Ana Čavić: A Thread Without End

29 July at 8.30pm and 9.30pm at Dum Drustvo Umetnikov, Ljubljana

Schedule:Act I / 27. 7., 20.30 & 21.30Act II / 28. 7., 20.30 & 21.30Act III / 29. 7., 20.30 & 21.30

The performance and exhibition A Thread Without End, Act I, II and III at DUM Project Space is a piece by the artist Ana Čavić that showcases alternative forms of art publishing as performance. Across a series of three fifteen-minute interactive storytelling performances (Act I, II and III), the artist guides the audience through different forms of visual aids while narrating and performing an original creation story in verse.Ana Čavić calls her series A Thread Without End a “visual performance storytelling”. With the help of visual aids she narrates an original story comprising of a series of thematically interconnected poems that tell an alternative myth about the origin of the world through two mythological character types, a woman and a fox. The visual aids take different forms such as analogue large-format hand-painted scroll (Act I), the digitally augmented graphite drawing in the shape of a tiled map (Act II), or the paper-cut assemblage (Act III) with which the artist explores different text and image combinations to tell a story. The experiential possibilities of storytelling are further explored (Act II and III) with the strategic use of digital tools and technologies that enhance the performance beyond conventional storytelling.The combined elements – image, text, sound and performance – conjure, in a visual and verbal way, the story that is transformed into a hybrid performance in which the audience can also be involved and engaged. This type of performance storytelling is influenced by a traditional form called “cantastatoria”, a theatrical storytelling style where the performer narrates or sings a story while pointing to a visual aid. Following in that tradition, the work A Thread Without End presents alternative forms of storytelling, publishing and performance and points to possible ways of turning towards new, digitally augmented storytelling forms. In its own way, the piece aims to re-imagine digital technologies as an extension and enhancement of live performance, and fosters new forms of performance-born publishing that seeks to re-frame the relationship between author, text and audience.Ana Čavić is a Ljubljana-based performance artist, poet and postgraduate researcher into performance-born artists’ publishing practices. Her art practice, at the intersection of the fields of visual and literary arts, includes works on paper, artist publications, digital poetry animation and digitally assisted poetry and storytelling performances. Presently, she is undertaking PhD research in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

A Thread Without End, Act II and III are made in collaboration with Tychonas Michailidis, artist-researcher at Birmingham City University who provided the sound design, digital interfaces and interactive features.

Producer: Sektor Institute
Co-producer: DUM Association
Support: City of Ljubljana