“Global Citizen” looks at work that explores a contemporary globalized society. The relationship between inherited culture and physical location poses new questions about the relationship to location and cultural identity. We explore work that looks at or emphasizes the human desire to inhabit, migrate, and create work beyond borders in both inclusive or restricted territories. What does it really mean to be a citizen? The transient nature of performance art, where the body is the medium, generally supports a more globalized society and artists often make work in response to their ever changing surroundings.
Andrei Venghiac’s work looks at the connection human’s share with nature and more specifically, our sense of power over it. Though we may genuinely desire to save the earth, our attempts at order and control may be merely an arrogant exercise in futility. Sujin Lim’s work highlights the interconnectedness of eastern and western cultures by planting an astonishing array of colorful, plastic flowers (made in China) on a lush European countryside, noting the ever-expanding interdependence of global economies. Jai Du’s work references the power of symbols that make up the collective unconscious. Her eroticized body becomes a backdrop for her philosophy on universal issues: the authoritarian nature of the world, beauty, religion and how governments thrive on perpetuating fear. Chongha Peter Lee’s work illustrates how the justice system objectifies and marginalizes defendants through formulaic questions based on superficial notions of identity. In “Dinero Negro”, Fermin obliterates a piece of paper money, calling into question what constitutes currency, exchange, debasement, and value. Similarly, Raul Rodriguez inadvertently addresses value in specific regard to food, a basic civil necessity. Climbing a staircase made of ‘Pan,’ has become a symbolic gesture articulating the intrinsic reliance on currency for food, and brings to light an economic crisis larger than Venezuela.
FRI 3 JUN 2016
- Andrei Venghiac “Aktion”
- Fermín Díez de Ulzurrun “Black Money“
- Raúl Rodríguez “Terraza”
- Sujin Lim “FACTORyAL LANDSCAPE“
- Chongha Peter Lee “Psychosocial”
- Jai Du “Well-formed breasts…coincidence?”
Aktion aims to address the romantic idea of the tragic hero through moving image and performance with the camera as witness and companion. The slapstick quality of the video depicts the hero’s action that retains a distinctive gravity within the gaze of the camera. While the portrayal of the hero emphasizes his pointless attempts for a sublime experience, the visual identity of the work combined with the duality of humor and play supports the idea of manifest. This occurs as a reflection on the concept of play, where play is seen as a performance or a role within an artistic practice. 2012 single channel HD video all images courtesy of the artist 00:01:42
Andrei Venghiac (Romania/Sweden)
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Gothenburg, Sweden. Andrei has presented his work and participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Romania, Moldova, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and USA. In 2015 he has been awarded the Theodor and Hanne Mannheimer Award, and the Eric Ericson Foundation Stipend. Furthermore, Andrei self-published his first book, Alexithymia, and Valand Academy has issued a monograph comprising his works from 2014 to 2015. In 2016, Andrei has been nominated for the Fredrik Roos Stipend from Moderna Museet in Malmö, Sweden, and opened his solo show Persona. Performing the imperceptible self at Borderline Art Space in Iasi, Romania.
Black Money arises in a simple action such as destroying a €50 note with a permanent black marker, transforming it into a worthless piece of paper but with an enormous symbolic significance
Black Money is formalized with the destruction and record the serial numbers of the bills inked in the “action – performance” of the artist and the audience actively involved in the inking of the notes. The money used in the performances must be money obtained illegally or untaxed. 2015 00:01:58
Fermín Díez de Ulzurrun (SPAIN)
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Fermín Díez de Ulzurrun is an industrial designer, graduated in management of industrial plants by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He combines his professional work as industrial director in company in the automotive sector with his career as an artist. He was awarded a scholarship by the Government of Navarra and the CIEC performing various exhibitions among which include: -Meeting – Windsor Kulturgintza, -ARBEIT MACHT Frei- in the CACH or -KILL YR.
Terraza, is part of a project called “Mazamorra” which is an investigation into the Latin American food production from two time axes, pre-hispanic production and the current transgenic production, across from the large Andean terraces to mass production for commercial use . Taking the Corn ” Golden Gods” as a fundamental element of this piece. 2014 00:05:00
Raúl Rodríguez (Venezuela)
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Raul Rodriguez (b. 1994, La Victoria, Venezuela) is a visual communicator and multidisciplinary artist, with special interest in performance art or performance art. Take your body as a research laboratory with its introspective space, as postulated performer Rodriguez: “The only record of my work is the impact on memory and memories.” This has participated in national and international exhibitions as: 2016 – X International Festival of Performance Choroni – Acts of Faith, (VE). 2015 – Kaffee-Kuchen-Action Art Performance Netzwerk Turingen Weimar (DE). – Video in Action (Museum of Valencia) (VE). 2014 – Visible Cities (Project Big Bang) Cordoba (ARG). – Young October 2014 (Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art) (VE). 2013- 38 National Art Exhibition Aragua. (Museum of Contemporary Art Mario Abreu). (VE) – Youth with FIA 2.0 Iberoamerican Art Fair (Online). And I also do a solo exhibition Entitled “Spectrum” 2014 (French Alliance Maracay). (GO). And “RARE” 2015 (Organization Nelson Garrido), (VE). It is winner of the poster contest winner: “National Identity” by the Circle Design Maracay and Awarded second place in the “I Antibienal of Graphic Arts 2015” by the Organization Nelson Garrido. Also part of the organization Platform for Performance “P3” as Director of Design and Graphic Arts.
Novel in artistic life, with a special interest in the corporeal and face of being, taking the body as a research laboratory in space, environment and context of live interaction; The identity and the distortion of it, is a manifest constant height. Based from the experiment develops its research work. The actional gestures, has led him to create in different formats as ephemeral art, performance, sound art, video-art, net art, photography, objects and installations. Production through different platforms, multiple formats and is a recurring expressions is his work and actions with object-based waste.
FACTORyAL LANDSCAPE is consists of video documentation of site-specific installation and performance. The action is to plant 1200 pieces of plastic flowers made in China in the field near the mountain in the Alps. The Alps is known for its beautiful nature and landscapes, especially for many Asian people as one of the most famous tourist spots. This performance is motivated by traditional Buddhist ceremony in Asia to release captured animals to free them back to nature. 2014 00:04:16
Sujin Lim (South Korea/Germany)
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Sujin Lim was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea and currently works and lives in Seoul and Berlin. She creates site-specific interventions that relate to socio-political issues, and are accompanied by artistic research. She has had two solo exhibitions in Korea, and her works have been selected for the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art curated by David Elliott in Museum of Moscow (2014) and exhibitions including At the End of the World in the Marke 6. gallery at the Neues Museum in Germany (2012) and Storming Party in Art Museum in the Seoul Museum of Art(2009).
A series of questions sung from a standardized psycho-social interview used to process defendants in New York’s justice system.
Chongha Peter Lee (USA)
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Chongha Peter Lee is currently based out of Syracuse, NY and Washington, D.C. He received his BFA at George Mason University in 2011. He’s shown video works in DJ Spooky’s Experimental Media Series. His new media intervention, “Barcode Orchestra” has been shown in several venues including the World Bank in Washington DC. Since 2010, He has been an integral member of the Floating Lab Collective, producing “The Collective White House” for the Museum of Antioquia’s MDE 11 Triennial in Medellin, Colombia and the “ReMuseum” for the 5×5 Public Art Project, Washington, DC’s first internationally curated public art initiative. Most recently, he has collaborated on the “Modular Engagement Transporter” which was exhibited in the Art Museum of the America’s. He is currently pursuing a degree in the Transmedia MFA program at Syracuse University, concentrating on the implications of post-digital impacts on labor, politics and media aesthetics.[/expand]
This video performance makes reference to the power of the symbols (archetypes), that at the same time are shapes and therefore, numbers. These symbols, as well explained C.G. Jung, have dominated our life since the beginning because they are part of our collective unconscious and have determined what is beautiful and good and what is ugly and bad. Thus, the religions and governments have used them throughout the history in order to create
resounding effects that manipulate the society. It means that strong or weird physical experiences can turn into aesthetic and pleasant experiences (images) just because they follow powerful and inherited patterns. 2015 00:05:22
Jai Du (Spain/Belgium)
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Jai Du starts her professional career as a business consultant in 2000, mainly working for banks and government institutions where she spent more than 12 hours/day. In 2008, thanks to a tragic accident suffered in Africa, she realized about her life mission and decided to start communicating about the topics that nobody from her social/job sector would talk freely. Thus, she becomes an artist with a hidden identity under the alter ego of Jai Du. In her first works emerge topics such as the internal dependencies that the System’s rules produce. Currently, her work involves the concept of collective unconsciousness and the use of archetypes to activate specific emotions in the audience.