Performances for Pets
by Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey

@ MDT and in various homes where cats live in Stockholm
September 6-9 2018. Presented in collaboration with My Wild Flag and MDT.

PERFORMANCES FOR DOGS
Time: Sunday 9/9 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00
Place: @MDT
The performance is for free
For booking see below.

The performances for dogs take place at MDT after an initial welcome conversation the performance is performed to individual dogs, with their owner and/or friends present. Multiple dogs may attend a performance if they already know one another previously. The performance itself is designed to interest dogs through dynamic movement and timing. The performance is improvised to a score and can become interactive only if the audience wish. The movement vocabulary includes imitation of various animals’ movements and sounds. For the dog audience the experience of watching the performance could resemble playing or observing a game they do not understand the rules of.

Would you like to book a performance for your pet? For booking write to Krõõt & Alex at kulturtier@gmail.com Please mention name, age and species/breed of the pet. And the preference of time for performance . We would also appreciate a photo and a few words about what the pet likes and dislikes.

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PERFORMANCES FOR CATS
Time: Thursday 6/9 15.00, 17.00
Friday 7/9 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00
Saturday 8/9 12.00, 14.00
Place: @your place
The performance is for free
For booking see below.

The performance is designed to interest house cats through the use of stillness and slow movement. The two performers move away rather than towards their feline audience and use imitation of various animals cats instinctively recognise. The performance takes place at the cats’ natural habitat (i.e. home) and lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. The owners are also allowed to witness the performance although priority should be given to the cat(s). The experience of watching this performance could resemble meeting creatures that are neither human not cat.

Would you like to book a performance for your pet? For booking write to Krõõt & Alex at kulturtier@gmail.com Please mention name, age and species/breed of the pet. And the preference of date/time for performance which takes place at the home of the cat. We would also appreciate a photo and a few words about what the pet likes and dislikes.

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WORKSHOP FOR HUMANS
Time: Saturday 8/9 16.30-18.30
Place: @MDT
To book your place, sign up here
The workshop is for free

What are the similarities and differences between human and non-human audiences, is the performer inherently subordinate, i.e. working ‘for’ the audience, how does the audience gain agency? 

We will share our interest in the position of pets as cultural producers and consumers, as artists, performers and emerging audiences. Domestic pets read humans mostly through our body language. A typical pet spends at least as much time, if not more, looking at humans than looking at members of their own species. In “Performances for Pets” we mimic and reflect the pets’ body language back at them. A reversed version of this situation might be a parrot addressing humans in human language, however removed from its original meaning the gestures become more abstract. In this workshop we will introduce some practices that we share with pets. What are the similarities and differences between human and non-human audiences, is the performer inherently subordinate, i.e. working ‘for’ the audience, how does the audience gain agency?

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Krõõt Juurak is an Estonian artist living in Vienna. She studied choreography and visual arts at the ArteZ, Arnhem and Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. She has been developing projects at the interface of choreography and performance since 2003. She has presented her works at institutions and festivals internationally, among them the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Vilnius, Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Geneva, ImPulsTanz Vienna, de Appel Amsterdam, CIAP Hasselt, Kunsthalle Vienna, Tallinn Art Hall and deSingel Antwerpen. She has for a number of years been artistically concerned with the pet, and together with Alex Bailey developed “Performances for Pets” – performances created especially for pets. Her works are represented by Galerie International.

Alex Bailey is originally from Birmingham, United Kingdom now living in Vienna, Austria. He completed a photography degree before working at Eastside Projects, in Birmingham and later moving to Amsterdam to study an MFA at the Sandberg Institute. Here he met Krõõt Juurak and together they conceived the project Performances for Pets in 2014.  Alongside they have performed for over 100 pets in cities and homes across europe in both visual art and dance festivals. From 2016 he has also appeared and performed in contemporary ballet productions. He is the author of the practice Humourology, a study into humour related cosmic to comic communications. Both Performances for Pets and Humourology are represented by Galerie international, an immaterial gallery dealing exclusively with immaterial artworks run by Adriano Wilfert Jensen and Simon Asencio.