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The Artist = Present

24/25 sept. 2016

The artists Leonie van der Plas and Ioana Tudor invited me to contribute to Perforator, a performance event organized by De Generator in Leiden which aims to provide space for socially engaged theatre.

The Artist = Present questioned engaged performance art and the role of the artists presence as a performer. The context of 'a cultural free haven' ('vrijplaats') in a society that itself claims to be free was important here.

During the events opening hours I was present among the audience and watched the other performances. I was available for conversations about alternative image making. To help finding me I offered my telephone number on an Alamy preview photograph, depicting the famous performance artist M. Abramović who is posing in front of the documentation of her performance. (image in the slideshow on the right) I wrote The Artist = Present with a black pencil on a yellow post-it, attached to the photo. In a letter I explained my intentions, finishing with the words:

As a performer among the performers it is necessary to find each other in the development of a contemporary image of our time.

The Artist = Present was supported by: De Generator at Vrijplaats Leiden and followed the concept of #theorganisation.

Other Perforator participants: Nicola Kirkaldy and Roosmarijn Mascini, Mariska Baars, Ronald Bal, Larysa Bauge, Stars and Other Bodies (o.a. Hannah Driesse en Leo Fabriek), Lucius, Leonie van der Plas, Hristina Tasheva and Ioana Tudor.

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Best regards, Edwin Stolk.