Oct 6, 2018
Body Becoming is a culmination of the discourse House has been working to cultivate and develop over the last year and will serve as a stepping stone towards the building of the greater narrative of performance as an art form in the Pakistani context.
The larger tradition of performance art was largely unknown in Pakistan until quite recently. Performance art is often conflated with theatre and therefore often takes on the role of spectacle to be consumed in a voyeuristic manner. This understanding of performance leaves very little room for it to grow or develop as an art form uniquely as it leaves experiential, material, emotional, interactive, or any number of facets to performance unexplored. In an endeavor to step away from a one-dimensional or conventional idea of theatrical performance art, House has gathered young artists experimenting with a wide range of themes and ideas relating to performance.
Body Becoming is intended to provide an amalgamation of diverse approaches and subject matters of performance art in a Pakistani context. Primarily, most of our artists are dealing with bodily experience- it’s limitations, material effects, the ends of bodily endurance, relationships to other bodies, the body’s temporality and changing meanings in social contexts. Their works span a diverse set of themes, some universal, and some uniquely ethnic and gendered. Each artist approaches their role in the artwork and the role of the audience differently-whether they are begging a reaction from the audience, looking to portray their experience to them, making a point, or looking for a purely internal experience. Our goal has been to allow artists a variety of avenues, and the audience a variety of experiences.