Open Call // The Performance of Goodbye: An Invitation to Camp Solong

Article by Julianne Cordray in Berlin // Friday, Jul. 15, 2016

Through an experimental summer camp program, artists Dafna Maimon and Ethan Hayes-Chute will initiate a collaborative, performative encounter focused around the task of saying ‘goodbye’. From the start of the three-day camp, the inevitability of its end will be palpable for participants, who, throughout the process of building connections, will be constantly aware of the camp’s short duration and the eventuality of parting. Stemming from the artists’ respective performative practices, ‘Camp Solong’ will feature a tailored program of activities that will lead participants on an exploration and rehearsal of the process of separation.


Integrating the tangibility of emotional experience and the detachment of playful performativity, the camp aims to re-stage finality as an ongoing process. Through repetition of the goodbye moment, participants will have the opportunity to explore different facets of this essential, universal experience, culminating in a performance on the final day of camp. Set within the garden of Kunstverein Braunschweig from August 19th to 21st, the camp will accommodate six campers, in addition to Hayes-Chute and Maimon. Each will be provided with a traditional camp bunk bed and a shelf for personal effects. All campers will participate in the extensive program of fun, relaxation practices and performance. Food will be provided, as well as the opportunity to let go.

As part of the current exhibition ‘PROCESS, PERFORMANCE, PRESENCE’—an exhibition that illuminates the ongoing process and evolution of both artistic practice and audience engagement with art—the summer camp presents an experiential, continuous encounter, in which the end is part of the process and not merely its result. The camp is open to anyone age 20 and older who is interested and willing to perform, keep an open mind and let go in an inventive and playful manner.

Additional Info

The deadline for applications is Thursday, August 4, 2016.

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