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The sixth Yellow Fish Festival,  To Stay Alive /| You Must be Live, used the specific field of Durational Performance as a means to support methods of staying alive in the present times. 


Yellow Fish Durational Performance Art Festival welcomed artists of all mediums to use time as concept and material in actions and ideas.


Selected artists comprised of a cohort, participating in a collective experience emphasizing and expanding upon Care Methodologies in respect of the times and in response to the festival theme: To Stay Alive /| You Must be Live.  Artists collaborated with curators (Rana San, Eleanor Kipping, and Babette Pendleton) to design a long-form engagement with the festival in consideration of their durational practice. 


Yellow Fish worked with an expanded season over the course of a year to initiate digital experiments, gather & process through a residency period, and present in site-specific live forms. The festival development and programming coexisted across three seasonal phases outlined below.

The vision as a curatorial team inside YF VI was to reinvision the traditional definition of Care by providing the impetus for action and growth; an aliveness of sorts.  To initiate the conversation, YF curators constructed a list of action driven ideas that supported their notions of Care and provided a framework for artists to expand and build upon while responding to the theme: To Stay Alive /| You Must be Live.  

Generate sustainable protest  

Emphasize awareness of self & others 

Dismantle colonized instincts and legacies 

Transcend boundaries of discipline and medium

Awaken erotic understanding

Protect our environment

Strengthen empathetic interdependence

Invoke play with risk

Phyllis Akinyi

Phyllis Akinyi 

Amalya Megerman

Dylan Languell


Annabel Turrado

Jocelyn Beausire

Alex Mari

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Pedro Mesa

Saira Barbaric


Eleanor Kipping 
Rana San 
Babette Pendleton 



Fenja Frances

Livia Xie


Dan Friday 
Katie Jacobson 
Stephanie Beattie 
Alex Nystrom 
Brynn Mellon 
Julia Sloane


Sierra Hendrix 
Rosemary McGeady 



Olga Rabetskaya


Throughout November, the YFVI cohort used the digital (or analog) world to engage with the theme:  To Stay Alive /| You Must be Live. 

The cohort started meeting digitally-- sparking conversations over connections in each others' work, their relationships with the digital world, and built ideas for experiments during each of the phases. 


For the duration of Phase I, we decided to provide weekly updates on the fluid engagements happening. The work of Phase One was documented within newsletters sent out weekly. 



Phase 3 of our nine month festival provided artists with the opportunity to workshop their process in live form through installations and performances hosted by 153 COFFEY, a multidisciplinary, artist-led studio located in Red Hook, New York.


The nine artists used time as concept and material in actions and ideas emphasizing and expanding upon Care Methodologies in respect of the times and in response to our festival theme: To Stay Alive /| You Must be Live.


Pedro Mesa: 5/1 - 5/30 
Daily Video Installation 

Amalya Megerman: 5/1 - 5/8 
Daily Video Installation
Performances 7:00pm 5/1, 5/6, 5/7 

Jocelyn Beausire: 5/3 - 5/9 
Daily Activated Environment + Body Installation Performance 4:00pm 
Online stream 6:00 - 7:00pm 

Dylan Languell: 5/7 - 5/30  
Daily Sound Installation 
Performance 6:30pm 5/7 

Phyllis Akinyi: 5/10 - 5/16
Daily Movement & Ritual Performance Beginning at 4:00pm 

Saira Barbaric: 5/17 - 5/25 
Daily Activated Environment (NYC) & Performance (Seattle)

Alex Mari: 5/17 - 5/27 Daily Video Installation 
Performance 7:00pm 5/27  

Annabel Turrado: 5/28 - 5/30 
Video Installation Performance Midnight - Noon 5/28 - 5/29 


Within Phase 2 of Festival VI the cohort was invited to participate in an intensive residency period. The residency acted as a moment to gather in groups, generate ideas, begin production planning for the spring phase, and participate in a process of individual project development, group critique, and artist talks. 


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\ Field Notes No. 3

*All photos on this page are by Olga Rabetskaya.

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