For those of you haven’t heard of IPA Bristol, it may surprise you to discover it’s not about beer – infact, it’s all about performance art. Since art school, I’ve loved performance art for it’s unpredictability and versatility, it’s neither location nor time specific and so I want to tell you about my involvement with IPA and why you should come along to see us on 22nd-24th October.
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IPA stands for International Performance Association, a collective of practising artists, led by co-founder Jurgen Fritz, who organises and co-ordinate a Summer and/or Winter event in a chosen city – previous cities have been Bucharest and Istanbul to name a few. This year, IPA is coming to Bristol, with a theme of ‘Where Performance Happens’ we examine the role in which location plays in a performance. The pop up performance events are cropping up in key locations around Bristol, a city whose soci-cultural foundations are based on the dirty money of slave trade and tobacco companies. IPA celebrates the geographical landmarks of Bristol Harbourside, Castle Park and St Nicholas Market as they play host to a number of intervention performances.
Artist: Inès Miguel, Spain Photographer: Jürgen Fritz IPA Summer Istanbul 2014
I am one of three of the organisers for the event, myself (Marketing & PR), Eva Martino (Creative Producer) and Fay Stevens (Curator) have all been working hard over the last few months to deliver an event which not only creates an impact, but a legacy. We are all passionate about art and feel that IPA helps join the dots for artists internationally but also communities on a local basis. As if a pop up event isn’t enough, the main event is the Performance Platform event hosted at the Arnolfini on the evenings of Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th. Before all of this happens, we are actually hosting an artist residency in Glastonbury or both international and national artists – thank you so much for the support on social media, we have had a resounding response!
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Image credit: Still from “Plantain” © VestAndPage 2015
The performance platform event at the Arnolfini is full of some incredibly talented artists, I’ve been closely following the work of VestAndPage whose performances focus on poetic bodily images which are situation-responsive – you will have the promise that no two performances are the same. VestAndPage test the profound boundaries of their own physical limits, including the recent work – Plantain | Spitzwegerich (2015/2016) where they walked over 1000km through Northern Germany, Poland and Russia as they walked the route their ancestors would have walked in a bid for freedom during the war.
The evening performances also feature Bristol-based artist, Ria Hartley (7pm-10pm, Friday 23rd) and Paul Hurley . Ria is not only a performance artist but a researcher and educator which contributes to her performances as Ria confirms below:
“My work stems from my body, my lived experience and transforms through process, applied research and the desire to extend my body and experience to connect with an audience. I am concerned with recycling, returning, reclaiming and repair as my body has a history of trauma, and of being „othered‟.
Ria’s performances are interactive as she explores the relationship between performer and audience, don’t expect to be just an onlooker here, prepare to be enthralled and captured in an unique and profound exchange. This is one of the reasons why I love performance art, deep within the complex artistic propositions I have often found the experience of experiencing a performance is really all you need. Unlike painting (as just one example), often clouded by a history of traditions and academia, the paradigms of performance are human-based, they are personable, intimate and temporary.
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Find out more about IPA Bristol online, like our Facebook page and attend the following events:
IPA Evening Performances 23rd/24th Oct, Arnolfini, £6 for tickets.
IPA Pop up event 22nd-24th Oct, Castle Park, Harbourside, St Nic’s market, Free.
IPA Symposium – 24th Oct, 11am-1pm, Arnolfini, Free but please book.
Featured image credit: IPA Bristol Performance Platform artist – Ria Hartley, Image: Descansos. Photograph by Camilla Greenwell.