September 12, 2015 - Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art - The Museum as Performance
September 12, 2015

The Museum as Performance

Anastasia Ax, Kid Below, Copenhaga, 2009. Photo: Martine Castoriano.

The Museum as Performance
19–20 September 2015

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Rua D. João de Castro, 210
4150–417 Porto

Anastasia Ax & Lars Siltberg, Isabel Carvalho, Alex Cecchetti, Maria Hassabi, Kovács/O’Doherty, Musa Paradisiaca, New Noveta, Loreto Martínez Troncoso, VIVO

The Museum as Performance is the inaugural edition of a new annual programme that recognizes the growing significance of performance in contemporary art and further contributes to the history of Serralves as a pioneer cross-disciplinary museum. 

Encompassing dance, spoken narratives, visual and musical performances, The Museum as Performance encourages new directions in the relationship between live performance and the visual arts. 

Presented over two days, the programme features new and recent works in different spaces of the Serralves Museum and Park in response to the unique context of its architectural and natural surroundings.

The Museum as Performance is curated by Cristina Grande, Serralves programmer of dance and performance, Pedro Rocha, Serralves programmer of music, and Ricardo Nicolau, curator of the Museum.

About the artists

Anastasia Ax & Lars Siltberg
Anastasia Ax was born in Stockholm in 1979 and works and lives between Stockholm and Athens. Her recent exhibitions and performances were held at Am Art Space, Shanghai; Göteborgs Konsthall; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Kunsthalle Athena. Ax was awarded the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award 2015.

Lars Siltberg was born in 1968 in Stockholm, where he is currently based. His work has been shown at 49th Venice Biennale, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; STUK Kunsthalle, Leuven. 

Isabel Carvalho        
Isabel Carvalho was born in Porto, Portugal in 1977. Recent exhibitions of her work include Plateau singers merge languages together at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; FIGUR at Kantine Aqua Carre, Berlin; and Disruptive Patterns, Plots and Movements (Prelude) at Altes Finanzant, Berlin.  

Alex Cecchetti
Alex Cecchetti was born in Terri, Italy in 1977. An artist, poet and choreographer, his work has been featured at the Serpentine Pavilion, London; Kunstraum, London; Théâtre de Gennevilliers; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Nuvolari, Paris; CAC Vilnius, Lithuania; and Jeu de Paume, Paris.    

Maria Hassabi  
Maria Hassabi, an artist and choreographer, was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1973, and currently lives and works in New York. In 2013 she represented Cyprus as part of The Cyprus and Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. Her work has been presented at The Kitchen, New York; PS1 MoMA; CCS Bard Galleries at Bard College, Hudson, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and during festivals such as Performa ’09 and ‘13 and Fi:af’s Crossing the Line in 2009 and 2011.

Kovács / O’Doherty  
Kata Kovács, an artist and choreographer, was born in Kecskemét, Hungary in 1981.Tom O’Doherty, an artist and musician, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1978. Both live and work in Berlin. They have worked as a collaborative duo since 2011.

Musa Paradisiaca
Musa Paradisiaca is a collaborative project between Eduardo Guerra and Miguel Ferrão, both born in Lisbon in 1986. Recent presentations of their work include Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças at CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France; How do you catch a fugitive’—Exhibition of conversable objects at CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; and Impossible tasks (The Servant of the Cenacle) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

New Noveta  
New Noveta is a collaborative project between Swedish-born performance artist Ellen Freed and British performance artist and musician Keira Fox. Their performances are multidisciplinary, combining sound production, prop and costume making, installation building and live body action/dance. They have recently performed within a group exhibition, Apophenia, and participated in the program Re-Materializing Feminism at the ICA London.

Loreto Martínez Troncoso  
Loreto Martínez Troncoso is a performance artist born in Vigo, Spain in 1978. Her work has been presented at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Arteleku, San Sebastián; Fundação Serralves, Porto; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. 

VIVO is a collaboration between harpist Angélica Salvi and masseur Emily King. Salvi performs in experimental music and live improvisation. King trained in massage at the Biopulse school of massage in France.  

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