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.

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STRATA

2021, Performance-based film

Exploring memory layers and Deep Time in human history and the geological. In caves of human prehistory at the caves of the Swabian Alb, 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 time, past and modern human cultures through performances for camera in caves. These poetic body images are nourished by documentary elements in the form of conversations with specialists from the fields of archaeology, palaeontology, geology, speleology, art history, philosophy, and time psychology.

Art, Body, Geology, Time, History, Science, Documentary

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 STRATA 
 Performance-based film
 2021  / 2022
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1 9 Monologue

2020, Letters from isolation

 

While many in Europe consider it to be long since eradicated, it still presents the deadliest pandemic worldwide. In the Romantic period, it was epitome of muse and poetry and a popular motif in painting, literature and music. The talk is of tuberculosis. In July 2019, atypically, the young German artist Verena Stenke was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. Her own 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.

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 1 9 Monologue
Performance text 
 2020-ongoing

HOME 

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.

 

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 POETICS OF RELATIONS 
Manifesto on
Performance-Based Filmmaking
 2020 

Poetics of Relations

A Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking

Stenke, V., & Pagnes, A. (2020). Poetics of Relations: A Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking. Journal of Embodied Research, 3(1), 3 (26:55). DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/jer.37

This video article expands upon the Poetics of Relations, the embodied research of VestAndPage (Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes), which informs their performance-based filmmaking theory and practice.

Embodied Practices, Filmmaking, Performance art, Manifesto, Geopsychology, Artistic collaboration, Socio-Cultural spheres, History, War, Environment

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ANAM CARA –

Mirror in the Mirror

2020, Film

(producer, writer, editor, performer)

A collective co-created performance-based film about the concept of home, as part of the HOME cycle of collective performance operas 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 journey through an imaginary dwelling, a home of sorts.

 

Performance, Film, Home, Pandemic, Lockdown​, History, Co-Creation, Collective

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 ANAM CARA – Mirror in the Mirror 
 Performance-based film 
 2020
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Plantain

[Spitzwegerich] 

2018, Feature, 90 min  

(producer, writer, director, performer) www.plantain-themovie.de

Award Winner: Best No-Budget Feature 

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 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

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 Plantain 
 [Spitzwegerich] 
 Feature film based on a month-long performance walk 
 2018 
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 AMOR AND PSYCHE
(In Times of Plagues)
 Video performance poem 
 2020

AMOR AND PSYCHE (In Times of Plagues) 

2020, Short film, 9'24" min 

(producer, writer, performer)

A performatic approach to the chemical, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of Breath. Initially conceived during Stenke's own tuberculosis disease in 2019, the work has been resumed and actualized during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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 HOME 
 Cycle of collective performance operas 
 2017 ongoing 

HOME

Performance cycle of collective performance operas currently in production

2017 - ongoing

In a time in which people continue to displace – forcibly or by choice –, culminating in a global lockdown due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, 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.

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Una per volta – Spinning, stirring, sweeping

Video performance

(Editor, Co-writer, co-director, co-performer) 

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.

Art, History, Crafts, Storytelling, Feminism, Magic, Mythology

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 Una per volta –
Spinning, stirring, sweeping 
Video performance 
 2020 
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Blood poetry 

2014 - ongoing, Visual work

Selected original blood poetry writings from the performances of the DYAD, AEGIS and HOME Cycles.

Blood on paper, 15 x 21 cm

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 Blood Poetry 
 Performance visuals 
 2014 ongoing 
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 SIGNUM 
 Performance-based short film 
 2018 

SIGNUM

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 and disintegrate, once they come into touch with their mutable substance, the natural elements. Nature and human reasoning serve as a home, labour, or border and frontier. The artists' temporary presence is marked by the diagnostic features of sedimentary rocks, porous caves and stratified layers that reshape the landscape, along which they wander in search for expressions, languages to speak,  connections to be made beyond what words can name.

 

Performance, Semiotics, Nature, Geology

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 Venice International Performance Art Week 
 Curation | Live art exhibition project 
 2012 ongoing 

Venice International Performance Art Week 

Since 2011

The live art exhibition project with residential character in historic Venetian palazzos conceived and curated by VestAndPage

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