It may be a documentary, but it is not. It may be an art film, but it is not. It is instead a philosophical work. –Strona Tańca

A memory message to every human being. –Lucrezia De Domizio Durini

VestAndPage’s performance-based feature film based on actual historical events, “PLANTAIN”, was produced and filmed on location during the month-long performance walk by artist duo VestAndPage from Northern Germany through Poland to the Russian region of Kaliningrad in May/June 2015. Taking a private family story and the historical event of post-WWII displacements as starting points, the film focuses on the issue of the replaced – displaced – in-place body. It questions how past and present speak to and through our bodies facing ethical, social and existential challenges. It investigates the process of acceptance of history, its individual and collective archiving, and concepts of identity and permeability of cultural borders. In 7 episodes, the film recalls family members to look into time, mystery, war, duty, courage, trauma and fidelity.

In 2010, VestAndPage inspired a new experimental and ecological performance-based film production method. Theirs are complexly layered film works that move in the realms of magic realism, through which they examine the evolution from original documentation of performative acts toward contextual, non-linear storytelling. Their films are produced on-site as direct and visceral performances, which are not rehearsed or staged and happen in response to extreme environments. Stenke and Pagnes usually work alone or with a small team of collaborators and use minimal non-invasive equipment. In a constant search through a reflexive mode for new images of interior landscapes, they consider the world the studio and host: they do not go to a place to tell a story – they go to a place to find its story. To perform in these thresholds where the visible blends with the invisible, they have developed a psychogeographical method to activate memory and uncover layers of information and imagery stored in the human body, psyche, spirit, and non-human environment. Since then, they have produced three feature-length films, a silent film, a trilogy of shorts, two shorts and numerous interview series and art videos. In 2020, they published “Poetics of Relations: Manifesto on Performance-Based Filmmaking”.


A VestAndPage production, Germany, 2015/2018 By and with Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes Month-long performance on behalf of the Centre for Cultural Heritage of East Prussia, Ehingen Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media In cooperation with Heart of the City Bureau, Dom Samok Foundation, Georgenburg Association Performances: Verena Stenke, Andrea Pagnes, Stephan Knies, Vlada Smirnova Camera, Voice Over: Verena Stenke, Andrea Pagnes Production Audio, Sound Editing: Douglas Quin Sound Design: Keller McDivitt Editing: Verena Stenke Text: Andrea Pagnes Text editing: Aisha Ryannon Pagnes Translation: Anna Kosarewska Original Music: Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Katarina & Ljubica Duo, Stephan Knies, Josephine Macri, Mauro Sambo, Angie Seah, White Noise Generator DCP Mastering & Consulting: DCP Manufaktur Berlin






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Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together as VestAndPage internationally in performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing and temporary artistic community projects. For over a decade, VestAndPage have been exploring performance art and filmmaking as phenomena through their collaborative creative practice, artistic research and curatorial projects. They have produced performance-based art and films among others under Antarctic glaciers, at the Himalayan foothills, in the vastness of Tierra del Fuego, in military enclaves, or inside prehistoric caves systems. In a psychogeography of symbiotic realms they move between embodiment and research, the unseen and the unforeseen, the oppressed and unspoken, the forgotten and the repressed. Their art practice is contextual and focuses on the liminal, spectral and ritual nature of art. In an ongoing 'Poetics of Relations', they move into an encounter with the other. Their works have been presented at various sites and in theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas worldwide. They are the founders and directors of the Venice International Performance Art Week, and their research and poetic writings have been extensively published and translated for international readers. They share their methodology and mentoring on collaborative performance and filmmaking in co-creation master classes and have been guest lecturers at art academies worldwide.

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