Noel Ed De Leon
Noel Ed De Leon (b.1976, Philippines) is an environmentalist, and a visual and performance artist. De Leon’s work includes archiving as an artistic practice, vernacular architecture, installation, experimental sounds, raw videos, and multimedia sculptures. He explores the themes of remembrance, DNA, history, and memory; engaging with questions of how historical conflicts, migrations, ecology, and exchanges may be traced through surviving artifacts. He has presented talks, performances, and installations at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Live Art Development Agency, London; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; Raven Row, London; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Vargas Museum, Manila; gdl.arch Venezia Atelier. He is also the Founder of Transnational Movement and Co-director of Batubalani Art Projects with Eva Bentcheva, a non-profit organisation working to promote Philippine art across museums and universities in Europe.
Stateless Mind #4
Duration: 1 hour
Uncertain Respite is a public durational performance by UK-based Filipino artist, Noel Ed De Leon. Drawing upon his extensive research in suppressed histories and archives of the everyday, De Leon’s performance explores how migrant workers are at once the backbone of economic growth and world trade services, but also the invisible population of cosmopolitan cities subject to the precarious labour, immigration and increasingly pressured climate conditions. Exploring the interplay of relations between human/non-human and narratives of predator and prey, adaptation and camouflage, this performance unfolds on a densely traversed pathway from the station to the Archivi della Misericordia. Interweaving amongst the visitors, residents and tradespeople of Venice, the performance raises questions regarding habitat and inhabitation, incommensurable worldview and cosmologies, materiality and territoriality - amidst the slow erosion of the environment and memory.