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Gabriella Imrichova with performers Anika De Ruyter, Mara Galagher and Sophie Gargan, 24.01.23 - 25.01.23, 2023, performance documentation from the 21.01.23 learning phase, Contact High 2023, Gertrude Glasshouse, Naarm (Melbourne). Photo: Machiko Abe. Documentation facilitated by Open Practice Studio. Courtesy of Gertrude and Performance Review.

Performance Review is publishing an ongoing series in response to the performance elements of Gertrude's 2022-2023 Artistic Program. Gertrude — Performance Review is an initiative supporting the commissioning of new critical and experimental writing about performance art.

By Performance Review
Installation view of Amrita Hepi, 'The Anguilla Pursuit'. Presented at Gertrude Glasshouse, 2023. Photo: Christian Capurro

The Anguilla Pursuit showed at Gertrude Glasshouse from 10 March to 15 April 2023. Hamish McIntosh’s review of the exhibition is the third piece in 2023 for Gertrude – Performance Review.

The Anguilla Pursuit, Amrita Hepi by Hamish McIntosh on Performance Review

As beautiful as it can be, water is an imperfect medium. It can both sparkle and be contaminated by the detritus of the everyday, like leaves, oil and bacteria. It can be pleasurable and tainted, a sustainer of life and a catalyst for death. It can be, as in the Western imagination, an organ for empire that washes over the subject, or, as in Amrita Hepi’s The Anguilla Pursuit (2023), a deeply connected site of Indigenous resistance.

Gabriella Imrichova with performers Anika De Ruyter, Mara Galagher and Sophie Gargan, “24.01.23 - 25.01.23”, 2023, performance documentation, Contact High 2023, Gertrude Glasshouse, Naarm (Melbourne). Photo: Machiko Abe. Documentation facilitated by Open Practice Studio. Courtesy of Gertrude and Performance Review.

“24.01.23 - 25.01.23”, Gabriella Imrichova is the next edition of Gertrude – Performance Review. For this issue, Helen Grogan writes about Gabriella Imrichova’s 24 and 25 January durational performances presented as part of Contact High 2023

Two public performances, each four hours long, took place on Tuesday 24 January and Wednesday 25 January. This text draws from both, as well as a closed ‘learning’ session on the afternoon of Saturday 21 January.

Read “24.01.23 - 25.01.23”, Gabriella Imrichova, by Helen Grogan on Performance Review

Kenneth Suico, Nostos, Sing It To Me (Balikbayan), performance documentation, Contact High 2023, Gertrude Glasshouse, Naarm (Melbourne). Photo: Machiko Abe. Documentation facilitated by Open Practice Studio. Courtesy of Gertrude and Performance Review.

Drunken Mind, Heavy Heart by Olivia Bennett on Performance Review

Piloted in 2022, Contact High is a three-year partnership between Gertrude and Performance Review exploring the transference that occurs between performers and audiences in the gallery.

Each year during the month of January, a group of Naarm-based artists are given full access to Gertrude Glasshouse as a space in which to develop, rehearse and workshop new or existing performance works, before showing them to the public.

In January 2023, Contact High’s participating artists were Sophie Gargan, Gabriella Imrichova, Diego Ramírez and Kenneth Suico. These artists presented work on 18, 24 and 25 January.

Olivia Bennett writes in response to Sophie Gargan, Diego Ramírez and Kenneth Suico’s 18 January performances as part of Gertrude – Performance Review.

Georgia Banks, DataBaes, 2022-23, video still, Melbourne Now, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Naarm (Melbourne), 24 March – 20 August 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

Georgia Banks in conversation is the fourth in the 2022 series of articles published by Performance Review in conjunction with Gertrude.

Georgia Banks in conversation by Ari Tampubolon on Performance Review

Ari Tampubolon's interview with Georgia Banks took place late in 2022 and is the fourth and final piece from the 2022 edition of Gertrude – Performance Review, Performance Review’s ongoing critical response to the performance elements of Gertrude’s artistic program.

Banks is a performance artist whose works begin with an invitation and a provocation. She was a Gertrude Studio Artist from 2019 – 2022. Banks exhibited Remains to be Seen at Gertrude Glasshouse 23 April - 22 May 2021. DataBaes is showing at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia til 20 August 2023 as part of Melbourne Now.

Read the full interview on Performance Review

Sam George & Lisa Radford, Veronica Franco v Instagram, 2022, performance documentation, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne. Photo: Ezz Monem.

Sitting at the fuzzy periphery is the third in the series of articles published by Performance Review in conjunction with Gertrude in 2022. 

Sitting at the fuzzy periphery by Katie Paine on Performance Review

Sitting at the fuzzy periphery is a response to the 26 May 2022 performances associated with Sam George and Lisa Radford's exhibition Veronica Franco v Instagram at Gertrude Glasshouse (27 May - 25 June 2022), authored by Katie Paine. 

Read the full response on Performance Review

Lisa Salvo, Shaun Fogarty, Emily Bennett, Tina Stefanou and Joseph Franklin, Planetary Commons, 2022, performance documentation, Octopus 22: Baroquetopus (Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. Photo by Madeleine Bishop. Courtesy of Gertrude.

Swimming in the edgeless sea by Claire Summers on Performance Review

Written in response to Octopus 22: Baroquetopus (Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars), curated by Tessa Laird, Swimming in the edgeless sea is authored by Claire Summers and reflects on performances held at Gertrude Contemporary on Saturday 14 May 2022: 

Lisa Salvo, Shaun Fogarty, Emily Bennett, Tina Stefanou and Joseph Franklin, Planetary Commons, 2022, presented as part of Octopus 22: Baroquetopus (Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars)Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.

Lichen Kelp, Dylan Martorell and Jason Hood, Kelping, 2022, presented as part of Octopus 22: Baroquetopus (Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars)Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.

Alexander Powers, The Plastic Body, 2021/2, performance documentation, Contact High, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne. Photo: Keelan O’Hehir. Courtesy of Gertrude and Performance Review.

6 Days by daniel ward on Performance Review

Conceived as a poetic response to Contact High, 6 Days is authored by daniel ward (no more poetry).

Contact High (2022) was a Performance Review takeover of Gertrude Glasshouse. Over the course of three weeks, six Naarm based artists rehearsed, workshopped and developed new or existing performance works in the gallery. This culminated in the public presentation of these works across two performance nights on 20 and 27 January 2022.

6 Days conceptualises each of the six Contact High performances as a day. The poems appear in order of performances. Read the full response on Performance Review

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