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 will get introduced to some art works as well as to the unique tool that enabled them. Alexandre Leray (OSP) and Kristien Van den Brande (Sarma) present Olga, the new architecture behind the current updated version of Oral Site, choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau navigates through the intricate landscape of his publication Strata and artists Alexander Schellow and David Weber-Krebs give during their lecture performance a glimpse of their upcoming publication for Oral Site and its link to their collaborative work. The evening is framed by artist and founder of Oral Site, Myriam Van Imschoot.


Oral Site: new homepage

We're currently installing new software for Oral Site. Please use this link to visit all current publications of Oral Site : Oral Site


Book presentations: Through the Back (May-November 2014)

In his new 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.

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.

Through the Back can be purchased online via Sarma (Belgium), Books on the Move (Europe) and Contact Quarterly (USA).


Anthology of 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.


Julien Bruneau's Strata on Oral Site (May 2014)

Composed and signed by the Brussels-based visual artist and choreographer Julien Bruneau, Strata is the first artist publication on Oral Site. It is an invitation to wander around in Bruneau's universe, where reflections on practice meet stories, images, dances and sounds that carve a personal mythology out of cultural readymades. Bruneau also turns Oral Site’s software into an artistic medium, exploring and expanding its formal possibilities. Strata is introduced by Jeroen Peeters in a Preface.

Launch on 29 May 2014 at 9pm at Het Veem Theater in Amsterdam in the framework of Looking Again to See.

More in relation to Julien Bruneau’s phréatiques on Sarma:
- Documentation of the project on contemporary trance practices Enchanting Scores
- An interview with philosopher Isabelle Stengers on collective thinking practices, Désamalgamer la pensée (in French).


VoiceLab3 - Part 2: Lab ‘Nature calls´ (May 2014)

Performance artist Myriam Van Imschoot organizes a one week lab at BUDA in Kortrijk (12-16 May 2014) on the way humans can imitate with their voice their natural surroundings.

More information, schedule and how to apply: Lab `Nature Calls´.
Three modules are open for everyone who wants to experience and experiment.


VoiceLab3 - Part 1: Lab OF MIKES AND SPEAKERS and Open event (April 2014)

In the framework of Voicelab3, Myriam Van Imschoot organizes a lab at the Pianofabriek in Brussels (25-30 April 2014). The purpose of this lab is to zoom into the components of mediated vocal performance by looking at the artistic potential of the use of micropones and loudspeakers in the theater space. Together with composer Cathy Van Eck and sound artist Fabrice Moinet the participants will explore how various spatial, sonic and conceptual configurations allow us to experiment with different registers of performance and listening.

The lab includes the open event Speaking of Mikes, Speakers and Acoustics, an evening of artist talks, performance and lecture on 26 April 2014.


walk + talk documents Stockholm (April 2014)

walk+talk documents is an ongoing multimodal publication around Philipp Gehmacher's walk+talk series (since February 2013). 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.

Writings on practice by these artists are available in Sarma's Anthology walk+talk.

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. Stockholm-based writer Erik Bryngelsson contributed an essay that reflects on the tense relation between the realms of the oral and the visual: Walking and talking, more or less.


Call for artists (March 2014)

Hoe willen we in onze maatschappij omgaan met arbeid, verloning en tijdsbesteding? Hoe verhouden bestaande arbeidsmodellen zich tot de huidige artistieke praktijk? Kan de experimentele omgang van kunstenaars met tijd en werk misschien ook een licht werpen op andere vormen van “nuttige werkloosheid” die in onze maatschappij weinig waardering krijgen?

Begin 2014 wordt in België de wetgeving omtrent de sociale zekerheid voor kunstenaars aangepast, maar dat gaat niet zonder slag of stoot. Om het debat te voeden, zet Sarma een reeks publicaties op onder de noemer ‘Call for artists'. Op zoek naar scherpzinnige vragen, een bredere kadering en mogelijke uitwegen, plooien auteurs vragen rond arbeid en artistieke praktijken open.

Aflevering 1: kunstenaar en activist Kobe Matthys zet in een interview met Koen Brams en Kristien Van den Brande uiteen hoe het ‘kunstenaarsstatuut’ het voorbije decennium onder druk is komen te staan en welke aanpassingen er volgens hem nodig zijn.


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.


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.

March 2014 issue: Sarma publishes three essays by the dancers Dana Caspersen, Prue Lang and Thomas McManus, who reflect on their collaboration with the choreographer William Forsythe and Ballett Frankfurt. The choreographer Daniel Linehan recently launched the book A No Can Make Space and contributes several texts to Sarma's archive.

June 2014 issue: Sarma publishes essays by Rudi Laermans, Lars Kwakkenbos and Jeroen Peeters on the art critical writings of Jeroen Peeters and on his book Through the Back. The series Call for artists with reflections on arts and labour is launched.


Enchanting Scores: Workshop and salon (November 2013)

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?

Extensive documentation of Enchanting Scores is available here.

An interview by Julien Bruneau with philosopher Isabelle Stengers on their respective collective thinking practices is avalaible on the page Désamalgamer la pensée (in French).


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.


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.