Theertha Performance Platform 2019

The third edition of the Theertha Performance Platform (TPP) 2019 will be held from the 15th – 18th of March; introducing an interesting concept, the Theertha Artists Collective present intellectual artists from different parts of the world. Would you like to listen to poetry that will make you think or take part in an interesting workshop? Then this the event for you! Convenient timeslots for weekdays and weekends, you can easily find time for TPP amidst your busy schedule.

‘Texting Being’ is a concept put into motion by curators Godwin Constantine and Bandu Manamperi, directors of Theertha Performance Platform to address Jacques Derrida, the celebrated French philosopher and his mentioning that “Il n’y a pas de hors–texte”, translating to “there is no outside text” or “there is nothing outside of text”. The Performance Platform, along with invited international curators Jeetin Rangher and Smitha Kariappa hosts about 39 artists from 12 countries to bring forth this concept.

TPP has a complex concept and you will understand it further once you take part in the event. They take the famous remark of Jacque Derrida we mentioned, “Il n’y a pas de hors–texte” to explore how art resonate this idea. Relating to performance art, the typical medium of this form is the ‘Body’, which is considered the polar opposite of the ‘Mind’ that works through and exists within our broad, literal universes. This is, certainly, one possible way of interpreting medium of body in its various expressions in performance art.

The Performance Platform hosts international artists oncluding Arpita Akhanda (India), Azam Tabatabei (Iran), B. Ajay Sharma (India), Beate Linne (Germany), Bhisaji Gadekar (India), Diniz Sanchez (Portugal), Ernesto Daniel Levy (Israel), Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece), Ian Mozdzen (Canada), Jeetin Rangar (India), Mahmoud Maktabi (Iran), Mamta Sagar with Siddartha M S, Chand Pasha N S, and Namana B N (India), Natasha Jozi (Pakistan), Nopawan Sirivejkul (Thailand), Park Jihyoung (South Korea), Parmeshwar Jolad (India), Sharker Nasrin Toontoon (Bangladesh), Smitha Kariappa (India), Tamar Raban (Israel), along with Sri Lankan artists, Bandu Manamperi, Godwin Constantine, Janani Cooray, Kirusan Sivagnanan, Lakni Prasanjali, Lohan Gunaweera, Omali Radhika, Priyanthi Anusha, Susiman Rinoshan, Thulanjali Nirosha, Danushka Marasinghe, Gamini Akmeemana, Isuru Kumarasinghe, K K Srinath Chathuranga, Kumari Kumaragamage, and Lalith Manage.

If the history of performance art has ever piqued your interest, then this is the place for you: Performance art is a branch of visual arts where the artist uses their body as a medium of communication. Performance art is a very powerful form of art and one could find well developed performance art practices in many of the countries in Asia. Theertha Performance Platform is an artistic initiative, focuses on the history, learning and practice of performance arts, and creates a space for sharing this practice with students, young artists, peer groups and art viewing public. Theertha Performance Platform is part of Theertha International Artists Collective and has been in existence since 2015. The Platform conducts regular workshops for art students and young artists.
The TPP international platform event is a biennial event mainly concentrating on public space performances. There are about 39 artists from 12 countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Portugal, South Korea and Thailand.

So what’s special about the Red Dot Gallery? Theertha is an autonomous, artist-led non-profit initiative based in Colombo. Theertha has undertaken considerable amount of art activities since its inception in 2000. First, started by 11 visual artists to facilitate international art exchange through international artist workshops in Sri Lanka, it has expanded its activities to include art education, publications on art/culture, heritage management through art and international residencies. Theertha established its own alternative art space ‘Red Dot Gallery’ in 2007 in order showcase the experimental and contemporary art produced within its programs. Theertha supports art which falls within the 90’s Trend; a trend of art that challenged the existing aesthetics, methodologies and ideology in art making. Primary intentions of the Red Dot Gallery is to show case art that has found contemporary interpretations and manifestations taking their point of departure from art of the 90s Trend. Theertha started their platform program to create spaces for experimental art practices such as Performance art and Moving and Digital Art in Sri Lanka. Theertha started Performance Platform in 2015 and Moving Image Platform in 2018. Under those platforms Theertha organize workshops, seminars, panel discussions to share these practices among young artists and art enthusiasts.

14th March, 2019 Visual Art | Pop Culture & Art