This year we dedicated FEM_20 to our dear friend Lesley Yendell who died on October 5th 2020. We will miss her at FEM this year and to Sally Madge, an artist friend from Newcastle who died from COVID in the same month.
FEM_20 was held from the 28th & 29th December 2020, adapting to the current COVID19 situation by adopting an online format. We met virtually on Zoom, in order to make a series of Performance Duets. These duets form part of our ongoing group research into inter-connectedness and group experiments on synchronicity.
The artists who took part were: Rotnip (CL/CAT), Mireia Zantop (CAT), Juliette Murphy, (GB/CAT), Helen Collard (GB), Denys Blacker (UK/CAT), Marta Vergonyós (CAT), Sandra Johnston (NIR), Fernanda de Oliveira Gomes (BR), Martine Viale /CAN/FR), Marina Barsy Janer (PR/CAT), Anet van de Elzen (NL), Marilyn Arsem (EE.UU), Bernadette Hopkins (NIR), Barbara Le Beguec Friedman (FR), Yaryna Shumska (UR), Ester Xargay (CAT), Natàlia Espinet (CAT), Melina Peña (MEX/CAT), Deej Fabyc (AU/GB), Marina Tsatsara (GB), Ana Maeso (ES), Paloma Orts Pascual (CAT), Nieves Correa (ES), Toni Crabb (ZI/CAT), Marita Bullmann (DE), Selina Bonelli (GB), Analía Beltrán Janés (ES), Helena Hunter (GB), Pa’ma Torrents (CAT), Holly Slingsby (GB), Isabel León (ES), Isabel Fontbona (CAT), Anna Subirana (CAT), Michelle Wilson (GB/CAT), Nathalia Mello (BR), Laurel Jay Carpenter (EE.UU), Ieke Trinks (NL), Siobhan Mullen (NIR), Ayako Zushi (JP/CAT), Mar Serinyà (CAT), Anita Ponton (GB), Christine Haase & Tara (DE), Laurence Beaudoin Morin (CAN) & Mar Ximenis (CAT). With eulogies from Lucho Hermosilla, Zoe Marshall, Helen Collard and Sandra Johnston.
1. Each participant prepares a performance of max 5 minutes with no contact between the artists – each in her own country
2. We meet on Zoom
3. We randomly choose pairs of artists.
4. They perform their actions simultaneously.
5. On the screen we only see the two artists.
6. We look for synchronicities
7. Repeated until finishing all the participants
Unfortunately on the first evening of performance the videos were not recorded and so we only have some screen shots. On the second evening there are videos of the duets.
Performance from the 1st day
Anna Subirana, Anita Ponton
Laurel Jay Carpenter, Martine Viale
Christine Haase, Tara, Isabel León
Laurence Beaudoin Morin, Ayako Zushi
Holly Slingsby, Helena Hunter
Sandra Johnston, Mar Serinyà
Ieke Trinks, Isa Fontbona
Siobhan Mullen, Nathália Mello
Pa'ma Torrents, Michelle Wilson
Marta Vergonyós, Helen Collard
Mar Ximenis, Natàlia Espinet
Videos from the 2nd day
Marina Barsy Janer, Paloma Orts, Isil Sol Vil & Bernadette Hopkins
Marita Bullmann & Analía Beltrán Janés
Ester Xargay & Juliette Murphy
Fernanda Gomes & Mireia Zantop
Marilyn Arsem & Nieves Correa
Selina Bonelli & Ana Maeso
Marina Tsartsara & Melina Peña
Anet Van de Elzen & Barbara Le Béguec Friedman
Toni Crabb & Ada Vilaró
Fiona Morrison & Denys Blacker
Deej Fabyc & Yaryna Shumska
Rotnip's Video tribute to Lesley - Dedicated With Love