PAS #49, in Bratislava, Slovakia focuses on the notion of neighbourhood through an ecological scope derived from the Greek word oikos and simply translates as “house.” The idea of the oikos, creates a strong image, which is closely related to that of a neighbourhood and everything that supports it, such as the atmosphere, garden, weather, relations, smell etc. Thus, oikos can be perceived as something larger than a house/home, acknowledging the community around it, as well as recognizing the dependency of its surroundings. Dancer and performer Simon Whitehead, offers a similar idea of home:
The body is the ‘first home’, and the place or territory where we live is a ‘second home’, or perhaps something that is made through a heightened sense of awareness to where we are. The ‘third’ home is the home you discover when you start interacting with the assemblage body and environment to produce something new.
Participants of PAS #49 will research numerous performance art practices while creating an experimental setting, in which they will work toward an individual and/or collective performance work that will be presented as part of the Nomadic Performance Art Festival 2016: Neighbourhood and Territory, in the Public Realm of the Quarter.