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Misplaced Women? @ Art-In-Public-Space Tyrol, Innsbruck

In Innsbruck, Performances, Workshops on May 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

In the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance art workshop by Tanja Ostojic, realised in the frame of the Art in Public Space Tyrol, in Innsbruck, Austria (May 2018), two workshop participants have been chosen on the base of open call. And the following six performances by Tanja Ostojic, Li Fu and Pippa Chase have been developed and performed in the carefully chosen variety of public spaces, in front of, and in interactions with diverse and numerous audiences:

 

On Friday, May 4, 2018:

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“Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, 30 min performance by Tanja Ostojic at Haupt Bahnhof/ main train station, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

“Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, 30 min performance by Tanja Ostojic, on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 14:30-15:00h, at Haupt Bahnhof, Innsbruck.

 

 

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“CODE: Ich habe ja nichts zu verbergen!” 35 min performance by Li Fu, at Landhausplatz, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

“CODE: Ich habe ja nichts zu verbergen!”, 35 min performance by Li Fu, on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 15:25-16:00h, at Landhausplatz, Innsbruck.

 

 

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“Eve is a Bridge”, 20 min performance by Pippa Chase, at Innbrücke, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

“Eve is a Bridge”, 20 min performance by Pippa Chase, on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 16:20-16:40h at Innbrücke, Innsbruck.

 

 

On Saturday, May 5, 2018:

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“Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, 60 min Performance by Tanja Ostojic, at the Goldenes Dahl, Altstadt, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

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“Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase”, 60 min Performance by Tanja Ostojic, at the Goldenes Dahl, Altstadt, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

“Misplaced Women? and the Tourist Suitcase”, a 60 min Performance by Tanja Ostojic, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 9:50-10:50h, at the Goldenes Dahl, Altstadt, Innsbruck.

 

 

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“Doing Gender 8102.05.3*” , a 60 min performance by Li Fu, in front of the University, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

“Doing Gender 8102.05.3*” , 60 min performance by Li Fu, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 12:25-13:25h, in front of the University, Innsbruck. Realised with performance assistance by Pippa Chase.

 

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“Der Roter Faden”, 42 min performance by Pippa Chase, in Hofgarten, Innsbruck. Photo: Daniel Jarosch

“Der Roter Faden”, 42 min performance by Pippa Chase, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 15:00-15:42h, in Hofgarten, Innsbruck, with performance assistance by Li Fu.

 

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Development and production: Tanja Ostojic, “Mispleced Women?” (2009-2018)

Produced with the support of: Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Tirol /  Art in Public Space Tyrol, Austria.

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Photos: Daniel Jarosch

For more information please see the event’s publicity and press coverage:

The Misplaced Women? Project Blog: 

Category: Innsbruck

Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Tirol / Art in Public Space Tyrol:

Die Bäckerei (online and printed program):

Tiroler Tageszeitung 12.5.2018.

SeeCult cultural portal 13.5.2018:

Radio Beograd 2, 17.5.2018 (12-13h):

 

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Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!

In Berlin, Performances, Workshops on February 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, January 22–24,2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, the following performance action has been developed and performed for the first time:

Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!  –  a collaborative intervention with large mirrors in Berlin’s underground confronting manspreading, a habit of men sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than their own seat.

By: Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

With the participation of: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki and Jiachen Xu, without whom this intervention would not be possible.

Duration: ca. 2 hours

Locations:

U8, from Hermannstraße to Weinmeisterstraße

U8, from Weinmeisterstraße to Kottbusser Tor, change to U1

U1, Kottbusser Tor to Wittenbergplatz

U1, Wittenbergplatz to Schlesisches Tor

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Alice Minervini

Berlin’s underground station is a central meeting point in the public arena. Various people from all directions come together, pass each other silently or simply diverge paths. In such a rapidly-growing city, the underground has turned into the main means of transport and it is no longer uncommon to see people moving homes or moving their furniture by means of the U-Bahn.

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Jiachen Xu

Together with five other women holding large mirrors on Berlin’s underground, the collaborative intervention was a silent protest against manspreading faced by women in everyday life. Spectators were privy to the blurred relationship between the women due to the disjointedness of cultural backgrounds, age and style of clothing that characterised each woman.

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Alice Minervini

The aim of the subtle intervention was to point out an issue that has become quite normalised in our mind. The intervention showed that even when women appear silent, we are in fact all actors of the public-political sphere. For two hours, women deliberately reclaimed the urban space as a form of resistance.

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Sajan Mani

Separated and placed at different stations along the U8 line, each woman would, one by one, enter the carriage of the same train. We would sit in male-dominated areas, ideally opposite a man spreading his legs widely. The mirror would face him whilst we appeared to be hidden behind each mirror and yet, our bodies were physically always present

At the same time, each woman felt empowered by a small, symbolic act. Yet the impact was strong – we had created a place of surveillance by literally holding up the mirror to men (and to society). We sat a powerful mark on how men have been depriving women of the right to a space that belongs to all of us. We observed reactions of visible intimidation and uneasiness by men who were exposed to our confrontation. We disrupted the urban space and displaced men out of the seemingly guaranteed anonymity.

Using the mirror as a tool of resistance, I was intrigued in particular by its symbolic meaning and the questions it raised: What is (in-)visible? What becomes (in-)visible in public space?

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Text written by: Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Edited and published by: Tanja Ostojić

Photo and video documentation by: Sajan Mani, Alice Minervini and Jiachen Xu

For further actions check out the Spread Your Reflection page.

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Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh is a Performative Activist of Colour based in Berlin.

Offene Ausschreibung zur Teilnahme an der “Misplaced Women?” Performance-Kunst-Werkstatt im öffentlichen Raum mit Tanja Ostojić vom 11–13 Mai 2018 in Innsbruck mit einer Aufführung in Die Bäckerei

In Innsbruck, News, Workshops on February 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Dies ist eine offene Ausschreibung zur Teilnahme am dreitägigen Misplaced Women? Performance-Kunst-Workshop im öffentlichen Raum mit Tanja Ostojić, welche vom 11.–13. Mai 2018 mit einer öffentlichen Aufführung in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, in Innsbruck, Österreich stattfindet.

Teilnehmer_innen jeglichen Alters, Hintergrunds, Geschlechts und Erfahrungsniveaus, die sich für die gesamte Dauer der Werkstatt zur Teilnahme verpflichten können, sind herzlich willkommen. Wir ermutigen besonders Bewerber_innen, die sich für das Themenfeld Migration, für Performance-Kunst, für die Belange jener, die sich als Frauen identifizieren und die sich für die Repräsentation von Geschlecht und Kunst im öffentlichen Raum interessieren. Die Bewerber_innen sind dazu eingeladen und ermutigt, Erfahrungen zu teilen und auszutauschen, welche die Themen Migration, Vertreibung, Gefährdung und Privileg betreffen sowie dazu, einige der Misplaced Women? Performances-Scores aufzuführen. Der Workshop ist kostenfrei. Warme Getränke und Snacks sowie eine professionelle fotografische Dokumentation der Teilnehmer_innen werden bereitgestellt. Aufgrund der begrenzten Zahl von Teilnehmer_innen bitten wir um eine Bewerbung.

Bewerbungsfrist: Montag, der 16. April 2018.

In Rahmen des Workshops werden wir die Möglichkeit haben, performative Interventionen in öffentlichen Räumen zu realisieren. Die Resultate des Workshops werden am dritten Tag in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert und auf der Webseite des Misplaced Women? Projekts veröffentlicht.

Dieses Projekt, einschließlich der Werkstatt, der Gruppen- und individuellen Performances im öffentlichen Raum, wurde im Kontext der Förderaktion Kunst im öffentlichen Raum des Landes Tirol ausgewählt. Die Medien- und Pressearbeit erfolgt in Zusammenarbeit mit der Tiroler Künstler*schaft.

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Participants of the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić, hosted by the Aberdeen Festival of Politics 2016 and the Torry Community Center. Photo: Amy Bryzgel

Bei Interesse können Sie im Folgenden noch weitere Details zum Workshop und zur Bewerbung finden.

ENGLISH VERSION 

Über das Projekt:

Misplaced Women? ist ein Kunstprojekt von Tanja Ostojić bestehend aus Performances, Performance-Serien, Werkstätten und delegierten Performances, das seit 2009 läuft und Beiträge internationaler Künstler_innen, Student_innen, und Menschen mit verschiedenen Hintergründen beinhaltet. Im Kontext des Projekts verkörpern und inszenieren wir einige der alltäglichen Aspekte, welche Formen der Vertreibung charakterisieren, die Durchreisenden, Migrant_innen, Kriegs- und Katastrophenflüchtlingen ebenso vertraut sind wie nomadischen Künstler_innen, die um die Welt reisen, um ihren Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen. Diese Performances behandeln bleibende Themen von Migrations- und Machtbeziehungen, wie sie den mobilen, vor allem den weiblichen Körper betreffen, ein Aspekt, der bereits in diversen früheren Arbeiten von mir behandelt wurde.

Über die Workshop-Leiterin: 

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) ist eine renommierte interdisziplinäre Performance-Künstlerin, die in Jugoslawien geboren wurde und seit 2003 in Berlin lebt. Ihre Werke beschäftigen sich vor allem mit Feminismus und Migrationspolitik.  Sie bezieht sich selbst als Figur in ihre Performances ein und benutzt diverse Medien in ihren künstlerischen Recherchen, um soziale Konfigurationen und Machtverhältnisse zu untersuchen. Sie arbeitet vor allem aus der Perspektive einer Migrantin – innerhalb spezifischer sozialer Kontexte –, wobei die politische Positionierung sowie die Inklusion der Betrachter_innen die Ansätze ihrer Arbeit definieren. Seit 1994 hat sie ihre Arbeiten in zahlreichen Ausstellungen, Festivals und Veranstaltungen in der ganzen Welt präsentiert. Sie hat Vorträge, Vorlesungen und Seminare gegeben sowie Workshops bei akademischen Konferenzen und in Kunstuniversitäten in Europa und Amerika abgehalten.

Über den Workshop:

Das Misplaced Women? Projekt beinhaltet das Auspacken des eigenen Koffers, einer Plastiktüte, Handtasche oder Ähnlichem im öffentlichen Raum, eine Handlung, welche für die Erfahrung der Vertreibung steht, die den Alltag von Migrant_innen, Durchreisenden, Obdachlosen sowie Kriegs- und Katastrophenflüchtlingen bestimmt. Die Werkstatt zielt darauf, die Teilnehmer_innen mit diesen Themen vertraut zu machen und zu Diskussionen und Interventionen in den unterschiedlichen öffentlichen Räumen anzuregen.

Der erste Teil der Werkstatt besteht aus einem Zusammenkommen, bei dem sich die Teilnehmer_innen über ihre individuellen Erfahrungen und die Ziele des Projekts austauschen und informieren können.

Während des zweiten Teils werden die Teilnehmer_innen dazu ermutigt und dabei unterstützt, Live-Performances und Interventionen in den Straßen und Parks von Innsbruck zu veranstalten. Die öffentlichen Performances werden professionell fotografisch dokumentiert.

Die Resultate des Workshops  werden am dritten Tag in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube in Innsbruck der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Alle Teilnehmer_innen sind dazu eingeladen, aktiv an dieser Präsentation und der im Anschluss daran stattfindenden Diskussion teilzunehmen.

Die Dokumentation sowie die gesammelten Notizen und Reflexionen vom Workshop werden editiert und auf der Webseite des Misplaced Women? Projekts veröffentlicht.

Termine des Workshops:  Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag, 11. – 13 Mai, 2918

Wer kann sich bewerben?

Teilnehmer_innen unterschiedlichen Hintergrunds und Geschlechts, die sich für die gesamte Dauer der Werkstatt zur Teilnahme verpflichten können, sind herzlich willkommen. Besondere Sprachkenntnisse sind nicht erforderlich. Wir heißen alle Menschen mit „Behinderungen“ willkommen sowie all jene, die kein Englisch oder Deutsch sprechen. Wir bitten darum, besondere Anforderungen in der Bewerbung anzugeben.

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei, doch aufgrund der begrenzten Platzzahl bitten wir die Interessent_innen um eine Bewerbung. Dazu schicken Sie bitte eine E-Mail an tanjaostojicart (AT) gmail.com mit dem Betreff: Misplaced Women? Innsbruck, und schreiben Sie einen kurzen Absatz über ihre Motivation und ihren biographischen Hintergrund.  Sie sind dazu eingeladen, ihre Kontaktinformationen hinzuzufügen oder einen Link zu ihrer persönlichen Webseite, sollten sie über eine solche verfügen.

Zusätzliche Links:

Misplaced Women? Projekt

Tanja Ostojić, Bücher

Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, Dreiheiligenstraße 21a, Innsbruck, Österreich

Open Call for participants for the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, in Innsbruck, May 11-13 2018, with a presentation in Die Bäckerei

In Innsbruck, News, Workshops on February 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm

This is the Open Call for participants of the Misplaced Women? 3-day-long performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, May 11-13 2018, with a public presentation in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, Innsbruck, Austria

Participants of all backgrounds, ages, genders and levels of experience that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome, but we particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, performance art, conditions related to the ones identifying as women, 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 some of the Misplaced Women? performance scores. The workshop is free of charge, warm drinks and snacks will be provided, professional photo documentation of participants work will be provided as well, and due to limited numbers of places we ask you kindly to apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 16 2018.

Timetable:

Workshop: Friday May 11: 10am—5pm & Saturday May 12, 2018: 10am—6pm.
Public presentation: Sunday May 13: 11am—1pm.

During the workshop we will all have an opportunity to perform in the public spaces, and outcomes will be presented to the public at the third day of the workshop at the Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube and included on the Misplaced Women? project website.

This project, including the workshop and group and individual performances in the public spaces, have been chosen for realisation in the frame of the Kunst im öffentlichen Raum des Landes Tirol, supported by the region of Tyrol. The press and media communication are done in collaboration with the Tiroler Künstlerschaft.

 

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“Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić at Info Park, Belgrade (2015). (Group intervention, including: Tanja Ostojić, Sunčica Šido, Nela Antonović) Photo: Lidija Antonović

Deutsche Übersetzung  

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’s activities that thematise displacement, as it is known to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees and to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances deal with continuing themes of migration, and relations of power and vulnerability with regard to the mobile and in particular the female body, an aspect that figured prominently in numerous previous works of mine.

About the workshop leader: 

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) 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, from within specific social contexts. The approaches of her work are defined by political positioning and the integration of recipients. 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:

The “Misplaced Women?” project involves the unpacking of a suitcase, a plastic bag, a handbag or a similar object in a public sphere, whereby these objects come to stand for a displacement, as theme that is common in everyday experiences of transients, migrants, homeless, war and disaster refugees. The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topics and to stimulate discussion and interventions in the variety of public spaces.

The first part of the workshop includes getting together, informing and communicating, whereby the participants shall exchange with each other about individual experiences and the aims of the project.

During the second part, the participants are encouraged and supported to enact live performances and interventions in the streets and parks of Innsbruck. Public performances will be documented by a professional photographer.

The outcomes of the workshop will be presented to the public at the third day in Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube in Innsbruck. All participants of the workshop are invited to take active part in this presentation and the following discussion.

The documentation, notes and reflections from the workshop will be gathered, edited and published on the Misplaced Women? project website. 

 

Dates of the workshop:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 11-13, 2018.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 19 2018.

Who can apply: 

Students and participants of all backgrounds and genders that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. No particular language skills are required. We welcome people with any kind of “disabilities” and the ones who do not speak English or Deutsch. Please specify any special requirements in your application.

The event is free of charge, but due to limited numbers we ask interested people to apply. Please send an email to tanjaostojicart (AT) gmail.com with the subject Misplaced Women?  Innsbruck and write one short motivational and biographical paragraph. You are welcome to add a link to your personal home page if you have one and your contact information.

Additional links:

Misplaced Women? project

Tanja Ostojić, books

Die Bäckerei, Kulturbackstube, Dreiheiligenstraße 21a, Innsbruck, Austria

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Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Dagmara Bilon in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojic in LADA, London (2016)

The Displaced & Privilege: A Study Room Guide on Live Art in the Age of Hostility by Dr Elena Marchevska on Misplaced Women? + Errata Sheet

In London, Reviews, Workshops on January 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Within this study guide that we warmly recommend you may between others reed about the brother context in which the “Misplaced Women?” Workshop by Tanja Ostojic has been produced, reflected a pone, distributed and publicised. With the “Misplaced Women?” project we pay special attention to credit everyone properly as far as possible. In that light I am pleased to share with you an Errata Sheet to The Displaced & Privilege: A Study Room Guide on Live Art in the Age of Hostility by Dr Elena Marchevska published by Live Arts Development Agency, LADA, London, in 2017, that may be download for free under this link.

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This is the ERRATA SHEET to the The Displaced & Privilege: A Study Room Guide on Live Art in the Age of Hostility by Elena Marchevska published by LADA, London (2017):

1) The drawings on the front and back cover and inside the guide by David Caines, have been mostly inspired by performances from Dagmara Bilon, Teresa Albor, Sophie Cero and Elena Marchevska developed in the frame of the ‘Misplaced Women?’ workshop led by Tanja Ostojić.

2) On page 1:

5. ‘Misplaced Women?’ workshop by Tanja Ostojić: documentation and participant’s responses

3) On page 3:

2. ‘Misplaced Women?’ Reflective Section, where you can find documentation of the workshop by Tanja Ostojić that I hosted with LADA in December 2016.

As part of the ‘Misplaced Women?’ workshops Tanja Ostojić encourages all participants to reflect in written form about their experience with the workshop, performances they developed and on the topic of the project, and she is publishing those voices regularly on the project blog. For this Study Guide, I selected from there and republished four responses to illustrate the outcomes of the workshop that she led.

For a full version of the responses and the reflection on the London iteration of the ‘Misplaced Women?’ project, please see the originally published material that has been edited by Tanja Ostojić and Danyel Ferrari:  https://misplacedwomen.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/misplaced-women-performance-workshop-in-lada-london/

4) On page 9:

For more information on Ostojić’s work please see her books:

Strategies of Success, ed. Tanja Ostojić, La Box Bourges and SKC Belgrade (2004), and

Integration Impossible?: The Politics of Migration in the Artwork of Tanja Ostojić, eds. Marina Gržinić and Tanja Ostojić, argobooks, Berlin (2009)

5) On page 65:

Note: These reflective articles were originally edited and published by Tanja Ostojić and Danyel Ferrari in January 2017, for ‘Misplaced Women?’ blog section dedicated to London’s workshop. You can see all the entries on the following link: https://misplacedwomen.wordpress.com/category/london/

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The end of the Errata Sheet.

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Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Teresa Albor in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance art workshop by Tanja Ostojić in LADA, London, December 2016.

Misplaced Women? Performance Workshop in LADA London

In London, Performances, Reviews, Workshops on January 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm

I am delighted to share with you many amazing new contributions of the London itinerary of the Misplaced Women? workshop hosted by Live Art Development Agency and Dr Elena Marchevska in December 2016. Including videos, drawings, texts, photos and reviews. Please enjoy many active links below.

Please see this short video about the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojić in London.

3:50 min long video has been made by Dr Elena Marchevska and produced by LADA

People talking in order of appearance: Tanja Ostojić, Nicholas Harris, Teresa Albor, Dagmara Bilon, Camila Canocchi and (voice over) Elena Marchevska.

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Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Sophie Cero in the frame of Tanja Ostojic´s “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in LADA, London, December 2016.

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Drawing by David Caines of the performance by Dagmara Bilon in the frame of the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop by Tanja Ostojic in LADA, London, December 2016.

Misplaced Women?

LADA was delighted to host a London iteration of Misplaced Women? in December 2016. The Misplaced Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić took place as part of a LADA residency being undertaken by the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska exploring Live Art practices and methodologies on working with issues of displacement. Tanja Ostojić ’s practice and the ideas at the heart of the Misplaced Women? project are so central to Elena’s thinking, and so vital to current issues, that it was a wonderful and timely opportunity to be able to invite Tanja to London.

Participants for the workshop were selected by an open call for proposals, and we were thrilled with the level of interest in the workshop from such a wide range of artists, activists and thinkers. Over two days the sixteen participants created a new community, and, following excursions into the badlands of East London, inspired a gathering of interested…

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Public Presentation of the Misplaced Women? Workshop in Berlin, January 24, at 5 pm

In Berlin, News, Workshops on January 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Please join us for the public presentation of outcomes of the “Misplaced Women?”, 3-day-long  performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić in Berlin, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5 pm 

Participants of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience who committed to participate in this workshop will have a chance to show some of their interventions and to talk about experiences born during this collaboration. First outcomes of the workshop will be presented to the public at the end of the third day at the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and will be included later with related texts on the Misplaced Women? project website.

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The Misplaced Women? workshop participants and the cold survivors in front of the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, on January 23, 2018. Photo: Sajan Mani

 

The Workshop Participants include between others:  Jia Chen Xu, Tatiana Bogacheva, Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Katja Vaghi, Ola Koziol, Sara Kramer, Martina Janssen, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Kathrin Fischer, Rhea Ramjohn, Gaby Bila-Günther, Alice Minervini, Nati Canto…

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:  The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topics 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.

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.

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Rhea Ramjohn performing the Misplaced Women? at Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin. January 23 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

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.

Organised by: 

Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Gustav-Adolf Straße 140

13086 Berlin

kunsthalle@kh-berlin.de

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.

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

 

Dagmara Bilon realised 3 performances on gentrification, home and identity in the frame of “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by LADA London, December 13 & 14, 2016

In Homes, London, Performances, Railway-stations, Workshops on March 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s “Misplaced Women?” workshop hosted by Live Arts Development Agency London, on December 13 & 14, 2016, Dagmara Bilon realised 3 performance interventions which she has called “embodied investigations into home and identity; a protest against becoming a silenced and isolated as wallpaper, dedicated to the ever-changing landscape of London in the mist of gentrification.” 

For my first intervention I chose to unpack my heavy back-pack on  a street corner in Hackney Wick near the neighborhood’s formerly longest occupied squat. I took of my heavy rucksack from my back and start to unpack. It’s full of various objects, accumulated over time: my childhood toys, my children’s toys, things I need for work, such as gaffe-tape, iPad, mobile phone, cigarettes, wire, lots of stones to ground me, so as not to fly away, a black fabric sphere that symbolised the veil of grief for the loss of my father, white pieces of fabric that I use to collect my menstrual blood, pens, pencils, a toy-snake. As I unpack my bag it feels never ending. Bits and pieces of glitter, receipts, notes… Lots and lots of junk, but to me – a trail of my existence. All the objects are bare on the wet concrete floor. While I see them, I feel uncertain of my survival, slightly embarrassed, like a public emptying of the bowels, spilling of my organs. I don’t dare to look into anyone’s eyes;I start to pack my bag as quickly as I possibly can, stuffing things back inside my dirty old rucksack. But there is always something more, always something else spilling out…

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My second performance featured a surreal procession of a displaced female body in a red suitcase, walking in black high heels and black velvet tight leggings over a Bridge in Olympic Park, that leads to London’s biggest shopping mall,Westfield Stratford. In the morning on that day, I took my large red suitcase from my room that contains all my dresses and props from previous London performances. This is when the performance started. I carried the suitcase from my room in South East London to Hackney,down the stairs, down the road, and on public transport. While walking I’m reminiscing of my immigrationat the age of three with my mother from Poland to Germany, with one and only suitcase filled with our possessions. In my associations of a single woman standing by a bus stop with a big red suitcase, symbolises vulnerability danger, but also power. The power to move on. As I travel I notice the eyes of people peeking and then quickly shifting back onto their daily newspaper or smart phone.

Then,  standing by a bridge together with the group of participants from the “Misplaced Woman?” workshop. I open my suitcase and hand my items one by one to individuals in the group. To me this is a most humane and kind experience. To have my items held by others. I take off my golden sandals and step inside my black high heel shoes and through the two holes I have cut in the red suitcase. I squeeze my body into the suitcase and ask a volunteer from the group to lock the suitcase and point me straight over the bridge. I’m inside now, locked in. I can’t see where I am going. My legs are wobbly. The core of my body contorted. I want to speak: “am I going into the right direction?” — but I  don’t have a voice ‘in there’, inside the suitcase. Spontaneously, a member of the group directs me how to walk forwards. I feel even more powerless, cut off and disorientated. I have no choice but to follow instructions and to focus on my feet, to stay on the ground and continue moving forward.

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Dagmara Bilon performing “Misplaced Women?” in the Olympic Park, London, in frame of Tanja Ostojic´s workshop (December 2016)

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For my third performance, I shared an intervention with three women from the “Misplaced Woman?” workshop at Hackney Wick Overground Station. I chose to locate myself on the other side of the platform. It was not ideal for documenting the action. I deliberately wanted to experience the gap between us and the feeling of loosing side of each other as trains move in and out of the platform.

The last time I saw my father was on the other side of a platform in 1985.

I place my red suitcase on the floor and slowly unpack all my dresses and props from previous London performances. Each of them with a story to tell, the dust of previous locations, the smell of sweat or dump, and leave a trace of these items around me that for a sort of island.

I’m standing in the middle of the island and at last pull out a huge Cunt Sculpture. I stand up on the bench “on my island” and hold up my Cunt up high. A train comes into the platform. People are going in and out. A man takes a picture from within the train. The doors are closing. The train moves out again.

I step off the bench, pack up my suitcase again and as I walk over to the other side of the platform to join the others, a mother with a baby looks at me beaming and asks if it was a vagina that I was holding up?

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Text written by Dagmara Bilon

Edited by Tanja Ostojić and Danyel Ferreri

Photos featured in this post taken by the “Misplaced Women?” workshop participants, London, and Aleksandar Utjesinovic

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Dagmara Bilon (b.1981) is a London based Polish/German Performance Artist, Co-Founder of The Purple Ladies Performance Collective, Artist Mentor on The Talking Gender Project and Project Manager of The MotherHouse. Since graduating in 2003 from Trinity Laban with a degree in Dance Theater she has worked as a performer for companies such as Punchdrunk, Psychological Art Circus, The Bones Theater, Marissa Carnesky, Ear Cinema and Lundahl&Seitl. Simultaneously she created and produced her own independent performance projects including staged works, sight specific interventions and one to one performances. More recently she focused on developing performance actions that challenge the notions of motherhood and identity and exhibited work alongside The Desperate Art Wives. She has also conducted various community arts led projects engaging young people in the discourse of gender, sexuality and identity. www.dagmarabilon.com

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