“To manifesto is to perform” states Alex Danchev in his introduction to 100 Artists’ Manifestos. Can art exist independently of politics? Why do we need manifestos?
NOTHING is a series of events where participating artists perform, present and share some part of their working process with one another, and for edition 6 to a wider audience. Events are designed to develop an inquiry outside of existing frameworks that categorize art and performance into specific genres. By starting a conversation with like-minded people we begin to question our knowledge through sharing. SHARING IS THE NEW ENCOUNTER.
For edition 6, the participating artists will take Yvonne Rainer’s No manifesto and Valerie Solanis’s S.C.U.M. manifesto as a starting point.
NOTHING was originally conceived by artist Yiorgos Zafiriou (yzafiriou.com); events were a forum for artists to try new ideas before an audience that was made up of strictly of those presenting a work. Now curated and facilitated by Diane Busuttil, NOTHING continues to grow in new directions spawning a cross fertilization of artistic endeavour and collaborations.
Diane Busuttil has performed internationally with a diverse range of artistic groups in the capacity of dancer, actor, acrobat, teacher, choreographer, producer and director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from The University of Western Sydney and has recently completed a Master of Research Degree at MQU. In 2000, she was awarded a DAAD scholarship to study at The International Women’s University in Germany and remained there for the next fifteen years working in dance theatre, theatre and opera. Her short films have screened at over twenty International Queer and Women’s film festivals.