Amerikanische Lieder by Colombian artist Bernardo Ortiz will be the second Traces Commission project at Siobhan Davies Studios. During an intensive residency at Siobhan Davies Studios Bernardo Ortiz will collaborate with three dance artists and a musician. Ortiz has responded to the invitation to work in relation to dance and choreography by using his drawing practice as the starting point for a collective performance-making process.
For his first major project in the UK Ortiz will create digital drawings made up of song lyrics from 18th century American murder ballads and 1950s bubble gum pop songs, rearranged into visual patterns by algorithmic software. He will offer these as scores for the other artists to translate into new performance ‘songs’ to be presented in a specially-created space built by Ortiz in collaboration with the group. This first week of collaborative working is an opportunity to test Ortiz’s method and begin creating performative responses.
Ortiz’s multi-disciplinary approach combines drawing, installation and writing to interrogate the complex relationship between art and philosophy. His recent exhibitions include Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2017), MAMBA Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016), Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016), Bienal de Cuenca, Spain (2014) and Bienal Internacional de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (2012) amongst others.
We will be hosting a sharing of the work created by Bernardo Ortiz and his collaborators on Saturday 24 February. More details to follow.
Collaborators include musician Shelley Parker and dance artists Matthias Sperling, Pepa Ubera and Sara Ruddock.
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