Manifesta is pleased to host "perform doc" for their first event coming from a new program that focuses on performance art and its documentation. This kickoff, hosted by Manifesta HQ as part of the in-house exhibition of Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Terrestrial Records, is an evening featuring an introduction to the perform doc project, a performance by Feiko Beckers and a scripted performance by Dora García. perform doc is a new curatorial and research-orientated initiative that focuses on contemporary performance practices, their documentation and the discourse around performance production and documentation. Within an upcoming half-year program, perform doc focuses on the work of the following group of artists: Feiko Beckers, Yael Davids, Jeremiah day, Zhana Ivanova, Jimmy Robert and Grace Schwindt.
Performances by Feiko Beckers, preferably called ‘workshops’ by the artist, gather personal stories with a distant point of view on certain feelings which are at the same time shared in our society, and very personal. You might recognize yourself in the described situations and learn how to live with the hard feelings and reflections these situations can create. In A disappointment you can rely on, Feiko reverses our usual comprehension of the notion of disappointment as an embarrassing event and reveals that one can also place unconditional trust in disappointment. Feiko Beckers' imperfect instructions and impractical cooking teach culinary techniques guaranteeing failure to the audience.
In a contradictory approach to performance art, a scripted performance created by Dora Garcia will be enacted as well. Where Feiko Beckers, as a person, is necessary for his own performance pieces, the scripted performance “The Syntohome Score” by Garcia can be performed by anyone. The score of the performance is based on an "unofficial" English translation of Jacques Lacan's seminar 23 "Le Sinthome" (1975-1976), a series of ten lectures that drew from the writings of James Joyce to elaborate on language, the unconscious, and a reconsideration of the Borromean knot. Garcia’s work is accompanied by ten sets of movements, one drawn for each of the ten lectures. Two performers determine the rhythm, cadence, and speed of the performance. Garcia’s score and choreographic notation welcome new participants, accidental stutters of the body, or slips of the tongue. It is left to the visitor to decide if, how, and when to enter the conversation. The performance was shown at the Venice Biennale 2015, running continuously during the opening hours.
19:15h - Introduction to the project perform doc
19:45h - Performance A disappointment you can rely on of Feiko Beckers
20:30h - Performance The Syntohome Score by Dora Garcia, as part of the exhibition Terrestrial Records by Ellen de Bruijne Projects at The Manifesta Building