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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 Performance-based film 

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
 Letters from isolation 

Films available as Video On Demand online streaming



                                                Best Film at Berlin Independent Film Award 2018

                                                 Best Experimental Film at PixelsGARAGE

                                                 Awards of Excellence 2021



Starting October 31, 2020

Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, RS

VestAndPage / Venice International Performance Art Week curate the 20-week long Performance Art Film Program as part of the Performance Art Program at MoCAB directed by Marta Jovanovic.

22 November and 10 December 2020, for 24 hours starting from 20:00 (CET)

Fuorinorma #4 La Via Neosperimentale del Cinema Italiano

24-hours VOD streaming of Plantain

7 December 2020, for 24 hours starting from 20:00

Fuorinorma #4 La Via Neosperimentale del Cinema Italiano

24-hours VOD streaming Amor and Psyche (In Times of Plagues)


April 5 and 12, 2021, 16:00

Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, RS

Performance Art Film Program

Apr 5, 2021: Screening of Plantain

Apr 12, 2021: Screening of ANAM CARA – Mirror in the Mirror

April 2021

Ibrida Festival / Exibart

Online streaming of Amor and Psyche (In Times of Plagues) in occasion of 52vids x Ibrida

May 1, 2021, 11:30 (CET)

The Curator's Chain on Clubhouse

A Talk Programme for Performance Art in the Virtual

With curator Valeria Romagnini and her guests Katerina Zachou and VestAndPage

19 May (7pm) to 21 May (9pm)

Butohpolis, Warszaw, PL

Online Poland premiere screening of Plantain


PSX: A Decade of Performance Art in the UK

As part of  "10 Conversations" podcast with Benjamin Sebastian

July 10 - August 6

Die Sulm und der Neckar, Neckarsulm, DE

Im Schilde, a new imagination installation in occasion of the 1250-years city anniversary

August 1-7

Endecameron, Rocca Sinibalda, IT

Artist-in-residence​ in occasion of "Incubatio - Endecameron 21"

September 17, 2021

Quarterhouse, UK

Premiere of 1 9 Monologue

November 10-30, 2021

Videobardo Festival y Archivio de Videopoesia, Buenos Aires, AR

Screening of SIGNUM and sin∞fin - Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass

December 11, 2021

OPEAN Festival – MUG Einstein Kultur, Munich, DE

A new performance of the HOME Cycle


In planning

V-A-C Foundation, Venice, IT

The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK presents the public premiere screening of ANAM CARA - Mirror in the Mirror.


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:

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, Geo-psychology, Artistic collaboration, Socio-Cultural spheres, History, War, Environment

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A Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking 
 Video Article, JER Journal of Embodied Research 


Strona Tańca

"Plantain by VestAndPage: Crumbs of Displaced Memories" (Polish)

SWR2 Kultur

"Kunst und Wissenschaft: Das Filmprojekt 'Strata' in den Höhlen der Schwäbischen Alb" (German)

Schwäbische Zeitung

"Hohle Fels: Wenn Kunst auf Wissenschaft trifft"  (German)

Süd West Presse

"Von Kunst und Zeit im Ur-Opernhaus" (German)

Süd West Presse

"Dreharbeiten mit Künstlerduo – Cosmo-Hase erforscht die Unterwelt" (German)

Reutlinger General Anzeiger

"Kunstfilmdreh in der Falkensteiner Höhle bei Grabenstetten" (German)

Heilbronner Stimme

"Das Künstlerpaar VestAndPage produziert einen Performance-Film" (German)

"Figures in a Landscape" by Douglas Quin

The essay includes an in-depth review of our performance-based film work sin∞fin in Antarctica. Performing Landscapes – Performing Ice ed. C. Philpott, E. Leane and M. Delbridge, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, ISBN 978-3-030-47388-4.


Andrea Pagnes on Turkish Performance Art

Performistanbul Publications, Text originally written in June 2019

HOME – Ciclo de performances por VestAndPage

Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke, Revista digital Acciones al Margen #2, ISSN 2711-2241, pp. 44-73.


Poetics of Relations – A Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking

Our manifesto as video article on the Journal of Embodied Research, 3(1), 3 (26:55). DOI:


Ephemera Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies – Dossiê Corpos e Deficiência em Cena

Andrea Pagnes, "On Disability Culture, Performing Arts, Social Theatre and the Practice of Beauty", ed. Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil, Luciana da Costa Dias, v. 3, n. 5, maio/agosto 2020

HANIX Magazin – Blickt voraus!

Andrea Pagnes, "Schiebt nicht Deutschland die Schuld zu (Teil 1)", Nr. 68, August/September 2020. Andrea Pagnes on the resurgence of anti-German sentiment in Italy during the pandemic.


Non abbiamo idea di come diventare Internet-based performance artists

VestAndPage's considerations on the work of performance artists during the Covid-19 pandemic, L'INFORME webzine, July 22, 2020.

Part 1 – Il performer è assente

Part 2 – Rappresentare. Astrarre. Ricorrere. Praticare.(Ologramma 2.0)

Part 3 – Col corpo capisco. Nell'infinito presente.


Amidst the Spreading: A Chronicle from the (Old) Continent

Andrea Pagnes' consideration on the Covid-19 pandemic, Live Art Development Agency | Blog, April 1, 2020.

Ephemera Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies – Dossier Antonin Artaud

"MIRRORING THE DOUBLE AND THE CRUEL – Living, Uncaging, Offending, Celebrating, Analysing: considerations on a few artistic experiences that echoed Artaud’s thought", ed. Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil, Luciana da Costa Dias, Vol 2, No 3 (2019): Dez 2019.


Repertório Livre

"Considerations on Pain and Suffering in VestAndPage's Performance Art", Salvador, ano 22, n.32, p.266-300, 2019.1.


Corpos Diferenciados em Performance

eds. Felipe Henrique Monteiro Oliveira & Nara Salle

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 2018




La urgencia de creación desde ese tesoro primordial que es el cuerpo –VestAndPage en Argentina

Work overview and interview with VestAndPage about their works in Argentina 2010-2012, Argentina Performance Art, April 2020.

PANCH – Mapping Europe

Interview by Gisela Hochuli with Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage), 2019.






Venice International Performance Art Week, Venice, IT

Founders and main force behind the international live art exhibition project and residential educational program taking place since 2012

University of Exeter, UK

AHRC-funded research network ROCK/BODY - Performative Interfaces Between The Geologic And The Body in partnership with the British Geological Survey


EntrAxis, DE

Making space for performance art in Germany