Theatre Academy student David Frankovich awarded residence place by the Kone Foundation

David Frankovich, a student of the master’s degree programme Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS) at the University of the Arts Helsinki, has received a residence place at the Saari manor house for the year 2016. The Saari Residence is owned by the Kone Foundation.

The press release issued by the Kone Foundation states that Canadian performance artist Frankovic (b. 1985) is a “young and original performance artist who has lately worked on the themes of removal and invisibility that deal with bisexuality. He seeks a fresh and more collective approach to performance and queer performances. At the Saari Residence Frankovich intends to develop an invisibility cloak for his new performances.”

In the project he will be making a ghillie suit, used by hunters and sharpshooters, out of a variety of materials including rope, tarpaulins and, especially, space blankets – thin mylar sheets with a reflective coating. Frankovich is interested in how this camouflage will work through the materials he will be using and his queer-based approach to it.

The Saari Residence is maintained by the Kone Foundation and offers residence places to 40 artists and artist groups in 2016. A total of 378 applications arrived this year.

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