Gathering in a Time of Plagu eOctober 2020 to April 2021
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.
Our studio community will be joined by artists Kelvin Atmadibrata and Adriana Disman, who will undertake seven month studio residencies at VSSL.
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 V SS L to reflect on these observations and refocus my productive engine with the ultimate aim of progressing my current artistic inquiries.
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.
These residencies are supported by Arts Council England and ]performance s p a c e[.