WORKSHOP! WITH FAMOUS NON GRATA GROUP
PERFORMANCE: COLLECTIVE ART + PUBLIC SITE INTERVENTIONS
Internationally renowned Non Grata Group give their newest workshop on creating collective performances and intervening in public spaces
NON GRATA GROUP annually tour the world, from the Americas to Asia and across Europe, spreading their unique brand of public interventions and group inter-actions
Learn how to expand upon your own work, how to work together and how to bring the work into unlikely spheres
Workshop: PERFORMANCE: Collective artwork & public interventions
1. The instructor will show documentation of his own public interventions.
2. The instructor will show documentation of other artists work relating to public intervention.
3. The instructor will share documentation of performance art relating to “limitations of the body.”
4. Participants will participate in performance exercises. The exercises will help bond the group and clarify social concerns shared by members of the workshop group.
5. In art space, participants will make performances dealing with different concerns. Participants will articulate the expectations for patron’s behavior and the actual behavior of the patron during the performance.
6. Workshop participants will work as a collective to conceptualize and implement a public intervention performance. Artists will work to create opportunities for interactions and collaborations with the public.
7. Public performances.
The goals of the workshop
1. To become familiar with public intervention in the history of performance art.
2. To consider the actions of the patron within performance art and the range of opportunities for interaction that can be facilitated by the performance artist
3. To explore the differences between an audiences that are present to consume art versus going out to find an audience of people in public.
4. To examine to role of collaboration in public interventions.
5. To operate within the workshop as a collective,
6. To conceptualize and implement a public intervention as a group
You Can’t Buy NON GRATA
The Raw Side of Performance Art
HYPERALLERGIC article on The Non Grata Group:
With smoke and fire, blowtorches and red-hot cattle brands, Non Grata has emerged from Estonia as one of the most audacious and evolving performance art groups to regularly come to and perform in the United States. From last month through the end of this one, the group has been guest curating a series of events at Grace Exhibition Space, showing off many talented American performance artists while also giving spectators a view of some of the raw and audacious performance work that Eastern Europe has to offer.
Led by Al Paldrok, whose pseudonym in the group is Anonymous Boh, Non Grata began in 1998, just four years after Estonia gained its independence from the Soviet Union. Taking its name from the phrase persona non grata, meaning “an unwelcome person,” the group first started as an alternative art academy called Academia Non Grata. Now they travel the world practicing performance art with a revolving set of members that has, over the years, totaled up to five hundred different individuals.
“Academia Non Grata was created for one purpose, [to be] a counterbalance to the bend-over attitude of the art world, which was dominated by the Yankee-style capitalism in our society,” said Paldrok. “Artists have become either the ones who satisfy society’s certain aesthetic needs, small-scale entrepreneurs producing pretty things, or society’s fools, officially labelled as the opponent.”
Often the value of art is in offering nontraditional strategies that one can put to use in everyday life. An artist attempts to improve the world. The aim of the Academia Non Grata was and still is to create an atmosphere in which people feel free to ask themselves and others, “What is it that I really think? What is it that I really want?”
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ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
Grace Exhibition Space opened in 2006 and is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging performance works by the current generation of international performance artists, whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. Grace Exhibition Space is run by Jill & Erik with Vincent Tiley. Jamie is our bartender and Leah runs the door.
Please also support PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB [Brooklyn] GLASSHOUSE GALLERY [Brooklyn], MOBIUS [Boston] DFBRL8R GALLERY [Chicago] and EAMES ARMSTRONG [Washington, DC] - when you want to see more Performance Art!
"I have found Grace Space to be a breath of fresh air, and a new way to see and experience feelings you may have not faced in a long time. It’s a place to let yourself be exposed, amused, delighted, and terrified all at the same time, and I can say I haven’t experienced this combination of emotions at any gallery or theater I have ever stepped into, and that’s a wonderful thing. The space provides a refreshing perspective on an art scene that has been somewhat shackled and restrained for quite a bit of time now. Grace Exhibition Space is a brave pioneer as it puts Bushwick, as well as New York City, on the forefront of exploration and exposure into the minds and bodies of artists who are truly gifted, fearless, and unique." Terri Ciccone. Bushwick Daily January, 2013 "On each night, and in each performance, the human body is redeemed from the mundane and made anew."
David Lagaccia, Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art (June, 2012)
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