Gathering in a Time of Plague







We have established VSSL in a time of plague. In response to the conditions of pandemic, we intend that the studio remains a place where performance practices may continue to unfold, unmediated by the screen. Our work continues to foreground the power and immediacy of live performance.

Our first public programme - Gathering in a Time of Plague - involves a number of developmental and performance  opportunities, which were programmed by invitation and open call.

The programme is made possible thanks to public funding from Arts Council England.

FULL PROGRAMME




Forcing Hyacinth, Kelvin Atmadibrata, 2019. Helsinki. Photo by Julius Töyrylä.

Studio Residencies


Our studio community will be joined by artists Kelvin Atmadibrata and Adriana Disman, who will undertake seven month studio residencies at VSSL, supported by Arts Council England and ]performance s p a c e[.



As an expansion of my post-graduate investigation of the performing masculine body, I was introduced to the language of queer abstraction and minimalist erotica that I have since been experimenting and developing within my illustration of the mecha and transhumanist fantasy. The past months of lockdown and consequential shift towards the digital have also evoked queries upon my personal pace as I struggled to keep up with both the pandemic and the online, both that have more than ever, evolved with such robust momentums. I plan to utilize the studio space, peer and mentoring support with VSSL to reflect on these observations and refocus my productive engine with the ultimate aim of progressing my current artistic inquiries.
-Kelvin Atmadibrata

VSSL interviewed Kelvin about his practice, the relationship between fantasy, the erotic, drawing and performance, and the importance of studio culture.

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The love of my life is performance art. In the current context in which we are not able to witness the work of others, my own practice has shrivelled. It has no physical or mental space. It needs the nourishment and accountability to more creatures, to discover how it is now and what serves it. Through the support of this residency, I intent to cultivate a nourishing studio culture that mobilises potential exchange between artists to re-energise my commitment to my own practice. I am not looking for a simple physical space from which to transplant an already known practice, I’m looking for sparring partners who will challenge and push me with love and become part of the space that will form the practice. I dream that in this way, I might find some delicious edges from which to push off and kick out into a new ocean. Performance is vast.
-Adriana Disman


Le avions de papier, Kelvin Atmadibrata, 2016. Singapore. Photo: Aziz Amri.


Thresholding, Adriana Disman, 2019. Curated by Caroline Andrieux at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'Art Contemporain in Luxembourg City. Photo: Mike Zenari.







Performance Programme



Gathering in a Time of Plague also features seven live performance works taking place at VSSL in May, June and July.

We will host works by Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, Jasper Llewellyn, EM Parry, Niya B, Shaun Caton, Kimvi and Jade Blackstock.

Jade Blackstock

6pm, Saturday 19th June

This is a new actionist work by Jade Blackstock.  

The performance will last for around 30 minutes.

Mindful of the pandemic, and the continuing restrictions on indoor gatherings and events, audiences are invited to book limited places for this indoor performance.

Covid-19: Audiences will be asked to wear a mask for the duration of the performance, and we will temperature check audiences on arrival. If you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, please do not attend. We encourage those joining us for the performance to make use of the free rapid lateral flow tests offered by the NHS shortly before attending the event.

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Jade (B. 1993, Birmingham) is a UK-based, British Jamaican performance artist. Her work explores questions of the body and identity in relation to historical, cultural and personal events and experiences. Her practice is particularly anchored in exploring Afro-Caribbean customs, rituals and material, and attempts to unpack how prejudicially embedded histories impact the lives and current representations of people of colour. She seeks to highlight how the body, material and space have shared capabilities of holding, transferring and embodying collective pasts or memories, which bears importance in our understanding of selves and each other. Themes of race and Black identity, feminism, ownership, class and loss are present in her work.

www.jadeblackstock.com

The artist has bound her head with twine, and walks wearing a white dress with white paint on her hand and leg, holding a bowl of honey along pass an ancient wall.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Gazing at the sea, under a  grey sky, the artist raises a white flag in her right hand. In her left is another white flag pointed to the floor.
Image: Sign for Peace, 3rd edtion, Kimvi, 2017.
3 hours durational performance Hastings. East Sussex,
England. Still from video. Image by Greig Burgoyne.




Kimvi

2pm to 5pm, Saturday 26th June

Anew durational installation.

Duration: 3hrs

1st Session: 2-3pm (viewed from outside the gallery)
2nd Session: 3-4pm (viewed from outside the gallery)
3rd Session: 4-5pm (viewed from inside the gallery)

Mindful of the pandemic, and the continuing restrictions on indoor gatherings and events, audiences are invited to book limited places for this indoor performance.

Covid-19: Audiences will be asked to wear a mask for the duration of the performance, and we will temperature check audiences on arrival. If you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, please do not attend. We encourage those joining us for the performance to make use of the free rapid lateral flow tests offered by the NHS shortly before attending the event.

Book here


Kimvi (b.1982) is a Welsh born, Vietnamese visual and performance artist who is influenced by materiality and the environment. Her work explores the interdisciplinary qualities of materials; drawing on her background in textile, craft and design, her practice is multi-disciplinary and expansive and has been supported by artists such as Jurgen Fritz (Black Market International), La Juan Gallery, Helen Spackman & Ernst Fischer (LIBENZ) and ]Performance Space[ . Based in Hampshire, England, She graduated with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Winchester School of Art (2011). She is an international artist whose work have been shown at festivals across Europe, to include; Territori (Ibiza, Spain, 2020), Eugénio de Almeida Foundation (Evora, Portugal, 2019), BSide War ‘After Hiroshima’ (Udine, Italy, 2019)  & International Theatre and Art Festival (Valladolid, Spain, 2018).

Kimvi would like to acknowledge that the concept for this performance was developed during EncounterBow - Curated by Moi Tran and supported by Chisenhale Dance Space and East Asian Ticket Club.

www.kimvi.co





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