NU Performance Festival 2018: Object with Audience

NUP 2018 newspaper

VII NU Performance Festival: Object with Audience

The focus of this NU Performance Festival is the timeline and performative possibilities of object art, and performances that reinterpret the role of the audience as a part of the performance, both in the individual as well as collective experience. We are interested in looking for performativity where one is not used to finding it.

The background for the programme of NUP18 is the changing audience relations in the experiencing of visual and performing arts. Performing arts offer a collective and therefore uniting experience for artworks with a timeline, whereas the experience of an exhibition can provide a very individual opportunity to engage the artwork and take in the exhibition rituals at one’s own pace. We are particularly interested in the collaboration of fields with mutually complementary methods, creating new possibilities to approach object art and new ways of experiencing together.

One could ask what does objecthood perform? When it comes to the performativity of an object, we have looked at how the time on stage transforms the reception of an object, with the dramaturgy of the space adding to how the work is seen and interpreted. The artwork itself is often not the end result – on the contrary, it can serve as a platform and meeting place in a collective experience. This, in turn, leads to a transformation of audience relations. For instance, the audience can discover that they are almost alone in the theatre or looking at the performer like they would look at an image or looking at each other and themselves in such a way that sees the outlines of the artwork vanish.

A change in the artwork’s perception modes also alters the audience’s role, meaning and awareness of themselves as a part of the artwork. The audience is no longer merely experiencing, they are co-creators because the contribution of their presence in the creation of the artwork brings both possibilities as well as responsibility. In many ways, the audience IS the action, demanding a role in the whole or in the structure of the temporal and spatial format. In these relations of perception and experience, the object is both a catalyst as well as a recipient, prompting us to look for performativity in fields that go beyond the common ground of visual and performing arts.

Henri Hütt & Mihkel Ilus
October 2018

Henri Hütt is a (performance) artist with an interest in creative hybrid forms that involve various technologically dominated forms of performing arts, sound performances, developing concepts of staged exhibitions, and collaborating with various artists. He is a member of the MIMproject group and a coordinator of the DAMA network of Baltic and Scandinavian universities of arts.

Mihkel Ilus is a (visual) artist working in the expanded field of painting. He often works with large-scale installations that prominently feature approaches related to painting. Combining format criticism with contemporary exhibition culture and performing art is an important part of his oeuvre. More recently, he has looked at the differences of object art in the black box and white cube setting and searched for psychological charges in materials.

NU Performance Festival 2018 collaborates closely with the sonic art festival Üle Heli 2018 that starts on October 25 to bring wider spectre of experiences for the audience that appreciates experimentation. In the center of NU Performance Festival 2018 is the timeline and performative possibilities of object based art. It redefines the individual and collective experience of the audience.

When theater has to offer to visual arts the dramaturgy based timeline and discipline, then vice versa the exhibition culture to theatre gives liberty of interpretation and varieties of format.

Stage time changes the reception of an object: timeline of an object, the dramaturgy of space, its context and communicativity focus the audience towards unexplored areas and aspects.

The role and significance of the audience in the spectacle in many ways is to be one component of the artwork.

The spectacle consists of performativity of objecthood. Object itself is the spectacle.

The program of NU Performance Festival 2018 will bring forward the unexpected and drift apart from the conventional for paving ground to wider perception of performativity.
When: October 20-28, 2018
Photo: Hannes Aasamets

VII NU Performance Festival “Objekt ja kollektiiv / Object with audience”
Etenduskunstide festival / Performing arts festival
20.-28.10.2018 Tallinn


PROGRAM

Saturday 20.10

20:00 NU Performance Festival: opening night
Place: Sveta Baar (Telliskivi 62, Tallinn)
doors: 19:00


Monday 22.10

13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00 kadrinoormets (Tallinn) “MAANDATUD TÕOTUS”
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn)

16:00 Discussion panel: Object as performer
Place: EKA uus galerii (Põhja pst. 7, Tallinn)
Free Entrance

16:00 17:00 18:00 Kristjan Suits (Tallinn) “Waiting for the future”
Koht: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, III floor (Pikk 20, Tallinn)

20:30 Andrius Katinas, Vera Nevanlinna, Salla Salin (Helsingi) “Paper piece”
Place: Kultuurikatel, Katelde saal (Põhja pst. 27a, Tallinn)


Tuesday 23.10

13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00 kadrinoormets (Tallinn) “MAANDATUD TÕOTUS”
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn)

16:00 17:00 18:00 Kristjan Suits (Tallinn) “Waiting for the future”
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, III floor

19:00 Gisèle Vienne, Peter Rehberg (Pariis, Viin) “Jerk, the radioplay”
Place: ERR 1. stuudio (Kreutzwaldi 14, Tallinn)


Wednesday 24.10

13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00 kadrinoormets (Tallinn) “MAANDATUD TÕOTUS”
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn)

17:00 19:00 20:00 Lawrence Malstaf (Tromsø) “SHRINK 01995”
Place: Mustpeade maja, Valge saal (Pikk 26, Tallinn)

19:00 Gisèle Vienne, Peter Rehberg (Paris-Vienna) “Jerk, the radioplay”
Place: ERR 1. stuudio (Kreutzwaldi 14, Tallinn)


Thursday 25.10

17:00 19:00 20:00 Lawrence Malstaf (Tromsø) “SHRINK 01995”
Place: Mustpeade maja, Valge saal (Pikk 26, Tallinn)

19:00 Nanna Nordström and Gideonsson Londré (Stockholm) “Thin Man: chapter I”
Place: Kunstihoone (Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn)


Friday 26.10

16:00 Discussion panel: Audiencology
Place: EKA uus galerii (Põhja pst. 7, Tallinn)
Free Entrance

19:00 Nanna Nordström, Gideonsson Londré (Stockholm) “Thin Man: chapter II”
Place: Kunstihoone (Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn)

20:30 Mårten Spångberg (Stockholm-Berliin) “Digital Technology”
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn


Saturday 27.10

16:00 Performative book presentations
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn)

19:30 Julía Rodriguez (Mexico City-Berliin) “Later”
Place: Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn)

21:00 Laivi (Tallinn) “Mystifying mundane” + Üle Heli festival: BLYPKEN (Iași-Bukarest) live
Place: ARS' Project Space (Pärnu mnt 154, Tallinn)


Sunday 28.10

17:00 mysteerium väljasõit koos festivaliga Üle Heli
Buss väljub kell 17:00 Rahvusraamatukogu eest, tagasi kell 23:00. Bussipileti saab osta bussist.
Bussile registreerumine ja lisainfo: info@ule-heli.ee



VII NU Performance Festival

Curators: Henri Hütt, Mihkel Ilus

Artists: Andrius Katinas, Gideonsson Londré, Gisèle Vienne, Julía Rodriguez, kadrinoormets, Kristjan Suits, Laivi, Lawrence Malstaf, Mårten Spångberg, Nanna Nordström, Oliver Kulpsoo, Peter Rehberg, Salla Salin, Vera Nevanlinna, etc.

Artists of the opening night: Aivar Tõnso (festival Üle Heli), Anumai Raska, Chungin, Evi Pärn, Eerik Nõlvaku, Hanna Harkes, Henri Hütt, Juhan Soomets, Kaisa Kattai, Katrin Kreutzberg, Mihkel Ilus, Mikk Madisson, Mikk Mait Kivi, Madlen Hirtentreu, Priidik Hallas, Rait Rosin, rühmitus 10x10 meetrit, SU—MU, Taavet Jansen, Urmas Lüüs, Niina-Anneli Kaarnamo etc.

Book presentations: Else Lagerspetz, Loore Sundja / Knock! Knock! Books, Marge Monko / Lugemik, Mårten Spångberg / Movement reasearch, ;paranoia,

Discussion panel: Andres Lõo, Dénes Farkas, Evelyn Raudsepp, Flo Kasearu, Maarin Mürk, Marko Mäetamm, Marten Esko, Michiel Vandevelde, Mårten Spångberg, Sille Pihlak, Stacey Koosel, Tanel Veenre

Producer: Uue Performantsi Selts
Co-Producer: Kanuti Gildi SAAL
Visual identity: Henri Hütt, Jaan Evart, Mihkel Ilus
Festival initiators: Anders Härm, Priit Raud
Graphic design: Jaan Evart

Festival video clip: Taavi “Miisu” Varm (Varm Studio)
Festival radio clip: Heikki Tikas
Translations: Kaisa Kaer, kunstnikud

Technical director: Revo Koplus
Tehniline meeskond / Technical team: Hardi Lipand, Henry Kasch, Kaur Faltis, Madis Kirkmann, Marko Odar, Rauno Viro, Rommi Ruttas, Villem Säre

Team: Annika Üprus, Eneli Järs, Kaie Olmre, Maarja Kalmre, Mairika Plakso, Minna-Triin Kohv, Priit Raud, vabatahtlikud (aitäh!)

Supporters and partners:
Eesti Kultuurkapital, Hasartmängumaksu Nõukogu, Tallinna Kultuuriamet, Rootsi Suursaatkond Tallinnas, Nordik Council of Ministers, Värska

ARSi Kunstilinnak, Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Eesti Kunstnike Liit, ERR Raadioteater, festival Üle Heli 2018, Grupp Trükiagentuur, JCDecaux, Kino Sõprus, Kultuurikatel, Mustpeade Maja, Printall, Tallinna Kunstihoone, SAALdisain, Sveta Baar, Trumm, Valmiermuiža ja kõik, kes on festivalile kaasa aidanud!

© Nu Performance Festival 2018