POSTPONED due to COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back for rescheduled dates. Performance as Experiment: Performance Art Residency with Marilyn Arsem in CANADA
Open Call for Performance Art Residency

June 14-26, 2020

Workshop: Performance as Experiment

Project Summary: 10 day residency for Canadian and international participants who are selected through an Open Call to be tutored by performance artist, Marilyn Arsem in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

This workshop focuses on performance art as a site of learning. The performance action is an experiment in which the end result is not known, either by the performer or the viewers. Instead, something is discovered through the process of doing the work, in the act of observing and experiencing change and transformation.
Using performance, you might choose to learn something about yourself, about the world around you, or about the audience. The challenge is selecting materials and designing an action that allows you to effectively examine the question that you are asking. In some performances, your action may be very literal, while in others it might be more metaphorical.
What is the role of the witness in the work? What does their presence allow you to do? Is there a way to involve them directly in the inquiry? How might they help you?
During the workshop, you will design and execute several different experiments in order to learn something new. You will utilize different performance strategies including ones that engage the viewer. Guided writing exercises will further develop your practice of constructing and analyzing your own work.
The culmination of the workshop will be two evenings of public presentations of performance experiments by the participants, and will include an introduction about the nature and approach of the workshop.

Type of Project: Performance art workshop, symposium & public presentation

Number of Participants: 15-18

Selection of Participants: Chosen on a rolling basis through an Open Call which will be an online form.

Sunday, June 14: Arrival
Sunday, June 14: 5:00 pm: Opening reception
Monday, June 15th - Friday, June 25: Full days of the workshop starting at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday June 25: Public presentations in the evening, ending at 11:00 pm
Friday, June 26: Public presentations in the evening, ending at 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 27: Departure on Saturday

Participation Fee: $700.00 CAD

PLEASE NOTE: Travel, accommodations, and meals are the responsibility of the participants.
Organizers, Holly Timpener and Tess Martens will assist in finding accommodations for participants and would be happy to answer any questions.
International participants REQUIRE travel health insurance to participate in the workshop.

Deadline: March 31st, 2020

Marilyn Arsem has created more than 200 live events since 1975, ranging from solo performances to large scale, site-specific works incorporating installation and performance. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Arsem has also presented work in 30 countries, at festivals, alternative spaces, galleries, museums, universities and conferences in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and Asia.
Arsem established one of the most extensive programs internationally in visually based performance art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), where she taught for 27 years. Arsem’s courses focused on such topics as site-specific work, durational work, personae in performance, documenting the ephemeral, Fluxus and Dada, performance in conceptual art, street performances and interventions, scores and systems, collaborative work, and more. Since leaving SMFA in 2014, she has increased her teaching of performance workshops internationally.
Arsem received her BFA from Boston University in 1973. She went on to establish Mobius Artists Group, an interdisciplinary collaborative of artists which she founded in 1975, and incorporated in 1980 as Mobius, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt, artist-run organization. Mobius’s mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art. Mobius has presented work involving thousands of artists over its 40+ year history and is recognized as one of the seminal alternative, artist-run organizations in the U.S.A.
A book on her work, Responding to Site: the performance work of Marilyn Arsem, edited by Jennie Klein and Natalie Loveless, will be published in 2020 by Intellect Press of the UK.

Marilyn Arsem will be performing during the CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener and Area) Biennial 2020 on June 13, 2020 and participants are welcome to come to her performance. CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area is a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Again, participants are welcome to come two days earlier, June 12, 2020 to have the opportunity to witness Arsem's performance.

The workshop takes place concurrently with This Could Be The Place, a week-long program of performances with a symposium presented by the University of Waterloo. Our workshop schedule will include attendance at This Could Be The Place’s symposium on performance art.

Thank you to VestandPage, La Pocha Nostra and of course Marilyn Arsem for inspiring the organizers, Holly Timpener and Tess Martens to hold a performance art workshop.

"100 Ways to Consider Time: Day 83 Transfer #2", 100 6-hour durational performances by Marilyn Arsem at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 9, 2015 – February 19, 2016, Photo by J. Rice
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