We are proud to present this year's artists for The Performance Arcade 2020. We have an array of performances to bring to you from drag to marathon runners and award-winning international artists from all over the globe. Find them in the hidden Speakeasy or out in the Wellington harbour. Come and explore all the wonderments our artists have to offer you.
Anna Berndtson is a Swedish performance artist working foremost with long-duration live performance art. The public is essential in her work, with their presence playing an important part of the live experience. Being present over several hours or even over several days is the main challenge in this art form. Anna constantly renews her ideas and ways of working, using new materials and subject areas but the main constant that remains in all work is her body and own perception, which are placed in the centre of her work. The reduction of the visual image is fundamental in her performances, videos and photographs.
-Photo credits: Nicole Bardohl: D50_2018-11-29_00-18-13_scenesfromthehouseX.jpg / Yingmei Duan: D50_2012-07-26_18-21-53_hayX.jpg / Hannah Levy: 2012anna.jpg & D5000_2012-05-11_17-42-06_powerfulX.jpg / Unknown: D50_2012-09-19_18-00-09_churnedx.jpg
Water is a limited resource, in a closed system, in the water cycle. Traipsing from the water's edge to the top of a container, the artist struggles to maintain the flow of a waterfall using the labour of the human body. This seemingly impossible task recreates a water cycle through repetitive processes enacted within the architecture of PA2020.
The Swedish artist Anna Berndtson grew up in the Swedish harbour town, Malmö and spent her summers fishing for pike in the lakes of Småland. Her close and loving relationship with - as well as her deep respect for - water and its natural powers, is reflected in the performance Cycle.