“I trust the audience. I don’t just consider it merely to be an audience. Once we are in the same room at the same time and we are all focusing on each other, the audience is performing as much as I am. As things correctly stand, most of the time the public enters the room and sits waiting for the performer to create something that hopefully fulfils or perhaps disappoints their expectations. Only a few performers have escaped this format successfully.
I believe that a more critical approach from the audience is needed at the moment of the action. Not before. Not after.”

I. Lupi


From: ‘An object of study’, performance in collaboration with Ryan Ashley Caldwell. Queens Museum, New York. (September 2016). Photography courtesy of Hector Canonge, LiVEART.US, NYC.


From: ‘An object of study’, workshop and performance. Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, (CA). In collaboration with Professor Ryan Ashley Caldwell and Professor Aneil Rallin. A special thank you to all the participating students: Allyson Applebaum, Avanti Arseculeratne, Alexandria Brandon, Brandon Cavorsi, Stan Hogeweg, Hinako Irei, Dayoon Kim, Viktor Kristensen, Aileen Longmore, Ha Chau Ngo, Meera Paul, Aiko Robertson, Chinamy Sugiyama. (January 2017). Photography courtesy of Ryan Ashley Caldwell.

In times of radical political changes it becomes difficult to keep the focus on the importance of what ‘sharing’ means. How can we come together if we feel separated? How is it possible to exist together when we don’t know how to understand the other(ed)? Performance art, social movements and protests clearly blur into each other more and more in their attempt to raise awareness on the topic of ‘sharing,’ thereby creating confusion, noise and sometimes the erasure of important embodied self-narratives.
What we see happening on the street, in galleries or underground scenes is only the surface of a hidden landscape that unravels itself between the walls of our actual homes. They are interestingly connected —the individual, the group, and larger culture. Dialogues, interpretations, and meanings unfold about these spaces, “homes,” and stories of identity manifest.
Inspired by the private battles for our identities that we “do” within our closer circles of family, these clashes are what the sort of “domestic activism” challenges that are the point of departure for understanding this performance piece. If the family is the initial place for socialization about culture, it is certainly influential in determining not only how we come to see and engage with the world, but also in how we see and engage (and accept) ourselves. This approach is a secluded movement that sees ourselves involved on a daily basis where our body and embodiment plays a very important role in identity, activism, social relations (families, cultures, etc.), and beyond.
‘An Object of Study’ has been developing different stages at different times.
A): In the first stage the artist’s skin was the surface offered to Mishka Stein, an apprentice tattooist who participated in the project sharing a conversation with the artist while tattooing freehand 100 symbols on his body.
B:) The second stage was presented by the program LiVEART.US, curated by Hector Canonge and hosted at the Queens Museum in New York City, in which the artist offered his body as a performance tool for those present to “come together” and “experience together” an open and informal, theoretical and practical conversation on the themes triggered by Professor Ryan Ashley Caldwell from Soka University of America.
C): The third stage was an online workshop with the students of Soka University of America, during which the artist investigates the dynamics of performance art inviting the class as a community to design a new symbol to add to his skin.
‘An Object of Study’ is an ongoing project and it is currently developing a new series of workshops and interdisciplinary performances.



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Ivan Lupi (born 1972, Ferrara, Italy). Masters in Queer Studies in Arts and Culture from the Birmingham University. Since 2001 Lupi has been one of the founders and active member of the collective Amae with which he has taken part in various collaborations and exhibitions in China, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, United Kingdom. In 2016 Lupi starts his own production as a single performer along with Amae’s series of work. The most recent and relevant events: ‘The Voice and the Lens’ - Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2014), ‘The slip of the tongue’ - Palazzo Grassi Punta della Dogana (Venice 2015), ‘Transformations’ by LiVEART.US - Queens Museum (New York 2016), ‘MAKING SPACE’ - CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art (Christchurch 2017), ‘Visualeyez Annual Festival of Performance art’ - Latitude 53 Art Gallery (Edmonton 2017), 'PAWA - Performance Art Week Aotearoa' (Wellington 2018) 'Performance Arcade 2019' (Wellington 2019).

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