OPEN CALL for participants – Cyprus Performance Art Workshop

and what Alice found there
Deadline: 15 May 2017

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ..and what Alice found there

We are excited to announce the OPEN CALL for participation of this year’s Cyprus Performance Art Workshop 2017 entitled ‘::THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS:: and what Alice found there’, facilitated by two of the invited performance artists Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith (DE) and Francesco Kiais (IT/GR).

::THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS:: ..and what Alice found there synopsis:

The Performance Art Workshop “THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS” is structured as a gradual progression in learning experiences, which follows an intense and enduring focus in the work with the artist’s corporeality, and comprises of practical exercises in multiple formats, including elaboration processes of video, photography, sound, and drawing leading to an enriched and extended range of artistic practice and adds to the methodology of individual idea processes.

After four days of practical work offered by Francesco Kiàis and Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith all participants are invited to present their work to the public by way of connecting to projection, sound, installation, drawing and space.

The looking glass (the mirror) reflects the reality, as the photographic lens or the “eye” of a video camera does, producing the illusion of infinite possible realities. We can ideally follow Alice and go through the mirror, and play with duplication and illusion, between reality and fantasy, dream and memory. “..and what Alice found there” is to follow the intuition of the performer about the awareness of the idea of time and space, related to the mirror and illusion of the Self.

Through Live Actions and Performances, the self-awareness of the body is activated simultaneously on a rational and emotional level. The connection with technological means expands our physical and mental interventions in time, space, atmosphere and images, amplifying our stance, our presence, and the levels of communication with the people participating in our performances.

The understanding body and self, acting in the foreground of multimedia layers, explores the world of images coupled with the multiple creative possibilities linked to this, keeping an intense focus on Live Performance Art practice, while forming relationships with inner sources and external experiences.

The workshop incorporates the idea of place and live situations. Participants explore external public places (by choice or surprise) where immediate action is realized and physically examined with an acute attention for sound and voice. This brings awareness to the idea of site-specific work and suggests notions of history and socio-cultural research. The use of sounds, words, text and voice is being investigated and clarifies notional differences and intentional aspects between Fine Art practice and performing arts through theatre and staged Live Art situations. The awareness of the difference in intentionality serves at the root of creative ideas and enables one to reach a level of integrity and knowledge for cross-disciplinary experimentations.

The participants will have the opportunity to present a live performance on the first day of the cultural intervention entitled ‘TACTILE BODIES’ on 23rd June 2017 at ‘ΓΚΑΡΑΖ’ Μultifunctional Art Space at the heart of the Old Nicosia, alongside the invited artists:

Soufia Bensaid Christina Georgiou Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith Francesco Kiais Marcel Sparmann Nicolina Stylianou Anniken Weber

WORKSHOP LOCATION: SECRET (we will send you all the necessary information about the location after your submission) LOCATION FOR PUBLIC PRESENTATION: ‘ΓΚΑΡΑΖ’ Μultifunctional Art Space (address: Ammochostou 16, Nicosia 1016, Cyprus) DATES: 19th – 22nd June 2017 LIVE PRESENTATION: 23rd June 2017 EARLY BIRD FEE (deadline: 15th April 2017): 175EUR STUDENTS LATE BIRD FEE: 200EUR LATE BIRD FEE: 250EUR

FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15th May 2017 (midnight) Minimum participations: 8 Maximum participations: 12

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: all workshop days start at 10 am on location: Group Seminar Discussions with everyone every day at 5:00 pm For Reflections and Evaluation for individual idea process, emphasis in view of Friday Public Performance Presentation, Reflections and Evaluation for individual idea process, space/site/location considerations with emphasis in view of Friday Public Performance Presentation, Reflections and Evaluation for individual idea process, curatorial considerations and final scheduling for Friday Public Performance Presentation. 19/6: Francesco Kiàis 20/6: Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith 21/6 Francesco Kiàis 22/6 Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith 23/6 Public Presentation ‘TACTILE BODIES: Live Performance Art Series + Exhibition 2017

Daytime will be spent with everyone for final curatorial preparations and technical set-up. 24/6 and 25/6 TACTILE BODIES: Live Performance Art Series + Exhibition 2017

What we can provide during the workshop: -2 Video Camcorder -1 Photographic Camera -1 Paxiscope (still image projector) -1 Go-Pro -Small sound recording devices -2 contact microphones and long cables

What we can provide on the Public Presentation: -Laptop (+projector leads) -Microphone (+leads to projector) -Smart Phone leads to projector (both i-Phone and no i’Phones) -Small (200 watts) sound system with small console for mixing -Monitor (old TV) and cables (Scart plug) -Monitor (new, digital) -Video Documentation of the work presented at Live Performance Art Series -Photographic Documentation by Pavlos Vrionides of the work presented at the Live Performance Art Series -TACTILE BODIES catalogue that will be published at the end of the cultural interventions -Invitation to witness the cultural intervention TACTILE BODIES: Live Performance Art Series.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel expenses and accommodation during your participation to the Cyprus Performance Art Workshop 2017.

FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15th May 2017 (midnight)

If you are interested on applying please send us the following information as a combined PDF file via email at To: Cc: and

– Short Biography (200 words max) – Artist statement (200 words max) – Images of your work (5 x jpg 72 dpi) – Website/blogs/video links (optional) – Statement describing: How do you envisage this workshop benefitting your practice? (200 words max)

Call Opening : 15th March 2017 Early Bird Deadline: 15th April 2017 Final Application Deadline: 15th May 2017

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