VestAndPage's works and research range from live performance cycles and collective performance operas, over performance-based films and writings to temporary artistic community projects.
They are currently producing STRATA, a performance-based feature film on Deep Time and momentum, an ongoing series of videos that hosts existential conversations with people from the arts, culture and science.
They are performing 1 9 Monologue, an autobiographical performance monologue about the home of pathogens.
Below is a selection of current and most recent works.
For selected past works, please visit here.
2021/2022, Performance-based film
In caves of human prehistory, the project brings together artists and researchers from the humanities, social and geologic sciences to investigate the human body as a place that exists in continuity with the geological. Body artists illuminate concepts of deep time, past and modern human cultures through performances for the camera in caves.
Body, Geology, Ecology, Deep Time, History, Science, Documentary
2021 / 2022
1 9 Monologue
2020, Letters from isolation
The experience of being as a body home to pathogens flows into this autobiographical performance text while building a bridge between precise self-observation and a global, historical and literary outside. While many in Europe consider it to be long since eradicated, it still presents the deadliest pandemic worldwide. The talk is about tuberculosis.
Body, Biology, Pathogens, Monologue
1 9 Monologue
In development, Video series
Conversations with inspiring people from the arts, culture and science. Essential questions on existential concerns dig into the place of action in daily life. They touch subjects of humanity such as time, care, dualisms, love, transformation, consciousness, or nature.
Documentary, Zeitgeist, History, Philosophy, Science, Dialogue
2017 - ongoing, Cycle of collective performance operas
In a time in which people continue to displace – forcibly or by choice – the current performance cycle of VestAndPage inquires into the concepts of Home and the ideal force of a community and sites of belonging, while at the same time questioning the precarious umbrella of state systems and norms that ascribe conventional meanings to both the collective and places. The chapters of HOME are developed through intensive co-creation processes with collaborating artists, presented as final collective performance operas. During these processes of production, we migrate towards ourselves and one another.
Poetics of Relations
A Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking
2020, Video article
This video article expands upon the "Poetics of Relations", the embodied research of VestAndPage, which informs their performance-based filmmaking theory and practice.
Poetics of Relations
AMOR AND PSYCHE (In Times of Plagues)
2020, Short film, 9'24" min
A performatic approach to the chemical, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of Breath. Initially conceived during Stenke's tuberculosis disease in 2019, the work has been resumed and actualized during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
AMOR AND PSYCHE
(In Times of Plagues)
Short film / Three-channel video
2017-2020, Performance cycle
In a time in which people continue to displace – forcibly or by choice, HOME inquires into the concepts of Home and the ideal force of a community and sites of belonging, while at the same time questioning the precarious umbrella of state systems and norms that ascribe conventional meanings to both the collective and places. The chapters are developed through intensive co-creation processes with collaborating artists, presented as final collective performance operas.
Cycle of collective
ANAM CARA –
Mirror in the Mirror
A collective co-created performance-based film about the concept of home by and with VestAndPage and the Anam Cara Collective. Produced during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in April and May 2020, the film is a radical contemporary fairy tale, a journey through an imaginary dwelling.
Home, Pandemic, History, Co-Creation, Collective
Mirror in the Mirror
Spinning, stirring, sweeping
2020, Video performance
A video performance response to the 1992-performance by MARILYN ARSEM, combining layers of the historic performance archive material with actions by Verena Stenke and Sara Simeoni in 2020.
History, Crafts, Storytelling, Feminism, Magic, Mythology
2018, Short film, 33 min.
A quest for real and imaginary signs – words and poetry to be revealed, composed and transcoded by the same geological strata from which they emerge. In search for expressions, languages to speak and connections to be made beyond what words can name.
Performance, Semiotics, Nature, Geology, Ecology, Strange stranger
2018, Film, 90 min
Starting from their personal German family story, VestAndPage embarked in May 2015 on a month-long performance walk from Germany through Poland to the Russian region of Kaliningrad, to perform and film on the location of true events of post-WWII displacements. In 7 episodes, the resulting feature-length art film questions oblivion through a series of poetic moving images.
Art, Biography, History, Philosophy, War
Feature film based on a month-long performance walk
Venice International Performance Art Week
The live art exhibition project and educational program with residential character in historic Venetian palazzos conceived and directed by VestAndPage