Motion Bank LIVE and ONLINE 2013
28.11.-1.12.2013, Frankfurt Lab. With Jeroen Peeters and Kristien Van den Brande. Click here for more information: LIVE and ONLINE 2013
TIP: saturday, 7.12. 2013, Performing the Public: ART & CITIZENSHIP
17:00h, Kaaistudios. More information: here
Sarma proudly launches an editorial collaboration with the Flemish performing arts journal Etcetera, in which traditional print and online publishing are complementary.
For thirty years now, Etcetera publishes in-depth essays, interviews and reviews that chronicle new artistic work and explore artistic oeuvres and practices in relation with broader tendencies in the arts and in society. For ten years, Sarma has been a leading figure in publishing anthologies, text collections but also new discursive formats on dance and performance.
For this season, Sarma will publish texts and collections as an extension to the content of Etcetera issues. The focus of Sarma is on multilingual, oral and multimodal contributions. The aim is to create a space for a wider variety of discourses that can nurture the artistic field, its discourses and reflection.
September 2013 issue: Sarma publishes essays on the work of Sarah Vanhee by Laura Burns and Joe Kelleher. In the audio abecedarium Animal Dramaturgies, Jeroen Peeters muses on animals populating literature, philosophy and art.
Workshop Enchanting Scores: call for participants
Can ‘enchanting scores’ create the conditions for alternative forms of relationality and agency to emerge? Exploring the critical potential of trance practices in today’s art and society is at the heart of Enchanting Scores. Choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau and anthropologist Arnaud Halloy guide a workshop on Enchanting Scores. Working towards collective drawings and a shared mythology, it is based on scores that provide a set of constraints triggering a dynamic interplay between interiority and collectivity. In practice and discussion, they will be confronted with the anthropological concept of “enchanting devices" that seeks to theorize the “social and material environments that support spiritual encounters with real or imagined intentional entities.” Addressing practices of trance and other non-ordinary states, the workshop explores diverse modes of relationality and opens up the question of human agency. How do we relate to an overwhelming stream of corporeal sensations, thoughts, emotions and imagination?
The workshop will take place November 19-21, 2013 in Brussels, in collaboration with Bains Connective. An extended workshop description and information on application are available here.
In the framework of a workshop around Enchanting Scores the workplace Sarma organizes one of its salons on new practices and discourses in the arts and in the world at large. Choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau, anthropologist Arnaud Halloy and philosopher Isabelle Stengers set up a conversation on trance and relational practices between magic, science and the arts. Afterwards the audience will be invited to work with these ideas and perspectives in a scored collective thinking process. Since modern times we are distant observers of our environment, in which we at once carelessly intervene. Can 'enchanting scores' create the condition for alternative forms of relationality and agency to emerge?
With Isabelle Stengers, Arnaud Halloy & Julien Bruneau
Kaaistudio's, 18 November 2013 at 19.00 (!). EN - duration ca. 3 hours. Free entrance - reservation required (email@example.com or 02/201 59 59).
Sarma welcomes new coordinator
As of September 16th Sarma welcomes its new coordinator Elisabeth Hirner.
Presentation Oral Site
How can one archive performance? And why? On September 3, Kristien Van den Brande presents Oral Site at a colloquium on the traces of creation, organized by Het Firmament in Brussels. More info here.
Tom Engels and Tessa Theisen prepared a new Oral Site publication More than one tie. It consists of interviews with Antonia Baehr and the artistic network around her. This research on the notion of affinity tries to map a complex network of artistic influences, forms of collaboration and modes of production. The conversations circle around artistic affinities, non-biological families, bestiaries, exclusive perfumes, gossip, and much more. The publication was presented in the frame of Zilver Flotations that took place at Beursschouwburg Brussels from April 9 to 12 2013.
Concept & Editor: Tom Engels Co-editor: Tessa Theisen Advisor: Myriam Van Imschoot Producer: Sarma Co-production: Workspace Brussels and Beursschouwburg Brussels Supported by: MotionBank/The Forsythe Company (Frankfurt am Main)
Linked to More Than One Tie, Sarma compiled the Collection Antonia Baehr.
(c) Myriam Van Imschoot
From April 9 to 12, Sarma landed with its latest project Oral Site in the Zilveren Zaal of Beursschouwburg, within the program of Make Up: At Antonia Baehr and Werner Hirsch's Table.
A new digital platform for creation and experimental publications, which started with a group of artists and their fascination for spoken word, Oral Site focuses on speech-based art works and experimental writing. More Than One Tie, the newest publication, was launched in the four-day event that also included lectures, (Christof Migone, François Noudelmann), performances (Ida Wilde), and informal Listening Room Sessions with radio makers, writers, composers and performance artists as guests.
Program composed by Tom Engels, Kristien Van den Brande and Myriam Van Imschoot.
Supported by: Beursschouwburg, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Vlaamse Gemeenschap.
Thanks to Berno Odo Polzer, Jean Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
walk+talk documents is a multimodal publication around Philipp Gehmacher's walk+talk series. It includes annotated videos, multimodal essays on utterance and on space, and a text collection on practice. Contributors: Pieter Ampe, Antonia Baehr, Eleanor Bauer, Milli Bitterli, Boris Charmatz, Philipp Gehmacher, Sioned Huws, Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Juren, Daniel Linehan, Martin Nachbar, Chrysa Parkinson, Jeroen Peeters, Rémy Héritier, Alexander Schellow, Oleg Soulimenko and Meg Stuart.
It was launched on 27 February 2013 at the Kaaistudio's in Brussels.
Concept: Jeroen Peeters & Philipp Gehmacher Production: Sarma Co-production: Kaaitheater & Philipp Gehmacher/Mumbling Fish
Sarma's Anthology walk+talk has been updated on this occasion, with new texts by Antonia Baehr, Boris Charmatz, Rémy Héritier, Sioned Huws and Daniel Linehan.
This edition took place on 15 December 2012, 2-5pm at Kaaistudio's (Working Title Platform)
Modern society has weakened our skills of cooperation needed to make a complex society work, writes Richard Sennett in Together. In experimenting with collective practices, the performing arts hold perhaps a promise for society. What are the preconditions for developing practices together? How do we organize work and spend our time? Can alternative monetary systems create a different productional and temporal frame for collaboration in the arts? How can artistic experiments with cooperation find a wider resonance and nurture alternative social and political fictions?
In the salon, the artists Sara Manente, Anna Rispoli and Michiel Vandevelde will enter into dialogue with essayist and dramaturge Marianne Van Kerkhoven around these questions. Jeroen Peeters moderates.
Organized by Sarma @ WorkSpaceBrussels
Salon #9 is documented on Oral Site.
On December 4th & 5th, Myriam Van Imschoot organized a two days yodel intensive in arts centre CAMPO (Gent). She invited the yodel queen from Berlin, DOREEN KUTZKE, to initiate a large group of people interested in yodeling. Film maker Pablo Castilla, with whom Myriam often collaborates, was present to integrate the medium of video. The workshop concluded with a simple group piece.
You can find documentation on the yodel intensive here
This workshop is part of a residency of Myriam Van Imschoot at Workspace Brussels/Sarma & CAMPO, during which she prepares a series of yodel studies and vocal works.
Sarma@WSB: Soirée Parole 15 November 2012 8pm
Sarma@WSB Voicelab2: workshop and lab
In 2010 Voicelab took place, the first lab that kicked off the partnership between Workspace Brussels and Sarma. Two years later, Myriam Van Imschoot has set up a new larger edition that took place between 5 and 25 November 2012. Linked to her artistic interest in voice and performance, it was constructed as an open platform for exchange and encounter, for training, creation and presentation. The program consisted of a workshop, lab and presentation evening Soirée Parole. All modules worked with the dispositive of Handmade Radio and approached various forms of ensemble singing. Handmade radio is the name given to the ‘dispositive’ or acousmatic principle where the production and reception of sound are separated by working in two adjacent rooms. In one room the performers produce their compositions with the aid of one mono-microphone only, in the other room the listeners listen in real time to the result through speakers. During the program participants would play with this gap between the visual and auditive, production and reception, alternating between the two rooms. In its utility stripped to the essence, Handmade radio opens up an imaginary close to radiophonic art and brings to mind the old work of folley artists, but equally hosts experimental vocal composition and sound poetry.
Extended documentation can be found on oral site
Concept & realization: Myriam Van Imschoot
In collaboration with: Anne-Laure Pigache, Alessandro Bosetti, Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
Organized by: Sarma@WorkSpaceBrussels
With thanks to: De Pianofabriek
Past & Ongoing Projects
Workshop Sarah Vanhee: Talking ahead of one's thoughts
In an attempt to grasp different layers of the 'here and now' in language, Sarah Vanhee developed a performance practice she calls ‘talking ahead of one’s thoughts’. The piece ‘Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts)’ is based on that practice. Linked to this performance Sarma@WorkSpaceBrussels organized a workshop with Sarah Vanhee from October 15th to 19th 2012.
Documentation related to Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts) and an essay by Joe Kelleher can be found on oral site.
Cluster around dilettant dramaturgy with Jennifer Lacey
In collaboration with WorkSpaceBrussels, Sarma organizes a cluster around 'dilettant dramaturgy' in June 2012, with choreographer Jennifer Lacey as central guest. Dilettantism currently finds a revival in the performing arts. Practices outside of one's formal training migrate into the work in order to thwart habits and expectations. Bricolage and collage spur on a basic desire of making, in confrontation with the resistance of materials that are often simply at hand. How do dilettant practices and practising dilettantism operate as artistic strategies?
Salon #8: Practising Dilettantism on 16 June 2012 at Kaaistudio's Brussels. Jennifer Lacey, Alma Söderberg and Rodrigo Sobarzo present and discuss some dilettant aspects of their work. Salon #8 is documented on Oral Site.
Workshop with Jennifer Lacey: Playing Dilettant Dramaturge, or What Criteria for What Purpose? (18-22 June 2012). Followed by the lab Dilettantism unbounded, in which Lacey brings her 'dilettant' working principles and dramaturgy archive in dialogue with the creation process of Die Unbändigen, with performance artists Jack Hauser, Satu Herrala, Sabina Holzer and Jeroen Peeters (25-29 June 2012). These two weeks of exchange are documented on Oral Site. Not so much the ‘what’ but the ‘how’ is the focus of this documentation: sharing principles and strategies so they might find a wider resonance.
Oral Site is a new open source software and website initiated by Myriam Van Imschoot. In 2011 it has been developed by a team of coders, writers and sound specialists of Sarma, Constant and Rits who share an interest in oral and experimental publication formats. Oral Site enables users to read, edit and publish online multimodal publications that merge sound, image, text and graphics. Oral Site is both an instrument and a place where one can "expand" publication within an environment that encourages contributors to move beyond the classical written form and explore new ways of dealing with textual, oral, visual and graphical elements in order to discover alternative approaches of time, space and performativity.
Oral Site publication What's the Score
What's the Score? is an expanded publication by Myriam Van Imschoot on scores and notation systems employed in contemporary dance and performance practices from the turn of the millennium up to 2005. It’s the first publication in the framework of Oral Site, including an essay, scores and other visual materials that highlight the score-based work of ten artists in search of new forms of collaboration, composition, working methods and politics of spectatorship: Antonia Baehr, Vincent Dunoyer, William Forsythe, Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion, Thomas Lehmen, Myriam Gourfink, Thierry De Mey, Lisa Nelson and Amos Hetz.
Scores and notations @ (What's) the matter with method. Friday April 13th 2012 Myriam Van Imschoot, who initialized the project, will present OralSite, the new platform for experimental publication, multimodal creation and documentation during a panel discussion on scores during What’s the matter with method at Kunstencentrum Buda in Kortrijk. Special attention will be given to her publication What’s the score.
Text collection on dramaturgy with a focus on accounts and reflections grounded in a variety of dramaturgical practices. Realised in January 2012, the collection is regularly being updated with new texts.
Earlier in 2011
Salons on new artistic practices and discourses
In 2011 Sarma organized monthly salons in collaboration with different organizations in Brussels. Environments for investigating new practices and languages of making in dance and beyond. Several of the salons have been documented here
Laboratory Popela’s Paralipomena
A lab around scores, experimental writing and collective discursive practices. Curated by Jeroen Peeters. With Shila Anaraki, Julien Bruneau, Mette Edvardsen, Jack Hauser, Leslie Mannès, Manon Santkin, Sarah Vanhee, Myriam Van Imschoot. November 11 - 18, 2011.
Black Box (2009), Sneak preview Oral Site (2011), Soirée Parole, abc-workshop Oral Site
October 27 - November 19 @ Recyclart
with works and curated by Myriam Van Imschoot. Co-produced by SARMA