This workshop will focus on the environment built both as subject and object of performance and performativeness, combining movement, text, spoken word and other forms of play. Through praxis, participants are confronted with questions inevitably associated with the city as a space for events, actions and complex, conflictive realities. How is an urban space created, and what is the role of individuals in its formulation? How is power present in architecture and urban infrastructure? What is the critical role of a creative aesthetical action in the conformation of public spaces?
Dider Morelli's artistic practices use public spaces as the object to combine movement, text, spoken word and other forms of play. It is connected to a flow through a two-fold approach (kind/relaxed and regular/unpredictable) with the goal of re-evaluating them critically. Considering the legacy of performance artists who have sought the subversion of architecture's functionalism by placing their bodies inside and outside average constructions, this presentation will explore kinesthetic acts of protest (dragging oneself, falling, climbing, walking) as potential forms of cultural, political and social dissent.
Type of activity: Conversation with the audience. Dialogue
This exhibit will showcase the behind-the-scenes of the Performance Workshop coordinated by architect Dider Morelli.
Type of activity: Conversation with the audience. Open exhibit.
Free admission. No prior registration required
Didier Morelli was born in Quebec, and currently lives and works in New York.
This Canadian artist is presently completing his doctorate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, United States. In his works, Morelli combines practice and research. His academic research investigates the relationship between the artist’s body and the infrastructure of the city in Los Angeles and New York City between 1970 and 1985. Morelli’s analysis focuses on the relationship between performance practices and the regular flow of the city, and explores the potential of these performances to engender new spatial-subjectivities by imagining kinesthetic actions that defy the political economies of power that dictate the movement of bodies in particular urban-contexts.
He has performed at Nuit Blanche in Montreal (2013), Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto (2012), the Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand (2014), at 7a*11D International Festival of Performance art of Toronto (2014) and at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Chicago (2016).
Coproduction: Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) with the support of Canada Council of the Arts.