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Statement_February 14, 2021


We, Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting, stand with people of Myanmar and their right for democracy. Responding is an initiative that consists of artists and researchers from across the globe. We respond to various social and environmental issues via performance art, related researches, and productive discussions. We shed light on issues that are not necessarily circulated on mainstream media. We stand with the philosophy of diversity and that includes rights of minorities and socially vulnerable people. Hence, we agree and join the coalition as in the statement as below.




A Call for International Coalition for The People of Myanmar. We are artists, activists, social workers, and collectives from around the world, and we stand with The People of Myanmar and their rights for democracy. Please join us by signing this petition, by doing any actions with arts such as painting, performance, installation, photography, graphic, poster, etc and by uploading them in the social media platforms. We will thus grow as a coalition, calling for an end to this oppression. Their democratically elected leaders including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, other senior government officials, and the elected members of parliament have now been detained by the military. They need urgent concrete actions and interventions to stop this aggressive coup, to protect The People of Myanmar and the democratically elected National League for Democracy Government. Join The People of Myanmar’s demand for their immediate releases by their  peaceful demonstration. Their democratic freedom shall never be interrupted or prevented with violence. In solidarity, we are all closely observing the current situation in Myanmar. We demand for the safety and right of democracy for our Burmese friends.


If you agree, please join us via the link below at change(dot)org


February 14

Green Papaya Art Projects_the Philippines
Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting_Japan
The Performer, Ring OF Performance, & Performance Klub_Indonesia
CAP (Concerned Artists of the Philippines) _the Philippines
Buku Jalanan_Malaysia
i- MOST_Hong Kong
New Zero Art Group_Myanmar
Load na Dito_the Philippines
Asiatopia Foundation_Thailand
blurborders performance art eXchange_Thailand
PAErsche Aktionslabor e.V._Germany
Theater Pädagogik Zentrum Baden-Württemberg e.V._Germany
"Echt Jetzt!" Performance Art Festival_Germany
"Fields of Vision" Performance Art Festival_Germany
SIPA (Solidarity in Performance Art) International _the Philippines
Association of Myanmar Contemporary Art (AMCA)_Myanmar

February 22

Post-Museum _Singapore
Art Now Live Art Studio_China
Feminale _South Korea
Art Center Ongoing_Japan
Projek Rabak_Malaysia
Undisclosed Territory-Studio Plesungan_Indonesia
Water Tower Art Festival_Bulgaria
69 Performance Club_Indonesia
Open Session Perpignan_France
Pangrok Sulap_Malaysia
BBDB (Bbeyond Derry Branch)_Northern Ireland
Kerbstoneage Unsettlers_Northern Ireland

February 23

ArtLab im Kunstpavillon Burgbrohl_Germany
AIM Kulturprojekte e.V. _Germany
EXCHANGE Live Art_Spain
Studio: Ilka Theurich - project space_Germany
Assembly, UK_United Kingdom
Peras de Olmo - ARS CONTINUA_Argentina

February 24

Zabih Performance Festival_Ukraine
PANCH - Performance Art Network CH_Switzerland
in_process - Live Art Practices_India
PAB - Performance Art Bergen_Norway
the CITY OF GOLD _Germany

Responding: at the COVID-19 pandemic


Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting is a new challenge that seeks to “respond” to social issues and problems through performance art and thus facilitating critical dialogue between art and society. The current social issues are, at the very least, the recent pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis, which is common to all human beings regardless of country or region. Performance art must undoubtedly “respond” to this challenge. R3: Scape-City had selected two activity bases, Singapore and Suwa, both in the West Pacific region where the effects of the pandemic are miraculously mitigated. One is the world’s financial and innovation center, a young megacity with a population of 5.6 million, and another is a group of small cities with a population of 200,000 that have maintained a festive performance throughout the 30,000-year history in the geographical center of Japan. One is a base for transmitting modern art movements such as TAV (The Artists Village), and another is a base for concentrating animistic art from Jomon (Neolithic culture) art to Yutaka Matsuzawa’s conceptual art. Our aim is to connect these two extremely contrasting bases and develop mutual “responses” through research, creation, and performance of artists and communities, thereby creating a milestone for the after-corona true multicultural society.

Hotaka Ishino (R3: Scape-City Organizing Committee Chair)

Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting(国際パフォーマンスアートフェスティバル『レスポンディング』)は、社会がはらむ課題にパフォーマンスアートを通じて「応答」し、アートと社会の批評的対話を促進しようとする新たな挑戦です。現在の社会的課題とは、とりもなおさずこのたびのパンデミックとそれに伴う経済危機であり、それは国や地域の別なく人類共通の課題です。パフォーマンスアートは、疑う余地なくこの課題に「応答」しなければなりません。R3: Scape-Cityは、その活動の場として、偶然にもパンデミックの影響が奇跡的に少ない西太平洋地域に属する2地域、シンガポールと諏訪を選んでいました。世界の金融とイノベーションの中心の一つである人口560万人の若いメガシティと、日本列島の中心で3万年の歴史を通じて祝祭的パフォーマティブを持続させてきた人口20万人の小都市群。あるいは、TAV (The Artists Village) に代表されるコンテンポラリーモダンアートムーブメントの発信拠点と、縄文アート(新石器文化)や松澤宥のコンセプチュアルアートを生んだアニミズム的アートの熟成拠点。私たちは、このきわめて対照的な2拠点を結び、アーティストとコミュニティの研究・創造・パフォーマンスを通じた相互「応答」を展開することにより、アフターコロナの真の多文化共生社会に向けたマイルストーンを築くことを目指します。

石埜穂高(R3: Scape-City 実行委員会代表)

Performance at Distance


The global spread of COVID-19 has made transnational mobility difficult, and communication has compelled to have physical distance. It has become challenging to share performances in the same space and to achieve the festivity that emerges from the specific sites. Following these situations, R3: Scape-City uses the online platform to explore the possibilities of performance art as an experimental venue for new performative communication that is neither live performance nor video art.

The artists, who will take part in the R3: Scape-City in the town of Shimo-Suwa, Nagano prefecture next year, will produce a performance for online in a way that is currently possible for them, depending on the situation they are in. Responding to the conditions we are now facing, we aim to promote interactive communication through online performative practices that connects directly local and local globally as well as to bridge between this particular time and the actual performance festival next year.

新型コロナウイルスの世界的蔓延により移動が困難になり、コミュニケーションにおいても物理的な距離が必要となった現在、パフォーマンスの臨場感を同じ空間で共有することや場所に根ざした祝祭性を実現することが難しい状況になりました。そのため、R3: Scape-Cityは、オンラインというプラットフォームを使って、ライブパフォーマンスでもなくビデオアートでもない、新たなコミュニケーションが生まれる実験的な場として、パフォーマンスアートの可能性を探ります。

来年、R3: Scape-Cityに参加し、長野県下諏訪町を訪れる予定のパフォーマンスアーティストには、いま彼らが置かれている状況に応じて、それぞれの仕方で現在可能な方法でのパフォーマンスを行ってもらいます。私たちが現在直面している状況に「応答(respond)する」とともに、来年開催される”ライブ”のパフォーマンスフェスティバルに向けて、地球規模でローカルとローカルを直接結ぶ、オンラインでのパフォーマティブな実践を通じたインタラクティブな交流を試みます。

Discursive Arena


"RESPONDING"to the works in Performance at Distance, we commission researchers, critics,  curators and artists from contemporary art world and beyond for writing contributions in our experimental platform: Discursive Arena where we analyze and understand  each work and think of new possibilities in  performance art, and also hope to raise various discussions of relevant present tense issues and interests. It will be further extended by responses by the visitors on the comment sections in each contributors' pages.

私たちは実験的プラットフォーム:Discursive Arenaを立ち上げました。ここでは、現代美術やその他の分野からの研究者、評論家、キュレーターやアーティストにPerformance at Distanceの作品に「応答」の寄稿を依頼し、それぞれの作品の分析と理解を試み、パフォーマンスアートの新たな可能性を探りながら、現在の社会状況における様々な課題へと議論が湧き上がることを期待します。そして、各寄稿者のページに設置したコメント欄にて、来場者のみなさんからも、更なる応答を集めることで議論を拡張していきたいと考えています。