Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together as VestAndPage internationally in performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing and temporary artistic community projects. For over a decade, VestAndPage have been exploring performance art and filmmaking as phenomena of "thin places" through their collaborative creative practice, artistic research and curatorial projects. Up to date, they have produced five feature-length art films and numerous awarded video works. In 2020, they published their Manifesto on performance-based filmmaking, Poetics of Relations.
They have produced body-based art and films, among others, under Antarctic glaciers, at the Himalayan foothills, in the vastness of Tierra del Fuego, in abandoned factories, Russian enclaves, or inside the dark depths of Southern German prehistoric caves systems. Their interdisciplinary, site-responsive and psychogeographical works move between embodiment and research, the unseen and the unforeseen, the oppressed and unspoken, the forgotten and the repressed.
They are the founders and directors of the Venice International Performance Art Week, and their research and poetic writings have been extensively published and translated for international readers. They are devoted to a poetic approach in experimental personal filmmaking based on performance art in extreme natural environments, questioning the perception of reality and relationships and how we process and store information.
They share their methodology and mentoring on collaborative performance and filmmaking in master classes and have been guest lecturers at art academies worldwide.
For STRATA they sign responsible as artistic directors, producers, writers, performers, and directors.
Aldo Aliprandi Sound
Marianna Andrigo Movement
Marilyn Arsem Performance
Balaustio Costume design
Andreas Bauer Kanabas Classical bass
Anguezomo Mba Bikoro Performance
Giorgia De Santi Performance
daz disley Sound, Lighting Director, Cinematography
Francesca Fini Performance & Digital animation
Nicola Fornoni Performance
La Saúla / La Pocha Nostra Performance
Stephan Knies Violin
Fenia Kotsopoulou Dance, Visuals, Cinematography
Boris Nieslony Performance
Ralf Peters Voice art
Enok Ripley Performance
Sara Simeoni Dance
Marcel Sparmann Performance, Production Assistance
VestAndPage Performance, Directors Producers, Writers
Susanne Weins Voice art
Douglas Quin Sound design, Audio arts
Südwest Presse, "Hochkultur in tiefen Höhlen" (July 2021)