Residency period: 2-20 of August
Having engaged with subjects as diverse as – personal /public space, truth/myth, real/unreal and limits of conventions, my interdisciplinary art practice projects a distinct pattern that is inspired by my deeply-rooted interest in philosophy, mathematics and science.
Recent areas of my art practice include sculptural and performative explorations into mass and volume, an investigation into the solidity of states, testing limits of balance, space and interaction with it.
Although I have been working in a variety of media and exploring an array of themes, one can trace an underlying motif of my art practice as being focused on ontological explorations into limits of entities/states/being, internal experience of invisible dimensions and the cyclical nature of processes.
Residency period: July-September 2017
My work is an exploration of our sonic environments and my obsession is the patterns I find within them.
From the subtle, secret noises of our own bodies to the wider soundscape of what surrounds us.
Graphic scores and sonic sketches lead to interactive sculptures and experimental performances inspired by water and shifting light.
Residency period: July-September 2017
Takanori Kurokawa works and lives in Nagano, Japan. He works across a range of media, including 2D art, sculpture and installation with small pieces of glass. The artistic practices of Takanori focus on living between collectivism and individualism.
His exhibitions include, SICF17 (Spiral, Tokyo, Japan 2016), “All themes considered” (South Bay Contemporary, California, USA 2014), 19th Annual Arts in Harmony 2014 International Show(The Sherburne County Government Center, Minnesota, USA 2014), “Disconnect” (Target Gallery, Virginia, USA 2013), 13th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition(Upstream People Gallery, USA 2013), The Story of the Creative(See.Me NYC Gallery, New York, USA 2013), Small Art Object 2013(Galerie Aqui Siam Ben / Salle Jules Agard,Vallauris, France 2013), Unknown possibility 10(Shinjuku Ganka Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 2012), Fountain New York(New York, USA 2012), Showcaseshow(MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan 2011), German-Japanese Contemprary Art(Berlin, Germany 2011), Keidai-Art Obuse(Genshoji-Temple, Nagano, Japan 2011)
Residency period: March 2017
Lennard perceives the human body and objects he makes as communication tools between the soul, the mind and the outside world. Starting from a material he creates objects from a sense or primal need to build. He uses different ways of drawing. Sketching/building in space with charred wood, sewing home made charcoal to fabric or painting on ceramics sculptures he makes. His works come together in installations, or enjoy a life on their own.
He likes to interact with some of his creations in performances or let them be used by others.
Originally from the Netherlands Lennard feels most at home on the road. After living and working in London for two years he currently lives on the coast of Portugal. Commuting mainly between Lisbon and Amsterdam.
Residency period: January-March 2017
Celesta Bufano and Svenja Kunsmann
Residency period: November – December 2016
Celesta Bufano is a traveller and an art lover since early age. When she was fourteen she began her career as a writer. Then formed professionally at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. Celesta developed and matured artistically abroad. Had numerous collaborations with contemporary artists such as Paul Renner, Shozo Shimamotoand Hermann Nitsch. In her works she depicts frequently fragments of everyday life, frozen frames of reality, vivid colors in a unique style.
Svenja Kunsmann (professional cook. Dortmund 1989). I am a passionate cook since I started eating. Now I am 27 and I love to experience the food worldwide. I have been cooking in places like Berlin, Naples, Tablas (Phillipines) and Barcelona. My intention is to transmit this passion and love through food.
Jon Davis an artists and producer based in London but working internationally. Since 2011 he has worked as a Producer at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) with responsibility for year round research and development and producing festival presentations and new commissions. During this time he has delivered a wide range of projects including large scale, site specific performances, multi-disciplinary projects and theatrical productions with various partners including the Barbican Centre, Royal Academy of Arts, Southbank Centre and British Council. Over the five years he has worked extensively with artists from the Middle East and North Africa, and has traveled throughout the region meeting with artists, cultural organisations and attending arts festivals. In 2016 he become a board member of Highlight Arts.
As an artist Jon has continued to collaborate with artists from the MENA region and address the most important political issues of our time. In 2013 he worked with the Turkish photographer Kemal Vural Tarlan to create ‘Syria in Transit’, a photography, sound and video exhibition documenting the stories of Syria refugees travelling to Turkey and the UK. The exhibition was presented between London and Gaziantep, Turkey. In 2015 he began working with Jonathan May (British Council – UK), Moez Mrabet (Festival International de Hammamet – Tunisian) and Abdullah al Kafri (Ettijahat. Independent Culture – Lebanon) on the collaborative dialogue ‘Parallel Crossings’. Funded by the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme and the Arts Council and British Council’s Artists International Development Fund, they undertook research Labs in Tunis, Beirut and London to explore their diverse perspectives on the ‘refugee crisis’. They are currently working on ‘Vessel’, a nomadic installation to be presented in 2017 in the three different cities by Dream City (Tunis), Nehna wel Amar (Beirut) and Shubbak Festival (London).
Piece of a Whole is a live installation which explores notions of ostracism, alienation and the fractured nature of our society. Using personal testimonies and pottery it is an invitation to put back together the fragmented pieces of our society.
The project is inspired by the democratic procedure undertaken in Ancient Greece where any citizen could be expelled from the city-state of Athens for ten years. The word ‘ostracism’ is derived from the Greek word ‘ostraka’, the pottery shards which were used as voting tokens in the democratic process. At the heart of the installation is a desire to asks audiences to consider the dividing lines which have appeared within our societies, focusing on the narratives surrounding those who feel ostracised.
Born in Paris, France, and of Chinese descent, Marion has lived in 6 countries across 3 continents. Her practice derives from a constant state of cultural shock and explores the notions of fluctuating identity and métissage.
Working through the relationship between memory and space, her practice serves as an exploration of her own psychogeographical maps and themes. It can be seen as a collection of traces of places, and fragments of emotions and memories, in which melancholy and nostalgia often play a part.
Isobel Atacus (www.isobelatacus.com) is a London-based artist working across media; mainly sculpture, though the impetus often comes from text. She has a background in performance and theory, which closely informs current practice.
As an American of Puerto Rican and Lebanese Dominican descent born in the battered, burning South Bronx of the late 70s to immigrant parents, I was privileged to study across the river/world’s away in Manhattan, starting with the Visual Arts program at LaGuardia high school and followed by undergraduate studies at New York University as a Studio Arts major. My university experience included learning from Katie Schimert and Lawrence Chua, exhibiting alongside Nate Lowman, and lead to a post graduate apprenticeship with Paul Pfeiffer starting in May of 2001. Following 9/11 (during which I was blissfully unaware of the carnage unfolding only blocks away as I worked on digital video pieces) I reconsidered the direction of my artistic practice. As a New York City Teaching Fellow and Americorp grant recipient I have been able to bring the world of contemporary art to the high school classrooms of immigrant communities while developing my artistic evolution though work with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and ongoing studio practice, including a residency at Roundabout Lx.
Over the two weeks at Roundabout in Lisbon I was inspired by the architecture of the city & produced a collection of drawings that I was really happy with.
Reidency period 11-17 July
Residency period: May-June
Pepa Ubera is a freelance dance artist whose choreographic practice expands into curatorial projects and the use of video in performance. Her work challenges social structures, questioning how the body behaves in the current context, mediating real time spaces as opportunities to deal with the unknown and the poetic as tools for transformation. She examines the tension that unites opposite ideas with the purpose of highlighting the spaces in between. The organic and the artificial, the specific and the broad, consumption and production are some of the concepts she explores in her artistic practice.
From 2015-2018 she is one of the Sadler’s Wells Summer University artists. She has twice been awarded a Dance Web Scholarship at the Impulstanz Festival Vienna, showing her work in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain. From 2013-2015 she was a core member of TripSpace projects where she organised monthly nights of performance and professional class including the curation of a performance festival in collaboration with the Hayward Gallery. She has presented work in the UK, Europe and Chile and performed in venues such as The Place, ICA, Barbican Gardens, kampnagel in Hamburg and the Hayward Gallery. The last project she curated was at the Lilian Baylis studio at Sadler’s Wells where she also presented her last performance in collaboration with Josefina Camus: Ellipsis Land.
Stephanie De Couto Costa
Residency period: May – June
Stephanie De Couto Costa is a paper-based artist born in Montreal. She received her BFA from Université du Québec à Montréal and her MFA from Concordia University Montreal. She is interested in process-driven material practices, exploring the intersection of printmaking, fibres, drawing and sculpture.
The works explore the process of fashioning an identity from a constellation of cultural markers. In her research, these markers are manifested in objects and processes, such as architecture, dress practices, and language. Through field drawing sessions in Lisbon’s cityscape and cultural institutions, she seeks to create a mapping of the city and later arrange relationships between identifiable cultural symbols and find correlating evidence on how they respond to and effect one and another.
Ayla Hibri is a photographer and visual artist from Beirut, Lebanon with a BFA in Interior Architecture from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and a postbac degree in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ayla has spent the last ten years jumping from city to city exploring the relations and meanings of being a stranger in another place through her photography- and has recently delved into drawing and painting in order to tackle with the invisible and the imagined.
Jacob Dancy is a visual artist working in the medium of drawing. His works are characterized by their imaginative take on maps, landscapes, and architecture. He studied Visual Art at Oberlin College in the United States. He lives in Berlin.
The project developed at Roundabout.Lx is about the lost and forgotten spirits in the cities. What is sneeking hidden in the shadows of the buildings…
It will be a combination between acrylic paintings and gif images.
Residency period: February – April
During the month, she will be working on multi layer project, mixing photography, painting and inks on backlit translucent papers.
There are many things I could say.
Artists often state altogether too many things.
I come from America, I come from Berlin.
The work is visual and typewritten.
There is a slight philosophy addiction,
A necessity of space and still life,
A soft spot for beauty and light.
Megan Wiessner is an American artist coming to Roundabout.Lx by way of Baltimore, New York and, most recently, the UK, where she spent the past year studying geography and environmental theory. The projects she is working on here follow very much from that experience, especially her research on the perceived place of “nature” in cities, and on sustainable materials development. They are centered around painting, but painting as a loose way of thinking about and playing with the tensions and resonances between images and materials in urban life.
Meriem Elatra was born in Texas and raised in Algiers, Algeria. She works with different media, oil, ink and watercolor. Her main interest is the representation of the human figure incorporating symbolic elements.
Following an intuitive, multidisciplinary process, I incorporate writing, performance and physical creations such as masks, clothing and theatrical sets into video. The stories in Polly’s Dream consist of fictional memories from a potentially psychotic past told from multiple viewpoints in a slow, trance-inducing cadence. Alter egos and made-up characters illustrate a world similar to my subconscious. The personal narratives toy with the absurdity of reality, particularly the young, female artist’s reality including feelings of desperation and self compromise in order to support larger goals or beliefs. I perform these characters in a sexually exploitive manner, constituting a double-edged attempt to repossess a body that does not always feel like my own. Trauma, repression, jealousy and forbidden desire are playfully conjured without objective.
In 2014 MARGENS, 2014/2015 Festival TODOS and Lis+Bú – Companhia Limitada Vol.2. , 2015 Expande!
On going works in collaboration with Rebekka Friedli called ‘Die Steine, die da sind’, which is finding it’s expression in film and performance. With António Dente called ‘Os hóspedes’, which is evolving in the acting spheres. And with Dario Antonaci, we are working together in photography and dance.
Touch and get Touched.
Inbetween Land and Sky.
Glimpse and Afterglow.
A Sleep without Dreams.
Repose and Pose.
Skin and …
This work became more clear and visible with the residence in Roundabout. It’s the first time to have an atelier space, where I dedicate myslef to this sensation, to this cognition. It seems to be a long-term journey. My Residency turned into a work, where I have space and time to research, elaborate and create with it’s origin. Right now it’s about retrospection and recognition from the moment I’m born and with the life of my family, always relating to the present moment. The work expresses in photograph, books, text, sketches, clothes, scuplture, movement and sound. I try to fuse plastic arts and performing arts.
Scenography, sculpturing, photograph/film and acting, dance, music. For now, it seems to me that I started to compose a character and it’s circumstances which is no character with no circumstances.
Her art practice moves between video and scattered installations/assemblages and sculptures
A big part of her works are dedicated to social, cultural, environmental and political issues, human rights and equality in particular.
She obtains notable recognition at international level and she collaborates with major multimedia events worldwide. She works with visual and performative arts in Europe and USA.
“Nós vivemos num espaço aberto, em que a nossa procura constante move-se agora quase em piloto automático. O contínuo fluxo de todos os tipos de informação diária começa a dar-nos um ritmo de vida diferente. Mas, será que já temos finalmente consciência desta transformação? Pois, em paralelo, a fronteira entre o artificial e o real ainda está despercebida aos olhos nus. “Patrik Thomas / Sandra Zech / Guida Miranda / Raphael Samay / Ieva Jakusonoka / Sandra Bejarano Gil / Martina Marini Misterioso / Constantin Von Canal / Samuel Fischer-Glaser / Anina Stolz
‘Localmente’ – which translates to ‘Locally sourced’ – is a month long self initiated project by artist Michael Bennett. It will take place at RoundAbout LX studios in Lisbon and will result in a variety of outputs all of which focus on the artists new found materials, motivations and influences.
A small series of abstract paintings and complimentary sculptural works will be created during the period, as well as a limited edition publication of the same name. This will be produced in collaboration with local printing press RoughNough.
As the title suggests, all elements of the project are heavy influenced by Lisbon as an art making environment. The paintings draw on the energy and vibrancy of the city as inspiration, whilst the sculptures and publication have a more direct and physical connection, as they are constructed of found matter and materials all of which has been collected by the artist during his stay.
These elements recount and document the effects and outcomes of the artists and his practice during the time spent in Lisbon. They are intended to visually portray and provide insight into the personal and emotional connections experienced during the project.
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Work developed: The museum of small objects | O museu de pequeno objetos
Teresa Albor works and lives in London. Her work is intentionally multi-disciplinary: performance, installation, video, painting and drawing, and often engages the public. Her work at Roundabout.Lx focussed on why we seek order in the world. Other projects involve the overlap of painting, sculpture and performance; the role of the artist in society and work within and with members of communities such as a project with inner-city teens in Chicago and their right to peaceful protest. She is one of the founding members of the collective Rufus Stone, which runs an artist-to-artist residency programme based in London.
Work developed: Bricolage of a Blank Page
Lizi Menezes is a feminist brazilian artist. She challenges gender hierarchies through the deconstruction of hegemonic discourses and its artistic production. This deconstruction of reframed and estranged objects (bodies) is what remains of a still patriarchal society constructed by conflicting identities through power relations.
Work developed: Equilibri
Residency period: 12-26 October 2014
Work developed: Objects in relation
Joanna is a London based artist whose work is based on objects, the tools we use to extend our reach and the historical context of those objects. She often uses print or publications to disseminate her work. Joanna is interested in objects functioning as disobedient, or disorderly interruptions to everyday life as well as symbols for our desire to control or manipulate situations and materials.
Residency period: May – July 2014
Work developed: Image Souvenir I, II, III, IV. Mechanical Reproduction in the Age of Tourism – Lisbon Series
Cristina Artola works and lives in Berlin and Bilbao. Her work touches many artistic disciplines and is mainly based on a crossover of them. She uses many different media: photography, video installation. Further on she has been involved in different projects in the public space and in cooperation with theater-and filmproductions, often including the participation of the public.
Residency period: March, April 2014
Self-taught visual artist from New Orleans. Currently living in Portugal where I am learning the mystery of clay, specially the color and patterned ceramic tiles that cover most of the countries building facades and interiors, on a tradition unique in the world that I intend to use as support for my future works.
Residency period: August 2013
Work developed: CROSS OVER – Process I
Work developed in collaboration with Roundabout member Marta Angelozzi.
Work developed: Blue Birds
Beniko Tanaka arrived in Portugal in 2005, with a degree in the Art of Glass (TAMA – Art University of Tokyo) and a love for all things related to light and reflections. She quickly fell in love with Lisbon’s magical light and consequently decided to stay and complete her training by taking a degree in Drawing and Visual Arts at Ar.Co (Independent Art School in Lisbon).
It was a natural step for Beniko to combine the knowledge gained and her great passion for Eastern cultures – both the artistic and spiritual side – in order to develop different forms of performing arts, always inspired by nature and its interior and exterior energy flows.