Solidarity Imaginary at WIELS
16.11.2016, 19:00–21:00 (Auditorium)
During the occupation of the Athens squares in 2011, a collective social and political experiment unfolded that laid the foundation for the rise of an unprecedented grassroots movement, organized around the principles of solidarity, direct democracy and equality. The experience of destitution and being attacked by the state paradoxically overlapped with the revelation that democratic self-organisation is not only possible, but that is also an intensely positive experience.
While preparing a docu-fiction film with and alongside the grassroots solidarity movement in Athens (vision for a citizen, 2017), artist Robin Vanbesien invites Daniel Blanga-Gubbay and Ana Vujanovic to share their reflections on an 'imaginary of solidarity'. Blanga-Gubbay traces the production of vulnerability in the context of solidarity mechanisms in Europe, while Vujanović proposes the notion of the ‘transindividual’ as a possible horizon for performing the self. The evening will be opened with a screening of assembly for an Oresteia (2016), Vanbesien’s prelude to vision for a citizen, and will be concluded with an open discussion.
This evening is part of Robin Vanbesien’s research trajectory supported by Sarma. It is produced by Sarma and WIELS, with the support of workspacebrussels.
assembly for an Oresteia (2016) by Robin Vanbesien
Documentation photography of Foreign Places © 2016 Sven Laurent - Let me shoot for you
Sarma proudly presents assembly for an Oresteia (2016) a new film by Belgian visual artist Robin Vanbesien. As a study for his next film vision for a citizen (2017), the film portrays a conversation between actors and protagonists of solidarity organisations in Athens. The conversation explores the ethics and the potential of self-organised democratic processes. Sarma supports the research trajectory of both films.
The film was on display in the Foreign Places exhibition at WIELS (BE, Brussels), curated by Grégory Castéra and Caroline Dumalin, where it was joined by an installation of Vanbesien’s painting series project for an exhibition: citizen without qualities (2015-16).
This Fall Sarma will host an evening with lectures and conversations to discuss the premisses of these works at WIELS.
21/09/2016 Athens Biennial, "OMONIA", Varvakios Square, 19:00.
17/11/2016 OFFoff Art Cinema, Ghent, 20:00.
Conversations in Vermont by Myriam Van Imschoot at Movement Research (NYC)
On the 28th of July 2016, Myriam Van Imschoot presented her upcoming interview publication Conversations in Vermont at Movement Research in New York City. The publication served as a springboard into a discussion about the interview as a tool to mine artistic thought, the legacies of Judson Dance Theater (also in respect to Neo-Judson) and the potential of dialogic formats for collaborative historical re/construction. This “listening” group constituted the first public moment to test out research and interview materials as part of an interview publication under construction. Van Imschoot has been editing a body of interviews with two prolific American artists whose careers often intertwined and have been influencing generations of dance makers across the globe: Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton. These interviews grew, over the years, into a mind-affair unique of its kind, and however raw and open, are ready to meet a public's ear.
During the course of the research cluster 'Time and Rhythm' at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), the artists, thinkers and theoreticians that were invited to teach in the program, will be given the opportunity to share their work publicly. Guests will include Goran Sergej Pristas, Diedrich Diederichsen, Daniela Bershan and Juan Dominguez. The research cluster and the public program were initiated and conceived by Bojana Cvejic and Tom Engels. The documentation of the interventions can be found here.
Book launch: 'Choreographing Problems' by Bojana Cvejic
There is a distinctive kind of thought which arose within the practices of making, performing and attending dance in the last fifteen years. What if this thought had little to do with understanding and recognition, but with breaking the habits by which we join movement to human body, and perceive action in time? How can concepts express problems? In 'Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performances' (Palgrave 2015), Bojana Cvejic unravels another mode of creation in recent choreography and performance, which begins by posing problems after Gilles Deleuze and Spinoza. For the book launch, Cvejic was joined by dramaturge Goran Sergej Pristas and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen. The conversation was moderated by Tom Engels.
The documentation of the talk can be found here.
Sarma Docs is a series of posters that announce, articulate and reflect upon Sarma’s online text collection. For this second edition, Sarma Docs publishes The Project at Work, a text by philosopher and performance theoretician Bojana Kunst. In March 2016, Sarma will launch a text collection of her most prominent works. In the Summer of 2015, Bojana Kunst released her latest book titled Artist at Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism. Sarma asked performance scholar Josefine Wikström to write a critical analysis of Kunst’s elaboration on the ubiquitous relation between art and capitalism.
Online on Oral Site, and presented in various places in Europe
On October 22, Oral Site releases Clanguage, a 15-page web-publication by Arf Arf, consisting of numerous sound poetry scores, near-lost recordings and new writing. On the occasion of this launch the post-Australian sound poetry group Arf Arf will be presenting new work in Europe. The group will explore the combined power of memory and voice to conjure geometric shapes that radiate inwardly and shrink outwardly. Disparities and slippages between ‘then’ and ‘now’, language and verbal noise, blind spots and myopic listening will be plundered, extemporized and recast.
TOUR DATES 2015
October 22: Croxhapox, Ghent (BE)
October 30: De Player, Rotterdam (NL)
October 31: Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
November 1: Wallgallery, Rotterdam (NL)
November 7: Filmwerkstatt, Düsseldorf (DE)
November 19: Skolská 28, Prague (CZ)
Volume SP is a new online series of compilations of speech-based audio-works and sound poetry on Oral Site. On October 24, the series kicks off with a ground-laying two hours volume, selected and audio-commented by Australian sound poet Frank Lovece. To celebrate the launch of the first Volume SP, Myriam Van Imschoot presents An Evening With: Frank Lovece, a programme of listening to sound poetry with Frank Lovece as the central guest and a couple of live interventions.
October 24: Vrijstaat O, Oostende (BE)
November 12: Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE)
Anthology Marianne Van Kerkhoven (September 2015)
(c) Jochem Jurgens
The Flemish essayist and dramaturge Marianne Van Kerkhoven (1946-2013) was a highly influential figure in the field of performing arts in Europe during several decades. In collaboration with the Kaaitheater, Sarma sets up an archival and research project to disclose her legacy. Sarma anthologizes Van Kerkhoven’s early reflections on political theatre, her interviews and ‘dramaturgical’ essays for the performing arts journals Etcetera and Theaterschrift, artist portraits written for the Kaaitheater, dispersed writings, lectures and translations.
walk + talk documents Reykjavik (May 2015)
walk+talk documents is an ongoing multimodal publication around Philipp Gehmacher's walk+talk series, in which choreographers introduce their movement language in a lecture-demonstration. It includes annotated videos, multimodal essays on utterance and on space, and a text collection on practice. Now the latest performances in Reykjavik by Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Erna Omarsdóttir and Philipp Gehmacher are available as annotated videos. Alexander Roberts wrote an essay reflecting on the significance of walk+talk in times of post-Fordist labour: Turning, turning, returning.
I Paused Halfway Up The Stairs (April 2015)
I Paused Halfway Up The Stairs brings together artists and cultural workers that have been involved in the recent migration of choreography and performance from the theatre to the visual arts context. Over the course of two evenings, I Paused Halfway Up The Stairs will raise questions about how performance practices play with this institutional border, and how they appropriate, negotiate and challenge its aesthetics and production circumstances.
I Paused Halfway Up The Stairs is a curatorial project by Tom Engels and contains works and words by Simon Asencio, Alexander Baczynski-Jenkins, Lina Hermsdorf, Clare Molloy, Thomas Puisquelaloi, Marta Ziólek, a.o.
April 16-17, 18:00 - 22:00 Grünberger Straße 12, Gießen, Germany
For more information, please visit the website of the project
Support de Fortune (April 2015)
Kristien Van den Brande installs her research on Support de Fortune in the vitrine of Recyclart. Inspired by Robert Walser, Emily Dickinson, Walter Benjamin, Martin Kippenberger, a.o. she collects and deciphers 'marginal' notes. She looks for conceptions and visualisations of the connection between tools, thinking and writing. This on the basis of a most paradoxical ‘tool’: the chance support as an old yet new medium that challenges deeply-rooted ideas and practices of writing and reading.
April 1-17, 2015, 12:00-20:00 Open lab: work in progress, talks, interviews, library
April 13-14, 2015, 16:00-22:00 Artist talks, seminar and performative readings by Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Femke Snelting and Nick Thurston
Recyclart, Station Bruxelles-Chapelle, Ursulinenstraat 21 Rue des Ursulines, Brussels
Writers in Residence (2015)
Dramaturges and theoreticians Bojana Cvejic and Ana Vujanovic are Sarma´s writers in residence. Over the next three years they will engage in a research project titled Performance of the Self, which will lay out the link between solo performances and contemporary manifestations of individualism and unfold the performative relations between the configuration of masses and the cult of personality in the public sphere. This venture is a next step of their previous collaborative research project which resulted in the publication of the book Public Sphere by Performance (2012, b_books Berlin).
In the frame of this residency, Sarma will host the launch of Bojana Cvejic´s upcoming book Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performance later this Summer. More details will follow soon!
The Dancer as Agent Collection (December 2014)
(c) Brynjar Abel Bandlien
The Dancer as Agent Collection is an unwrapping of The Dancer as Agent conference (DOCH Stockholm, November 2013). Several dancers who attended the conference accepted commissions from DOCH to draw, write and speak about ideas that had been present there and have continued roaming since, occupying other times and places. Various objects were made, including essays, conversations, maps, films, materials and active texts. Eight booklets, a card and a map appeared in print, and the complete collection is housed on Oral Site. It creates a context in which the contours of agency that emerge from dancers' artistic practices can be bounced off, wandered through, felt, fit and shared.
The Dancer as Agent Collection was launched on Dec. 1st, 2014. Edited by Chrysa Parkinson with the assistance of Jeroen Peeters and Julien Bruneau. Produced by Sarma and DOCH, Stockholm University of the Arts.
Oral Site: Artist publications in a digital environment (December 2014)
On Tuesday 2 December 2014, 6-8.30pm at 50°49’19.50’‘N 4°21’25.53’‘E, ERG´s gallery, Rue du Page/Edelknaapstraat 87, 1050 Brussels.
David Weber-Krebs, from `Miniature´, Berlin 2008
Oral Site is an online platform for expanded publications. It proposes an experimental approach to the documentation, study, dissemination and creation of art works. During this evening organized by Sarma and hosted by Erg, the public got introduced to some art works as well as to the unique tool that enabled them. Alexandre Leray (OSP) and Kristien Van den Brande (Sarma) presented Olga, the new architecture behind the current updated version of Oral Site, choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau navigated through the intricate landscape of his publication Strata and artists Alexander Schellow and David Weber-Krebs gave during their performance a glimpse of their upcoming publication for Oral Site. The evening was framed by artist and founder of Oral Site, Myriam Van Imschoot.
Book presentations: Through the Back (May 2014)
In his book Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies (published in May 2014 by Theatre Academy in Helsinki), Jeroen Peeters reflects on spectatorship in contemporary dance.
On February 20, 2015 at 18.30 at the Municipal Theatre Rivoli in Porto: Jeroen Peeters in dialogue with Alexandra Balona.
On February 23, 2015 at 18.30 at Espaço da Penha in Lisbon: Jeroen Peeters presented his book with a lecture in the series My Dance History, an initiative of O Rumo do Fumo with Fórum Dança.
Audio documentation of presentations at Kaaitheater in Brussels (with Gerald Siegmund and Chrysa Parkinson), at ImPulsTanz in Vienna (with Philipp Gehmacher and Jennifer Lacey), at Oktoberdans in Bergen (with André Eiermann and Mette Edvardsen), and at HZT/Tanzfabrik in Berlin (with Stefanie Wenner and Martin Nachbar) is available here.
Anthology of Jeroen Peeters’ critical writings on dance (May 2014)
On the occasion of Through the Back, Sarma realized an online anthology of Jeroen Peeters’ critical writings on dance, including unpublished lectures, hard-to-find essays and many translations.
Lars Kwakkenbos wrote an essay about the main themes in Peeters' critical writings on dance (1998-2012), his poetics, the philosophical frames for his work and the development of his thinking in the proximity of dance (De hordes van een uitgestrekt denken, The hurdles of broad thinking). Special attention goes to texts that appeared only in Dutch.