Participative performances

Open Call for participants in the “Misplaced Women?” performance workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić


Split, April 6-8, 2021, with the public presentation (Amphitheater, Dom mladih), hosted by Culture Hub Croatia


This is the Open Call for participants in the Misplaced Women? 3-day-long performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, April 6-8, 2021, with a public presentation in the Amphitheater, Dom Mladih, Ulica slobode 28, Split, Croatia, hosted by Culture Hub Croatia.

Participants of all backgrounds, ages, genders and levels of experience that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome, but we particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, performance art, conditions related to the ones identifying as women, representations of gender and art in the public realm. Participants are invited and encouraged to share and exchange about experiences and issues of migration, marginalization, displacement, exposure and privilege and to enact some of the Misplaced Women? performance scores… The workshop is free of charge, warm drinks and snacks will be provided, professional photo documentation of participants’ work will be provided as well, and due to limited numbers of places we ask you kindly to apply. Workshop will be held in Serbo-Croatian language; in case it’s needed, we can integrate most of other languages, let us know in your application in case you have any special requirements, we can provide translation for blind, deaf and deafblind people.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 24, 2021.


Timetable

Workshop:

  • Tuesday, April 6:  3:00 pm—4:30 pm,

  • Wednesday,  April 7: 11am-5pm and

Talk about the workshop results & public presentation: Thursday, April 8: 11–12:30pm

 

During the workshop and the presentation all hygienic measures against the spread of  Coronavirus will be respected. Participants will all have an opportunity to perform in the public spaces, and outcomes will be presented to the public on  the third day of the workshop at the Amphitheater, Dom Mladih, and included on the Misplaced Women? project blog.

This project, including the workshop and group and individual performances in the public spaces, have been chosen for realisation in the frame of the Voids2021 project, organized by Platform Culture Hub Croatiasupported by the Allianz Kulturstiftung, “Kultura nova” Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

Please read about the project and find out more about the workshop and application relevant details below:

About the project

Misplaced Women? is an art project by Tanja Ostojić that consists of performances, performance series, workshops and delegated performances, ongoing since 2009, including contributions by international artists and people from divers backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life’s activities that thematise displacement, as it is known to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees, as well as gender queer, homeless… and to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances deal with continuing themes of migration, and relations of power and vulnerability with regard to the mobile and in particular the female body, an aspect that figured prominently in numerous previous works of Ostojić.

About the workshop leader

Tanja Ostojić (*1972) is a renowned Berlin and Belgrade based, Yugoslavian born performance and interdisciplinary artist whose artworks engage with feminism and migration politics. She includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations and relations of power. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, from within specific social contexts. The approaches of her work are defined by political positioning and the integration of recipients. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the globe. She has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas.

About the workshop

The “Misplaced Women?” project involves the unpacking of a suitcase, a plastic bag, a handbag or a similar object in a public sphere, whereby these objects come to stand for a displacement, as a theme that is common in everyday experiences of transients, migrants, homeless, war and disaster refugees. The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topics and to stimulate discussion and interventions in the variety of public spaces.

The first part of the workshop includes getting together, informing and communicating, whereby the participants shall exchange with each other about individual experiences and the aims of the project.

During the second part, the participants are encouraged and supported to enact live performances and interventions in the streets and parks of Split. Public performances will be documented by a professional photographer.

The outcomes of the workshop will be presented to the public on the third day in the Amphitheater, Dom mladih. All participants of the workshop are invited to take active part in this presentation and the following discussion.

The documentation, notes and reflections from the workshop will be gathered and edited by Culture Hub Croatia, and published on the Misplaced Women? project website. 

Who can apply?

Students and participants of all backgrounds and genders that can commit to participate for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. No particular language skills are required. We welcome people with any kind of “disabilities” and the ones who do not speak English or Croatian. Please specify any special requirements in your application.

The event is free of charge, but due to limited numbers we ask interested people to apply. Please send an email to  info@culturehubcroatia.hr with the subject Misplaced Women?  Split and write one short motivational and biographical paragraph. You are welcome to add a link to your personal home page if you have one and your contact information.


Please visit and follow Misplaced Women? Video Channel on Vimeo.


Additional links:

Misplaced Women? project

Tanja Ostojić, books

 

cover photo: “Misplaced Women?” performance by Tanja Ostojic on the La Grand Escalier de la Gare du Saint Charles a Marseille, 2013.
With the participation of: Jane Kay Park, Emma-Edvige Ungaro, Alix Denambride, Kim Mc Cafferty, Robyn Hambrook, Helen Averley, Patricia Verity and Tanja Ostojic, Préavis de Désordre Urbain, Marseille.

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