Tête-à-Tête Triptych. Exhibition by DAY Collective

Start date: 22/10/2021

End date: 23/10/2021

Time: Friday 18-21 hrs and Saturday 12-16 hrs

Location: Herengracht 401

“Tête-à-Tête Triptych” is an exhibition by DAY Collective sharing the artistic research of Tête-à-Tête Triptych participatory performances in three contexts: online, art spaces and public space. Each performance is a one hour conversation through drawing on your own skin between 2-5 participants, and two artists — DAY Collective. There is only one rule — no words. The drawing tools: eco-cosmetic pencils. 

Within Tête-à-Tête Triptych new modes of language, based on intuition, silence, imagination, and sensibility, are being explored. 

Friday 22 October

Opening event 18.00-21:00 (will be streamed online)
18:00 -19:00 — Tête-à-Tête performance (ongoing)
19:00- 20:00 — Introduction Talk by Iva Bushazhka

Iva Buzhashka is an art historian, yoga teacher, arts & mindfulness educator.

She studied history, art history, arts and culture in Sofia (BG), Rome (IT), Copenhagen (DK)  and Leiden (NL), and worked on different projects in the fields of visual arts and art education. Her Cum Laude MA from Leiden University (NL) led her to explore the importance of contemporary art practice for the cultural and socio-political processes in present-day western society. Her research investigates arts as a space of transformation, and addresses topics, such as embodiment, constitution of subjectivity, identity and agency. After several years of yoga practice and a Yoga Teacher Training in the Sacred Valley of Peru, Iva is currently yoga, mindfulness and pranayama teacher online and at SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain. Through embodiment practices she guides her students on a transformational journey inwards and helps them connect to their true being and to bring their unique self to the world.

Saturday 23 October 

Exhibition open 12.00-18.00 

Performance by Gundega Melberga at 13.00

Gundega Melberga (LV) is an emerging artist and a former museum educator who currently describes herself as a practitioner who has moved away from formal museum education towards more hybrid and intimate forms of interaction.  Her educational and artistic practice focuses on topics such as body, embodiment, and intra-action.

This summer Gundega graduated from the Master of Education in Arts program of the Piet Zwart Institute (NL) with the educational project INTIMATE MUSEUM – an audio tour which consists of voice recordings and soundscapes that address embodied and somatic learning and meaning-making and the politics of listening, and deal with notions of space and experience. The project was an attempt to develop an approach to teaching in which listening is an educational act and one’s experiencing body becomes a tool for learning.

The performances took place online: on zoom, in art spaces and or artists’ studio’s: H401, Framer Framed, Outsider Art Gallery, De Nieuwe Liefde. And in public spaces: Van Nelle Fabriek during Art Rotterdam (Prospects and Concepts by Mondriaan Fonds), Museumplein in Amsterdam, Oude Warande in Tilburg during Brief Encounters’21 by Lustwarande, at the lake Nieuwe Meer, artist residency studio at Nieuw en Meer during Open Studios.

The project is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, De Nieuwe Liefde, Framer Framed, H401, Lustwarande, Outsider Art Gallery.

DAY Collective is an artist duo consisting of Dorota Radzimirska and Yulia Ratman, based in Amsterdam. Their artistic research involves participatory performances and tactile forms. It deals with relations between people, as well as between people and their environment in modern societies, characterised by lack of trust, categorisation, disconnection from nature, and from ourselves. They see how these phenomena manifest through the manner of language and representation both so powerful and yet limiting in its classification and rationality. By applying abstraction, and a minimum set of rules in their works, the narrative evolves during the process, from within. Through intimate experiences and tactile forms, they aim to open up intuition, sensibility and imagination, letting off pre-constructed behaviours and beliefs. In this way the borders between a maker, a viewer, and the work itself often dissolve.