Interview Leman Sevda Daricioğlu, Queer performance artist /// they/them, Istanbul-Coronadays

Photo: Gülbin Eriş

Where are you living?

I’m based in Istanbul.


How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

Almost 35.

https://www.instagram.com/lemandaricioglustudio/?utm_source=ig_embed

http://lemandaricioglu.com/


What inspires you?

Philosophy; notions and concepts.

Thinking about ethics, ontology of being, “the order of the things” (on Foucauldian way), the body, theself and relationships.

Corporal researches: Using the body as a laboratory of fears, limits and feelings, investigating new relationships beyond normativity between “me and the other”, people’s survival and resisting strategies under oppressive systems, queer feminism, rituals, non-hegemonic religious cults/belief systems, the nature…

Photo: Lorenza Cini


Tell me about what you do?

I’m a performance artist, mainly into live performances and mainly work long-durational. I’m interested to investigate the limits and boundaries of the physical and emotional body. To me, working long-durational means to use time as a tool to explore how the body inhabits in time and it’s also an invitation to people to slow down, to feel, to sense in this high-speed age which never gives time to feel and to connect with ourselves, with the others or whatever surrounds us.

Regardless what the topic I work on, performance art always gives me an opportunity to explore the potentials and limits of the body, from that point I define my practice as making corporal researches in order to build the images of my urgencies. The body is my main tool and material; object and subject at the same time. Throughout the history of civilization, our societies have leaned on a denial of the body. In capitalistic time we live in, the body has only been valued with its meta production potential and the body, itself has only perceived as a field of medicine. In fact, we’ve never owned our own bodies; before it was owned by god and today, it’s owned by doctors and psychologists. Our knowledge and our only possible relation has been defined and enclosed by them. For sure, I’m not denying these studies, in contrary I find many things nourishing me on a certain level about the body. But what I say is that there are other levels too. My choice of making my body my exploration field has stemmed from standing this point of view against. To me, working on the body it’s a reclamation.

When I say the body, I comprehend it as a substance consisting of its anatomy and physicality; feelings and emotions and the mind. That’s where my corporal researches takes place. By its nature, creating live images by my own body and with time adds an emotional and mental state into the work.

I follow two routes while designing my performances: I either design them according to where I would perform: The place’s relations with its surroundings, its rhythms, dynamics and sociopolitical states become my sources to create my work or I start to design them on the basis of the concepts I want to question and give its final shape where I would perform depending on the characteristics I mentioned above.

I’m interested with the concept of “homo sacer” referred to Giorgio Agamben, to address the conditions in which life is biologically continues while being unbearable. In my work, I try to give space to what is erased form public space by the powers, oppression systems and whiteness as a sociocultural category.

Photo: Gülbin Eriş


What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

It’s hard to remember how my typical day was in these weird times under the pandemic. So I’ll talk about my current days. I came to Berlin on 1st of March for a new residency project which has no name yet and I was supposed to go back to Istanbul on 31st of March. My flight is cancelled like as all the flights and I’m stuck here until an uncertain time as there’s no flight to Turkey who knows until when. In this bizarre time of isolation, I usually do some workouts or yoga, prepare and eat some healthy foods, have a little walk around the Canal or in the parks nearby, watch movies, listen music, read book, spend time with my partner, make video calls with my friends and try to understand what we’re passing through -For sure not all of these in one day 🙂 – In the first weeks because of shock, panic and sadness I was not able to do so much things. Still it’s hard to concentrate and focus but as I feel a bit calmer, I gradually turn back to think about the projects I want to work on. As these days have brought me, I think about care and the touch, contact and contingence.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Everyday life. Even right now as there’s no way to been in contact with what usually everyday life has meant, it still contains a lot of information. There are also some websites that I follow, mainly focused on social justice issues.

How does social media influence your life?

I use it mainly to connect with my friends living in different countries and to follow the artists I like. I didn’t mention in the previous question but it also helps me to follow what’s going on in the globe.

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Interview Sylvana Seddig, Actress, Berlin -Coronadays


Pictures all with (c) Jeanne Degraa

Links: (on my agency´s website there pictures a free to download)
https://www.volksbuehne.berlin/de/kuenstler-innen/6211/sylvana-seddig
https://www.studlar.de/schauspielerinnen/sylvana-seddig

https://vimeo.com/62548051

Where are you living?

Berlin.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

This morning I felt like 80. Well, 75.

Tell me about what you do?

I am a German-Greek woman. I am an actress. I am a dancer. I an excessive reader, coffee drinker and I love to smoke.I am girlfriend, daughter, friend, cousin, niece and a few things more.

What inspires you?

Books. And People. – their thoughts, their creative work, their daily struggle, their heroism, their fights… you name it. I find a lot of inspiration for in my colleagues. The way they approach a text, a personae, a scene. The way each one approaches their own artistic challenge.I am inspired by the will-power of people around me.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

Are we talking pre-CoVid-19? “Back then” it varied quite a bit depending if I am rehearsing for a new theater-production or not. If that is the case it usually consists of:Coffee-breakfast-rehearsal-coffe-lunch-reherasal- work-out/learning lines- performancing – dinner, cigarettes and a drink.In varying order.
If I am not rehearsing I am taking dance classes as much as I can during the day since I have been trained as a dancer and my desire to move will probably stick with me for the rest of my life.
But maybe at the moment it is also inspiring to read about my Corona-structure? A lot of things are actually the same: Coffee – breakfast – going for a walk – online-workout (dance, yoga, functional training) – coffee – lunch- office, studying Greek, creative work, workout – another walk – dinner – movies, reading, talking to friends and family via Skype or FaceTime.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

The German newspaper „Die Zeit“; the radio station „DLF – Deutschlandfunk“

How does social media influence your life?

Well, I use facebook and Insta and try not to be used by it. Still, I do check it everyday and I „perform” via these channels quite a bit. There is a thought though which really changed my awareness towards these platforms which I would like to share (funny word in this context): 
Facebook and Instagram suggest that we are the customers when really we are the product which is being sold. 

Interview Valeria Sigal, Artist, Buenos Aires

https://www.instagram.com/valeria_sigal/?hl=de

https://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/portfolio/?id=180800

https://www.valeriasigal.com/

Where are you living?

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I am 38 years old
What inspires you?

I am inspired by things like the finitude of life, empathy, free expression, silence, love, fragility.

In my photographic work I mainly dedicate myself to portraiture. I am interested in being able to work with different individuals. I do not have any type of aesthetic or gender requirements, I try to portray variety and diversity of people, and I consider this to be my contribution, my grain of sand in favor of generating a break with the hegemonic parameters of beauty, health and gender.


Tell me about what you do?

I studied philosophy and 8 years ago I started to get closer to photography. In 2017 I got my degree in Photography. Currently my commercial work is fundamentally linked to family photography services, weddings, baptisms, books and plays. Without neglecting my personal projects.


What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

A typical day in my life begins in the morning, helping my daughter get ready for school.

Afterwards I work, usually in my studio, either taking photos or editing material, luckily I have my own studio in my house, that’s why I can alternate work activities with home activities during the day.

In the afternoon I leave work aside and go pick up  my daughter at school and I dedicate myself to her, I accompany her in her activities, her friends come home, I take her to birthday parties, etc.


What are some of your favourite sources for information?

As for the sources of information, I have moments when I am more aware and moments when I am very disconnected. At the moment, for example, I read different newspapers online and try not to watch television.
How does social media influence your life?

As for social media, I am not completely attracted to intimate use of exhibition, nor am I attracted to spying on people’s privacy. Only when I started working with photography I opened a Facebook account and about 3 years ago an Istragram one. Today they are necessary to publicize and exhibit both commercial and personal work. In both accounts, I generally do not publish anything from my private life, but they are linked exclusively to my photographic works, although I do not deny that showing your own work is sometimes exposing yourself naked.

daten corona

Johns Hopkins Universität

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Johns Hopkins Universität Bundesländer

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Landkreise nach Zahlen vom RKI

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min. update von who. john hopkins…

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Interview Lynn Bianchi, Artist, New York

https://www.lynnbianchi.com/

Where are you living?

I have lived in Manhattan for over 40 years and recently moved to Brooklyn. Living in Manhattan was wonderful: we saw the city change over the years, which was fascinating. Brooklyn is much quieter, which I love and it has an exciting art scene as well.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I am in my 70s. I am grateful that I am still very active in my work and my artistic practice has changed and deepened. I am happy to have been creating over so many years and to see my work transform with the coming of the digital age. I also started collaborating with many different people over the past few years, which I believe has helped me explore the technological possibilities in video art and create interdisciplinary work.

What inspires you?

Everyday life inspires me: the little things like good weather and the beach and people around me. The beach has always been a big source of inspiration for me because of how people seem to not only strip their clothes away but also the unnecessary layers of stress and pretense. I love how people seem to just enjoy themselves at the beach. I have a whole series dedicated to Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York: for me, capturing seemingly mundane scenes there translates into a kind of universal experience of being.

 
Tell me about what you do?

I spent most of my career doing analog photography and a few years ago I expanded my practice to video art. To me, photography has always been an expression of the present moment, I think art in general has you sharply present and it’s an incredible gift of freedom. As an analog photographer, I was trained to take in the whole composition with the knowledge that I can’t add or detract anything from the moment I captured. With video I discovered that I am able to take in a wider perspective of what is happening, thus expanding the moment. I then condense what I capture into a work of video art that expresses the feeling and the atmosphere of the moment I experienced.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

When I am not out shooting, I am working from home, collaborating with people who have more expertise in editing and special effects software. A lot of our day is looking at what I captured and discussing: communication is key. I have to be able to convey my vision and then balance it out with the possibilities of technology, taking in the advice of my collaborators as well. Sometimes it takes us months to be happy with a particular work, it truly is a creative process and it is constantly morphing and transforming.

What are some of your favorite sources for information?

Communicating with other artists from other disciplines as well as from my own is my favorite way of learning about new trends in the art world. I love going to exhibits and seeing shows, especially when friends are involved. And of course nothing can beat a good conversation over dinner! What is happening politically today affects us all, I watch the news of course and discuss the events with friends and family constantly.


How does social media influence your life?

Social media can be a lot of fun. I am happy I get to connect with so many people across the globe, which could never happen in the pre social media days. I love seeing other people’s work on Instagram and being able to comment and compliment them as well as receive comments and thoughts about my work from people all over the world.

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Interview Anna Bu Kliewer, Artist

https://www.instagram.com/annabukliewer/

https://annabukliewer.com

How old are you?
32, does this matter?

What inspires you?
Usually walking the city, I often wear coloured sunglasses to view things slightly different.
Architecture and interior design inspires me in terms of shapes. I love looking at other people’s art, but struggle to use it as an inspiration, it often confuses me.

Tell me what you do?
I cut paper for a living, I am an illustrator/collage artist.
I create artworks for advertising, magazines, social media as well as my own exhibitions.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It really depends on the day. Many deadlines are for Mondays and Fridays, those are my busiest days in terms of working on visuals. I usually work on weekends, my Friday is a Wednesday most weeks.
I walk almost every day, go to charity shops to look for new material as well as just books to read.
I meditate every day, this has been my regular for almost a year.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Books, news printed or online and social media. I don’t really listen to podcasts.

How does social media influence you life?
It influences me creatively and personally. As mentioned before I get inspiration from most things other than art, colour is the biggest part.
Social media has also helped my career as clients get in touch as they’ve seen my work on Instagram, students email me as well as photographers to collaborate.

Interview Melanie Janisse- Barlow, Artist/Writer, Windsor + Toronto, Canada

https://www.melaniejanissebarlowstudio.com/

https://www.instagram.com/melaniejanissebarlow/

Where are you living?

I live between Windsor, Canada (just a few minutes away from Detroit) and Toronto Canada

How old are you?

47

What inspires you?

Beautiful artifacts. Difficult situations. Staring up at trees. The human form. A place loaded with psychology.

Tell me about what you do.

I am a painter and writer.

What is the structure of a typical day like for you?

I wake up very early. I make a strong pot of coffee, and while I wait, I do a short meditation. I do some long form writing to get warmed up. I spend the morning writing at home with my little dog. From here, I either head down to my favorite coffee place to write a little more, with the bustle of others nearby, or, I head down to my studio (situated in an old theatre) and start to paint. I spend the afternoon working on paintings, unless the writing is overtaking. I just launched a new book of poetry (Thicket, 2019 https://palimpsestpress.ca/books/thicket/), so my studio was happening a little less frequently. In the late afternoon, I head home for a break and a dog visit, then often head back out to dance class, yoga or to see friends.

What are some of your favorite sources of information?

The interweb. Sometimes I find the best stories sitting there needing to be mined. I love overhearing things. They can spark the best made up stories. Lately, I am working towards a new series of paintings based on an old bathhouse in Detroit where the Purple gang used to hang out. So, lately, I find information in the steam room.

How does social media influence your life?

It has been a very positive experience for me. I have made and kept friends all around the world. I have been able to share my studio practice with the world in a way that is fast and convenient. My studio is in a smaller city, where very few curators might travel, and so I have been very grateful for the internet and its ability to reach others.

Interview Léo Dorfner, Artist, Paris

https://www.leodorfner.fr/

https://www.instagram.com/leo_dorfner/

Where are you living?
Paris
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
34 
What inspires you?
Movies, music, art and life
Tell me about what you do?
I do paintings and drawings made of collusion of pictures, from internet or taken by me. I try to create a new meaning, and if possible poetry.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I wake up early, have breakfast, then I take children to school. Back home, I answer my emails, and I start working on what I am currently doing, a watercolor for exemple. I work all day long until my children’s back. After the diner, I work on computer, searching for images and making composition on photoshop.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Internet
How does social media influence your life?
I watch a lot of blogs, instagrams etc, to find pictures for my work. I’m convinced that a kind of aesthetic is emerging from internet.