VoiceLab3: Lab and open event
In collaboration with Pianofabriek
(c) Myriam Van Imschoot
In the frame of Voicelab3
Cairography (January 2014)
(c) Mohamed Ouda
Sarma proudly launches the pilot issue of the bilingual Arabic-English journal ‘Cairography’ in collaboration with its Egyptian partner organisation HaRaKa and the ARC.HIVE project. Edited by Adham Hafez and Ismail Fayed, it seeks to enhance the discursive exchange on performances practices in the Arab and Western worlds.
The destruction of archives and cultural infrastructure in post-revolutionary Egypt has made lingering issues all the more urgent. Quotidian languages and vernacular culture barely find representation in the Arab world, as they are dismissed by hegemonic institutions. A lack of accessibility to documents and archives prevents research on the history of contemporary art practices. Who owns history? How can one create visibility for contemporary practices of resistance, self-empowerment and critical reflection?
The first issue of ‘Cairography’ reflects on these matters and on the ensuing "moments of difficulty and self-exile, forgetting and remembering, solitude and finding intimacy."
'Cairography' contains essays by Adham Hafez, Sawsan Gad, Ramsay Burt, Ismail Fayed, Doa Aly, Jeroen Peeters, Aylin Kalem, Abdullah Al-Bayyari and Myriam Van Imschoot. For Sarma, it is the first text collection in Arabic to become part of its archive.
walk+talk documents Stockholm (January 2014)
In December 2013, choreographer Philipp Gehmacher organised a third series of walk+talk lecture demonstrations in Stockholm. He invited colleagues Frédéric Gies, Anna Koch and Tove Sahlin to present their movement language on stage and talk about it at the same time. Awaiting a full video documentation extending the archive walk+talk documents, Stockholm-based writer Erik Bryngelsson wrote an essay that reflects on the tense relation between the realms of the oral and the visual: Walking and talking, more or less.
Etcetera & Sarma (2013-14)
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.
December 2013 issue: Sarma launches its first text collection in Arabic (with English translations) in collaboration with HaRaKa (Cairo). With "Cairography", guest editors Adham Hafez and Ismail Fayed seek to enhance discursive exchange on performances practices in the Arab and Western worlds.
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, a four-days event organized by Sarma in collaboration with choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau.
In a salon at the Kaaistudio’s in Brussels on November 18, 2013, philosopher Isabelle Stengers, anthropologist Arnaud Halloy and Julien Bruneau 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.
In a workshop at Bains Connective in Brussels (November 19-21, 2013), Julien Bruneau and Arnaud Halloy work towards collective drawings and a shared mythology, based on scores that provide a set of constraints triggering a dynamic interplay between interiority and collectivity. 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?
More Than One Tie (April 2013)
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.
Linked to More Than One Tie, Sarma compiled the Collection Antonia Baehr.
Zilver Flotations (April 2013)
(c) Myriam Van Imschoot
From April 9 to 12, 2013 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.
walk + talk documents (February 2013)
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.
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.
Oral Site publication What's the Score (April 2012)
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.