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Month: October 2018

Buffer Zones, I like it. I hope you like it too.

Part One and Part Two

There is no difference between the two parts except the works shown.

Selected by Juliana Irene Smith 

Platform Project Space, Kirkkopuistikko 20, Vaasa, Finland


Thursday 1 November 2018 @ 7 – 9pm

Thursday 6 December 2018 @ 7 – 9pm

Bridget Baker, Basim Magdy, Dana Levy, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Ed Young, Anetta Mona Chisa + Lucia Tkacova, Liza Grobler, Bashar Alhroub, Nico Athene, Abri de Swardt, Nisrine Boukhari, Antonia Brown, Samah Hijawi, Francois Knoetze, Daria Tchapanova, and Purity Zinhle Mkhize

‘Buffer zones have various purposes, political or otherwise. They can be set up to prevent violence, protect the environment, protect residential and commercial zones from industrial accidents or natural disasters.’ (Platform Statement.)

Buffer Zones is the theme for the 2018 – 2019 Platform residency and project space. In all honesty, I feel like I am constantly buffering my zones.

Where do you find your buffer? And what if it is gone, taken away? What is left?

The artists that were asked to participate, I have had the opportunity to meet in person or work with. I like them, I like their work, and I can tell you more about them, or where they live; a personal anecdote perhaps. The works are not curated in the sense of a perfect rhythmic or narrative flow from one to the other. Each work has an individual strength, power, yet the crash and clash of bodies, situations, animals, ritual, technology, environment and everything, it becomes quiet, disturbing and romantic all in one.  

Perhaps the answer is in the space between us, or in the work and in how we utilize and negotiate our personal buffers, which leads us to the state we want to be (out of the buffer zone and safe)… just a thought.

The new space is supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, Svensk Österbottniska Samfundet, Kulturösterbotten and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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Just Follow These Instructions And You Will Be Fine

Just Follow These Instructions And You Will Be Fine (on the night)
Instructions courtesy of the “History Will Be Kind To Me For I Intend To Perform It” artists and curators:
Leena Kela (Finland), Márcio Carvalho (Portugal), Christian Etongo (Cameroon), Serge Olivier Fokoua (Cameroon/Canada), Diana Soria Hernandez (Finland/Mexico), Gøril Wallin (Norway), Hiroko Tsuchimoto (Japan)

Performed by Anthea Moys and, if you like, you.

Moys, a South African artist well-known for performing her failures across the globe, will now attempt to perform, with you, a set of specific instructions given to her by her fellow artists. For the travelling “History will be kind to me for I intend to perform it” project, Anthea has recorded various instructions from each artist/curator in order to learn more about their performance practice. The instructors could choose to give instructions for any of the following provocations:

How to prepare for a performance
How to do a performance
How to recover from a performance

From these recordings, she has created a score, which she will herself attempt to perform with you on the night. The work aims to reveal the process of listening and learning through laughter and play, with and from the other. It also experiments with trial and error and practical performative exchange as a playful way to practice decolonization.

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