Activations

Activations is an experimental, open-ended, collaborative, improvisational performance art and play session. Each iteration will feature a selected performance artist who will open the night with a workshop to get our bodies, brains, and hearts moving. From there we move into open performances, together or solo as the evening dictates.

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February 2, 2020’s Activations activities were led by Lisa Stertz, a German performance artist and educator. Entitled, The Body Within, the workshop offered methodologies to focus on a or one/s own body in order to use it as a medium and tool for (ones) creative output; from awareness to action.

photo: @dadaware

The workshop’s exercises were generated through Lisa Stertz’s (embodied) knowledge in performativity, phenomenology, philosophy, media studies, visual arts, butoh, noguchi-taiso, buddhism, taiji, daoism, performing as a practice, martial arts and meditation.

As is the spirit of the Activations series, the workshop’s completion gave way to open-ended improvisational performances, dancing, and intuitive game play. Details and photos from Lisa’s workshop can be found on her page here. Below are moments captured during the free session which followed.

photos: Dani Huda

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October 5, 2019 our workshop was led by Ridwan Rau Rau, a veteran of the Indonesian performance art world. Rau Rau’s performances are playful works of intuition and insight, and in their simplicity offer fresh new perspectives.

I graduated from Jakarta Pedagogy University, faculty of arts. I have been actively making performance art since 2003. Till today I am an independent performer, organizing festivals in Jakarta (Padjak Festival), and am a member of the Rewind Art Community. I am interested in the exploration of the body and space, working within the connection of the transitory moment. Performance art is a medium to understand the intuition and to give it freedom. I interpret objects and spaces and assemble them into unexpected situations, to guide and mediate the will of the soul to the body, and its surroundings. I believe that performance art can work as a therapy for the thirsty soul, for developing honesty in following the intuition. —Ridwan Rau Rau

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September 6, 2019 featured Putri Wartawati as our beloved workshop leader. The night was really a success… a small intimate group moving fluidly through ideas and expressions until reaching its own natural conclusion. Having come to a pause, the performance jam suddenly gave way to the participants introducing games to play in the field. We could not have asked for a better night. Thank you Putri and all who attended!

Putri Wartawati (born. 1992) is an artist based in Serang, Indonesia, focusing on choreography and performance. She graduated from Yogyakarta State University majoring in Dance. Putri takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work, combining traditional art with contemporary thinking. She is a dance instructor, and has taught in various cities in Indonesia. She actively participates in various performance art events, such as in the Tenth gallery (Jakarta), Expression Expedition (Nepal), CRACK (Bangladesh), Love and Intestine (Japan). Putri is also active in Semanggi foundation as a dance instructor, creating dance performances for Indonesia. She has developed her own method for creating new dance movements called, “What’s Your Name”. This method is not only for professional dancers, but for those who have never had experience creating choreography. Putri is now actively spreading that method through her workshop events.