PERFORMATIVE LABOUR-ISM


6 May 2014 | 19:00

Performances and Site-specific Interventions

In the “Performative Labour-ism” project, sixteen artists from Germany, Great Britain, Greece and Iceland, are invited to develop performances and site-specific interventions examining the notions of Labour, Stage and Performance. The premises and public park of ZK/U form the basis for this on-going performative  project which depicts productive embodiments in producing processes.

Starting point of the project is the body of a performer in a working, psychological and inhabited space. The intrinsic nature of bodies as a form of production (or vice versa) makes it difficult to standardise, reorganise or rationalise labour and therefore performative art. Furthermore, under the topics of rationalisation, acceleration and temporalisation of work, the human being and especially the body becomes a target of processes of optimisation, disciplining strategies and control. Under these parameters artists seem to have multiple identities and social functions. Do they perform when they work or do they work while performing? Is a working space a stage or is The Stage a labour itself?

Participating artists: Dísa Björnsdóttir, Eva Giannakopoulou, Fotini Kalle, Effrosyni Kontogeorgou, Sindri Leifsson, Rilène Markopoulou, Antigone Michalakopoulou, Yiannis Pappas, Z. Schmidt, Panos Sklavenitis, Marc- Antoine Carcereri, Michael Edwards, Stella Maxeiner, Maria Nikiforaki, Eva Schmidhuber and Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki.

PERFORMATIVE LABOUR-ISM is a project inititated and curated by Eva Giannakopoulou, presented in the context of the Month of Performance Art.