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Voliakovsky developed this method for long durational and site-specific performance over 8 years of teaching.

Every performance piece is the result of deep conceptual thinking and a carefully designed holistic training, in order to prepare body and mind to endure the complexities of each action.

Voliakovsky's method considers this training as the starting point of every performance piece. both stages -training and performing- are given equal importance in this process.

the greatest challenge lies in preparing the mind for a performance piece. A different process begins: one of stripping ourselves of the social qualities and cultural elements that make us respond unconsciously to different circumstances and stimuli.

 

Voliakovsky Performance Method's goal is to deactivate these automatic responses, to make a clean slate that allows our work to be filled with new meaning.

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SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN.

 

online one-on-one sessions

start MAY 2019

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CONCEPT

We are inevitably tied together to the reality that surrounds us.
Human beings are contextual beings. 

Our context informs us and we inform it back.
Every element and subject interacts within this complex system.

New components are constantly added to this volatile system. 

fast adaptation is required.

 

The bond between an individual and its surroundings is unbreakable.

One does not function without the other.
We rely on this bond in order to survive.


What would happen if the notion of culture disappeared?

Would a new form of society develop? 

Would we stop being human?

 

APPROACHES

Voliakovsky developed this method for long durational and site-specific performance over 8 years of teaching. She works on a wide range of techniques and approaches:

 

1.0 A BODY IN CONTEXT

1.1 Physical, mental and emotional self-awareness

1.2 Body limits

1.3 Body weight and structure

1.4 Lightness of body and mind

1.5 Social signs

1.6 Signs and context

 

2.0 LIMITS AND RESTRICTIONS

2.1 Speed, slowness

2.2 Resistance and stillness

2.3 Interactive and bonding group work

2.4 Symbolic limits v. real limits

2.5 Approaching long-durational performance

TERRITORY & SITE-SPECIFIC

Working out a performance piece includes designing the piece itself and thinking of an appropriate mind-body training, depending on each type of piece:

3.0 SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE: TERRITORY AND CONTEXT

3.1 Synchronizing space and time

3.2 Listening exercises

3.3 Understanding our context

3.4 Artistic strategies to operate in new spaces

3.5 New environment and adaptation

3.6 Grey areas

3.7 Taking to the streets

3.8 Contextualizing our piece

3.9 Re-contextualizing our piece

 

4.0 URGENCIES

4.1 Intimate and political

4.2 Coexistence

4.3 Pleasure and desire

4.4 Fear and frustration

4.5 Destruction / self-destruction

and more.

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Voliakovsky Performance Method and related conferences

have been presented at:


Universidad de Palermo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Überbau Haus (Sao Paulo, brazil), Facultad de Artes y Diseño UNAM (Ciudad de México), Museo MACRO-Castagnino (Rosario, Argentina), Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Tucumán, Argentina), Rusia Galería (Tucumán, Argentina), 5º Foro de Arte Contemporáneo y Políticas Culturales (Tucumán, Argentina), Granate Galería (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bahía Blanca (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Fundación OSDE (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Museo Malvinas e Islas del Atlántico Sur (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas (Buenos Aires, Argentina), among others.

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ONLINE SESSIONS

1

PREPARING FOR A PERFORMANCE PIECE

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CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

NOW OPEN

GOAL:

To design a customized training system in order to prepare body and mind before performing a specific piece and to guide each participant through the process.

ADDRESSED TO:

Artists of any discipline who have a performance piece scheduled in the near future.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Exclusive one-on-one online sessions via Skype. One weekly meeting of one hour and follow-up via email.

APPROACH:

Contemporary artists use different methods when creating a specific work. These approaches can vary depending on the artist’s background, studies, previous experiences, socio-cultural context, etc. In this module, Voliakovsky specifically analyzes the characteristics of the performance piece that is going to be carried out and applies the same method that she uses when preparing for a performance: designing a training that addresses both the physical and the mental aspect.

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PERFORMANCE

& LIVE ACTION PROJECTS

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CONSULTANCY

NOW OPEN

GOAL:

Consultancy service aimed at artists who are either starting or have an ongoing performance or live action project.

ADDRESSED TO:

Artists of any discipline. 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Exclusive one-on-one online sessions via Skype. One meeting of one hour every two weeks, follow-up via email.

APPROACH:

Guiding the participant through the construction process of a new or existing project around performance or live action. Special emphasis will be placed on formal and conceptual analysis, in order for the participant to be able to defend a discourse on their own production.

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SURVIVING A PERFORMANCE PIECE

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CUSTOMIZED RECOVERY PLAN

NOW OPEN

GOAL:

To design a customized recovery plan, covering both physical and emotional aspects, to be applied after carrying out a sensitive piece and to guide each participant through this process.

ADDRESSED TO:

Artists of any discipline that have recently performed a sensitive piece.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Exclusive one-on-one online sessions via Skype. One weekly meeting of one hour and follow-up via email.

APPROACH:

Every sensitive performance piece requires a subsequent process of recovery, that allows the individual to return to his/her previous physical and emotional state. Artists usually carry out sensitive pieces without proper preparation, which can lead to psychological, physical and emotional consequences. This can be prevented with a customized training to prepare body and mind. If this wasn’t the case, a customized recovery plan can be applied after performing.

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HOW TO PAY THE RENT AS A PERFORMANCE ARTIST

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CONSULTANCY

NOW OPEN

GOAL:

Consultancy service aimed at performance artists who wish to start or are struggling with commercializing their work.

ADDRESSED TO:

Artists of any discipline.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Exclusive one-on-one online sessions via Skype. One weekly meeting of one hour and follow-up via email.

APPROACH:

Performance art is highly appreciated within the contemporary art world. Oftentimes collectors and gallery owners don’t feel their collections are complete until they’ve acquired a performance piece. However, this high regard isn’t enough to increase its commercial value. In fact, performance art is barely listed in the international art market.

Online sessions & consultancies begin May 2019.

availability is limited as one-on-one sessions

are conducted personally by Natacha Voliakovsky.

You're welcome to join our waiting list.