Buffer Fringe VII (2020)

 

The seventh edition of Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in 2020 will be building on the success of the 2019 edition in defining (the) buffer zone(s). Last year marked the creation of the first immersive / interactive space in the buffer zone, with the theme and methodology becoming blended into one to produce an art-based experience.

 

Thus far, 2020 has posed a great challenge for the artistic community, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. As a Festival, we stand in solidarity with the arts community, and have decided to keep the theme of the festival, but to re-shape the structure to be more flexible, aligning with the times.

 

You can click here to view all the information regarding this year's edition!

 

The Theme

Buffer Fringe 2020 will be centered on “Displacement”: people, idea and artistic practices.

 

Unpacking the Theme

 

Reflections on the LOCAL

  • Cyprus as a space of internal displacement:  Sixty-two (62) years since the first population shifts due to violent strife, three generations since the first displacement, two generations since segregation, one generation since the checkpoints opened. New migrants arriving into the island, from neighboring countries, Eastern Europe, southeast Asia. 

[PRIO: Routes of Displacement and Resettlement- http://www.prio-cyprus-displacement.net/default.asp?id=245]

 

Considering the REGIONAL & GLOBAL:

  • The approach to the mobility of people and ideas that is seen through colonial practice, and how that is characterized by rigidity, rather than flexibility. Moving for work or pilgrimage or trade, was a natural and fluid practice. This movement of populations is restricted by new frames of (financial) control and ‘order’. (Homi Bhabha has some interesting points to make in “The Other Question: The Stereotype and Colonial Discourse”),
  • Thinking in environmental, economic and technological terms: mobility and population movement as repercussions of a variety of reasons, not only war and politics, but also climate change and the desertification of the north Africa and the coast of the Mediterranean, and access to healthcare, education and technology.
  • Fluidity is demonized: rethinking of Mediterranean and global displacement, and the Mediterranean as a micro-cosmos of displacement, with the way people travel having changed drastically over the years. Commercial routes, migration, pilgrimage, tourist routes, have all shifted in the 20th century, from what David Abulafia describes in “The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean” (2011).

 

In the TIME OF CORONA:

  • Isolation and confinement have functioned as shock treatment for artists and the artistic community, and have shed new light to the very processes of the mobility of artists and ideas. The day-to-day practice and global artistic dialogue is being reshaped, festivals, collaborations and residencies will never be the same. Artists remain in constant negotiation with the need to create and to survive.

 

New Principles: Process and Collaboration

The 2020 festival is based on two new principles, as a means to validate the process of creation and to offer long-term work for artists (rather than a one-off presentation of their work). The scheme has two elements:

Process-based work: the festival will not only host the work of the artists (when that is possible, we estimate the end of November, early December 2020), but we are also showcasing their creative process. This process can take 2-4 months (Autumn 2020), and will be shared online. Artists and artists groups will present, on a regular basis, their creative process, on social media, through a (image) blog, podcasts, videos / YouTube channel, visual diary, photography, or other means that they think will communicate better what they are doing.

Collaborative work: teams can be local (mono-communal or bi-communal), international, or mixed. The Festival welcomes collaborations between artists that bring in different experiences and skills, work in different ways and using various skillsets. We welcome experimentation in terms of the roles of creatives in processes, both in the preparation and execution, the flow between on-line and offline, the preoccupation with the theme from different vantage points.

 

Click Here to access the Open Call for Artists

 

The Buffer Fringe’s Creative team

The 2020 Festival inaugurates a model of collaboration in terms of the organization of the festival. In addition to the Home for Cooperation team, which is the backbone of the Festival, and the Artistic Director, this year creative individuals from various backgrounds are bringing in an inter-disciplinary flare to the organization of the Festival, supporting its community basis, as well as promoting the idea of female creative entrepreneurship on the island. Thus, Maria Varnakkidou, Nihal Soganci and Zoe Kakota are joining the team, as Creative directors, and Technical director.

 

Read their Bios HERE