At The Dawn Of Yet Another Age Of Absurdity: Composition No.2
Surface Tensions 2017
Curated by Mitra Khrasheh
2 – 10 October 2017
Daily performance: 2-6pm
04 October 2017, Costumes House, Folkestone Harbour Arm
‘At the Dawn of Yet Another Age of Absurdity’ is a multi-layered body of work that transformed the entire architecture of 73 Tontine St with a spatial & performance intervention lasting over 7 days.
Curated by Mitra Khorasheh, ‘At The Dawn Of Yet Another Age Of Absurdity: Composition No.2’ was produced by CT20 in collaboration with The Performance Studio, in association with WE.ARE Institute. Addressing the same question but in a completely different place, and with a different group of people, this iteration follows a complex process that started in New York City – on April 22, 2017, where Jaša unravel a duration performance that lasted over 29 weeks.
‘In light of our deep ambivalence about our global socio-economic situation, the question of the political commitment – in art and elsewhere – seems to be calling out for alternatives that do not shy away into the usual ‘underground’. The poetical, the individual act of defiance, a voice, sound, a repeating gesture as a poetical stance and standing resistance.
In essence, the composition remains the same: Ephemeral, gestural, a form of resistance, only now reacting to a different context, as it molds in response to a delicate and menacing political climate. The core is an architecture of resistance, which manifests actions through presence and language. Actions and interventions are spread throughout the eight-day performance, reacting to the local, the temporal, a simplicity is fueled by the urgency of the now, a repercussion in time and space, we must recoil quickly, react to what’s happening around us, in order to be immediate and relevant.’ [Jaša]
Gallery Image Credits:
[1-6]: Nina Shen-Poblete
: Rosa Lux
Surface Tensions 2017 (8 September – 2 December 2017) is a dynamic series of site-specific installations, discussions and performance that challenge our experience and understanding of the ‘sense of place’. More than ever, this is undergoing increasing instability and continual reconstructions under the rapidly changing social political currents, revealing underlying tensions beneath the veneer of civilisation. Using the building of 73 Tontine Street as a vessel, the artists will bend traditional genres of representation to explore the complexities of experiences as simultaneously physical, psychological, emotional, temporal and cultural. Through which, the tensions above and beneath the surfaces can only offer the passer-by a glimpse of fragments both temporary and distant, evoking enchantment and subliminal angst.
Curators: Nina Shen-Poblete and Tomas Poblete
In this review, Howell reflects on Ljubljana-born artist Jaša’s performance piece as part of his latest body of work, ‘Lingering Cut’, and it’s power to communicate feelings of frustration and confusion in a fractured time.
Artist Jaša, and CT20 Projects’ co-director Tomas Poblete talk to Academy FM’s Dave Sharp about ‘At The Dawn Of Yet Another Age Of Absurdity: Composition No. 2’
By Noah Charney for Medium