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Hilary Williams´s performance interventions in Hackney Wick and Stratford London, in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić, hosted by LADA

In London, Workshops on December 16, 2017 at 12:28 am

Hilary Williams created several performance interventions on December 13th and 14th of 2016 in Hackney Wick and Stratford London, in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in the public space lead by Tanja Ostojić, hosted by Live Art Development Agency, London.

Tuesday 13th December 2016, Performance in locality of LADA, Unit 7, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, London E9 5EN UK.

Wednesday 14th December 2016, Performance in Olympic Park.

 

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As a self directed solo performance/live artist I had previously made work around homelessness and refugee issues in Dublin and the frustration of watching the Syria conflict from news reports. I made a work entitled Cumulator which involved being “homeless” in a tent locally in Dublin, from mountains, to parks to shore line, 9 sites in one day with 9 hours writing live in the hour of each site.

(This work was made in tandem with live work being done at the same time by other artists in Belfast and elsewhere, the idea coming from James King with Support from B, Beyond Northern Ireland Performance Art Group, realized in December 2016 with 12 artists working live for 12 hours.)

This time I set off across the Irish sea in order to take part in the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in the public space lead by Berlin based artist Tanja Ostojić, hosted by Live Art Development Agency London, with vague plans in my head. I knew we were to bring a case, where we would empty the contents and not much else was I really aware of. I had a fairly heavy rucksack and with a bit of arthritis, I prefer to keep my loads light when travelling. So, after the initial workshop introduction we all set off “on the hoof,” as it were, to explore the possible sites and do some interventions.

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Hilary Williams performance interventions on December 14th of 2016 in the Olympic Park, London, in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić

Various people chose sites and did interesting work in unloading and reloading, dressing and undressing, displaying, revealing and sharing, items, memories, short physical snapshots of themselves, their lives, others lives, others stories, all done live in differently moving ways. I was captivated by all of the works. Some were long and durational, others brief; done publicly, the whole scape of live action comes into focus.

I find myself watching not only the performance but also, other events nearby, two swans alighting to land on the river Lee, three people walking by not even glancing at a woman emptying out her bag’s contents. London is that huge cosmopolitan jungle that I find, as a Dubliner, both awesome and massive; I feel like an ant.

So the moment came, I chose a site, mainly as it had a seat, in the middle of a small lane junction, made of concrete with a bike stood up nearby a railing, a small triangle of space. I tend to work with a plan of sorts but instinct and reactions to my own action come into play. So, if I get into a tangle I give myself boundaries where I must try to resolve physical constraints; succeed or fail, I must go through that self made boundary.

I had wrapped my head in white opaque material so was unable to see, but knew where everything was. I wrapped some black and yellow boundary tape around the seat and around myself. I hoped to move a bit further but got caught by a knot so with it around my shoulders I pushed the force of my self towards the road. I knew it was risky but also knew that it was where I had to go so eventually I could feel the tape stretch. I thought it would snap suddenly and I was literally going to be hurled onto the street, so I lowered myself and when it did go, I did not land out on the road;  somehow it was not the tape that broke but, I had shifted the actual concrete seat a bit off its plinth. So ended my first performance. I think we moved swiftly on so no one could see the damage I had done to the street furniture.

The next day we walked to Olympic Park; I choose a children’s playground and a bench. I thought about the previous performance and felt I needed to present a different feel: a softer use of body and space and maybe some improvisations too.

There was a circular wooden stage nearby which I simply ran around 7 times and did some shoulder stands, a mischievous warm up/showing off. Then, I got up on a bench and waved the cloth around; with a slight breeze, it obliged. I then moved the tape around some tree like structures and also around the audience and finished by tying myself around with the last end of the tape, so concluded that performance.

I was not sure if it was good or bad but when I saw the photos after it pleased me to no end. I must have instinctively imitated the sculpture behind by Anish Kapoor, a form with winding shapes, spiralling.

Throughout the two days I was interested in the many conversations and discussions around Misplaced Women? Coming from another time and cultures I would, myself have had those issues: inequality of salary, loss of earnings, no maternity leave, etc.; but all are in my past now, so at this stage I am maybe freer than most artists –  by fact that I am totally in control of what I do.When one is amongst 15 or so individuals all from different cultures, experiences, etc., you can’t but benefit. I found those that had actually volunteered in refugee camps, giving of themselves to help others by just been there, using circus skills, mime and befriending children who need a friend as much as food and shelter, commendable. There was a level of academic speak from some that although I struggle with is a good learning curve for yours truly. So I believe it all helps.

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This reflexions have been written, on invitation by Tanja Ostojić, by Hilary Williams, on December 19th 2016.  Edited by: Tanja Ostojić and Danyel Ferreri

Photos: Misplaced Women? performance workshop participants

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Hilary Williams performance interventions on December 14th of 2016 in the Olympic Park, London, in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić

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Hilary Williams performance interventions on December 14th of 2016 in the Olympic Park, London, in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić

 

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Hilary Williams (b.1945 in Dublin) was Physical education teacher from 1967–2000. She received BA and MA in Fine Arts at IADT Dublin in 2005 and 2007. Last ten years she is self taught performance artist who works live and performance to camera. www.mutantspace.com  Diary of an Irish Performance artist.

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Open Call for participants for Misplaced Women? performance art workshop with Tanja Ostojić in Berlin, January 22-24 2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

In Berlin, News, Workshops on December 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

This is the Open Call for participants of “Misplaced Women?” 3-day-long  performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, January 22-24 2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, in Berlin, Germany:

Participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience that can commit to be present for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome including the students of the Kunstakademie Berlin Weissensee, but we particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, representations of gender and art in the public realm. Participants are invited and encouraged to share and exchange about experiences and issues of migration, displacement, exposure and privilege, and to enact the “Misplaced Women?”. The workshop is free of charge, and tea and coffee will be provided, but due to limited numbers we ask participants to apply.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 20 2017.

Outcomes will be presented to the public at the end of the third day of the workshop at the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and included on the Misplaced Women? project website.

This workshop is a part of the program ‘Body in the City‘ – a series of inquiries between the borders of public and private spaces in relation to the body and its temporalities, initiated by Sajan Mani.

Please reed about the project and see more workshop and application relevant details below.

About the project:  Misplaced Women? is an art project by Tanja Ostojić that consists of performances, performance series, workshops and delegated performances, ongoing since 2009, including contributions by international artists, students and people from divers backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life activity that signifies a displacement as common to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees, as it is to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances are continuing themes of migration, desired mobility, and relations of power and vulnerability in regards to the mobile and in the first line female body as in numerous previous works of mine.

Participants are invited to perform Misplaced Women? and to share there experiences on the web blog and during public discussions. Locations for performances suggested include migration specific places: train stations, airports, borders, underground, police stations, refugee camps, specific parks, prisons, etc. Contributions are posted in the form of images, notes, stories or videos to the projects blog: https://misplacedwomen.wordpress.com/

About the workshop leader:  Tanja Ostojić is a renowned Berlin based, Yugoslavian born performance and interdisciplinary artist whose artworks engage with feminism and migration politics. She includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations and relations of power. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, while political positioning and integration of the recipient define approaches in her work. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the world. She has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas.

About the workshop:  “Misplaced Women?” project involves the unpacking of a suitcase, plastic bag, handbag or similar in a public sphere which signifies a displacement, as the everyday experience of transients, migrants, homeless, war and disaster refugees. The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topic and to stimulate an interventions in the public space.

The first part of the workshop is informing the participants about the project and encourages discussions about the aims of the project.

During the second part of the workshop the participants are invited to enact live performances and interventions in the streets and parks of Weissensee or other parts of Berlin. The workshop aims to provide space for discussion of topics like traveling, identity, illegality, homelessness, security, privat space/ public space, etc.

The notes and reflections involving from the workshop will be gathered in the form of text, drawings, photos, videos and small interventions. Also, we will document the public performances as well. The workshop results will be presented at the end of day 3, in the Kunstahalle am Hamburger Platz in Berlin Weissensee Public Presentation on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, that will be folioed with Q&A and discussion, from 17-19h, and all the workshop participants will take part in the presentation.

Outcomes will be presented to the public at the end of the third day of the workshop at the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and included on the Misplaced Women? project website

Dates of the workshop:     January 22-24, 2018.

Monday -Tuesday, January 22 and 23:

Workshop from 10-13h

Wednesday, January 24:

Workshop from 15-19h

(including the public presentation with Q&A and discussion: 17-19h)

Deadline for application is Wednesday, December 20 2017.

Who can apply:  Students of the Kunstakademie Berlin Weissensee and participants of all backgrounds that can commit to be present for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. The event is free of charge, but due to limited numbers we ask participants to apply. Please send an email to kunsthalle@kh-berlin.de with the subject Misplaced Women? and write a short motivational and biographical paragraph.

Organised by: 

Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Gustav-Adolf Straße 140

13086 Berlin

kunsthalle@kh-berlin.de

 

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Performance by Sigrid Pawelke, at the occasion of Tanja Ostojić´s  Misplaced Women? workshop at the School of Visual Arts at Aix-en-Provence, France. (Photo: T. Ostojić)

Misplaced Man?

“Misplaced Man?” Performed by Anastasio William at FNAC, shopping district of Aix-en-Provence, France on December 16, 2015, in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop in the School of Visual Arts at Aix-en-Provence

 

 

Additional links:  

 Misplaced Women? project   

Tanja Ostojić, books

 

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