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Performance Matters Journal

"STRATA: The Research Process in the Making of a Performance-Based Film"

By Andrea Pagnes, Douglas Quin, Verena Stenke, daz disley

On: Vol. 9 No. 1-2 (2023): Performing Practice-Based Research

ISSN 2369-2537

Although awe-inspiring, with the unique combination of natural beauty and potential hazards, (these caves) can create a feeling of confinement or claustrophobia. ... Dragging or pulling backpacks containing large, sensitive technical equipment is impossible, and there is no room to rearrange once inside. Everything has to be small and handheld. In these challenging environmental conditions, the video operator can only capture what is possible in the immediacy and site-responsiveness of the performers making their actions. With limited time, in constrictive spaces characterized by low light levels, cool temperatures, and limited ventilation, every move must be focused and mindful.

Routledge: Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts


"Antarctic Dream – Ice as Architecture of the Human Spirit"

by Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke


Out there, we were constantly living in a state of paradox. To question our Self continuously to understand which art actions we should have made to render our purpose at its best begun to become almost nonsense: anything, and with it, our existences were just... [continue reading]



"Two Bodies in Space. Durational Performance: The Quest for Authenticity in the VestAndPage Experience"
By Andrea Pages


Practice teaches us to distinguish between being awake and sailing into oblivion. Acting with the total resolution is to enter into the sphere of the inner silence, while awareness changes the intuitive sense of time created by the surface of the mind. This means to wake up, honour, and make our presence sacred because this is of primary importance. We don't need anything else to enter into the abode of darkness to achieve and increase our essence. We only need to practice relentlessly, inflexibly, and inexorably. [continue reading, pp. 4-16]

KAYLLA Revista del Departamente de Artes Escenicas 

"Temporary Performance Artist Communities – The Case Model of the Venice International Performance Art Week"

By Andrea Pagnes

Dossier "Artes escenicas y generacion de dialogo en tiempos de crisis", Num. 1 (2022)​ DOI

Journal of Embodied Research

"Poetics of Relations – A Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking"

By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

Our manifesto as video article in 3(1), 3 (26:55). DOI:

Spanish: "Poética de las Relaciones – Un manifiesto sobre el cine basado en el performance", El Rizo Robado, no. 25, March 2022

Ephemera Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies

"On Disability Culture, Performing Arts, Social Theatre and the Practice of Beauty"

By Andrea Pagnes

Dossiê Corpos e Deficiência em Cenaed. Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil, Luciana da Costa Dias, v. 3, n. 5, maio/agosto 2020

Ephemera Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies


"MIRRORING THE DOUBLE AND THE CRUEL- Living, Uncaging, Offending, Celebrating, Analysing: considerations on a few artistic experiences that echoed Artaud's thought",

By Andrea Pagnes

Dossier Antonin Artaud, 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"

By VestAndPage, Felipe Henrique Monteiro, Amber Rose Ellis, Aisha Ryannon Pagnes.

Salvador, ano 22, n.32, p.266-300, 2019.1

Performing Landscapes – Performing Ice 

"Figures in a Landscape" 

By Douglas Quin

The essay includes an in-depth review of VestAndPage's performance-based film works sin∞fin in Antarctica. ed. C. Philpott, E. Leane and M. Delbridge, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, ISBN 978-3-030-47388-4.

Antarktikos #1 - Mapping Nature 


Antarctic Dream — Excerpts from the Logbook

By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

Excerpt from the poetic logbook of our performance-based film works sin∞fin in Antarctica.

ISBN 9789079344024.

CheFare – PUBLIC / Accademia Unidee

Opinioni di un performer: il rapporto con il pubblico tra seduzioni digitali e spostamenti reali

da Andrea Pagnes, December 2022

El Rizo Robado

El performer está ausente

By Andrea Pagnes

"Temporary Artistic Community"


By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

First published on III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016, Venice: VestAndPage press, 2017

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"Collective Performance Opera"


By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

A possible definition of VestAndPage's collective performance operas, 2017

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"Plantain: How We Walk With Time"


By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

Film research, 2015

To remember is likewise dancing with the mind between myth-making, truth and forgetfulness. [continue reading]

sin∞fin – Performances at the End of the World


By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

VestAndPage press, 2010

DVD & film textbook

Standing (up), sitting (on a chair), lying (on the bed), sometimes even waiting for what is going to happen; and yet to be perfectly aware that what is going to happen has somehow already happened. A body enclosed in a circle seems to be always waiting for something, inside of which it may happen, or always makes an effort to become 'something'.

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sin∞fin – Performances at the Holy Centre

By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

VestAndPage press, 2011

DVD & film textbook

Yet, still flaws in the system. Modernity's great promise, the freedom from fear, now lies in ruins. Fear as medium, not as a message. Fear as a collateral effect, the force behind progress. Fear as a refuge, home, style, character, tradition. Fear to take a chance, scoring the aces that plays and wins, caressing, embarrassing. Fear manages. Fear rocks. My fear begins where someone else's fear ends. 

+ Download as pdf: English | हिंदी 汉语

sin∞fin – Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass


By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

VestAndPage press, 2012

DVD & film textbook


In reality, 90% of the time here is spent on pure survival. I don't know how many of my friends have fallen down crevasses, and the crevasses killed them. Three. Three from my class have fallen down crevasses. 

+ Download as pdf: English | Espanol | Italiano  | 汉语



By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke

VestAndPage press, 2018

Film textbook

+ Download as pdf:  English | Español | Catalán


Selected texts by VestAndPage as free pdf downloads.


HANIX Magazin


"Schiebt nicht Deutschland die Schuld zu" in Blickt voraus! (Teil 1) Nr. 68, Aug/Sept 2020, S. 62 und Jugend will es wissen (Teil 2), Nr. 69, Okt/Nov 2020, S. 58.


 "Demokratisierung der Machtverhältnisse in Kunstinstitutionen" in Wahl

By Andrea Pagnes, Nr. 74, Aug/Sep 2021, S. 22

L'INFORME webzine


Il performer è assente / Non abbiamo idea di come diventare Internet-based performance artists

VestAndPage's consideration on the work of performance artists during the Covid-19 pandemic, July 22, 2020.

Live Art Development Agency


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

Andrea Pagnes' consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic | Blog, April 1, 2020.

Argentina Performance Art

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

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

Loïe. Revista de danza, performance y nuevos medios

"Letter to a Young Mother. Imagine Home."

An edited collection of writings from VestAndPage's performance cycle HOME.

Andrea Pagnes about Franko B's Because of Love and Open Letters


Andrea Pagnes responds to Franko B's Because of Love, published by Live Art Development Agency, and speaks with him through Open Letters.

With this book, Franko offers us his direct testimony of how vital it is for an artist to draw inspiration from the most complex life struggles and transform them into magmatic material to create thought-provoking, genuine art where the personal becomes universal. [continue reading]

Loïe. Revista de danza, performance y nuevos medios


"COLLECTIVE SIGNATURES First Edition – Letters from Formentera" 

Letters to a young independent curator by Verena Stenke (VestAndPage), Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Francesca Carol Rolla

Please challenge me. Challenge me to step out into the unknown, for we know what we know, and we don't know what we don't know. Challenge me to use mediums and methods that are unfamiliar to me. Challenge me to go on a journey together without knowing where to, trusting that we know the path as we're going it. [continue reading]


"A Place, Foreign Bodies and the In Situ Principle"

Essay by Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage)

It is also for this reason that the Sanatorium, together with its natural park chiselled by trees and a large Jugendstil fountain now occupied by emerald grass, turf and tiny plants instead of springing water, is indeed one of the most inspiring, fascinating and engaging places where to perform and show ephemeral works. Here, the various meanings of performance are wielded by this space that influences them with its history, mutilated beauty, and the artists' expressions. [continue reading]




eds. Felipe Henrique Monteiro Oliveira & Nara Salle

With an essay by Andrea Pagnes

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 2018

KONTEKSTY  – Konteksty w "Kontekstach 

"Stan" sztuki performatywnej i czym ona w ogole jest?"

Essay by Andrea Pagnes

Warsaw: Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2017

Issue Nr.4 (319) ISSN 1230-6142, pp. 63-68



Guest editor, Andrea Pagnes


Andrea Pagnes is part of the series of guest editors for the UNBOUND Newsletters. He has chosen 14 titles on stock at UNBOUND, which offer an insight into some of the artists that have participated live and exhibited in the three editions of the Venice International Performance Art Week. These exclusive and related publications address all those who wish to know more about the art and life of these incredible artists. [continue reading]


Spot, Episode 11: 11-0602 TCX Snow White by Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke


It makes the shard round, is whole without attachment, one with everything. Pellucid, the Antarctic ice bears the appearance of permanence, reducing all questions inevitably to humbleness, silence, acceptance, and finally, absence. Inside and outside lose their gaps and edges. [continue reading]



"Ron Athey in conversation with Andrea Pagnes"


Live Art Development Agency makes exclusively available a conversation between Ron Athey and Andrea Pagnes. This dialogue between the two artists includes a discussion around the issues and concerns of contemporary performance art and an in-depth focus on the work of Ron Athey, past and present, with additional notes by the editor Lisa Newman. [continue reading]

STORIE Cultural Magazine


"Planet India - Interviews by Andrea Pagnes"


• Abha Iyengar – Poetry and the Power of Commitment

Of course, it is a known fact that whatever provisions the government makes for the underprivileged get siphoned off by the middlemen, those with political and social clout, and nothing reaches those for whom it was initially intended. To get out of the morass of obscurity and non-existence, education is the only answer. This is especially required for women, and this is my firm belief. But not only women, men require education to get rid of the frustrations of not having knowledge and means to move upwards.


• Cybermohalla Ensemble – A Search for the Eleventh Question

Who will produce the imagination for where we stay, where we live? What are the boundaries of this "where": and do they exist? In Hindi, the word for "where" is jahan, which also means "world". How does thought extend between these two ideas of jahan? What will our resources for thinking this be? How many can participate in this unknown search, in which one has no way of knowing what she might find or invent?

• Avtar Singh – My Writing? A Map for Tomorrow's Children

Delhi informs everything I do and write. ... I'm just a writer: as an artist, didn't you find this city just full of potential? Its colours, its smells, the way people press about you on the sidewalks and in the trains... Everything there is a story in itself. This city's bursting with material; it's a seam that's in no danger of getting tapped out any time soon. I'm just surprised more people aren't mining it.

How We Teach Performance Art: University Courses and Workshop Syllabus


Edited by Valentin Torrens. Outskirts Press, July 2014. 

Paperback, pp. 338. 22.46$, ISBN-10: 147873194X


VestAndPage are among the 42 authors of this publication about approaches to transmit the generative source of creativity in live action by internationally experienced practitioners, teachers and theorists of performance art. Three hundred forty pages are full of ideas, points of view, methodologies, sensitivities, exercises and proposals to enjoy live practice with deeper involvement, immersion, knowledge and study. [continue reading]

La Casita de mis Suenos


Edited by Maricela Guerrero. Alumnos47, Yolia N.G.O., VestAndPage.

Mexico City: Alumnos47, May 2014. Hardcover, pp. 181. 


A comprehensive publication of collected writings and drawings about fear, dreams and desires authored by girls of Yolia N.G.O., Mexico City, realised during VestAndPage's 2012 workshop Fear is Fear. Love is Love as part of Alumnos47 curatorial project Proyecto Liquido, curated by Jessica Berlanga Taylor.


"Spaced. Art Out Of Place. The experiences of the Free University of Liverpool and the Cybermohalla project as examples of alternative education"

By Andrea Pagnes (pp. 97-109)


Paradoxically, by over-producing artist statements and often assuming them as the best way to emerge from a condition of anonymity, artists also undergo a form of external surveillance, nourishing that 'watch-over you' system that rules, and that artists simultaneously criticise and strive to change. [continue reading pp. 97-109] [download as pdf]

STORIE ex libris 01/2014


"Did I get it? – Storia di un traduttore"

Di Andrea Pagnes [Italian]


Storia di un traduttore 'perduto' più che mancato, "Did I get it?" è la spassosa, romantica epopea di un neolaureato che ottiene udienza dall’editoria che conta, all’alba degli anni ’90. Fa appena in tempo a scrutare nella figura di Marcella Bassi (alla Garzanti), l’artigianalità, il coraggio e la lungimiranza di coloro che hanno reso grande la nostra tradizione editoriale mentre gli viene assegnata la traduzione di Ripley Bogle dell'allora debuttante scrittore irlandese Robert McLiam Wilson. [continue reading]


"Defiling by Art: Contamination"

By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke


The capability to transform, to modify, 'to wove and unravel' like Penelope, to unmake and remake to re-create, even though stemming from the constant survival tension, and therefore undergoing a continuous metamorphosis due to permanent stimulation and the inspiration, tributary to human talent and to the solutions that one has to find and shape time after time – is what animate the research of vitality of contemporary cooperativeness, as well as the spirit of the nowadays Homo Oeconomicus. [continue reading]


"The Continuity of Becoming"

By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke


There are doubtless fears of various types associated with going beyond certain taboos when dealing with themes such as spirituality, religion, and the area of the soul. It is the fear of losing control. And yet, it is only when you abandon your self-control that you arrive at new forms of vision. When fear of the unknown makes room for confidence, then change and innovation are possible. [continue reading]


"The Meaning of Art Truth"

By Andrea Pagnes & Verena Stenke


Many deal with art in the world. And many of these paint, sculpt, draw and make installations using all sorts of media. Few, in real truth, aim for or obtain noticeable results... Cultural globalisation, which has indeed brought benefits, also led to an impoverishing of culture itself. [continue reading]

Masters of Today


"Letter to an artist"

By Andrea Pagnes


Picture it! It is as if someone – which I never knew - has abruptly rung my bell, warning me that soon I'm going to get lost, drifting away for this oppressive silence that lasts inside myself forever. A silence is always equal to itself, although capable of changing the surface in various ways. A silence ingrained into this past of mine that seems so strange, so vague. [continue reading]




"Thinking about Performance Art"

Venice, 2018 | Italian - English

My Art Guide

"On the Venice International Performance Art Week"

By Giulia Capaccioli, Venice, 2016



"Torna la Venice International Performance Art Week"

By Isotta Esposito, Venice, 2016 | Italian


Performance Is Alive

"Artist Feature: VestAndPage"

By Quinn Dukes, New York, 2015


Rivista PASSPARnous n.2 - TEATRO

"Conversazione con Andrea Pagnes e Verena Stenke"

By Enrico Pastore, Venice, 2015 | Italian


"Venice International Performance Art Week. L’intervista ai curatori"

By Amalia Nangeroni, Venice, 2014 | Italian


"Ritual Body – Political Body. II Venice International Performance Art Week"

By Celeste Ricci, Venice, 2014


VIVO Media Arts Centre

"On the film trilogy sin∞fin – A conversation with VestAndPage"

By Jeremy Todd, Vancouver, 2014



"Performance recrea al Museo del Chopo"

By Sonia Avila, Mexico City, 2013 | Spanish


Big Red & Shiny

"The Higher state: An Interview with VestAndPage"

By Alexis Avedisian, Boston, 2013


Personal Structures Vol.2

Interview with VestAndPage

By Valeria Romagnini / European Cultural Centre, Venice, 2013

Performa Magazine

"Venice International Performance Art Week"

By A. E. Zimmer, New York, 2012


Giornale Sentire

"VestAndPage: Corpo Ibrido, Corpo Poetico"

By Emilio Luzza, 2012 | Italian


Il Manifesto

"La militanza? E' tattile e fisica"

By Teresa Macrì, 2012 | Italian


Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas

"Sobre la pelicula sin∞fin – Proyecto Antártida"

By Raul Manrupe, Buenos Aires, 2012 | Spanish


Now Delhi

"Open Minds"

By tahska, New Delhi, 2011


1- Las Niñas de Yolia is a spoken word recording by Mexico City street girls telling about their dreams and fears. It has been produced for the 24-hour live durational performance Fear vs Love vs Fear, commissioned by Fundación Alumnos47, Mexico City (MX) on the occasion of Proyecto Liquido. Miedo in June 2012.

2 - (HOME) The Raft is a poetic recollection of splinters of memory along remote journeys. It mixes historical accounts of Sir Robert Falcon Scott's 1910 "Terra Nova" Antarctic expedition with VestAndPage's own diary entries during their one-month stay in Antarctica. It includes hydrophone recording (courtesy Douglas Quin) of Weddell seals callings under the sea. The spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the live performance opera The Raft (HOME) as part of the HOME cycle on the occasion of The Raft - Art is (not) Lonely, Fort Napoleon, Ostende (BE) on March 10, 2018.

3 - A-U-R-U-M is a musical piece for Creative Dynamic Breathing.

With Kassim Bayatly (Chants), Andrea Pagnes (Breath), Verena Stenke (Composition), Florence (IT), 2010

4 - CROSSING is a haiku and poetry about the "going".

The spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the video poetry CROSSING, winner of La Parola Immaginata Video Poetry Prize (2009) and Nassauer Kulturpreis (2011)

5 - EAU=O is a poetic lingering around transformation and instability.

The spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the live durational performance Endangered Species, held at Frassinagiodiciotto, Bologna (IT) on the occasion of ArteFattaPezzi - Arte Fiera Off, January 2008.

6 - SUITEnovus is a poetic circumferencing of existence.

The spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the live one-to-one performance in a hotel suite SUITEnovus, held at Artur-o Il Must, Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence (IT) in 2009 and TINA B., Mandarin Oriental, Prague (CZ) in 2010.

7 - Speak That I Can See You is a poetic invocation of our fears.

The spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the live durational performance ritual Speak That I Can See You, originally premiered at Ali Pasha Castel, Porto Palermo, AL in the occasion of ArtKontakt, August 2007, and Kosovo Contemporary Art Gallery, Pristine, in the occasion of Mulliqi Prize 2007, December 2007

8 - No More Idols: All and None is a poetic collage of German and English text elements of Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, layered on the soundscape piece ...sibilava tra i denti... by Mauro Sambo & Matilde SamboThe spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the live collective performance opera No More Idols: All and None (HOME X) as part of the HOME cycle on the occasion of No New Idols Festival | Sculpture Quadrennial Riga at Tu jau zini Kur, Riga (LV) on May 30, 2019.

9 - Fragen an Domenig is a series of questions to the Austrian Brutalist architect Günther Domenig, developed during our one-week artist-in-residency at durch:formen, Domenig Steinhaus, Steindorf am Ossiacher See (AT). The spoken word poetry recording has been produced for the concluding live performance NonHouse | Yet | This House (HOME VII) of the HOME cycle of performances,  on October 9, 2018.

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