Discursive Arena: R3 Scape-City

Still from “Hexagram” by Yuzuru Maeda

R3: SCAPE-CITY, the third-year programme for Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting, was to be held in Japan this June, in collaboration with Singapore’s TAV (The Artists Village) and Suwa – Animism of Nagano prefecture, Japan. However the event was unfortunately postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the circumstances, R3: SCAPE-CITY presents Performance at Distance, where the listed participating artists created their performances at their local locations and shared the recordings (or else) via our website. In addition critics, curators, and researchers (not necessarily limited to the ones from the contemporary art world) were invited to view the Performance at Distance and respond to them in unique styles for the Discursive Arena.

I was pleased to be able to contribute a written response to the three online performances of “Hexagram” by Yuzuru Maeda, “Seven Shades Red” by Evamaria Shaller and “you’re just going to stand there and watch me burn?” by Ezzam Rahman. 

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