Overview exhibition; RON ATHEY, Franko B, STELARC 

With the cultural contribution of LADA – Live Art Development Agency, at PROJECT ID – In Between Identities VestAndPage, Performance Site Den Haag and Ruimtevaart Den Haag organise a Study Movie Room consisting of performances on video by eminent and groundbreaking artists whose practices address crucial issues of our contemporaneity.

Subversions of identity are here expressed through lived experiences of illness, suffered abuse, addiction, self-harm, pain, animalistic impulses or addressing topics such as migration, gender trouble, feminism, representations of the ageing body, applied sciences, new technologies, the nature of time and what can happen when the performer involves the audiences to be complicit in challenging embodied actions.

All these works appear to be performed for the sake of progress and freedom, for art and for agency in a “quest for identity” driven by the artists’ urgency to contravene staled ways of thinking and obsolete norms detrimental to our social evolution. Political concerns are, in fact, either openly or intimately entwined to the philosophical, the personal, the psychological, the scientific and the spiritual. Here the artist’s body serves as a tool that tells of civil disobedience and poetic resistance to mark our time. Now and again it becomes a site of experimental research to express “that which” is most profoundly human to look at our life and the future from new perspectives and ultimately love – even though sometimes to the extreme.

PROJECT ID – In Between Identities | Study Movie Room presented:

  1. OUCHAn Anthology on Pain and Performance 
    Video review curated by LADA
    With works by Marina Abramović, Marcel·lí Antunez Roca, Ron Athey, Franko B, Wafaa Bilal, Rocio Boliver, Cassils, Bob Flanagan, Regina José Galindo, jamie lewis hadley, Nicola Hunter & Ernst Fischer, Oleg Kulik, Martin O’Brien, Kira O’Reilly, Petr Pavlensky.
  2. In Between Identities
    Video review curated by VestAndPage
    With works by Marilyn Arsem, Ron Athey, Franko B, Wafaa Bilal, Bob Flanagan, Norbert Klassen, Yoko Ono, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Stelarc, VestAndPage.

July 5th 12-6 pm, July 6th and 7th 12-11 pm at Ruimtevaart, Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, The Hague.

Previous versions of OUCH have been shown at Martin O’Brien’s Discharge in January 2013, the Wellcome Collection’s In Pursuit of Pain in July 2016 and the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK Fragile Body – Material Body in December 2016. Please note that the screening contains documentation of some historical performances for which the films are of variable quality.

Performance Site Den Haag, Ruimtevaart Den Haag and VestAndPage are deeply grateful to all of the featured artists, Jon Hendricks, Boris Nieslony, Sheree Rose, Janez Janša, LADA and its director Lois Keidan for their invaluable, generous cultural support.

Short overview, below all video works:


OUCH– An Anthology on Pain and Performance

Video review curated by LADA

‘Rhythm 0 Documentary’ 1974, 2013, 3’07”

Marina Abramovic, Rhythm 0 (1974), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Epizoo, 1994, 8’29”

Marcel.Lí Antúnez Roca, Epizoo (1994), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Ron’s Story, 2001, 4’44”

Ron Athey, Ron’s Story, Still from the video. A film created by Janez Janša of Aksioma, Slovenia, 2001, with original music by BAST, Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Don’t Leave Me This Way, 2007, 5’18”

Franko B, Don’t Leave Me This Way (2009). Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

On ‘Shoot An Iraqi’, 2007, 2’21”

Wafaa Bilal, On ‘Shoot an Iraqi’ (2007), Photograph by Connie van Driel

Times Go By and I Can’t Forget You: Between Menopause and Old Age, 2013, 4’18”

Rocío Boliver, Times Go By and I Can’t Forget You, Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

The Powers That Be, 2016, 2’24”

Cassils, The Power That Be (2015), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Cystic Fibrosis Song, 1990s, 1’32”

Bob Flanagan, Cystic Fibrosis Song. Extract from the 1997 film Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist, Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Lucha, 2002, 3’37”

Regina José Galindo, Lucha (2002) Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

jamie lewis hadley (UK)
this rose made of leather, 2012, 9’10”

jamie lewis hadley, This Rose Made Of Leather (2012) Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Passion/Flower, 2012, 4’02”

Nicola Hunter and Ernst Fischer, Passion/Flower (2012), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Dog House, 1996, 4’10”

Oleg Kulik, Dog House (1996), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Taste of Flesh/Bite me I’m Yours, 2015, 2’59”

Martin O’Brien, Taste of Flesh/Bite me I’m Yours. Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Kira O’Reilly (UK/Ireland)
Wet Cup, 2000, 2’29

Kira O’Reilly (UK/Ireland) Wet Cup, 2000, 2’29, Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Radical Artist In Court – Ukraine Today News Item, 2015, 1’57”

Petr Pavelnsky, Radical Artist in Court: Pavlensky, Photograph by Jolanda Jansen



Overview exhibition; RON ATHEY, Franko B, STELARC 

In Between Identities

Video review curated by VestAndPage

100 Ways to Consider Time, 2015, 8’18’’

Marilyn Arsem, 100 Ways to Consider Time. Day 10: Melting (2015), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Forest – Jon John Estate Cut, directed by Ron Athey, 2018, 10’25’’

Ron Athey, Forest – Jon John Estate Cut (2018), Photograph by Connie van Driel

Milk & Blood, 2015, 43’08

Franko B, Milk & Blood (2015), video still

3rdi, 2010-2011, 8’39’’

Wafaa Bilal, 3rdi (2010), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Why?, 1985, 3’33’’

Bob Flanagan, Why? (1985), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Welcome to the Third World, 2004, 1’35’’

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Welcome to the Third World (2004), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Welcome to the Third World (2004), Photograph by Connie van Driel

Untitled, 2009, 16’17’’

Norbert Klassen, Untitled (2009), Photograph by Connie van Driel

YOKO ONO (Nutopia)
CUT PIECE, 1964/1965, 8’27”
CUT PIECE, 1964/2003, 46’5”

YOKO ONO (Nutopia), CUT PIECE, 1964/1965, 8’27”, CUT PIECE, 1964/2003, 46’5”, Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

STELARC (Cyprus/Australia)
Ear On Arm Suspension, 2015, 8’18’’

Stelarc, Ear On Arm Suspension (2015) Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

VESTANDPAGE (Germany/Italy)
Can You Hear Me / I Am Just Going Outside (Extracts from the film sin∞fin), 2012, 4’32’’ / 2’37”

VestAndPage, sin∞fin – Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass (2012), Photograph by Jolanda Jansen

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