Next Event, Paul Ramírez Jonas (New York) Fierce FWD: How do we make art? A workshop for artists October 15th

Various Artists

On Swiss Live Art

Saturday 19 October 2019, 5.00pm

1 Oozells Square
Birmingham, B1 2HS United Kingdom
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Presented in Partnership with the Live Art Development Agency and Ikon. Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

90 mins

Free

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NANCY le 28.09.2011, Bain Brisé. Création de Yann Marussich réalisé au Festival Souterrain Porte VI - Heroes - Corps/ limites. http://www.souterrain-totem.org/

Alexandra Bachzetsis

Credit Blommers & Schumm

A discussion with leading Swiss artists Alexandra Bachzetsis, Marco Berrettini, Yann Marussich, and Andrea Saemann. Chaired by Lois Keidan of the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), this event forms part of a three-year initiative (2018-20) led by LADA to raise the profile of Swiss Live Art in the UK and contribute to the development of exchanges and collaborations between artists and promoters in the UK and Switzerland. The discussion will shed light on the Swiss performing arts ecology offering a rare chance to hear from these celebrated figures in the UK. Hosted by Ikon this talk happens alongside a day of Fierce/Ikon activity including a performance by artist Nigel Rolfe and Ikon's major survey of work by Barry Flanagan (1941-2009, studied Birmingham School of Art 1957-58), bringing together a selection of the artist’s iconic bronze sculptures (1980s – 90s) alongside earlier works made with rope, sand, cloth, stone, ceramics and light as a sculptural component, largely from the 1960s – 70s as well as a number of performance documents.

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Saturday 19 October 2019

5.00pm

Ikon

Susannah Hewlett (London)

The Great British Cack Off

Sunday 20 October 2019, 12.00pm4.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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4 hours (drop in)

Free

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The ultimate poo making battle using only peanut butter, chocolate spread and oats – where passionate amateurs compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Cack Master! The judges look for signature style, technical excellence and showstopping qualities!

This event forms part of the activities devised by Susannah Hewlett as part of her Fierce Festival residency project My Minor Spectrorective.

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Sunday 20 October 2019

12.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre

Sandra Johnston & Nigel Rolfe

In Conversation

Sunday 20 October 2019, 12.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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60 mins

Free

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Following their solo performances earlier in the week, this is a rare chance to hear from two of Ireland’s most highly regarded performance artists, Sandra Johnston and Nigel Rolfe in a conversation chaired by Dominic Johnson. Johnson teaches Live Art at Queen Mary University, London. His most well known book is Unlimited Action: The Performance of Extremity in the 1970s.

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Sunday 20 October 2019

12.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Hexagon Theatre

Various

Talking Fierce

Saturday 19 October 2019, 10.00am

Albert Street
Birmingham, B4 7UD United Kingdom
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120 mins

Free

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Talking Fierce

Join us for a lively morning discussion with artists from the festival programme. Full details and line-up of participating artists will be announced nearer the time. Check back in September.

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Saturday 19 October 2019

10.00am

Fierce HQ @ Albert House

Fierce Professionals’ Day

Friday 18 October 2019, 12.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Free (Advance registration necessary)

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Fierce Professionals’ Day

If you are an artist or arts industry professional attending Fierce Festival 2019 please join us for a day of industry talks, discussions and networking at MAC. Please register your interest by emailing contact@wearefierce.org. The day will be scheduled so that you can see two shows at MAC: Album by Mariana Valencia (at 4pm) and Every Body Electric by Doris Uhlich (at 6.30pm) – so do book your tickets for these soon as we expect they will sell out.

Schedule:
12.30pm - 1.00pm, Registration & Coffee Morning with Oozing Gloop: Glooptopia Coffee Morning
Join Oozing Gloop for a relaxed and informal gathering exploring new ways to think about the future. Immerse yourself into the scrying of coffee stains. Where an accidental divination system is used to ride a highway to new worlds!
1.00pm - 1.15pm, Welcomes
1.15pm - 2.15pm, Fierce at 21. In light of Birmingham Library's recent acquisition of Fierce's archive and the passing of Fierce's 21st birthday this conversation between Fierce's Artistic Director and it's Founder Mark Ball will reflect on the shifting landscape of Live Art, and issues of longevity, institutionalisation and staying rad! Chaired by Phoebe Patey-Ferguson.
2.15pm - 2.25pm - short break
2.25pm - 3.45pm - The Special Relationship - a panel discussion considering artmaking in the current political climate, the importance of internationalism and role of international festivals in society. With Kate Craddock from Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, Eckhard Thiemann from Shubbak Festival, Benjamin Akio Kimitch from Performance Space New York, Roya Amirsoleymani from TBA Festival/Portland Institute Contemporary Art and more to be confirmed.
3.45pm - 4.00pm - Break
4.00pm - 5.00pm - PERFORMANCE - Mariana Valencia, ALBUM. Book tickets.
5.00pm - 6.30pm - Fierce Happy Hour with Beverly's Very Average Beverage Bar. A chance to network with artists and industry at Fierce, with the option to purchase food before the next show. With interventions from artist Susannah Hewlett.
6.30pm - 7.40pm - PERFORMANCE - Doris Uhlich, Every Body Electric. Book tickets.
Schedule is subject to change.
 

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Friday 18 October 2019

12.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre

Justin Shoulder & Matthew Stegh

In Conversation

Thursday 17 October 2019, 5.30pm

Medicine Gallery, 69A New Street
Birmingham, B2 4DU United Kingdom
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60 mins

Free

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We’re so thrilled to have Justin and Matthew at Fierce – don’t miss their show Carrion on Tuesday 15 October and other performances at Club Fierce. In a European first, come and hear about their close collaborative practices and joint ventures such as Club Ate: a performance party with Bhenji Ra that celebrates contemporary voices in the queer Asia-Pacific community. Facilitated by Fierce’s Artistic Director Aaron Wright.

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Thursday 17 October 2019

5.30pm

Medicine Gallery

Yann Marussich (Geneva)

Bain Brisé

Sunday 20 October 2019, 2.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with MAC. Presentation supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

90 mins approx

Free

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A bath is filled with broken glass. A man’s forearm is visible at the surface of the sharp and crystalline magma. The man is stuck inside his bath of glass shards and cannot get out without getting injured. Why get out? It is impossible for the audience to truly grasp that he is steeped inside some 600 kilos of solid matter, and that time is ticking by. Is this the paradox of contemplating a man in danger? For some two hours, Yann Marussich plunges the audience into a visual and sensory apnoea, until the body is freed to the echoing sound of crushing glass. All the while, the audience is submerged, deep in concentration and frozen by the glances they share with the performer.

Design and performance - Yann Marussich Live Music - Julie Semoroz (JMO) Set and Lighting - Yann Marussich Technical - Denis Rollet Administration / Production Perceuse Productions Scènes - Julie Semoroz

Fierce Says

Yann Marussich is a master of performance art. If you’re expecting something squeamish, you are mistaken. This is a truly beautiful and compelling performance.

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Sunday 20 October 2019

2.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, First Floor Gallery

Nigel Rolfe (Dublin)

P A R A D I S E U N F O L D I N G Four Shrouds

Saturday 19 October 2019, 2.00pm

Custard Factory
Birmingham, B9 4AA United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Ikon

60 mins

Free

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Nigel Rolfe

The central contention of Rolfe’s practice is that art making is a live and vital engagement.

His work engages socio-political concerns of have and have-not and fault lines in society.

So much imagery today is mediated by these fast-moving digital reprographic times, so quickly we consume pictures and turn the page and speed on. The knowledge in art making is perhaps slower and hard won: touch and the body, concepts and the mind and the correspondences of both brought together - as doing and being are ancient and slow but still always urgent and present.

Some while ago it became better standing in the cold winter nights watching football in the rain rather than in the comfort of the living room on a flat screen tv. First hand before your eyes better than second hand reprographics. We live therefore we are, keep life live and art along with it.

Fierce Says

Nigel is one of the most important figures in performance art internationally, and has been making work for over four decades. We’re so excited to see what he makes: we know it will be a charged moment for everyone who attends.

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Saturday 19 October 2019

2.00pm

Arch 21

Ariah Lester (Amsterdam)

(live)

Wednesday 16 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

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Part of A Very Fierce Grand Opening / Fresh Friday at Birmingham Hippodrome / Club Fierce. Supported by Performing Arts Fund NL

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Ariah Lester

Ariah Lester. Outfit: Tom van der Borght. Image: Alexander Deprez

OUTFIT: TOM VAN DER BORGHT. IMAGE: ALEXANDER DEPREZ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mnBD2zg_Cw&frags=pl%2Cwn

Pop, Soul, R&B, afro-caribbean rhythms. With his androgynous countertenor voice Venezuelan singer ARIAH LESTER gives a queer, mesmerising performance that is full of sensuality, movement and deep emotions. Falsettos, old-fashioned synths and powerful bassy-sassy-beats create a unique music world that is universal, eclectic. From slow ballads to powerful dance songs, ARIAH will take you on a journey to the core of your body-heart, he’ll make you MOVE... Former dancer and choreographer Lester Arias started to make beats and play with his voice, after three years he has released his first EP THE GATE and became ARIAH LESTER; a show that combines music with dance and performance. Over the festival you can catch ARIAH LESTER performing at A Very Fierce Grand Opening, Club Fierce and at Fresh Fridays at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Fierce Says

Ariah Lester is a major new talent and his infectious energy is catching. There are a number of chances to see him over the festival – so don’t miss out!

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Wednesday 16 October 2019

7.00pm

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Friday 18 October 2019

6.30pm

Birmingham Hippodrome

Saturday 19 October 2019

11.00pm

Secret Location

Ariah Lester (Amsterdam)

(live)

Wednesday 16 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

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Part of A Very Fierce Grand Opening / Fresh Friday at Birmingham Hippodrome / Club Fierce. Supported by Performing Arts Fund NL

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Ariah Lester

Ariah Lester. Outfit: Tom van der Borght. Image: Alexander Deprez

OUTFIT: TOM VAN DER BORGHT. IMAGE: ALEXANDER DEPREZ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mnBD2zg_Cw&frags=pl%2Cwn

Pop, Soul, R&B, afro-caribbean rhythms. With his androgynous countertenor voice Venezuelan singer ARIAH LESTER gives a queer, mesmerising performance that is full of sensuality, movement and deep emotions. Falsettos, old-fashioned synths and powerful bassy-sassy-beats create a unique music world that is universal, eclectic. From slow ballads to powerful dance songs, ARIAH will take you on a journey to the core of your body-heart, he’ll make you MOVE... Former dancer and choreographer Lester Arias started to make beats and play with his voice, after three years he has released his first EP THE GATE and became ARIAH LESTER; a show that combines music with dance and performance.

Fierce Says

Ariah Lester is a major new talent and his infectious energy is catching. There are a number of chances to see him over the festival – so don’t miss out!

Details

Wednesday 16 October 2019

7.00pm

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Friday 18 October 2019

6.30pm

Birmingham Hippodrome

Saturday 19 October 2019

11.00pm

Secret Location