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Opyum Festival                                ) 019                                      ) 020                                       ) 021                                       ) 022

We feature emerging artists who work with video, performance, installation, sculpture, digital arts and other forms not recognized in the conventional gallery system. We conduct interviews with artists, organize online / offline exhibitions and monthly virtual residencies.

EMPATHY by OPYUM 022 declares the common need to be attuned to a practical, theoretical and sensitive ecology of performance art.

The pain remains pointless. Yet in her physical conformation she is absolute and total. When we suffer, it is impossible for us to ignore it: pain becomes the primordial feeling that supplants all other emotions. And at the same time, it is impossible for us to communicate this experience, but it is possible to show empathy. The lack of empathy for the pain of other human beings has led to violence, abuse and the deterioration of interpersonal and intergroup relationships. Racism and sexism and all other forms of discrimination draw their strength from this lack of empathy, which is essential to community life. Constructed by realizing an idea through a gesture performance has historically always aimed to stage a form of experimentation, to open up new fields of research and engagement, to transgress the norm, to question artistic production and to engage the viewer in the process. The performance is in a way a means of communication and metamorphosis. Through the radical treatment of their bodies, the performers become transmitters. Through its bodily actions, protesting against a world where everything is anesthetized, the wound is the memory of the body, the memory of its fragility, its pain, and therefore the certainty of its existence. Performance Art can, from this point of view, be of great help. Indeed, where information, analyses, scientific knowledge only reach us in an abstract, disembodied way, artists give shape to worlds and situations which, even if they are completely fanciful, are offered to our bodies and our minds as concrete spaces of investment. The question is no longer how performers could give flesh to the textual and human “skeletons” they encounter, but how they could pull a bone from here and another from there to create their own figures.

UPCOMING 2022 EXHIBITIONS - EMPATHY for the pain on our skin

The performance is in a way a means of communication and metamorphosis.

The Festival relies on the performance practice to redefine the limits of morality, the very one that defines the policy of integrating normativity. Embracing performance as a means of articulating cultural or ethnic differences and participating in the broader debate about international culture in the all-digital era. The sharing of an experience, the contestation, the transgression, the provocation, the subversion, the feminist claim, the question posed to "gender" and sexual identity, marginality, always in tension with an effective recovery with the possible . Realize a real action, without mimicry.

Opyum Online Residency is a virtual space for Open Call winners 2021 to explore and create video and digital performance.
WICKED GAME, 2021 - O_FUTURE @o_future_
WICKED GAME video, part of the Maculate EP2 released August 2021 via DMY Artists (UK)
All digital and analog visual work and real life objects made by Katherine Mills Rymer and all music instrumentation, arrangement and production by Jens Bjornkjaer. Vocals song by Katherine Mills Rymer. Maculate meaning ‘spoiled or stained’ is our inverse humor, sense of absurdity and peroutloo towards taste and purity. This work seeks to unravel good taste, while adhering to beauty however wild and uncomfortable.

Performance video art is a portrait, made with new technologies. Located between disfiguration and figuration, engraved in the skin, according to contemporary conjunctures.

Danylo et Bryan les deux fondateurs ont créé le festival en juin 2019 à Paris de manière entièrement indépendante leur permettant de garder la main sur toutes les questions de direction artistique, d’accessibilité et d’intégration des œuvres pour le public.


Le Festival part d’une volonté d’aider les artistes performer à diffuser leur travail. Ce médium encore peu connu du grand public gagne à être mieux appréhendé par la société car il permet d’interroger des questions fondamentales.

© Opyum Video Performance Festival, 2022. is registered as association trust with the French Association Commission.

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