MAYDAY with VestAndPage – Germany

Open Call for Workshop Participants: MAYDAY with VestAndPage
Deadline date: June 15, 2015; City: Düsseldorf, Germany; Source: Verena Stenke

MAYDAY: One-Week Intensive Workshop On The Praxis Of Performance Art
Facilitated by VestAndPage (Verena Stenke/DE & Andrea Pagnes/IT)

WORKSHOP DATES AND HOURS: Thu, 20 to Wed, 26 August 2016, every day between 10:00 to 18:00h. With a final public presentation on Wednesday, 26 August at 19:00h.

VENUE: Atelier Performative Künste, Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth

APPLICATION PERIOD: April 1 to June 15, 2015
CONFIRMATION: June 30, 2015
Workshop languages are English and German.
No previous experience in the arts is required.

For information on how to apply please write to

The intensive MAYDAY workshops follow VestAndPage’s unique method through the process of making a performative piece. Through practical exercises, participants will be provided with the means to conceive, develop and realize their own performance piece. Through reflecting on the use of the body as a tool, the workshop will focus on introspection as a way to develop authentic modes of expression and artistic action. Through methodology aimed at understanding prevailing behavioural patterns as well as the individual and social responsibility of art, participants will develop new ways of communicating and even overcoming the fears of our conflicting contemporary conditions. The workshops will also offer insight into the framework of process-led and conceptual art practice, with the aim to provide basis for future artists’ material. Therefore, as well as gaining further understanding of VestAndPage’s collaborative art practice, participants will develop a heightened awareness of mind and body, with the means to stimulate artistic personal action though inner sensitivity.


German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006 as VestAndPage, generating art in the mediums of live performance, filmmaking and writing, and as independent curators. They are experienced workshop facilitators for students, art professionals of different backgrounds and non-art participants, either normally endowed or differently abled, of any age. They have been invited to hold practical workshops, research lectures and teachings in institutions worldwide. Their practice is contextual, process-led, situation-responsive and conceived psycho-geographically in response to natural surroundings, social contexts, historical sites or architecture, hence unrepeatable and subdue to the given conditions. In a poetics of relations it examines notions of perception, reality, communication, fragility and failure of the individual and the collective within social or environmental spheres. Exploring what, as human beings, we still have to offer, VestAndPage question our existence within a humanity characterized by social exclusion and global atrocities. Animated by a nomadic, confrontational spirit, they apply the themes of acceptance, resistance, endurance and union with a poetic bodily approach to art practice. Their works have been produced and presented internationally in museums, galleries and a variety of sites, and have been described as transfixing, confronting, spellbinding, humble, uncomfortable, carrying fresh iconography, cathartic, visceral, liminal, otherworldly, shamanic, tensional, silent, delicate or mysterious. Between 2010-2012, VestAndPage produced the experimental art film trilogy “sin∞fin The Movie”, a complex visual research realized during three years in Antarctica, South America and Asia. The project examines the relationship between the ephemeral art form of performance with filmmaking. They are the initiators and independent curatorial force behind projects such as the live art exhibition project Venice International Performance Art Week (2012/2014) and the global art initiative FRAGILE global performance chain journey (since 2010). VestAndPage further collaborate with international theatre companies, cultural institutions and organizations in production and education, presenting a lectures and methodological workshop series. Their writings have been published in various books and magazines of contemporary art among which Performance Research, Flash Art, Art&Education, Studio Research, Re-tooling Residencies, Research Catalogue, Nexus. Their book “The Fall of Faust – Considerations on Contemporary Art and Art Action” (2010) investigates the intimate tissue of creativity, questioning performance art as an urgency.


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