A workshop with Joseph Ravens
Saturday, January 22nd and 23rd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
33 S. State Street, 7th floor
Moderated by Nora Taylor on Jan 26th, 2pm
Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism
During this winter residency at the Sullivan Galleries, several international guest artists create collaborative performance projects with current SAIC students. Through museological explorations, temporary installations, live negotiations, prompts and experiments in body movement, Frozen IN>TENSITIES explores public presence and the role of the performative archive.
During this two day workshop, performance artist Joseph Ravens shared his process for creating time-based art. Ensemble developed actions were combined with gestural movement to create a performance focusing on the use of spacial and temporal dynamics. Beginning with the body as our place for research, the process incorporated objects, a sensitive use of space and architecture, and a refined awareness of time. Blending highly stylized moments with task and pedestrian action, students were encouraged to work outside their comfort zones. Ravens is currently interested in the vestigial – remnants of things that were once much larger; things degenerated or atrophied, having become functionless in the course of evolution.