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STEP 12 | 3,1,1,1

with Clara Json Borg and Michelle Mantsio27/01/18, 27/01/2018 Steps

Or 3, 2,1,1, or even 2,1,2,1.
It, I, my, mine or They, you, me, mine or even You, I, yours, my.
White, Red/green/blue, Red/green/blue, Red/green/blue, or White, Magenta/Yellow/Cyan, Red/green/blue, Red/green/blue, Magenta/Yellow/Cyan, Magenta/Yellow/Cyan.
A spectrum of sensitivity towards a nature that is not quite sure.
Wavelengths that are nature that is not quite sure.
The proximity of potential energy.
A beep.

Artists Clara J:son Borg (SE/NL) and Michelle Mantsio (GR/AU) were hosted by the project space Yellow Brick for two weeks in January of 2018. They first met during a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, winter 2017. Here they found common interests within their practices around language and the use of the human pronoun. Their first discussions revolved around the possible transformations of pronouns and how this could be translated into materiality, colour, sound and movement.

For one week at project space ONONO in Rotterdam and for two weeks at Yellow Brick in Athens, these artists set out to deepen the conversations they began at the Banff Centre. Their aim was to set up temporary unlearning research spaces, as they looked at performance strategies for the human pronoun and how this can exist through proximity, geography, audio, smell or architecture.

Link to the performance

is a Swedish artist based in Rotterdam (NL). Her artistic practice is directed towards ontologies surrounding the human body, it’s performance strategies and political subject. By a non-representational movement practice and speech acts, she lets her works exist within a boundary area where human vulnerability intersects with political and social forces. She understands her work as an invitation to observe elements of interhuman relationships, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies.

Michelle Mantsio is an artist, designer and lecturer whose practice is research-based. Her focus is at the intersections of body, pattern and repetition through multi-level assemblages. This is explored by developing contemporary art and design projects focused on how the body is implicated through spatio/temporal conditions and its impact on agency, autonomy, connection and becoming. She works within the intersection of art and design through video, installation, performance, textiles, and design.

Michelle has participated in numerous residencies, workshops and thinks tanks, including Room to Create (2018-2021), Yellow Brick (2018), Body as Site (2017), To Note (2015), Always Lift Inkrollers ... (2013) and Future Academy (2006-2008). Michelle has exhibited in Australia and overseas. Most recently Attention Seeker (2022), La Trobe Institute of Art, Petite Miniature Textiles (2022), Wangaratta Art Gallery, Unfinished Business (2018), ACCA, and Nauhaus, (2019) Melbourne Design Festival. Michelle is Coordinator of Design Studios in the Interior Design program at RMIT University. She is a member of research group the Kinomatics Project.