ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee)
for Edge Zones, Miami Performance International Festival 2013.
June 28, 2013.
“Distended Topographies transposes a winter walk in Toronto, Canada to Miami, Florida. Artists work with the juxtaposition of heat and cold, speak to the historical moment of the 1895 Great Freeze which wiped out most of the Florida orange crop and celebrate Julia Tuttle who conceived Miami-as-place.”
Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee
ARTIFACTS, formed in 1983 by Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee, produces feminist collaborative works which combine the concerns of art and theatre; they have fused these traditions into a unique hybridity. Ever cognizant of gender politics and cultural normalization, ARTIFACTS engages in deconstructing various contemporary societal issues by exploring women’s bodies across speculative edges and in liminal spaces. While concentrating on performance, ARTIFACTS has also created video and visual exhibitions. Research-in-process and doing-as-action define their practice. In 2011, Miklos Legrady was invited to join ARTIFACTS as “public eye”, a photographer or “witness” who by documenting the work is drawn into and becomes part of the performance.