Moppin up – 3rd INTERNATIONAL

10. – 14. September 2001

Moppin up

Eric Andersen (dk), Arahmaiana (Indonesia), Marianne Bramsen(dk) / John Reardon (uk), Sandra Ceballos & René Esteban Quintana (Cuba), ©(dk), Philip Corner (it), Vlasta Delimar (Croatia), Jean Dupuy (fr), Bartolomé Ferrando (es), Esther Ferrer (fr), Carl-Christian Geleff (dk) (uk), Lars Graugaard (dk), Jesper Hendze (dk), Dr. Hannah Higgins Jessica Higgins (USA), Joergen Hedegaard Jacobsen (dk), Ewa Jacobsson (no), Jaroslaw Kapuscinski (Pl)(de), Alison Knowles (USA), Alexandra Kostrubala (se), Ingrid Kristensen & Co. (dk), Eva Maria Larsson (se) (dk), Ma Liuming (China), Hannes Malte Mahler (de), Larry Miller (USA), Phoebe Neville (with Philip Corner) (it), Hong O-Bong (South Korea), Yuan Mor'o Ocampo (the Philippines), Irma Optimist (fi), Felipe Otondo (Chile/dk), Ben Patterson (de), Tina Scherzberg (dk), Willem de Ridder (nl), S.E.L. (Lithuania), SOUND BOX, Margaret Tedesco (USA), Trio Chroch (dk), Ben Vautier (fr), Olav Westphalen (USA)

HISTORY AND STORIES in modern performance art.
By Else Jespersen.

What is ......? By Eric Andersen.

Performance art is a hybrid with its experiments in art. It is a cross-over of other traditional art categories like visual art, music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, video ? often with use of the newest technology (computer, internet, mobile-net etc.). The experimenting, border-crossing element in performance art ? e.g. with the direct association to daily life often means action and involvement of the audience in the performances (interactive performances).The impact of performances generally is to bring new experience and to set free imagination and energy by looking at and participating in the performances.

In performance art the inspiration comes from the widest cultural references. Performance breaks down the barriers - between conventional art forms ? between political systems - and between human beings. Performance is love and life.

The concept of PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL ODENSE is always 'pluralistic', e.g. many categories of performances are represented, the 'formalistic' performance where the 'significant' element to the performer is the 'form' - and the 'expressive' performance where the 'content' is stressed on the feelingsand thoughts of the performer ? and even of the audience.

In 'body-art-performance' is the weight on the body of the performer her/himself, and here you may even have the 'dialectic' between 'formalism' and 'expressionism'.

In the new political performance we found links to present political discussions of today. The 'pluralism' or diversity is present in races, nationalities, ages, sexes (about 50%)

SECTION 1 of the festival:
The live performance section with about 37 solo or group performances with 60 artists performing face-to-face with theaudience. Some performances including outside assistants (e.g. students from the Funen Academy of Art and the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense).

The historical dimension:

A very important dimension in the 3rd PFO is the participation of several 'elder' Fluxus-artists from the 60s performing together and in solo-pieces too. The Fluxus-artists are going to involve many students from the academies of art and music in Odense.
Another important performance artist from the former performance group ZAJ in Spain, Esther Ferrer, is giving a historical aspect, too, because of the collaboration with Fluxus in the 60s.

The geographic dimension:
Together with the European artists 3rd PFO has participant artists from both the West (USA and Cuba), the East (The Philippines, South Korea, China, Indonisia). So the multi-ethnic and cultural diversity will be represented and even different political basis for artists are represented.

SECTION 2 of the festival:
The 'Sound Box' is a room with surround-music system and where the public may listen to CD-recorded sound-pieces 'composed' by about 15 international artists (primarily coming from the visual area). 'Sound Box' is curated by Jacob Fabricius and Tommy Lund, Copenhagen.