In this episode of Open Studios, Asia is joined by Lynn Lu. Lynn is an artist who embraces participation and collaboration in her performances, making space for the development of intimacy and connections with others that the constraints and isolating nature of our world don’t typically allow for. Building upon strategies introduced by artists like Marina Abramović and Valie Export, Lynn devises performances that enable audiences to determine the content and outcome of her work.
Asia and interdisciplinary artist, Sarah Cameron Sunde, discuss Sarah's incredible project 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea. This was a series of nine site-specific performances and video art works made in collaboration with communities around the world. In each performance, Sarah, joined by community members, stands silently in a body of water for a full tide cycle that lasts from 12 - 13 hours. Over this period of time, the water rises to almost engulf participants and later recedes back to low tide.
Sara Kostic, an interdisciplinary artist who works across performance, dance, visual art, and architecture joins Asia on this episode of the podcast. Sara explains how her background in dance and studies of architecture led her to performance art, before the two discuss the use of sugar in Sara's practise. Sara explains why she views sugar as an object that is symbolic of capitalistic desires.
Argentine activist and hard-core political performance artist Natacha Voliakovsky joins Asia Stewart. They discuss why activism and socially-engaged work is central to Natacha's artistic practice and consider the significance of blood in their work.
In this episode, Katya Grokhovsky joins Asia to discuss The Immigrant Artist Biennial, which Katya founded back in 2019. The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) facilitates a platform of support for marginalized and underrecognized artists. TIAB responds to this and many of the other institutional and economic barriers that exist in the art world to introduce a platform where immigrant experiences are centered and valued.
Performance artist and independent curator Verónica Peña sits down Open Studios host, Asia Stewart. The two mainly discuss Verónica's notable performance "The Body in the Substance," a performance where Verónica submerges herself in a large tank and breathes through a tube that allows her to stay underwater for hours at a time. In that performance, Verónica submerges herself in a large tank and breathes through a tube that allows her to stay underwater for hours at a time.In that performance, Verónica submerges herself in a large tank and breathes through a tube that allows her to stay underwater for hours at a time.
Asia is joined by performance artist, poet, and writer GOODW.Y.N. They begin by discussing GOODW.Y.N.'s journey to becoming a performance artist and how their practice is informed by their work as a poet and writer. The two focus the majority of their conversation on GOODW.Y.N.'s performance series Ain't I a Woman (?/!), which GOODW.Y.N. has presented in various iterations since 2017.
Asia is joined by Lisette Ros, a Dutch performance artist who investigates daily conventions and breaks down everyday behaviors. Lisette approaches her performances as experiments or opportunities to research and collect data about her body, all in the attempt to better understand her fluid, queer identity and consider the question, “Who is she, in the midst of it all?”
Asia Stewart chats with Yali Romagoza, a Cuban-born interdisciplinary artist currently based in Queens, NY. The two walk through the birth of Yali's alter ego, Cuquita The Cuban Doll. They explore the journey to finding Cuquita, before reflecting on how artists are often regarded as sculptures or objects when performing in gallery spaces or on the street.
In this first episode of Open Studios, performance artist Asia Stewart sits down with Indy Sanders, the founder of PerformVu. Throughout their conversation Asia and Indy discuss Indy's journey in launching PerformVu, outline some of PerformVu's objectives, and consider Indy's personal relationship with body-based work.