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The III VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK took place at European Cultural Centre | Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Michiel in Venice, December 10-17, 2016 under the focus Fragile Body – Material Body. It concluded the trilogy project following the first two editions Hybrid Body – Poetic Body and Ritual Body – Political Body that took place in December 2012 (Palazzo Bembo), and in December 2014 (Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Michiel).

For this third and final project, Leisa Shelton curated and presented a program of Australian Performance work with Casey Jenkins and James McAllister presenting durational works across the week, and seminal artist STELARC participating within the

ARTISTS OF HONOUR (LIVE | EXHIBITION | PRESENTATION):  alongside Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, Marilyn Arsem, Janusz Bałdyga, Giovanni Fontana, Franko B, Antonio Manuel, ORLAN.

The live art exhibition project dedicated to contemporary performance art showcased in its third edition works of over 80 international performance artists from around the globe, some of which presented in cooperation with prestigious cultural institutions and foundations.


Pioneers of this art discipline exhibited and performed alongside established and emerging artists, reflecting influences and current tendencies in the field. The full program was curated by artist duo VestAndPage (Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes) and co-organized by Studio Contemporaneo, We Exhibit, Live Arts Cultures, Venice Open Gates and the European Cultural Centre – GAA Foundation, which hosts the event in its premises in Venice.

One of the key aspects of Venice International Performance Art Week is the considered invitation to key writers, drawers, documenters and commentators to respond to the experience of the works presented across the whole week. The response to the Australian program was resoundingly ecstatic. View key responses by clicking on the following links.

Interview with Stelarc on the Venice International Performance Art Week 2016

Responsive Writing by 2014 artist Julie Vulcan for Real Time – Australia

Collected Writing from Invited Writers for 2016


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