about

event name and location
dates
keywords
project description
call for participation
organizers, institutional affiliation and sponsors
contact and website

EVENT NAME and LOCATION

Oceanic Performance Biennial 2015
Rarotonga


 
DATES
8 - 11 July 2015


KEYWORDS
Oceania, Pacific Ocean, Performance, Ecology, Indigeneity, Change
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
OCEANIC PERFORMANCE BIENNIAL 2015

 

Over 3 days Rarotonga will host a series of public performances, installations, panel presentations and t?’okota’i’anga as the Oceanic Performance Biennial 2015. Drawing together local and international performers, activists, academics and communities to discuss Oceanic ecologies, the festival will move across Rarotonga’s 3 vaka, with events occurring from the sea to the highlands. International and local participants include Latai Taumoepeau (Tonga/Aus), Local Time (Aotearoa/Aus) and the Pacific Sisters (Aotearoa/Pacifik).
 

SEA-CHANGE: PERFORMING A FLUID CONTINENT

“Ocean is us”                         Epeli Hau'ofa   

The Oceanic Performance Biennial is an emergent platform engaged in critiques and re-imaginings of the intersecting social, cultural political and environmental ecologies of this region. Performance operates here as a multi-modal tool that attracts, connects and communicates in playful or affective ways and publicly foregrounds ecological issues. The Biennial program incorporates free public performance events, workshops and a hui (gathering) that brings together performance practitioners, activists and academics to address the complexities of Oceanic ecologies (in an extended sense of the word). 2013’s Biennial was held in Auckland New Zealand with the theme of Isle&, and explored how in the Pacific islands may be understood in relation to the sea, where islands & sea form a connective and relational network.

The 2015 Oceanic Performance Biennial focuses on the sea as a performative site and complex changing ecology and calls for work – performances, film, events, installations, performance-based workshops, panels, papers – that address the performative ecological, sociocultural, and geopolitical nature of the Pacific as fluid continent, region within the global imaginary and contemporary site of change. As the Oceanic region's contribution to Performance Studies international's world-wide conference Fluid States, the 2015 Biennial links into an internationally dispersed body of performance work addressing site-specific themes of the unstable, mutable, adaptable, and fluid. 
 
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding. Oceania is hospitable and generous. Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Ocean is us. We are the sea, we are the Ocean, we must wake up to this ancient truth … … Epeli Hau’ofa

"… suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange" William Shakespeare

As a liquid continent Oceania images itself through the ocean, te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa, a connective space of currents, vortices, drifts, suspensions, sediments, tides, foams, and flows that resists fixity, performing in-flux. Oceania, that collection of large-ocean nations, is particularly sensitive to the effects of anthropogenic and highly politicized climate change: as the sea warms, acidifies and plasticizes, sea levels rise and storm energies intensify so the ecologies and economies, the social, political and architectural structures, as well as the geographical limits of islands come increasingly under threat. Yet there is also, now, a sea-change: as communities affirm their place in the ecosystem of the planet and adopt ecologically sensitive practices, as materials begin to be designed or utilised as resource flows within closed loop systems, as low-carbon energy systems begin to power vehicles and buildings, and green infra-structures and urban agricultures start to contribute to a more ecological urbanism, so our contemporary cultures shift.

In this second Oceanic Performance Biennial, Sea-change: Performing in a Fluid Continent, we ask how Pacific-oriented performance studies and practices can disturb, provoke and extend thought and action in relation to the seascape and it’s attendant social and biotic communities.. Performance acts here as a lens through which to see-change, a public presencing through performativity. We call for performance practices – actions, performances, events, installations, exhibitions, films, workshops – that foreground the rich and strange, that focus or activate change in our thoughts, actions or relations. We explore the ocean as origin, immersive medium, life-support system, and mirror - Ocean is us

 

CALL DETAILS

COORDINATED FLUID STATES SUBMISSION DATE: OCTOBER 30 2014

Notification of acceptance: November 14 2014

We call for abstracts for the performance programme and performance hui/symposium.

All submissions should be by the following link www.jotform.co/OPB15/abstract

(Note you can load text, images [maximum of 2MB size] and provide links to urls etc)

 

See for www.emergentecologies.net/OPB for updates etc

 

PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME:

8 - 11 July 2015: Rarotonga

February 16, 2015: submission of stage 2 full papers or detailed performance proposals

February 19, 2015: quick response [yes or no] to allow confirmation of flights

February 27, 2015: PERFORMANCE proposal review completed, responses notified

March 13, 2015: PAPER peer reviews completed, alterations notified

[Please register for conference to enable us to assess numbers]

April 13, 2015: submission of finalised papers

JULY 8: Cook Island events associated with Biennial

JULY 9, 10, 11, 2015: Oceanic Performance Biennial

 

Abstract: Please submit a 300 word or so short abstract for performance, installation, &/or event proposals using the jotform link above.

Please outline the minimum technical requirements and funding plan.

 

PERFORMANCE HUI/SYMPOSIUM:

8 - 11 July 2015: Rarotonga

stage 2 full papers etc due: April 2015

stage 2 abstracts peer-review and notification: April 2015

Abstract: Please submit a 300 word or so short abstract for full papers, kora [pecha-kucha style presentations], round tables/panels/workshops.

Full papers: these should be submitted subsequent to acceptance of a 300 word abstract and will also be peer-reviewed. Papers will have 20-minute presentation slots within the symposium event with discussion thereafter. More informal or performative methods of presentation are encouraged.

Kora [pecha-kucha style presentations]: 6 minutes or so of still or moving images.

Round tables / panels / workshops: Panels and round table discussions will have 90 or 120 minute time slots within the symposium event.

Virtual: online presentations or digital installations will be considered for inclusion in the event program.

Publication: after the event selected full papers and short papers on performances, panels or round tables will be invited to submit for inclusion in a Journal special issue. These will be subject to double-blind peer review.

QUERIES TO: kiaora@emergentecologies.net or Amanda.Yates@aut.ac.nz

www.emergentecologies.net/OPB


VISITING CORRESPONDENTS:.

Call for Local and Visiting Correspondents available here.

 

PACIFIC STUDENT ROUNDTABLE and Performance Event:

The Call for students to participate in a roundtable will be issued in late February 2015.

QUERIES TO: Janine Randerson Masters of Performance and Media Arts programme leader AUT Technology jranders@aut.ac.nz

 
ORGANIZERS, INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS and SPONSORS

Oceanic Performance Biennial Creative Director:

Amanda Yates, Emergent Ecologies Lab [Auckland University of Technology]
 


Amanda.Yates@aut.ac.nz


 
CONTACT PERSONS and WEBSITE links

kiaora@emergentecologies.net
 

www.emergentecologies.net/OPB

 

Tags: Environment Ecology and Performance  History Tradition and Performance  Identities Bodies Corporealities in Performance   Indigeneity and Performance  Performance Studies in the Pacific  

SHARE:
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Top