Workshop | Rafael Abdala + Jessica Goes: PROTOVOULÍA


  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece

Location: First Floor Workshop Space

PROTOVOULÍA is a call to action. Inviting the “self” to become as many as we are. An adventure through the otherness in a multitudinal order. Living is a constant collectivization, in which we multiply and share. The primary motivation of an active being in our society should be donation of his/her work and his/her body as a tool for creativity. Through art (specially performance art) we’ll organize our bodies next to other ones, in order to promote the transcendency of the individual body, the certainties of individual order, leading to the sharing of this empowerment or even the spreading of multiple (un)certainties among us. Flowing ideas and different perceptions with multi-authorial thinking. Exploring the exercise and constitution of our alterity (otherness), rather than the self-absorbed constitution of our identity. Proposing actions, bodily gestures, attitudes, which are potent and liberating, no matter how ephemeral and evanescent in its materiality, the main project is an exercise of empathy with OUR-selves.

Rafael Abdala and Jessica Goes come together to enable a creative process through collaboration, opening spaces for others artists to join in onsite. Performers, igniters , with a desire to wander through the otherness. Art through life, in a shared momentum of images and actions. Once the project is over, PROTOVOULíA doesn’t comes to an end. Traces and trails in our (everyone involved) bodies will entices us all to seek further collaborative and multiple experiences between art and life.

 

 

Jessica Goes

(1977), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jessica Goes, also known as HILDEMADAME, is an explorer and igniter — an organiser of chaos. Half-German, half-Brazilian, she originally trained in design. She is constantly creating projects that entice her creativity and her passion for communication. Her projects bridge arts and design, cultural production and creative processes. Since 2014, she has collaborated with Rafael Abdala; their partnership and curiosity lead them to research into and experiment with performance art and the collective creative process. These processes, and the sum of their bodies and those of other artists with their immediate surroundings, evolved into a whole new work, which they are eager to develop with “Protovoulía” — their first performance-based project.

 

Rafael Abdala

(1981), Goiana, Brazil

Rafael Abdala lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. He is a visual artist, member of Grupo EmpreZa (since 2008), and cultural producer. He works with video, photography and performance art, researching the poetics and symbolism of the body and collective processes. In 2014, he was invited to be an art teacher at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro), where he gives lectures, performance workshops and short-courses as part of the programme “Dynamics of Creative Thinking”. He has participated in several exhibitions, workshops and art residencies over the course of his career. Since 2014, he has collaborated with Jessica Goes; their partnership and curiosity lead them to research into and experiment with performance art and the collective creative process. These processes, and the sum of their bodies and those of other artists with their immediate surroundings, evolved into a whole new work, which they are eager to develop with “Protovoulía” — their first performance-based project.