ART, RESEARCH, THEORY
Field Trip #16 with Lena Simic
Lena Simic is a performance practitioner, scholar and pedagogue, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, living in Liverpool, UK. She is a co-organizer of The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Reader in Drama at Edge Hill University, UK.
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is an art activist initiative run from her home together with Gary Anderson and their four children Neal, Gabriel, Sid and James.
Together with her umbrella arts project Maternal Matters which collects a number of maternal video artworks and performances, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home has functioned as Lena’s methodological frame and artwork for her creative processes and outputs. Her autobiographical performance practice is informed by feminist discourse and its relation to everyday lived experience, memory and fantasy. Recent artist publications include: 4 Boys [for Beuys] (2016), Five: 2008 – 2012 (2014), a book documenting the first five years of the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home), The Mums and Babies Ensemble: A Manual(2015), Foundations with Free University of Liverpool (2012), Blood & Soil: we were always meant to meet… performance document, with Jennifer Verson (2011) and Maternal Matters and Other Sisters Artist Catalogue (2009).
On the 23rd of November, during a m/other voices 'Field Trip' hosted by Upominki, Lena will both introduce us to her practice within the 'Institute for Art and Practice of Dissent at Home’ and narrate this part of her transdisciplinary practice through a contextual framing of ‘maternal practice’.
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