Michael Barrett Pictures Lisetteh and Jolanda Jansen
P.S. – This is Live! The Poetic in performance art
P.S. – this is Live explores the poetic in performance art by interrogating: how can a performance artist approach the poetry of live action? How can we make something poetic visible? The quality of the topic might be alluring, sensitive, soft or, on the contrary, heavy, dramatic and dark. At the same time, the poetry of the topic can be humorous and absurd, gloomy and obscure or light and ephemeral. P.S. explores different aspects of live action: rhythm, repetition, the symbolism of words, actions and objects.
For over fifteen years, Barrett has immersed himself in a grueling effort at developing masculine narratives that interrogate key areas of gender. As an A/R/Tographer, Barrett reinterprets how masculinity empowers and disempowers through influential theories and concepts of scholars and authors, such as Susan Sontag (feminine as masculine/masculine as feminine), Stephanie Springgay (skin and cloth), and Donna Harraway (Cyborg Manifesto). With the body, space, and time, Barrett’s work ruptures five areas of masculinity and questions cycles of physicality, gender, and identity by unveiling previously missed, invisible, and silenced perspectives on how society could broaden what it means to be masculine and what function masculinity serves.
1. physical force and control
2. work and occupational achievement
is a multidisciplinary artist duo who live and work in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Topp & Dubio study and scrutinize reality from a conceptual starting point, often arising from sudden moments of curiosity and a desire to explore parallel worlds. Their projects flawlessly deal with fact and fiction, the concept of art and daily life, the personal and the public, observation and participation, authenticity, history and documentation, the romance of imagination and the absurdity of reality.
Since the start of their collaboration in 1995, Topp & Dubio have shown their work in The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Indonesia, Cambodia, United States, Canada, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.