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STRATA

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

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 STRATA 
 Performance-based film
 2021  / 2022
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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

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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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Im Schilde

2021, Imagination installation and public intervention

Im Schilde is an imagination installation and public intervention conceived on the occasion of the 1250th anniversary of the town of Neckarsulm. The work calls for the recognition and naming of women in historical memory, exemplified by street names as a means of forming the identity of a city and its citizens.

Urban, City, Street signs, Woman, History, Research, Archive, Anniversary

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 IM SCHILDE 
Imagination installation and
public intervention

 2021 
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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.

 

Embodied Practices, Film, Performance art, Manifesto, Geopsychology, Strange stranger, Hyperobjects

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Poetics of Relations
Manifesto on
Performance-Based Filmmaking

2020
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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.

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AMOR AND PSYCHE

(In Times of Plagues)

Short film
2020
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ANAM CARA –

Mirror in the Mirror

2020, Film

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

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 ANAM CARA

Mirror in the Mirror 

 Performance-based film
 2020
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Spinning, stirring, sweeping

2020Video 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

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Spinning, Stirring,

Sweeping

 Video
 2020
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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. In search for expressions, languages to speak and connections to be made beyond what words can name.

 

Performance, Semiotics, Nature, Geology, Ecology, Strange stranger

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SIGNUM 
 Performance-based film
 2018
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Plantain

[Spitzwegerich] 

2018, Film, 90 min

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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

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 Plantain 
 [Spitzwegerich] 
 Feature film based on a month-long performance walk 
 2018 
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HOME

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.

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HOME
Cycle of collective
performance operas

2017-2020
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Blood poetry 

Since 2014 , 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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Venice International Performance Art Week 

Since 2011

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

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

2016 - 2017, Performance cycle in 6 parts

 

Protective qualities of living matter, defence functions, shielding systems and security make us question what are valuable and timeless protections and safeties. The bodily symbolic acts honour a human trait and persons that embody it. It is accompanied by the reading of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the language of the place and closed by members of the audience speaking their considerations voice-looped as the final Choir of Aegis.

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 AEGIS 
 Performance cycle 
 2016 - 2017 
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Yggdrasil

2017 Performance opera

A hybrid theatre project combining experimental spoken word theatre and contemporary performance art. Starting from a contemporary Western confusion of rationality and absolutist ideas resulting in meaninglessness and detachment from our own mythological ritual roots, YGGDRASIL ventures into collective and individual believes. Inspired by the worldview of the Northern European mythology that once formed the base of a belief system, the work developed through the research of ritualistic practices from around the world. 

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 Yggdrasil 
 Performance opera 
 2016 
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SiO2 – The Reason of Fragility:

Contemporary Artists Facing Glass 

2015, Exhibition project by VestAndPage

Albanian National Gallery of Arts, Tirana

With works by Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Chris Burden, Tony Cragg, Jan Fabre, Seamus Farrell, Joseph Kosuth, Armando Lulaj, Boris Nieslony, Yoko Ono, Jaume Plensa, Douglas Quin, Lawrence Weiner, Leonardo Cimolin, Dana Dal Bo, Andrea Morucchio, Nelda Ramos, Ermal Baboçi & Lindita Doçi, Klodian Deda, Eros Dibra, Oltsen Gripshi, Shqipe Jonuzi, Sead Kazanxhiu, and Ermela Teli. 

 

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 SiO2 – The Reason of Fragility:  Contemporary Artists Facing Glass 
 Exhibition project 
 2015 
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DYAD

2014 - 2015, Performance cycle in 9 parts

Interested in what divides and separates us, and how divisions are applied socially and politically as mechanisms, we look into the dangers of dichotomy, attachments to dualism, and the paradox of Ego. Through a series of poetic bodily images, DYAD questions how polarities are employed as effective tools of ideology, propaganda or collective manipulation. 

 

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 DYAD 
 Performance cycle 
 2014 - 2015
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A Morphologic

Journey II

(On the Borders of Our Bodies) 

2014, Performance

 

Started in 2011 at KARST Gallery as a 3-hour performance in four episodes, the performance is inspired by the journey of Ulysses under the aspect of his encounters with a variety of women. Splintering impressions of encounters with archetypes of Circe, Calypso, Nausicaa and Penelope are guideline analogies of behavioural patterns of people on the run, men and women in search to forget, longing for union and something that may finally last. The performance continued with part II in January 2014 upon VestAndPage's return to KARST.

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 A Morphologic Journey II 
 Performance 
 2014 
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Topolino

A Globetrotter's Fairy Tale 

2014, Silent film

A series of performance-based videos shot at Mount Sodom, the Negev Desert, the  Dead Sea, the Bosporus, Tuscany, the Chinese Wall, Glacier Perito Moreno, and Antarctica. Topolino is lost, lonesome and nostalgic, on his journey to extraordinary places. In a search for the myths that surround them, he entangles himself in failures and encounters first of all himself and his stereotypes.

Adventure, Art, Comedy, Drama, Family

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 Topolino 
 A Globetrotter's Fairy Tale 
 Performance-based film 
2014 ongoing
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Thou Twin of Slumber 

2013, Performance cycle in 8 parts

Inspired by J. S. Bach’s cantata Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, this cycle goes into death, sleep and slumber and liminal spaces, looking to wave mythical reflections on decay and rebirth into the narrative of urban regeneration. The moth is the animal totem of this cycle, and the single episodes are named after stages of its life cycle.

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 Thou Twin of Slumber 
 Performance cycle 
 2013 
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sin∞fin

Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass 

2012, Trilogy episode short, 45'42" min

Produced in Antarctica, the concluding episode short of the sin∞fin trilogy engages through narratives on the comprehensive spheres of nature and the universe. The trilogy of art films of collaborative performances in epic locations around the world teeters between the real and the visionary and is amplified by unfamiliar environments.

 

DVD VOD | www.sinfin-themovie.de

Biography, Documentary, Drama, Environment, Science, Philosophy

 

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 sin∞fin 
Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass
 Performance-based film 
 2012
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FEAR vs LOVE vs FEAR

2013, Long durational performance of 24 hours

VestAndPage inhabit an empty house in Mexico City for the duration of 24 hours. Before the performance, they held a 6-days intensive workshop with Mexico City street girls, inquiring together about their fears and dreams. The video and text material produced by the girls are part of the performance installation. ​The project is inspired by a psychology theory stating that only two basic human emotions exist: Fear and Love and that all other emotions are aberrations of one of these two.

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 FEAR vs LOVE
vs FEAR 
Durational performance of 24 hours 
 2012 
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TERRA NOVA (AmundsenScottOates)

2012, Performance

Takes as inspiration the lives and ventures of the Polar explorers at the beginning of the 20th Century, which VestAndPage studied in their artist-in-residence in Antarctica in January 2012. The performance circles around the last words that British Antarctic explorer Lawrence Oates said to his companions before he walked out into a blizzard towards his self-sacrificing death during Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition.

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 TERRA NOVA (AmundsenScottOates) 
 Performance 
 2012
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The Smile at the Top of the Ladder

2012, Performance

Inspired by Henry Miller's book The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, the touching fable of Auguste the clown, as well as a tribute to other clown figures of art.

The performance develops around absurdity towards humour and sound, quotidian absurdism and failures.

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 The Smile at the Top of the Ladder 
 Performance 
 2012 
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Panta Rhei

2011 - 2012, Performance cycle in 7 parts

 

The cycle works on impermanent states and the concept of change and transformation, referring not only to the transitory states of matter, life and relations but also to the temporary nature of thoughts and presumed orders. Is there something indefinite to cling to, when all is altered within the course of continuous evolution?

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 Panta Rhei 
 Performance cycle 
 2011 - 2012
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sin∞fin  Performances at the Holy Centre 

2011, Trilogy episode short, 37'14" min

Produced in Northern India and Kashmir, the second episode short of the sin∞fin trilogy highlights the sphere of society and religion. The trilogy of art films of collaborative performances in epic locations around the world teeters between the real and the visionary and is amplified by unfamiliar environments. 

 

DVD | VOD | www.sinfin-themovie.de​ 

Biography, Documentary, Drama, Environment, Science, Philosophy 

 

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 sin∞fin 
 Performances at the Holy Centre 
 Performance-based film 
 2011 
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Without Tuition or Restraint

2011, Long durational performance of 5 days and 4 nights

A durational performance experiment about the idea of freedom, in which Pagnes is jailed inside a dog crate in the gallery space for five days and four nights consecutively. Stenke is closed inside the gallery, following one durational action every day. The gallery is open to the public during opening hours. The title of this performance is the conclusive words of a quote by Irish political theorist Edmund Burke.

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 Without Tuition or Restraint 
Durational performance
 2011