with a Master in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins. Through films, sculptures, and photography works she draws the viewer’s attention to significant details of the environment that are often overlooked, encouraging a more contemplative response. Recent exhibition include: Blitz Alto Garda Museum IT, A-EYE Goldsmith University UK, Encounters between Art and Science British Library UK, An Unfinished World Modern Art Oxford UK.
Anna MacDonald; Macdonald’s work spans site specific performance, installation, and screen-based practice. Anna has received international recognition for her moving image work including being nominated for the International Video Dance awards in Barcelona, having a recent solo exhibition at the AC institute, New York and being featured in videoart journal, VIDEOFOCUS Stigmart10 review. Alongside her free-lance practice, Anna works part-time as a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Arts at MMU Cheshire.
Myrianthe G. Sozou; Sozou is an emerging fine artist living and working between London and Limassol, Cyprus. Born in London in 1987, she has studied BA(Hons) Fine Art (2011) and MA Art and Science (2013), both at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Sozou has launched a | m studio. in Cyprus and has exhibited in galleries and in institutions such as the British Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her work is on a permanent display at Foyles bookstore in Soho, London as well as been acquired by private european collectors. She was shortlisted for the South Place Hotel Art Prize 2014.
Artur Vidal; Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currentlyresides in London. As such, he has performed in Europe, Asia and America. His work is interested in the possibilities of improvisation as well as in its implications within the social field. As an active member of the improvised music scene, he has been playing and recording with musicians who include Eddie Prévost, Phil Durrant, Jennifer Allum, Roger Turner and Sébastien Branche, with whom he makes up the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’. He has currently completed an MA in Sound Arts and started in 2013 an an Mphil/PhD research at London College of Communication about the notions of silence and sociality in Improvised Music.
Joey O’Gorman; O’Gorman is a trans-disciplinary researcher and artist with a postdoctoral research background in molecular biology and interests in graph theory, ecology, pragmatism, and the history of science. Joey’s current practice seeks to produce experiences which affect understanding. Through drawing and the exploration of historical sources he seeks to enrich a plural world view, searching for new territories offered up by the orthogonal trajectories of novel relations.
Eleanor Bowen; Bowen is a visual artist and writer. With a background in painting (Camberwell School of Art/ Abbey Major scholarship, Rome) she holds an MA in Visual Arts and Theatre and a practice-led PhD. She has publications in ‘Performance Research’ and has co-performed texts for GHost Hosting 13 and Acts Re-Acts (UAL 2014). She exhibits widely and is an associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London.
Anastasia Papaeleftheriadou; Papaeleftheriadou is a Contemporary Dance artist based in London. Her work constitutes an enquiry into the true relationship between authenticity and representation of human bodies in spaces. Influenced by her background studies in Performing Arts (Postgraduate in Dance) and Sciences (BSc in Biology) she often extracts themes of human nature in relation to space and its politics. She has performed and choreographed various works including site specific projects. Anastasia develops interdisciplinary projects providing a creative dialogue through movement to raise questions about the corporeal and the intellectual body.
Marina Tsartsara; Tsartsara is a London based interdisciplinary dance artist (MSc Dance and Visual Art), a certified Somatic Movement Performer by ISMETA and a member of The Knowing Body network and of CID (International Dance Council). In the last 5 years I have been supported by South East Dance and by Arts Council England. My current research ‘Choreographing genetic disease’ is supported by both ACE and by NHS. I have exhibited/performed internationally since 2005.
Charlotte Wendy Law; before returning to her own practice Law worked with artists and designers from the grass roots to the conceptual cutting edge. A recent graduate of Central Saint Martins Art and Science Masters programme her work explores material process, sensory knowledge, and the politics of being a woman on the border. She has performed at Moma PS1, New York, Pedvale Sculpture Park, Latvia, and numerous locations in London.
Genevieve Favre Petroff; Favre Petroff is a swiss visual and performance artist who works and lives in Paris. Her Perfomances & Installations are internationally presented during contemporary art exhibitions and festivals. She expresses herself in an interdisciplinary way bridging art, fashion, music and technology. As singer and visual artist, she is particularly interested in the interplay between sound and light, color and voice, words and costume.
Charlotte CHW; CHW is a multidisciplinary fine artist interested in process, expression and pathos. Her live artwork is often semi improvised around a structure and she is interested in more naturalistic portrayals of movement and the body. Her often work takes as it’s subject the darker fringes of the human psyche and the demise of body and mind. She has studied Art Psychotherapy and it influences her practice. Charlotte is also one half of experimental live art/ sound duo Hysteresis with Jason Williams and curator of cross-disciplinary art event Cerebellum.
Panagiotis Pentaris & Death Cafe; Panagiotis Pentaris is a thanatologist currently completing a PhD in End of Life and Palliative care at Goldsmiths, where he also acts as a Researcher and Lecturer. Panagiotis is the lead in Loss and Grief at the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, and Chair of Bereavement Network Meeting for Indigenous Practices.
Super System; known as SSYSTM, the birth of Super System galvanises Heider Ismail’s fresh perspective on unifying traditional and modern mediums of art. SSYSTM is a platform to execute and present works by the spirited artist – whose inspirations include science, hacktivism and cyberpunk. He is currently pursuing a BA degree in Communication Design from Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.
Aoiffe Flynn & Naomi Tattum; Naomi Tattum and Aoife Flynn met whilst studying Fine Art at the University of Leeds and connected over their shared interest in socially engaged practices, particularly those dealing with human experiences of loss, trauma, ritual and displacement. Naomi is an artist and independent producer currently undertaking the Cure MA at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. Aoife is an artist based in London and co-directs artist-run organisation TURF Projects.
Rebecca French & Andrew Mottershead; French & Mottershead are a collaborative artist duo working across performance, photography, film and installation. Their work explores and reveals the social dynamics and narratives inherent within public and private spaces. Adopting diverse methods and approaches, projects are often borne out of rigorous research, when the duo embed themselves within a particular site/community, or work with experts in order to harness material on their chosen subject. Within this process the role of participants is often directed and framed, requiring them to become active collaborators. Resulting works are as much playful and poetic, as they are subversive, calling into question and reframing individuals’ relationship to their everyday.
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