DIVISOR (1968), by Lygia Pape. Participants needed for a historic performance!

3 May

17 May, 3-5pm Chater Road Central
25 May, 3-5pm Western District Promenade (Central Section), Tamar Park, Admiralty

Here is an interesting way to experience art, be a part of it. Para Site is looking for 80 participants to reenact a historical performance from the 1960’s by Brazilian avant-garde artist Lygia Pape.

Lygia Pape was part of the generation of artists who founded the Neo-concrete movement in Brazil, an experimental moment of Constructivism and geometric abstract art, which manifested in South America in the late 1950’s. Neo-concrete artists like Pape sought to explore ideas of colour and form in relation to the sensorial cartography of the individual and the collective.

divisor 3The work Divisor was originally performed on the streets of Rio de Janeiro in 1968. It is composed of an immense white fabric, which can be seen as a large-scale white monochrome and is activated by a participative audience. The only visible part of each performer is their head, piercing through the fabric, whilst their hidden bodies jointly move along public space. The amorphous mutant forms created throughout the piece reflect the subjectivity of the participants who struggle between individualism and solidarity with the collective experience.

Divisor will be reenacted for the first time in Asia at two locations in Hong Kong. On Friday 17 May 2013, 15:00 – 17:00 hrs at Chater Road in Central, and on Saturday 25 May 2013, 15:00 – 17:00 hrs at Tamar Park in Admiralty.

If you would like to be part of this performance or inquiry, please contact +852 25174620 or email to trevor@para-site.org.hk

About Para Site: Founded in early 1996 as an artist run space, Para Site is Hong Kong’s first institution of contemporary art and a crucial self-organised structure within the city’s civil society, during the uncertain period preceding its handover to Mainland China. Throughout the years, Para Site has evolved into a professional contemporary art centre, engaged in a wide array of activities and collaborations with other art institutions, museums, biennials and academic structures in Hong Kong and the international landscape. After the first year in Kennedy Town, Para Site relocated to Po Yan Street in Sheung Wan (at no. 2 in the initial years and at its current address at no. 4 in the last decade). Para Site has been led by Tobias Berger (2005-2008), Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya (2008-2011) and Cosmin Costinas (since 2011). Throughout its history, Para Site‘s activities have included a range of different formats, among which a smaller parallel exhibition space, Para/Site Central, hosted by Hanart TZ Gallery in Central (1997-2008); P/S magazine (1997-2006), a bilingual publication which was Hong Kong’s first visual arts magazine and a central platform for the development of art writing and of a discursive scene in the city; and the Curatorial Training Programme (2007-2010). Since 2012, Para Site has been running an International Art Residency Programme.

Para Site Art Space is financially supported by Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. For more information about Para Site please visit their website.


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