Open Call:
FIGHT (Temple Door)

3. April — 15. April 2019

FIGHT (Temple Door)

Application deadline: April 15, 2019

From 12 to 19 May 2019 the spaces of Combo Venezia will host FIGHT (Temple Door), a workshop coordinated by the German born, American artist Dara Friedman, whose work focuses on actions, using film and video as a primary expressive medium.
At this moment in history in which discussion seems to inevitably shift into conflict, FIGHT (Temple Door) proposes to develop, perform and film a series of actions and reactions pertaining to conflict resolution. Using Aikido, Breathwork, psychology, debate, theater games, game theory, and structural film techniques FIGHT aims to examine the art and patterns of confrontation, argument and negotiation.
Students will develop a dynamic vocabulary of personal actions and reactions to demonstrate and visually communicate the outcomes of a zero-sum game as opposed to a win-win solution. Importance will be placed preparing the student to develop iconic conflicts and resolutions and then practicing these scenarios in order to develop a muscle memory.
Visual, physical, aural and verbal arguments will be given equal importance. Deflection, redirection, cooperation, sabotage, escape, delay, salesmanship and ultimately confluence will be addressed and developed by the diverse “company” of students.

FIGHT (Temple Door) becomes the catalyst for artistic creation and is seeking 10 participants (artists, actors, performers, musicians, dancers, activists, filmmakers) who are at least 18 years old, with a desire to investigate the mechanisms that regulate conflict. We will develop, film and perform the resulting artwork together as a group.

Along with Dara Friedman, the workshop will be guided by the artist / biologist Daniela Marcozzi, and Aikido master Massimiliano Furlanetto.


The results of the FIGHT (Temple Door) workshop will form the basis of a new work to be presented in November 2019 during a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof.
If you are interested in participating in this multi-disciplinary experience, send a letter introducing yourself to in English, covering the following points:
1. Introduce yourself and your educational background;
2. State the reasons why you would like to be part of the project.

The tuition and hospitality fee to participate in FIGHT (Temple Door) is 400 euros + VAT, if required by law, and includes lodging & breakfast from 12 to 19 May 2019 at COMBO Venezia, an exceptional location inside a former 12th-century monastery in the Cannaregio district, a few minutes from Piazza San Marco, offering fully furnished collegial kitchens. Each participant will also receive a ticket giving access to the 58th Venice Biennale.

Other expenses – travel, public transport, lunches and dinners – will not be reimbursed, and are personally covered by each participant. There is the possibility of scholarships to waive the 400 euro fee. Please make a note if you would like to be considered for such a scholarship.

The workshop will be conducted in English only.
Application deadline: April 15, 2019

Dara Friedman (1968, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; lives in Miami) uses images and sounds from everyday life as raw materials to shape in her films and for her video art projects, which are always filled with vibrant emotional energy.
She studied at the Städelschule of Frankfurt, the Slade School of Fine Art with Prof. Peter Kubelka, The Slade School University College London, University of Miami School of Motion Pictures and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her work has been shown in institutions like the Aspen Art Museum (2017), the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles (2014), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit (2014), the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, North Carolina (2012), the Public Art Fund in New York (2007), The Kitchen in New York (2005), the Kunstmuseum Thun in Switzerland (2002) and SITE Santa Fe (2001). In 2017-18 she held a mid-career exhibition, Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger, at Perez Art Museum in Miami which is accompanied by a catalog raisonne from Prestel. She has been part of various group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC (2013), MoMA PS 1, Long Island City, New York (2010), the Whitney Museum of American Art of New York (2009 and 2002), the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt (2009) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2002). Her works have been included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is currently a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. Dara Friedman is represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York and Rome) and Galleria Franco Noero (Torino).