For the first Intercessions of 2016, Julie Vulcan and Alan Schacher hosted a Performance Art Lab at Big Ci.

BigCi is located in Bilpin, on the edge of Wollemi National Park, about an hour and a half away from Sydney. In addition to working directly in nature, The Art Shed, pictured below, was where a lot of the activity took place. It was purpose built for artist’s residences using recycled materials and “Its design follows environmental principles including a huge roof collecting rain water and 41 solar panels generating electricity for the whole property.”

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There were nine artists in attendance and over the course of the weekend we had lots of opportunities to experiment and collaborate (as well as eat, drink and be merry).

On the first evening I did a short performance opening and shutting a ladder with multiple points of articulation without letting it touch the ground.

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(image by Rae Bolotin)

On Saturday morning we split up into groups of three and went out into the bush to perform. I did a half-hour performance called Choke. I spent the first twenty-five minutes of the performance collecting leaves and putting them in my pockets. When my pockets were full I took the leaves out in handfulls and pushed them into my mouth until I choked and spat them out. I continued until I had run out of leaves.

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(images by Romy Seven Fox)

On Saturday afternoon we worked on individual and collaborative performances in the Art Shed at BigCi.

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(images by Suzon Fuks)

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(image by Rae Bolotin)

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(image by Alan Schacher)

On Sunday morning one group of artists went into the bush to create a rolling stream of performances through the bush.

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(image by Alan Schacher)

On Sunday afternoon we created a one hour long group performance in the art shed with the limitation that no more than three performers could be in the space at one time. So many great things happened over the course of the hour, but one section stood out as one of my favourite moments of the whole weekend:

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(images by Suzon Fuks)