Residency: 11/24 July 2016
Presentation: Saturday 23 July
Participant 1: 13th July (morning)/ Participant 2: 15th July (morning)/ Participant 3 : 16th July (morning)/ Participant 4: 21st July (morning)/ Participant 5: 23rd July (morning)
12 July 11:30h
14 July 11:30h
19 July 11:30h
22 July 11:30h
Nina Orteu is a Catalan artist who works between the Netherlands and Barcelona. She started developing her performance practice when she got involved with Corpologia, a performance art festival, and became a member of the group. Later on, she also iniciated her own performance art festival in the Netherlands, Vertigo, and combined it with a performance research group for women artists in Barcelona.
She uses her body as a tool to research. For Nina, performance is not the goal, it is just a medium to get answers. She started her research in performance as a way to communicate to others things that cannot be said, most of the times related to her personal family history and involving domestic violence as a core topic.
More recently, she has started to add the participation of other people in her performances. Her main interest at the moment consists on the other. She wants to be able to understand and embrace the other, but at the same time she wants her to be understood and embraced too.
Project: the whispering game
Family and relationships, are my main focus of interest. I position myself as a daughter and sometimes, as a mother. In my performances, I research this topic while performing with other people or inanimate things that play a symbolic role in my life. This allows me to investigate how human relations function, so I can find other ways of living and loving, that are different from what I learned during my childhood with an abusive father.
Nina is looking for participants who would like to take part in her research during the residency period. The idea of the whispering game project is based on a childhood game with that same name. ‘One person whispers a message to another, which is passed on through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first.’
As part of my work I am inviting 5 people to play that game with me. In this case, instead of words, we are going to use actions to pass it through the line of participants. I will be the initiator of the game proposing an action called “The Ceremony” where daily objects take part. This will be the trigger to develop more actions together.
12th July at 11:30h -> the female archive : Yoko Ono