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Perform. Play. Art.

Perform. Play. Art. 

Friday, 18 March 2016, 10AM-5PM.

Craig Suite, 7th Floor, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

A one-day event at the University of Aberdeen involving live performances, installations, participatory performance, conversations and talks using the Aberdeen University campus and the Sir Duncan Rice Library as its canvas.

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Photo courtesy of Misko Suvakovic

Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, and Jasmina Založnik, PhD candidate in Film and Visual Culture



Researchers at the University of Aberdeen invite you to participate in a one-day artistic event putting art theory into practice and vice versa. Perform. Play. Art will consist of talks by artists and arts practitioners from the former Yugoslavia, a participatory performance by artists from Slovenia, in which attendees in Aberdeen can be involved, and a public performance by artists from Scotland and Slovenia, linked up with Aberdeen via Skype.

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Photo courtesy of Misko Suvakovic

The day will begin with a keynote talk by Professor Miško Šuvaković, “Performance Art in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1950–1980.” Yugoslavia was the location of significant experimental activity in the artistic sphere in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite some limits of artistic control imposed by the government, artists found ways to make creative, experimental art, including conceptual and performance art, at a time when primarily classical and modernist painting was taught in the art academies and supported by the government. This experimental activity serves as the foundation and model for the activities that will take place through the day as part of Perform. Play. Art, and in which attendees are invited to take part.



The University of Aberdeen will form the stage for two performances that will take placeas part of this March 18 event: Mapping the Campus and “Public Readings.”



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Photo courtesy of Suncan Stone

Mapping the Campus is the process of observing that translates everyday movements, sounds, conversations, and objects in the campus/city into fiction. In this way every event becomes a story of a specific point in the campus at a specific point in time. This is a way of appropriating the campus/city, which is always elusive, unfathomable and always somewhere where you’re not.




Public readings have a form of street performance and takes place in a public space, libraries, markets and similar places with a variety of many people passing by. Performers/readers for one hour simultaneously read out loud selected texts while investigating the fragility of public spaces, notions of reading, performing and even engaging with others.

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Franc Purg reading. Image courtesy of Andraz Purg.




The day will conclude with a round table discussion entitled “Experiment in Art, Past and Future,” and will involve Franc Purg, Miško Šuvaković, Jasmina Založnik and Gera Urkom, an artist who was part of the experimental art scene in Belgrade in the 1970s and even performed in Edinburgh in 1975 upon the invitation of arts impresario Richard Demarco. Amy Bryzgel will moderate the discussion that will centre on the possibilities of artistic experiment in various contexts, including the Northeast of Scotland, and the negotiation of various artistic contexts.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.



10:00 –10:30 / Registration and coffee

10:30 – 11:30 / Keynote Talk: Professor Miško Šuvaković (Faculty of Media and Communications, University Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia): “Performance Art in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1950–1980”

11:30 – 12:30 / Dejan Srhoj (Slovenia): Mapping the Campus / participatory performance

12:30 – 13:00 / post-performance talk / discussion on the performance Mapping

13:00 – 14:30 / Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 / Public Readings / public performance: Franc Purg (Slovenia/UK) Jasmina Hannah Burrows (UK), Aleksandra Gruden (Slovenia), Andreja Džakušić (Slovenia), Borut Holland (Slovenia), Simon Macuh (Slovenia) and Petra Kapš (alias OR poiesis) (Slovenia). Sound installation by Suk-Jun Kim (Korea/UK), Lecturer in Music, Kwangrae Kim, PhD student in Music, and students in the MMus programme.

15:30 – 17:00 / Experiment in Art, Past and Future /Round Table: Franc Purg (Slovenia/UK), Miško Šuvaković (Serbia), Gergelj Urkom (Serbia/UK), Jasmina Založnik (Slovenia/UK); moderated by Amy Bryzgel (USA/UK)







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