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Artists at school


Bas-Saint-Laurent

Anjuna Langevin

Performing arts, Visual arts
Photography - Land art

Presentation

Anjuna Langevin

Anjuna Langevin grew up in an artistic family. Part of her childhood was even spent in an eco-friendly sculpture house. She founded Osibi Theatre Group prior to travelling to Germany to study art. She then worked on cargo ships while pursuing her visual art work with a series of artist’s books. An action-art period with European environmental groups followed.

Langevin returned to Quebec to work in environmental research. In 2011 she exhibited widely: La mémoire des poisons, an installation at the Rimouski Regional Museum; Explorer la Terre Inconnue, a photography show at Rivière du Loup Cultural Center; Leaving the Ship/Trouver la mer, a performance at Montréal’s Sala Rossa; and The lightkeeper at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto).

Langevin states that “the performative state is central to all my work as an artist. Presence, body-focused exercises, and visualization open up a path to image creation. I constantly explore new mediums and approaches to generate images while seeking to limit interference from mental preconceptions. This unanticipated work takes the form of synchronicities in photography, or the coexistence of unrelated images in the everyday world. In performance the space, my own presence, and everyday objects used in extraordinary ways become the building blocks of a new form of images. In this way I explore our relationship with nature and the links between myself and others.”

Proposed approach and type of activities



Objectives

  • Initiate students to performance art and the performative state
  • Create images with everyday objects and places

I develop activities to enable students to immerse themselves in the performative state. I then lead them to image creation through a variety of means. Students learn to create freed from mental preconceptions or anticipation, leaving space for the magic of the instant and the emergence of impromptu images. I choose exercises and adapt the difficulty level to students’ ages.

Steps

Basic performative exercises: Participants will perform  basic exercises adapted from the work of Pablo Vela, Goya, Grotowsky, and Slavinsky. The aim is to develop presence and attention.

Creation: Then, depending on the chosen discipline, students will create images with objects brought from home such as photographs, or use the characteristics of the environment around them.

I lead activities where students immerse themselves in the performative state. I then lead them to image creation by various means. They create freed from mental preconceptions or anticipation, leaving space for the magic of the instant and the emergence of impromptu images. I choose exercises and adapt difficulty to students’ ages.

Diffusion: Participants will present their work to others.

Reflection: Automatic writing and/or drawing will help to integrate the experience.

Exchange: Discussion about the activity.

Activities can be done in a regular classroom (desks put aside), a music classroom, or outdoors.

Other examples of activities

1. The creative power of objects (50 min.)

Students explore the potential of an object brought from home to generate images through different scenarios and exercises.

2. Space exploration (50 min.)

Students make a map of the area including a path and virtual elements. In teams, they guide each other and experience the area.

3. Bodies and space (2 x 50 min. periods; Grades 4 and up)

Following basic presence and attention games, students begin to take macro photographs of the surroundings and objects. Then, in teams, they become, in turn, photographers and performers in a game. During the second class students work with printed photographs to create collages. New images are formed and a second level of meaning emerges.

4- Collective artwork (long-term project)

Students explore several performance games and approaches. Together with the teacher, I lead the group through the various steps involved in creating a collective artwork. A public performance can be planned.


Special conditions

Activity expenses not to exceed $100 per day


For information

Anjuna Langevin
Phone : 418 725-5351
Email : anjuna_langevin@hotmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

Yes

Levels

Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

Available in

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Laval, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Lanaudière, Capitale-Nationale, Côte-Nord, Laurentides, Mauricie, Montérégie, Estrie, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Centre-du-Québec, Montréal, Chaudière-Appalaches, Outaouais

Other language(s)

French

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