The Artist Talks About His Upcoming Performance of FRE!HEIT with Michelle Jacques Get tickets now at www.counterpulse.com/fre-heit “I felt I was lacking freedom, but I couldn’t find out what made me feel so unfree,” performance artist and co-founder of Shifts– Art in Movement David Brandstätter tells me about the inspiration behind FRE!HEIT, his evening length work that […]
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.
Inspired by ancestral, community-centered, and spiritual relationships to land and plants, [and then we must be] by Audrey Johnson is a research and ritual project honoring Black American practices with land and plants through the modes of food, farming, rootwork, and magic. The work honors the practices that get passed down through recipe, spell, and story, as well as the memories active and activated in the body, plants, the land (soil, clay, mycelium, strata), and in spirit.
Paying homage to Black American spirituality and African Diasporic rites of community, the 2022 CounterPulse Edge program presents [and then we must be] by Audrey Johnson and, in partnership with Afro Urban Society, Mixtape of the Dead & Gone #1- Egwu Onwu Ahamefula by Nkeiruka Oruche + Gbedu Town Radio. This year’s Edge performances invite the audience into conversation with the land, spirits, the afterlife, and the legacies that inform the rituals and practices around them.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — CounterPulse is proud to be unveiling the new light sculpture titled “Elektra” on the façade of our building at 80 Turk St by the award-winning art and design studio FUTUREFORMS. The installation of this world-class public art installation marks the summit of CounterPulse’s current capital campaign to purchase their building in […]
Nkeiruka Oruche on ‘Mixtape of the Dead & Gone’, Proverbial Performance, and Igbo Practices of Mourning
“Traditionally, in Igbo cultures, we have had death as part of the conversation. We understand that life doesn’t end when you die. Ancestors are part of our life connection and day-to-day practice.”