saturday 29 april – 9.30pm ~
Anastasia Ax/C. Spencer Yeh (S/USA/Taiwan)
performance, italian première
Exile. “I have always been interested in destructive forces and their impact on their environment. They are of course devastating, but can also have a cathartic and liberating effect. Cyclical periods of order and chaos are events in nature, as well as communities and our own internal processes. I have found a truth-teller in my body. In communicating with the physical and physiological, I try – it doesn’t always happen – to reshape the place, to create a space within the place.” For several years Anastasia Ax has developed an artistic practice, in which the different mediums of sculpture, performance, ink drawing and sound interweave in the creation of a wordless language, indicative of our chaotic universe. For this edition of Live Arts Week, with Exile, Ax will once again step inside her zone, deliver an intense, dusty and messy performance in dialogue with C. Spencer Yeh, adding another layer of riotous transformation based on the sounds of her actions.
Anastasia Ax is an artist based in Stockholm. Her work is inspired by the idea of construction and its deconstruction and the countervailing forces released due to and as well before, during and after the process. Endless and in continuous flux and evolution, her immense installations by focusing on a transforming process, the visceral and emancipated energy explore and represent the circularity of life. The possibility to terminate and at the same time continue demonstrates a discontinuity or cancellation of time, a piece is never tied up or resolved, and history can be reinterpreted. Paper, plaster and ink reveal their twofold nature as natural materials and further on as symbols of our intellectual culture, as creative means ready to fill out the void and as elements of poison, animus and melancholy. Reshaping her environment, the artist’s body becomes a tool of metamorphosis. To be ready to lose control or destroy denotes a detachment of the objects, an outlook against materialism which brings the artist closer to Buddhist philosophy and mandala creation. Creative and violent compulsions coexist simultaneously as a fertile field can be transformed into a battle ground or an apocalyptic cityscape. Her works have been shown in numerous international art museums and galleries such as Moderna Museet Stockholm, Marta Herford, Neues Museum Nuremberg and Serralves Museum Porto. Her collaborations with other artists includes Lasse Marhaug, C. Spencer Yeh, Lars Siltberg, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää and Bill Kouligas to name a few.
C. Spencer Yeh is a sound artist born in Taipei, Taiwan, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Yeh’s sonic practice first developed within the autodidactic and venturesome strategies of the American and International underground, most prominently with his project Burning Star Core. Having amalgamated numerous artistic mediums and roles over his numerous endeavors, Yeh’s formative infatuation with noise and improvised music could still be regarded as his most unadulterated expression – a bespoke array of facilities and parlance on a foundation of unconventional musical pedagogy. C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, improviser, and composer. Recent presentations of work include Modern Mondays at MoMA NYC, Sound Horizon at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Ed Atkins: Performance Capture at the Kitchen NYC, The Companion at the Liverpool Biennial, 99 Objects at the Whitney Museum NYC, and LAMPO at the Renaissance Society in Chicago IL. Yeh also collaborated with Triple Canopy for their contribution to the Whitney Biennial in 2014. He was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room NYC, and was included in the performance program for Greater New York at MoMA/PS1. Recent recordings include Solo Voice I-X (Primary Information), Wake Up Awesome, with Okkyung Lee and Lasse Marhaug (Software Recording Company), Long Pig by New Monuments, and Schlager with Ken Vandermark. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. He is also a contributing editor to Triple Canopy and BOMB magazine, as well as contributing to The Third Rail and Personal Best.