How Salty?

A Performance on the Art of Resourcefulness in the Unconsc
ious

"Exceptional work merging shamanic channeling, contemporary art and electronic music. Transgressive masterpiece of live art." - Yannah Paradise, peformance artist

 

'Wah Wah' at Noumena: Initiation (curated by Jana Astanov), June, 2018
The Plaxall Gallery 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NYC

Siw Laurent: Active Body Listening
Claire Zakiewicz: Drawing and Sound Design
Mariana
Alviarez: Sound Design

 

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How Salty? at Itinerant Performance Art Festival, May, 2018

Siw Laurent: Active Body Listening
Claire Zakiewicz: Sound and Set Design
Dannie Lu Carr: Poetry

Video Documentation

 

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How Salty? at Mothership.NYC for Greenpoint Open Studios, May, 2018

Siw Laurent: Drawing and Active Body Listening
Claire Zakiewicz: Sound and Set Design
Dannie Lu Carr: Poetry and Voice

 

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How Salty? at Mothership Salon, May, 2018

Siw Laurent: Drawing and Active Body Listening
Claire Zakiewicz: Sound and Set Design
Dannie Lu Carr: Poetry and Voice

Photo Credit: Andy Isaacson

Video Documentation

 

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Claire Zakiewicz, in collaboration with performance artist and shaman Siw Laurent, presents a live soundscape and drawing ensemble where Laurent plays the role of a blindfolded 'automatic' draftswoman in dialogue and response to Zakiewicz's sounds, set design and the presence of the audience. This performance explores boundaries of duality and non-duality and degrees of taking and letting go of control in painting.

Zakiewicz has been developing a visual and sonic language based upon fundamental principles in drawing that are multi-modal - translatable across sound, sight and movement. She designs sound, stages environments and choreographs movements that make use of the Meisner acting technique and philosophy relating to presence of mind, improvisation, time, space and phenomenology. Her practice explores the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound, performance and drawing.

“I give control to an improviser who draws with a high level of semblance in their gestural mark making in response to the vibration and spirit of the space. Their impulses are embodied patterns - vitality affect contours (dynamic time-shapes) navigating through anticipation, tension and resolution. It’s a mediumistic act that must then be completed by the viewer." - Zakiewicz

Using Norse shamanic techniques and perspectives based on C.G. Jung’s theory on the collective unconscious, she enters an altered state of listening, submitting her body and voice to become what she is receiving with the purpose of retrieving vital universal information and guidance for the collective as a whole, which she expresses through a guttural language-less performance.

"By stepping beyond my sense of identity and persona, a merging with the quantum field of the audience and the collective unconscious is permitted to happen. This allows for the development of a bodily, sensorial interaction where the rational mind is unburdened by the responsibility of living life, and rather receives support in life's burdens from a deep place we all have access to. Native tribes across the world live in the acknowledgement of this collective field of wisdom, and what we practice here is a reconnection to something seemingly lost and a retrieval of what belongs to us by birth.” - Laurent 

This performance furthers Zakiewicz's academic research into the phenomenology and architecture of drawing. She is currently working with British Philosopher Andy Hamilton and Durham University for a volume on the Aesthetics of Imperfection.  Zakiewicz’s contribution is titled: Struggle and Surrender: Process and Material in Painting. 

 

Past Performances:

Noumena: Initiation (curated by Jana Astanov), June, 2018
Itinerant Performance Art Festival, NYC - May, 2018
Mothership Salon, NYC - May, 2018
Greenpoint Open Studios, NYC - May, 2018

 

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Siw Laurent Bio:


Siw Laurent is a French-Norwegian interdisciplinary artist producing artwork through theatre, film, performance art, installation and music. She is the Performance Consultant and Artistic Advisor in the global field of Nature Connection and Ecotherapy at the University of Southeast Norway, Performing Arts Coordinator at NOoSPHERE Arts and permanent artist in residence at the Mothership NYC. She has written, produced and performed work in Norway and NYC since 2013 and is the founder of Active Body Listening, a practice based on psychoanalysis for holistic evolution and artistic expression, through which she performs Norse shamanic work artistically and therapeutically. She is a member of Coco Dolle's performance art collective Legacy Fatale and produces work with partner Ino Badanjak through their theatre company Axis Mundi, and her artist collective InMoArCo for interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts. Her works have been hosted by performance art festivals and venues such as Itinerant Performance Art Festival at Last Frontier NYC, Neo-Domesticity Performance Art Festival at Glasshouse Art Gallery, Suffragettes Performance Art Festival at Rosekill, Grace Exhibition Space, Mothership NYC, HB Studios, Kværnerbyen Scene Oslo Norway and Villa Villplukk Oslo, Norway, among others.

 

Claire Zakiewicz Bio:

Zakiewicz has been living between New York and London since 2013. She explores relationships between sound, drawing and the human body. She has appeared as an actor, sound designer, performance artist for numerous productions. She has developed choreography for her own pieces and has exhibited her paintings and video works regularly across the globe. Her works have been shown at Tate Tanks and Tate Modern (London) for the exhibitions Tweet Me Up, and Label curated by Tracey Moberly. Over the past two decades Claire has performance and/or exhibited in the UK, USA, Italy and Norway. Her work has been broadcast on Resonance FM’s Late Lute Breakfast show. She has undertaken residencies at The Mothership, PointB Worklodge and Bill Young’s Dance studio (New York) and at USF (Bergen). Claire Zakiewicz’s professional life has also included critical writing for Art publications and is currently one of the contributors for Art511 Magazine. She is currently working on an essay for a volume on the aesthetics of imperfection edited by British philosophy Andy Hamilton and preparing to exhibit paintings for her second solo show in Venice, Italy. Zakiewicz studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge as an undergraduate before completing a research-based Masters of Fine Art degree where she explored the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and sound and drawing at Sir John Cass School of Art, London.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 



 

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