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WOJTEK ZIEMILSKI 

VIRTUAL WORKSPACE

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Workspace open for participants:
from 2 November 2020 - ongoing

SET REALITY FREE
ONLINE DOCUMENTARY PERFORMANCE WORKSPACE

One particular area of interest for this project is text and presence. Think: online. Now, think: performing text, handwriting, typing, typing together, retyping, autofill, translation, reading out loud, acting, dictation, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, formal games, visual poetry, toys, toys, toys! How can text contribute to translating reality into art? How does online liveness change text? What role can text play in live performance when it happens online? What is writing? What is reading? What are the performative possibilities of text? 

Participants will be asked to bring short “documentary” texts they will be working with and sharing with others. Those can be documents, fragments of articles, other publications, or diaries, provided you yourself could label them as “documentary”.

I am doing research around documentary performance online - and want to explore it with other people.

For three weeks we will work on the possibilities of building performances online. We will use Zoom and Google Drive, to work on personal, biographic, and other documentary material in radical ways. This will not be a set of lessons. Rather, it will be a set of laboratory sessions which I will guide. I'm looking for participants with experience in contemporary performance. Online performance experience is welcome!

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WOJTEK ZIEMILSKI 

Wojtek Ziemilski is a theatre director and visual artist. He works across art forms, rooting himself in the diversity of performance arts. His works have been shown around the world, at events ranging from the Ruhrtriennale to the Prague Quadriennial to the Divine Comedy Festival. One of his most recent shows - One Gesture - won, among others, the main award at the Zürich Theater Spektakel festival and the main award at the Fast Forward festival in Dresden.

Ziemilski extends the idea of documentary performance. His work is often an inquiry into spectatorship and the possibility for action. By using tools such as devising, real-time composition, but also references from the world of visual arts and various media, he builds universes that combine aesthetic experience with intellectual inquiry. He is a lecturer at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw and at the Warsaw University, and has been giving lectures and workshops across the world, e.g. at the Prague DAMU, UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro.

www.ziemilski.com

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