bloc projects


Faye Green – Anarchivist Tendencies

Thursday 15 October 2015

Bloc Projects have invited artist and writer Faye Green to present a newly-commissioned performance, made following her residency at Goldsmiths Women’s Art Library in 2015.

Anarchivist Tendencies is part of Off the Shelf Festival of Words and takes place as a pre-launch event in the lead up to our gallery re-opening on 23 October 2015. Attendance is free and booking recommended. Please book online here.

The event is part of a three-part programme by Bloc Projects supporting new performance and live work. The programme included an experimental platform event featuring Green along with artist Ben Judd in February 2015, supported by Compass Live Art, followed by new commissions by both artists in 2015/16.

Green’s work draws from visual art, theatre, dance and literature to explores the telling of bodily histories and the body’s relationship to narrative. Fascinated with the power and inadequacy of language, Green’s performances often develop from her own writing, combined with physical gestures, props and images. Her new performance combines a film work produced with filmmaker Anna Okraskowith live semi-scripted dialogue produced in collaboration with dramaturg Kai Green. Green’s approach to Anarchivist Tendencies scratches work-in-progress and explores the working process. Responding to her time at the archives of the Goldsmiths’ Women’s Art Library archives this summer, the work stages a resistance that is not anti-archival, but gives voice to irreverent, anarchic bodies of evidence.

The performance will be followed by a discussion.

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Faye Green graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2013, and went on to win the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2013. Since graduating she has performed at BALTIC, Baltic39, Vane and The Newbridge Project in Newcastle, and in 2014 performed at the ELIA NEU/NOW Festival in Glasgow, and at Toynbee Studios, London. After taking part in a research-based residency with culturia, Berlin in 2013, she has continued to develop a relationship with Berlin, with work shown in the KW Institute of Contemporary Art, me Collectors Room, and as part of the Project Space Festival 2014.

Kai Green is a dramaturg and Performance/Philosopher working in text-based theatre and dance. Specialising in sensory studies and the epistemology of gender, he encourages artistic collaborations that bring potential performance pieces in contact with their social and political contexts. He has collaborated with Dance/Theatre solo performers in the North East (MADRE, Peter Groom Dance Company, Dance City, 2014) and provided dramaturgical support for London-based playwrights and directors on the fringe circuit. He has also collaborated with philosophy students and dancers on a bilingual devising piece – The Binary Project – at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Anna Okrasko was born in 1981 in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 2004. In 2011 she has also graduated from the Master programme in Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She exhibited nationally and abroad. Her work was presented in individual and group shows, among others: in the Warsaw’s Center for Contemporary Art, Zachęta The National Gallery of Art (PL), East International 2009 in Norwich (GB), TENT (NL) and 41st edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL). In 2011 she has been awarded with the scholarship of the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation (PL / CH) and the Promotieprijs 2011 by Stichting Promotieprijs in Rotterdam (NL). In the 2015 she will become a fellow in Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. She lives and works in Rotterdam, Warsaw and Berlin.