Intersect: Kelvin Atmadibrata in conversation with selina bonelli

The Live Art Development Agency is delighted to invite you to another Intersect event, on Wednesday the 29th of March, at the LADA space in Bethnal Green.

This gathering is curated by ]performance s p a c e[ and will consist of a short, live performance from visual artist Kelvin Atmadibrata followed by a conversation between him and artist-academic selina bonelli about Kelvin’s extended creative practice and influences. The evening will conclude with a Q&A session.

This Intersect event is co-produced by LADA and ]performance s p a c e[.

About the artists

Kelvin Atmadibrata (b.1988, Jakarta, Indonesia) recruits superpowers awakened by puberty and adolescent fantasy. Equipped with characters from shōnen manga, the notion of ‘kōhai’ in the context of hierarchical relationships, and macho ero-kawaii, Kelvin personifies power and strength into partially canon and fan fiction antiheroes to contest the masculine meta and erotica in Southeast Asia. He works primarily with performances, often accompanied by and translated into drawings, mixed media collages, and objects compiled as installations. Approached as bricolages, Kelvin translates narratives and recreates personifications based on RPGs (role-playing video games) theories and pop mythologies. He currently studies and explores queer abstraction and minimalist erotica in his illustration of the mecha and transhumanist fantasy, as well as image markings on the skin as a continuation of his attraction to living sculptures, breathing mannequins and bodies as pedestals.

In exploring abandoned post-conflict architecture through performance and sound, selina bonelli (UK/IT) aims to develop an evidential trail of affective, sensorial and embodied witnessing of traumatic experiences from marginalised bodies and abandoned ruins. Their work centres the weight and silence of the failed document in performance acts as a prosthesis to gestures that try and approximate an ethical sensitivity to what witnessing can be. selina co-delivers SITE, a bi-monthly event that invites artists to come together to generate site-responsive work in collaboration with others at locations of socio-historic, architectural, and ecological interest in rural areas across the UK and Europe. They are an associate artist of ]performance s p a c e [ and a current PhD candidate at Ulster University.

Access Information

British Sign Language interpretation will be available, and a small break will occur during the event. LADA and The Garrett Centre are wheelchair accessible by lift and provide gender inclusive bathrooms.

We strive to make events accessible in support of d/Deaf and disability communities. Should you have any particular requirements regarding access not listed or have any questions, please email us and we will be happy to offer further support.

We are continuing to implement measures in the space to ensure that our staff, visitors, and everyone who uses our building, remain safe during the ongoing pandemic and that we protect those who are disproportionately affected by it; please make sure to read our Covid Protocol before arriving at our building.

About Intersect

Intersect is a series of gatherings, making space for creative communities to share insights into embodied practices that reflect intersectional ways of being. Affirming the ‘liveness’ of the process, each gathering is unique, allowing for the featured participant(s) to co-design how they might imagine what the exchange with those who attend may look like: an embodied dialogue between artists; a sharing of a new experimental work in progress witnessed virtually and/or in-person; or an open forum where key research questions of interest are explored and discussed.

 

Documentation

Banner image credit:

Collage image. Left: selina bonelli, image credit Karen Goonwardene. Right: Kelvin Atmadibrata, If you had been here, he wouldn’t have died, performance, 4 hours, 2015. Photo by Ridzuan Rashid.

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