ENG// The Unifiedfield is an independent art space and artist-run organization focusing on the experimental aspects of sound, video and performance art. It previously occupied a traditional complex amongst rice fields in Yogyakarta (Indonesia), subsequently moving into a cave in Granada (Spain) before settling in an antique building nestled in Granada’s historic Moorish quarters, the Albayzín, where it has been running its artist residency for the last three years. In 2013 The Unifiedfield initiated its Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in The Philippines, which last cycle concluded in April 2015. This residency is working in partnership with the Balud Art Network, a program under SwitoTwins, Inc. a SEC-registered private organization in the Philippines.
ESP// The Unifiedfield / el campo unificado es un colectivo de artistas autogestionado y espacio artístico independiente centrado en los aspectos experimentales del sonido, el vídeo y el arte de performance. The Unifiedfield instaló su primera sede en un complejo tradicional rodeado de arrozales en Yogyakarta (Indonesia); posteriormente se trasladó a una cueva en Granada (España), para finalmente establecerse en un antiguo edificio ubicado en el barrio histórico del Albayzín, donde los últimos tres años se ha llevado a cabo una residencia artística. En 2013 The Unifiedfield inició un programa nómada de artistas en residencia en Filipinas; el último ciclo de este programa concluyó en abril de 2015. Para las próximas convocatorias The Unifiedfield trabajará conjuntamente con SwitoTwins, Inc, una organización registrada legalmente en Filipinas.
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In November, The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in The Philippines will host Dutch artist Eric Peter who will work on his ongoing project ‘Familiar Strangers: Conversations on the Near Future’.
Assisted by Angely Chi, Eric Peter will be having dialogues with members of communities in Mindanao, Philippines including Bajaus living in a settlement in Barangay Matina Aplaya, Davao City; a transgender, and small-scale miners in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, amongst other familiar strangers. Eric will also be conducting a video making workshop with Manobo and Mandaya elementary students in partnership with the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Barangays Cabuaya and Luban in Davao Oriental. He will be presenting his work and project in the University of Mindanao and in local artspaces in Davao and, at the end of his residency, he will conduct an artist talk at 98B COLLABoratory in Manila.
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FAMILIAR STRANGERS: CONVERSATIONS ON THE NEAR FUTURE
“With the concern of global crises, conflicts and wars at the back of our mind, we are in desperate need of a social transformation worldwide. A new state of mind which is more positive, more considerate and more friendly. The film and performance project ‘Familiar Strangers: Conversations on the Near Future’ explores this social transformation towards the more positive from a personal and local point of view.
The concept of the ‘familiar stranger’ relates to the meeting people I am not acquainted with, yet with whom this certain mindset turns out to be shared. From actual and sincere meetings with strangers, I construct performances in which they partake themselves. These performances, but also the meetings beforehand, are documented and compiled as different chapters of a whole. The various chapters of performative dialogues reflect the most human desire to connect with others. They speak of a search for happiness, friendship and love through people’s distinct voices.”
Project funded by Stroom Den Haag & Mondriaan Fund.
ERIC PETER’s BIO
Eric Peter is a performance and installation artist from The Netherlands. During his four years of studying at the Royal Academy of Art, he was working with performance art in one way or another. Sometimes in the shape of performative objects, sometimes as live acts. After his graduation in 2013 he was awarded the ArtOlive Young Talent Award and the Fine Arts Prize, as well as the Invest Program by Stroom which stimulates selected young artists in their endeavors. He has exhibited throughout The Netherlands and internationally in Ukraine, Albania and Pakistan.
Currently, he is exploring performance art in relation to video. Whereas live performances have their own qualities, he feels the recording of performances can elevate a project to something else. Meanwhile he is in collaboration with Sandra Gnjatović for an art program, which will take place in project space W139 in Amsterdam during the month of March 2016.
“The common thread in my work is the search for a larger understanding of life. In order to do so I approach socio-psychological situations from a personal point of view. Within other cultural, historical or social contexts, these situations are given a different meaning. It is this otherness that can shape realities besides the one we know. In investigate projects this very otherness is being explored.
The motivation for a project originates in the friction within a particular subject. By immersing
myself in this subject completely, my own sensibility acts as a tool to experience various perspectives. This is reflected for instance in the usage of performative media. In performances I integrate physical objects, when in fact the sculptural works serve as a kind of props. My sculptural pieces are activated so to say by a viewer’s presence. Because of this, my works may be seen as a window into different realities.