FROZEN INTENSITIES: A workshop intensive with Joseph Ravens
January 22nd & 23rd 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
33 S. State Street, Seventh Floor
Showing moderated by Nora Taylor at 2pm on Jan 26th.
Joseph Ravens creates time-based art works that encompass
text, movement, installation, technology, costume, and object. He
completed his undergraduate degree in theater at the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater; studied audio/visuals at the Gerrit Rietveld
Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and is a graduate of The
School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Performance
Art. Over the past decade Ravens has presented his work at
international festivals throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and
the US. He is a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for
Interdisciplinary/Performance Art, and the Illinois Arts Council
Fellowship for New Performance Forms, as well as other grants
and awards from state and city institutions that have allowed him
to foster an international reputation. Founder and Executive
Director of DEFIBRILLATOR performance art gallery, Ravens was
recently named a 2012 Chicago New City Breakout Artist. Please
visit www.josephravens.com for more information.
Performance Artist Joseph Ravens shares his unique process of creating time-based work in this two day workshop. Ensemble developed imagery (devised work) will be combined with pre-arranged gestural movement to create a performance focusing on the use of spacial and temporal dynamics. Beginning with the body as a place for research, the process will incorporate objects, a sensitive use of space, and a refined awareness of time. Blending highly stylized moments with task and pedestrian actions, students will be encouraged to work outside their comfort zones yet bring to the table some of their own sensibilities. Embracing the binary, the work will attempt to navigate a place between the comic and the grotesque. Though not a strict thematic element, Ravens is interested lately in the idea of vestigially – remnants of things that were once much larger or more noticeable. Things degenerated or atrophied, having become functionless in the course of evolution.
all images have Joseph Ravens as the subject
KATTYWAMPUS photo by Flávia Arruda, TRAMPOLIM festival, Vitoria Brazil (live performance)
IS MY LIVER SHOWING, photo by Alan Rovge, Rough Trade, Chicago, IL (live performance)
TRIPTYCH, photographer: Alan Rovge (photo project)