Interview conducted by Claire Frost, Artspan Program Manager, on January 28, 2019 Claire Frost: How do you see your work and your practice fitting into CounterPulse’s space + programming? How does this space contextualize (or not) your work? Brea Weinreb: Similar to CounterPulse, community is integral to my work. Every figure painting I’ve ever made has […]
About This Artist
Antonija Livingstone (1971)
EE/CA is based in Berlin.
Self- taught, her practice evolves via queer methods and operates at the intersection of performance and plastic arts, often in situ. Her background growing up in the midst of itinerant gold mining camps in the Canadian North West informs her intimacy with the elements and a capacity for a practice of improvised ways and means. A need for re-enchantment provokes her strategies for collaborations with visual artists, dance artists and strangers. Together troubling the business of spectatorship, loving unruly bodies, and upending normative means of perceiving and creating choreography, objects, remedies. With the insight of an outsider Livingstone often works in solitude, but also strives to activate inclusive assemblages of folk, creatures, materials, and techniques to co-operate on performing aesthetic problems and durational contemplative actions together ; oddkin inhabitations and their traces. The work is often rendered as collections of actions and things, raw repetitive studies, made of blushing encounters between paradoxical companions, trembling between genres, sans papiers…
Formerly, as a dancer and choreographer Livingstone has performed most extensively with Meg Stuart/ Damaged Goods Brussels / Berlin, and Benoit Lachambre Par BL.eux, Montreal, and her own independent work in collaboration with producer Fanny Virelizier/ KILL THE DJ, Paris.
She is Associate Artist at Menagerie de Verre, Paris, France 2018
Artist in Residence at Darling Foundry, Montreal, Quebec 2018.
Livingstone has been devoted for over a decade to creating and touring collections of co-authored feminist works for live performance, installation and video in a diverse variety of international contexts.
About This Project
Observing the Supernatural grants access to a shared kaleidoscopic body.
Human and non-human actants camp together on a hot pink terrain under an unblinking fluorescent sky. With axes, wood, violin, electronics and the bare body, Simone Aughterlony, Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe stage an inquiry into some vibrant matters.
Supernatural suggests a wilderness that signifies a plurality of agencies without ontological hierarchy – the vigour of the blade, the skin, the wood, the rope, the gaze, and all in our midst, buzz together lovingly in a hot debate on the political ecology of things.
Queer lives know that being in disguise can encourage the dissolution of normative identity patterns of recognition. Supernatural actively chops up the topography of gender perceptions and welcomes the joyful techno construction of multiple bodies and pleasures.
Is this movement research or fun post-porn practice?
Whatever it is, it brings the bodies and companion materials in conversation to know no difference between being excited, being exciting and being excited-with.
UNEARTHED is a night of video installations and performances by Bay Area emerging artists exploring ancestry and diaspora, trauma and healing, vulnerability and sexuality, and questions about our past and future. Co-curator Claire Staples interviews three of the artists: Titania Kumeh Claire Staples: You have been exploring the bathtub birth story in your performance work for […]
December 20, 2018
In Spring 2019, CounterPulse threads through time in the twilight between performance and uprising. Our only question is, will you join us? Spring 2019 Performance Calendar tiny little get down tinypistol + little seismic dance company Jan 25, Fri, 7:30pm-9pm Need to let off a little steam? tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance […]
Performing Diaspora 2018 artists Cynthia Ling Lee and Melissa Lewis in conversation. Cynthia Ling Lee: I’m excited to chat about your work today! Tell me a little about the initial inspiration for your work. Where did it come from? Melissa Lewis: I had this wild and weird dream some time ago. Bruce Lee (or some version […]
I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father by Melissa Lewis (顾眉) runs Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 and 13-15 as part of a double-billed performance with Cynthia Ling Lee. Get tickets to Performing Diaspora 2018 at counterpulse.org/performing-diaspora-2018