Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter

Introduction to Performance Making and Performance Score Writing with Zierle & Carter

When: Wednesday 15th February 2012. 7pm till 10pm

Where: 'Exclamations', above 202 downtown Roanoke. Enter through door 206, go up the stairs and enter the door on your right.

What: Over from the UK for this years Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, internationally active collaborative performance artists and lecturers Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter, aka Zierle & Carter, will host a experiential, process based and material-led workshop on performance making. This workshop will explore methods used by the artists to embody actions, devise work, and will extend to include a introductory session on performance score writing. There is an opportunity to contribute and perform any scores created in the workshop during the evening of Friday 17th and the day of Saturday 18th of the Marginal Arts Festival.

Please bring some materials that you would like to work with. Materials could include anything, they can be domestic, found, bought, throw away, multiples, large, small, man made, natural or personally significant items. Some materials will also be provided. Tea and coffee will be served.

This workshop is completely free of charge and no previous performance experience is necessary.

Though not essential, please try to RSVP to info@zierlecarterliveart.com if you would like to attend so that we can accommodate numbers adequately. For more information or questions email Alexandra and Paul at info@zierlecarterliveart.com

Information about Zierle & Carter:

Through their collaborative practice, Zierle & Carter critically examine different modes of communication and what it means to be human, addressing notions of belonging, dynamics within relationships, and the transformation of limitations. Their work sites an embodied investigation into human interactions and encounters, acting as an invitation to venture into the spaces in-between the external and internal, permanent and transient, spoken and unheard. The work fundamentally explores society’s conventions, traditions, and rituals, often flipping them on their head, reversing orders, and disrupting the norm.

At times publicly visible and others remote and discreet, their site-specific work has occupied galleries, explored one to one interactive and instruction based performances in cupboards and empty cinemas, performance for camera on snow covered mountain plateaus, a series of actions and interactions in busy shopping areas and city parks, process led works in libraries, tunnels and World War 2 bunkers, as well as interventions in wilderness.

Zierle & Carter's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Grace Exhibition Space (US), Exist-ence (Australia), and MOMA (US) and Plymouth Arts Centre (UK) as part of Marina Abramovic’s Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art and The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow.

“You could think of them as Marina and Ulay with a contemporary sense of theatricality and props, but it might be more exquisite to forget that historical precedent entirely and concentrate instead on Zierle and Carter’s ability to create a surrealistic situation out of nothing more than a bunch of red balloons.” Lori Waxman, art critic

“The triumph of this pair is their sensitivity to material. Objects become extensions of the body rather than ill-fitting props.” Quinn Dukes, top 5 current contemporary performance artists for Artists Lists website: http://artistslists.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/top-5-contemporary-performance-artists-to-watch-by-quinn-dukes/