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Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag

In London, Scores on February 25, 2022 at 3:42 pm
Misplaced, Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2021, Millennium Bridge, London, performed by: Dagmara Bilon & Dyana Gravina. Mis(s)placed Women? Performance Weekend and the Community Gathering in Belgrade, October 17 2021, via Zoom. Photo: Mia Bilon.

DAGMARA BILON

Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2001

Around 30 minutes, with or without preparation, two performers

Location: busy city bridge

About:

This score is sort of a combination of the Mis(s)placed Women? Score#1 and Score#2 by Tanja Ostojić. Becoming One With a Bag is a metaphor of displacement, objectification and detachment from humanity, in which the viewer on their way to work crosses the busy city bridge and unexpectedly spots legs coming out of a bag, without a face, without an identity. Next to the bag on legs, there is a second person (co-performer) holding a MISPLACED sign (Score #2). (The bridge here is a symbol of a transient place, in-between two different locations, when one migrates from one place to the other, on the bridge is ‘in between’.)

Instruction:

1. Select a busy city bridge.

2. The main action takes place on the pedestrian area toward the middle of the bridge.

3. The performer wears a dress and high heels, walking over the bridge toward the middle, carrying the ‘refuge bag’ on her shoulder. She stops and steps inside the bag until her upper body disappears inside the bag. The second performer zips the bag and positions herself aproximately one meter away.

4. Both of them stand still as a kind of juxtaposed, obscure attraction and provocation at the same time for about half an hour.

Important: The co-performer needs also to look after the person in the bag who can not see its surroundings.



Misplaced, Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag, 2021, Millennium Bridge, London, performed by: Dagmara Bilon & Dyana Gravina. Mis(s)placed Women? Performance Weekend and the Community Gathering in Belgrade, October 17 2021, via Zoom. Live streaming: Robin Harvey.

Note:

It is interesting to find out to whom this action speaks to and how are the people passing by responding. Reflect upon your motivation to perform this score and from which perspective you speak. (For example, as a non-UK citizen, based in London, I travelled recently back home to unite with my family after having been away for two weeks. Two days ahead of my flight, I received an email from the Home Office stating that if I am not able to present my Settled Status at the border, I won’t be able to enter the country. After 20 years of living in the UK, I would have never thought that I had to fear being stopped at the borders… This experience made me think about the people who struggle daily with this issue.)

Crediting and Publishing:

Mis(s)placed Women? project by Tanja Ostojić, live action by Dagmara Bilon, performed by: your names…

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Dagmara Bilon (1981) is a London based performance and interdisciplinary artist, creative producer and activist of Polish/German origin who conducted various community-led art projects engaging young people in the discourse of gender, sexuality and identity. She is active member of the The Purple Ladies collective since its establishment, and the Mis(s)placed Women? community since 2016.

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Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić in the Mis(s)placed Women? exhibition catalogue, KCB Belgrade 2021

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Please visit the related posts:

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own2009

Tanja OSTOJIĆ: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012

HOANG TRAN HIEU HANH: Score #4: spread and reflect, 2021

Earlier contributions by Dagmara BILON:

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

Teresa Albor’s and Dagmara Bilon’s continuous collaboration

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Earlier blog posts for London:

The following artists, activists and researchers developed their new works or performed some of the “Misplaced Women?” scores in the frame of the Tanja Ostojic’s “Misplaced Women?” London Workshop. I would like to invite you to please check out Participants Contributions in text, photos and videos, that I edited partly in collaboration with Danyel Ferrari and published on the project blog:

Tanja Ostojic

Elena Marchevska

Teresa Albor

Camilla Canocchi 

SM

Cherry Truluck

Seila Fernandez Arconada

Alice Tuppen

Hilary Williams 

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Score #4: Spread and Reflect

In Scores on November 15, 2021 at 11:25 am

HOANG TRAN HIEU HANH

Score #4: spread and reflect, 2021

More or less an hour, several performers

About:

Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection! is a collaborative intervention with large mirrors, first performed in Berlin’s underground in January 2018 in the frame of Tanja Ostojić’s Misplaced Women? performance art workshop, confronting manspreading, a habit of men sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than their own seat. 

Instruction:

1. Choose a mirror to bring along with you, (the larger the better).

2. Select a means of transport of your choice, for exsample: metro, tram, train.

3. Take your seat in front of a cis man (short for cisgender man: a person who was assigned male at birth and whose gender identity is male).

4. Hold your mirror between your legs with the mirror reflection towards the person sitting opposite to you.

5. You can do the same action on a different means of transport and see how different it is being perceived at different times.

Note:

Reflect upon how it feels to hold the mirror, to take up space, to be made invisible by the mirror, and to become visible with the mirror.

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

Crediting and Publishing:

It is very important to credit everyone properly. With the Misplaced Women? project we pay special attention to that. Please be sure to fully credit your action as: (Your name:) a performance in response to the delegated performance by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Score 4: spread and reflect, MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN?, project by Tanja Ostojić, performed by: (add names of everyone performing with you and the photographer(s) name(s))— wherever you share it or print it, and we will do the same with your contribution. Send a photo or a drawing of yourself performing, the description about how it went (your name, date, time, duration, location(s) and notes about what happened). Please let us know if you would like your contribution to be published on the blog of the project. We would greatly appreciate that!

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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 and Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh. Photo: Alice Minervini

Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh is a Berlin based activist, who is a member of the Mis(s)placed Women? community since January 2018. As a response to the racism related to the COVID-19 pandemic, she co-created a group for the Asian Diaspora in Europe and has hosted artist and community talks on notions of home, mobility and the politics of care. Her activism is centred around intersectional feminism, the right to reproductive self-determination, climate justice and the sense of solidarity in communities of colour. In her spare time, she ponders over creative approaches to link the arts with political activism to shift boundaries, change relationships and create new paradigms. Currently, Hanh is working on migration and displacement in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters.

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Manspreading, Istanbul Underground, Photo: Tanja Ostojić, July 2021.

Edited and first published by Tanja Ostojić on the Misplaced Women? project blog (2021)

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Please visit the related posts:

TANJA OSTOJIĆ: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own, 2009

TANJA OSTOJIĆ: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012

“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Berlin (Jan. 2018)

Manspreading, Istanbul Underground, Photo: Tanja Ostojić, July 2021.

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 an Activist of Colour based in Berlin.

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Please visit as well archive of earlier contributions and posts from Berlin, from workshops, individual and group performances: 2009-2021:

Contribution by Nati Canto

Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Contribution by Mad Kate

Contribution by Rhea Ramjohn

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by LADY GABY

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Mapping around Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Contribution by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Contribution by Jiachen Xu and Evdoxia Stafylaraki

Contribution by Ola Kozioł

Contribution by Татьяна Bogacheva

Contribution by Katja Vaghi

Public Presentation of the Misplaced Women? Workshop in Berlin, January 24, 2018

Contribution by: Luciana Damiani 

Contribution by: Susan Merrick

Our Lady of Auguststraße by Tanja Ostojić

Contribution by Tanja Ostojić: Berlin, TXL Airport and Valentina Medda: Misplaced Women?, Performa New York, 2009. Simultanious delegated performance with the one by Tanja Ostojic, at Berlin TXL airport.

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