Welcome to „The Artist is Present 2.0: Musical Response and Cultural Exchange “ – Workshop Week!
Initiated and led by Christoph Götzen (GER) & Milana Sarukhanyan (UKR)
In this Workshop Week, our team of specialist musicians are going to introduce you to the world of free contemporary improvisation through the lens of Ukrainian and German folk music. Here you are going to learn about Folk music and its language, the basic principles of improvisation, an introduction to rhythm, body awareness, and trust building exercises for working in larger groups.
The projects intention is to help people who have fled their homeland and who are currently going about building a new life for themselves in NRW, Germany. We must state that despite the Ukrainian focus of the project we would like to open up the project to all people from around the world who find themselves in this situation, as well as local people. Here we encourage people to share and explore their different experiences and cultures in the workshops.
„The Artist is Present 2.0: Musical Response and Cultural Exchange“ is a continuation of Marina Abramović‘s extended performance which was held at MoMA in 2010, for three months. She believed that stretching the lengths of a performance beyond expectations serves to alter our perception of time and foster a deeper engagement in the experience. Seated silently at a table across from an empty chair, she waited as people took turns sitting in the chair and engaging in eye contact with her.
This variation of Abramović’s original idea which was created by Milana Sarukhanyan, explores the possibilities of a musical response in the form of free improvisation through a deep connection between musicians using the original setting of tables and chairs.
In February 2022, this idea was born out of a collaboration with the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Drama in Vilnius. In April 2022, this project was performed at the Institute of Contemporary Performance in London and will be held again at the Strange Music Festival this August in Düsseldorf.
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