RE-COLLECTING MEMORIES, a performance installation by Igor Josifov

IgorJoin PAI and our Artists in Residence, Igor Josifov & Tobias Tovera, for a night of performance art.

Saturday August 24th, 7:00-11:00PM
Performances: 8:00PM

Josifov’s MANUMISSION (2007) experimented with burning paper as a medium and method of art creation, and, over the years, was explored through the burning of some 300 works on paper – many of which can be viewed at galleries and museums around the world.

RE-COLLECTING MEMORIES, Josifov’s most recent project with PAI as Artist in Residence, is a performance installation that hopes to encapsulate the evolution of the paper-burning medium. Additionally, the project seeks to capture traces of restlessness resulting from a nomadic lifestyle that necessitates the act of being taken out of one’s “comfort zone” and the stresses involved in not having a stable environment to rest one’s head, to sleep. The performance will mark the mental and visual projection of a state of (un)consciousness where fire is the catalyst that liberates the spirit and at once leaves behind marks of the past.

Using large pieces of heavy paper drenched with masking fluid, Josifov will capture various sleeping positions of his body over a period of several days. A solid cube construction formed by four large pieces of the heavy paper, now imprinted with bodily forms, will be burned from inside of the installation thus allowing the audience to observe images being burned/formed while Josifov remains out-of-view.

Happening simultaneously will be Tovera’s TRANSMUTATION exhibit, which has been running live at PAI since July 19th. Tovera will likewise be performing the inception of a new installation connected to TRANSMUTATION and in conversation with RE-COLLECTING MEMORIES.

Igor Josifov’s website:
Tobias Tovera’s website:

July 19th to September 8th: Tobias Tovera, Transmutation


Opening Reception: Friday July 19th 2013 7-10PM

Closing Reception: Friday September 6th, 7-10PM

The Performance Art Institute (PAI) invites you to our newest exhibition featuring the work of Tobias Tovera in PAI’s newly constructed gallery (adjacent to our performance space) at 435 23rd Street in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition will be on view from July 19th to September 8th with an opening reception July 19th 7-10PM and closing reception September 6th 7-10PM.

Transmutation, is an exhibition investigating the realm of alchemical processes in the pursuit of discovering a ‘third space,’ a zone of possibility that exists beyond the restrictive dualities. Through painting, sculpture, and performance, this exhibit will feature the work of Tobias Tovera who will be pouring live in one of his installations at 8PM each day during the course of the exhibition.

Opening the exhibit, special guest, violist Nils Bultmann will be performing avant-garde improvised musical textures.