Art & us: Art & the body
What is body-based art? Surgically grafting an ear onto an arm? Exploring human rights or gender identity through performance? Contemporary dance interwoven with light and sound? Challenging preconceived notions about sexuality? In all of these cases, the body is a powerful site – and instrument – for art. In this discussion, performance artists take to the stage to talk about how their bodies have influenced their art, and about the body as a site for extreme performance.
In association with Arts House as part of FOLA – Melbourne’s inaugural Festival of Live Art – burlesque star Moira Finucane, physical movement artist Natalie Abbott, famed bodywork performer Stelarc and Casey Jenkins, the artist behind 2013 vaginal knitting art project Casting Off My Womb, come together to explore the human body as an expression of and location for art to take place. Here, the boundaries of how the body can be a means of artistic expression are challenged.
Hosted by curator/producer Julianne Pierce.
Jenkins is a performance artist, craftivist and rabble-rouser. She co-founded and runs radical craft group Craft Cartel, which aims to subvert and honour art techniques often disparaged as ‘women’s work’, has produced female-only biff-fest Femme Fight Club in Melbourne, Bristol and Berlin, queer-feminist podcast, Cunts In Space; founded the Knit Your Revolt craft activist group and Aussie branch of French satirical bearded feminist group La Barbe.
Moira Finucane is a writer, director, performer and creator of volcanic and magic realist worlds … legendary salons, literary variety and intimate theatrical spectacles, internationally renowned for her arresting mix of provocation and entertainment.
Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body.
Natalie Abbott is a Victorian based artist. She graduated form dance at the VCA in 2007 as the recipient of the Orloff Family Trust Scholarship for most outstanding talent, and has since channeled her energies into creating visceral dance work; performing nationally and internationally with in Asia, Europe and America; and working with various independent choreographers and visual artists in Melbourne, the UK and NY.
Julianne Pierce is Executive Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in Adelaide, South Australia.