Cyprus-based artist Christodoulos completed a three-week residency with Bellas Artes Projects November 6–21, 2019. A Philippine premier of his infamous lecture-performance Dying On Stage was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines which was succeeded by a mentorship session that focused on conceptual-driven practice.
His work has been exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennial, The Cyprus Pavilion; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; the 14th Lyon Biennial; the 13th Sharjah Biennial; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; 8th Berlin Biennale; 7th Liverpool Biennial; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.
While in Bataan, Christodoulos research into the history of the Philippines and found inspiration from the Las Casas workshops. From the cement tile workshops, he experimented on the materials of terrazzo production by mixing chips of resin with the different colors with cement. Another process that interested the artist was casting. He played around with cement reliefs (from the wood carvers’ precasts) and abstractified the designs as he intended to isolate the oceanic designs.
On November 18, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, BAP presented Dying On Stage, a 2-hour lecture performance, which had it’s Philippine premier. He conceived Dying On Stage based on his growing archive of videos sourced online on the topic of death. He initially shared his collection with close friends which gradually grew into a presentation that he would annually perform on his birthday. He presents his personal – and ever-expanding – archive on the way fiction has the potential to escape mortality and finitude: from French songstress Dalida’s accurate reproduction of poses in her most tragic songs, to Amy Winehouse’s reluctance to perform (unbeknownst to her) one last time, or filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini’s metaphorical idea of a society “dying on stage”.
The following day, on November 19, 10 participants ranging from choreographers to visual artists took part in a full day mentorship with Panayiotou. The programme opened with a round table discussion about Dying On Stage where questions from the artist’s process to cultural sensibility were brought up. For the remainder of the day, participants presented their works ranging from choreography to video/animation art.
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