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Friday Lates

Serpent symbolisms: A performative intervention

A collaborative performance between musician David Toop, performance artist Ania Psenitsnikova and artist Wiebke Leister
This event is part of Friday Lates.
Date
Friday, 21 June 2024
Time
6.30 - 7 pm

About

Artist Wiebke Leister’s recent research is an exploration of snake iconographies in both paintings from our collection and throughout local art traditions across the centuries. Building upon talks and workshops earlier in the year, this collaboration with the musician David Toop and performance artist Ania Psenitsnikova, is a live manifestation of discussions that took place in the Gallery, then developed as an idea and performance in the studio.  

Experience their multimedia portrayal of serpents and snakes in painting, with particular reference to Nicolas Poussin’s ‘Landscape with a Man killed by a Snake’, through sound, photography and movement. 

Image: Wiebke Leister, 'Serpent Symbolisms' 2024. Photo: Wiebke Leister

Wiebke Leister

Wiebke Leister is an artist and researcher, who teaches at the Royal College of Art. Her work develops a performative understanding of how movement enters the structure of the still image, and how the liveness of viewing interacts with our interpretative processes. Building on her earlier research into the ambiguous character of snake-women in Japanese theatre, she is currently comparing contradictory Serpent Symbolisms in Western art contexts. Her recent book ‘Echoes & Callings: A Hannya Manifesto’ was published with Ma Bibliothèque in 2023. 

Performers

Ania Psenitsnikova is a visual and performance artist and curator. Born in Estonia, she has travelled and learned butoh dance with Masaki Iwana, Daisuke Yoshimoto, Moeno Wakamatsu and Flavia Ghisalberti. Studying music independently since 1996, she has worked as an aerial dance artist since 2011 and as a bodywork therapist since 2015.  

David Toop is a musician, writer and curator. Artists he has collaborated with include Ryuichi Sakamoto, Thurston Moore, Sidsel Endresen, Akio Suzuki and Rie Nakajima, along with butoh dancers Mitsutaka Ishii and Min Tanaka. His books include Ocean of Sound, Into the Maelstrom and Sinister Resonance.

Music & performance

Friday Lates

Serpent symbolisms: A performative intervention

A collaborative performance between musician David Toop, performance artist Ania Psenitsnikova and artist Wiebke Leister
This event is part of Friday Lates.
Date
Friday, 21 June 2024
Time
6.30 - 7 pm

Free

Although this event does not require booking, we encourage you to book a free Gallery entry ticket to gain admission to the National Gallery and save time on arrival. 

Please note, Gallery entry does not guarantee admission to this event. Places are available on a first come, first served basis.