Ksenia Yurkova – Looking for Collaborators


For her new video-work, Ksenia Yurkova is looking for performance artists based in Vienna and around.
It will be not fully a commissioned work (nonetheless, the work of a performer is paid), but an artistic collaboration.
It means that the performer plays two roles, both: an object of my ‚research‘, and a subject, a co-author.

By this work, Ksenia Yurkova wants to research the phenomenon of affect. More to say, the hypothesis whether an affect can be delegated to another person.

Ksenia Yurkova would like a performer to:
read all the texts I will provide (3 blocks/ 7 texts in each/ 1 text – haft of A4).
find a text which resonates* with her/ his/ their remembrance.
What is a resonance in this respect: a similar body feeling, reaction, mixture of reactions which is clearly revealed not on the verbal, but explicitly on the bodily level.
To recall a situation where, how she/ he/ they experienced this affect.
To write down this situation (similarly to my texts).
To reenact* this episode IN THE PLACE it has happened (own apartment, house, country house, school, etc..).
So if a place is connected with a childhood memory it has to be the same place.
BUT: the voiceover to this reenactment will be the initial text, the one which created this resonance.

The reenactment – is a collaborative work of me with a performer. Together we discuss all the details, write a scenario,
observe a film set, having some rehearsals, and then shooting a video (several takes). Then we record a voiceover.

It is a paid job, so we sign a model release.
The honorarium is 200 Euro IN TOTAL and paid after the work (filming and voiceover) is finished.

We realise that the payment is more symbolic but we accentuate that we, at the first place, need a collaborator.
So you need to like an idea and want to contribute to it.

The deadlines: January 15th for applications
Shooting in January-February

I am an artist living between St.Petersburg and Helsinki. Three upcoming winter months I will be residing in AIR-Niederösterreich.
I work primarily with photography, video and text. The main focus of my interest is communication and language:
the varieties of its substance, the possibility of conversion, its mythological aspect, stereotyping
(the question of personal and political self-identification and identification by others), problems of memory, attitudes, and reliance.

My website is: kseniayurkova.com
Contact me via: kseniayurkova@gmail.com