Zierle and Carter’s collaborative work is interdisciplinary, multi-sensory and site and context responsive spanning from live art/performance art, happenings and interventions, to sound, video and installation. Their work has occupied both gallery and public space. Non gallery sites have included busy shopping streets, a indoor city market, a library, a World War 2 bunker, a disused railway tunnel, and under stairways. Also working nomadically and to hand during the Ferdinand Zweig Scholarship in Argentina, work was created in city squares, housing estates, in Patagonian Welsh communities, the top of a volcano, at the base of a glacier, in a hot spring, and in deserts. To date their work has explored one to one interactive performances, social sculpture, process led actions, devised work, improvisation and the making and breaking of rules, body centred works, object led works, bold/highly visible work, and sensitive/discreet actions. Their work addresses notions of belonging, cultural identity, the dynamics within relationships, harmony through conflict and the transformation of limitations. Alexandra and Paul will be leading several performance workshops at Ferrum University and in Roanoke, and will spend their time here further exploring Roanoke’s culture, history, and context. They will process their experience through a major performance at Exclamations on Friday, Feb. 17. Many Roanokers will remember their intense, moving, and generous performance here at last year’s MAF and they are excited to be here for a second year to share with us.
British theorist/ performer/ organiser/ psychogeographer/ activist Rebecca Weeks will be in Residence all of February here in Roanoke for the MAF, stirring things up and looking forward to meeting & working with many of you!
Weeks works with live art, video, installation and writing to offer a performative socio political critique focused on making that which is marginalised apparent. Through subverting the mechanisms of meaning and redirecting the langauge and signifiers of power or knowledge garnered from diverse sources ranging from instruction manuals to arcane occult manuscripts she creates new subjectivites across a spectrum of issues and narratives ranging from the sacred to the profane. In Seeking to interrogate the status quo her approach involves the re – representation of the prosaic, re -remeberings of lost knowledge, the offering of other potentialities or realities, and the assumption of various roles such as tour guide, priestess, curator, critic, entertainer and academic. She will be co-organising and instigating an array of actions, investigations, discussions and interventions with local cultural workers during her time in Roanoke with the aim of exploring intersections of the local and international, theory and praxis, personal and social, and of laying foundations for long-term interaction between underground
Max Zorn, a Packing Tape Artist based in Amsterdam, wishes to pimp street lights around the world with his Tape Art. Max has donated a Tape Art piece for the Festival — according to his website, this will be the American debut for Max’s work.
Watch the video link to see how this amazing artist works, and visit Grandin Village to see the illumination piece.