The performance program entitled Performing Identities is curated by curator and researcher Irene Campolmi. The series of performances and talks investigates the body as a site for constructing and negotiating identities within a globalized socio-political context. Generously supported by the Danish Arts Foundations.
Jacopo Miliani, Body oh boy nobody! (performed by Jacopo Jenna, ongoing for 2 h) – a performance that uses time and space to stretch the act of dressing and undressing as a metaphorical gesture that addresses the many personalities and identities we choose to put on and take off every day. The repetition of this gesture emphasises the variations related to it and makes this everyday action appear abstract.
Astrit Ismaili, The New Body, a 45” performance – central to Ismaili’s interest in performance is how identities are constructed and interpreted through contemporary mechanisms, but also how they are heard, asking what it means to ‘sonify’ a body (i.e. to make it sound like something else, for example, a new melody or language) and what kind of political meanings this would imply.
Alfredo Aceto, Doc Gyneco: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC – presents his first performance conceived as a one-act play that goes intermittently for an hour reciting a text on the rapper Doc Gyneco and his imaginary metamorphosis and change of identity into animal forms.
Esben Weile Kjær, More Brilliant Than The Sun – a performance celebrating the hype of popular events, but critically decontextualizing these from the conditions and expressions of their original context. Inspired by the vital and revolutionary energy of Eshun’s homonymous book, Weile Kjær reflects on the highest euphoric high-voltage moment in which a community realises that its actions exceed the conventionally accepted limits.
Nora Turato, I am happy to own my implicit biases – Turato’s performances are scripted pieces developed through the artist’s omnivorous reading habits through which she browses various cultural outlets from literature to Instagram comments and marketing jingles. While formally her pieces are reminiscent of the late David Antin’s “talk pieces,” they are not improvised and have a very different pace and delivery.
The talks program will feature live panels by various international art world actors including artists, curators, museum directors, researchers and gallerists. The series of talks entitled Next Generation and Art x Brand are tailored to investigate relevant topics shaping the contemporary art scene as well as our society as a whole. Next Generation is curated by Max Bossier from Code Art Fair, and Art x Brand by Cordelia Noe from TheArtGorgeous.
Next Generation: The Next Generation’s take on the Future of the Art MarketModerator: Daniel Lippitsch (Director, McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong)Théo-Mario Coppola (Director, CollezioneTaurisano, Naples, Italy)Teo Yang (Owner, Teo Yang Studios, Collector, Seoul, South Korea)Michelle Noack (Collector, Cologne, Germany)
Next Generation: Why change a successful art institution?Moderator: Christoph Noe (Founder Larry’s List, Art Advisor, Hong Kong)Leslie Ramos (Collector and International Patrons Manager, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom)Jongsuwat Angsuvarnsiri (Collector and Head of SAC Art Center Bangkok, Thailand)HeeJin Park (Director, Kukje Gallery, South Korea)
Art x Brand: #artgirlsdoitbetter – A New Female Forces is RisingModerator: Cordelia Noe (CEO & Founder, TheArtGorgeous)Christiane Spangsberg (Artist, Denmark)Emilie Helmstedt (CEO Helmstedt & Artist, Denmark)
Art x Brand: #artgirlsdoitbetter – The Future of Art x FashionModerator: Cordelia Noe (CEO & Founder, TheArtGorgeous)Roland Herlory (CEO Vilebrequin, Paris)Pascaline Smets (SMETS, Luxembourg)
Performing Identities: Politics of Identity: exhibitions and publicprogramsModerator: Irene CampolmiSam Thorne (Director, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham)Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator of Live Programmes and General Ecology Project, Serpentine Galleries, London)Luca Lo Pinto (Curator, Kunstalle Wien)
Performing Identities: “Another Performance Turn: A New understanding of Performance.”Moderator: Irene CampolmiCosmin Costinas (Director at Para/Site, Hong Kong)Marie Nipper (Director, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen)Fatoş Üstek (Director, David Robert Art Foundation, London)Manuel Segade (Director, CA2M- Centro de Arte Dos De Mayo, Madrid)
Performing Identities: “A Take Over: Performance Art in Non-Institutional Context”Moderator: Irene CampolmiIben Elmstrom (Former Curator at Heartland Festival & Director and Founder of SixtyEight, Copenhagen)Mette Woller (Independent Curator and Former Curator of Performances at Roskilde Festival, Denmark)Malene Dam (Curator and Founder, Vermillion Sands, Copenhagen)Anna & Esben Weile Kjær (Curators of the 2018 edition of Alt Cph “Over-Existing”)
In the auditorium you can enjoy the film program Borderlands dealing with this same theme in both literal and metaphorical ways. The film program has been curated by Caroline Berner Kühl from Code Art Fair.
Hans Op de Beeck, “The Girl”, 2017 (Galerie Krinzinger)
Heba Y. Amin, “As Birds Flying (Kama Tohalleq al Teyour)”, 2016 (Zilberman Gallery)
Kerstin Honeit, “MY CASTLE YOUR CASTLE”, 2016/2017 (Balzer Projects)
PARKing CHANce, “Believe it or not”, 2018 (Kukje Gallery), Commissioned by Asia Culture Center, A MOHO Film Production
Felix Kiessling, “Endpunkt Europa”, 2017 (alexander levy)
Mika Taanila, ”The World”, 2017 (Balzer Projects)
M+M (Marc Weis & Martin De Mattia), “7 Tage (7 Days)” (Nir Altman Galerie)
Carlos Aires, “Sweet Dreams are Made of This”, 2015 (Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art)
Inside and outside the entrance hall at Code Art Fair, you can experience a number of installations carefully selected by the curatorial team.
Kristaps Ancāns, We have four dinosaurs at home, and they are all different, 2018
Rationalisation of fantasy and rational fantasizing. Large scale, non-functional and lonely objects. Even if someone does have four living dinosaurs at home (which is improbable), they would nevertheless become extinct, since they all are of different breeds and can’t procreate. The irresponsibility of the owner of these beings, since they will die without producing progeny (contrasting with Noah’s ark).
Pedro Gómez-Egaña, The Great Learning (Sculpture Performance), 2015
Motion and time are crucial factors in Pedro Gómez-Egaña’s artistic approach. This fall depicts a moment whereby something great and proud gives in and collapses down, being interpreted as the fall of a skyscraper or even the phallus. The movement is not systematically the same, in some moments it goes fast and in another moments the audience is almost not noticing the change. It is more like a dance, a choreography.
Guido Casaretto, Calacatta Scarts – South and Eastern Slope, 2018
Casaretto’s art works encourage the viewers to question their confidence in sensory perceptions. A confusion is occurring and then again an amazement by the excellent copying of phenomena around us. By creating uncertain surfaces on huge-scaled sculptures – questions rise: What is reality? What influences our perception? In which way are we determined by our senses?
Osvaldo González Aguiar, Wall, 2018
“Wall” entails the idea of boundary, section, part. A wall that moves, a wall that comes up from wrapping the void.