Along the Well is a participatory walking perforrmance that I created at the Woodford Academy Museum, the oldest surviving building in The Blue Mountains, Australia on March 21st 2015. In single file, we followed the natural water source, out the back to the line along the rock, around the unmarked graveyard, along the dried up creek, past the second spring, and back again in a circle. It was a day of ritual with 50 or so of us acknowledging together the presence of water on
Curated by Sarah Breen Lovett, ‘Palimpsest Performances’ is a series that explores contemporary art performance, as a way of simultaneously drawing forth the past and layering present interpretations of the unique architecture and grounds of the Woodford Academy. Palimpsest Performance #2 by contemporary artists Ben Denham and Honi Ryan are two separate but intertwined performances, both explore the land and its resources as communication device. Through an examination of wa
Today I went on a workshop at Wavehill public garden and cultural centre in the Bronx, NY called Sounding Silence and the Winter Walk. It was led by one of my favourite pedagogs, Nicolás Dumit Estevez. Nicolas is a truly empathetic leader, and surrenders to the shared moments people create in the act of being. This walk was no exception. The experience mustered ideas for me of the idividual and the collective and ceated a space where creative ideas flowed through me as we cru
Honi Ryan and Abi Tariq Notes on not-knowing. participative performance - a telepathic encounter 31a Bienal De Arte De São Paulo, Brazil.
Pavilion foyer, 6-7:30pm October 11th, 2014. Perpendicular Bienal performance #3 Two artists sit opposite each other, lock in eye contact and form an unspoken connection. Periodically, when a thought solidifies in their minds, they write it down and turn it upside down, stacking the notes to create an unknown sequence of thoughts. Every 1
Abi Tariq and Honi Ryan Act of being; active reading/writing. 31a Bienal De Arte De São Paulo, Brazil. exhibition area C. 5:15pm October 12th, 2014. Perpendicular Bienal performance #4 Two people walk through the exhibition space of the 31a bienal of São Paulo. One is reading aloud from a book, turning the pages rapidly and speaking fragmented sections of the text interspersed with words, sentences and ideas that are read from the surrounding works. Walking side by side, th
31a Bienal De Arte De São Paulo, Brazil. Oct I have just participated in the ‘Perpendicular Bienal’ – a curated performance intervention on the São Paulo 31st Biennale. It was a 4 day event in the Bienal foundation in Ibirapuera Park, and included about 30 artists. The theme was ‘I am present’. We worked together to create a peaceful provocative presence on the biennial pavilion. It had free entry so attracted a diverse audience. The pieces ranged from individual to collabor
performance, duration 1 hour. A collaboration between Honi Ryan and Abdullah Khan. Somos Art Gallery, Kotbusser Damm 95, Neukoelln, Berlin. 6-9pm August 2nd, 2014 Two artists sit opposite each other and form an unspoken connection. Periodically they write their thoughts on cards, and stack them on top of each other. After an hour, the narrative is woven together in order for all to read, uncovering a sequence of not-known connections. THE CARDS: Focus or out of a stream of wi