Training for Political Imaginaries: Posthuman Solidarities
FFT Kammerspiele Duration: 30 h // from fri 20 sept at 6 am till sat 21 sept 12 am10€/6€ (erm.) Ticket - buy now
Is solidarity a case for the mind or the heart? Or can it be trained physically, like endurance or strength? Berlin philosopher and performance artist Siegmar Zacharias explores our physical, organic, nervous potentials at the crossroads of ethics and poetics. She invites artists, theoreticians and the audience to a 30-hour happening in which different forms of collective thinking and acting activate a shared knowledge of experience which can be used to research what solidarity could be today. And while day turns to night to day and to night again, we will watch, listen, dance, talk, eat and nap together.
Poet(h)ik – Yes, We Can!
With: Loren Britton, Alice Chauchat, Sonja Jokiniemi, Verena Meis, Eva Neklyaeva, Eroca Nichols, Mithu Sanyal, Neha Chriss, Louise Trueheart, Jacob Wren und Miki Yui.
Mithu Sanyal: How do we feed the souls of our counterparts?
Talking and Cooking
Siegmar Zacharias: Drooling Lecture
Miki Yui: Listening Walk and „FLUX”
Walk and Video Screening
LISTENING (saturday midnight till 7.30 am)
Neha Chriss: Psychoacoustics
Reading & Listening
Miki Yui: Listening before Awakening
VIBRATING (saturday 7.30 am till 2 pm)
Loren Britton: Friendship and Material Connection
Workshop and Talk
Neha Chriss: Introduction to Polyvagal Theory
Eroca Nichols: Nature Drag
ACCOMPANYING (saturday 2 pm till 7.30 pm)
Sonja Jokiniemi: Talking to Objects
Jacob Wren: Care, Nurturance Culture and Hypocrisy
Alice Chauchat: Dance of Companionship
ENTANGLING (saturday 8 pm till midnight)
Verena Meis: Why don‘t you eat a jellyfish pizza?
Eroca Nichols: Elements
Drooling Lecture – is a research practice in which Siegmar explores different ways of thinking through the visceral bocality of speech and its meaning building sensibility. It devotes itself to the movement between fluidity and sedimentation, that can cause particles to reorientate and reorganize. It works through the politics of intimacy and alienation and their entanglement. For posthuman solidarities she will spin threads of saliva on/around/through virtual and non-virtual intimacies towards re- reorganizations of non-normative bodies of knowledge and flesh. In collaboration with 80 lit. of slime.
Siegmar Zacharias is a performance artist and philosopher. Her works produce situations of embodied dirty thinking together through matter and matters, exploring the politics of alienation & intimacy in collaborations with humans and non-humans. She makes performances, installations, discursive encounters and immersive currations dealing with questions of agency, liquefaction, queering modes of knowledge production, ecology of artistic practice. Recent works include: Drooling Lecture Series; Slime Dynamics; The Cloud: a cosmo-choreography made by animals, vegetables, minerals, humans, concepts and emotions.; Dirty thinking; invasive hospitality; THE OTHER THING.2018 she received a TECHNE scholarship for excellency and inovative research to persue her PhD project: Intimacy & Alienation – learning from uncontrollable materials. Towards a posthuman feminist poET(H)ICS, and became associated artistic research fellow at THIRD! DASGraduateschool Amsterdam.
Sculpt in Play Dough – friendship and material connection
Loren’s contribution to post-human solidaritiescreates and invites situations for engaging with play dough and map making through playing, melting, defining and dissolving. Sculpt in Play Dough is an invitation to sculpt moods, explore what shapes for colours there may be, introduce ourselves in the form of miniature sculpture, and tie the material we engage to each other and to where it may have travelled from, or will travel to. This sculpt informs narrative through the hand-made and through our associations/ knowledge of the materials around us.
Loren Britton are an interdisciplinary artist, thinker and curator based between Berlin and New York. They make themselves responsible to questions and ideas around: on/offline, class, how to communicate (pedagogy) and intersectional trans* feminism. They play by working with the materiality of language in a visual and embodied way, exploring state change with matter(s), trans*lating, reading and holding.
The dance of companionship is a practice Alice has been developing, dancing and guiding people through since 2014. It is a guided dance framed by a text, and it also involves writing poems. The text weaves together propositions for dance and narrative fragments about forms of togetherness. It is a practice of being-with: with dance, with oneself, with each other, in attentive and intimate distance. As we focus with ever more detail on the present events, dance – our companion – continuously moves away as that which exceeds the dancer’s own doings. It is a horizon and a companion; a partner that remains unknown, whose unknowability obliges and displaces.
Alice Chauchat (*1977) likes to ponder on politics and ethics of alterity and togetherness through dance practice, and to process the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices into choreographic forms. She created performances with, among others, Anne Juren, Alix Eynaudi, Frédéric Gies, and has performed with, among others, Jennifer Lacey, Xavier le Roy and Juan Dominguez. She co-developed numerous choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox.net, paf, praticable etc.). From 2010-2012, she co-directed Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, a centre for artistic research. From 2017-2020, she is a guest professor at HZT.
Introduction to polyvagal theory
Reflexive and adaptive engagements in our most essential bio behaviours, the nuance of social engagement, the subtle seesaw between risk and safety, and the non-conformal nature of the dominant and submissive states of the subconscious body. My most recent practices in sonics are shared, as I offer an induced meditation on the essential praxis of polyvagal theory and an introduction to deconstructive sonics. The audience participates with amplified voluntary vocalisations, readings and impressions, shared adaptively and at will throughout the session.
Neha Chriss is amulti-disciplinary conceptual noise artist. Neha’s research in psychosonics and polyvagal theory is reconstituted into crafted sound works and aural encounters. Producing generative sonics via live coded audio programming languages, she engages audiences to explore psycho-emotive states and the surfaces of autonomous perception.
artistic practice: Talking with things.
Here different materials, actions, intimacies, images and construction of lumpy objects take place in a non-hierarchical manner as a proposition towards other logics and languages.
Sonja Jokiniemi is a choreographer, performer and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Jokiniemi graduated from the DAS Theatre (previously DasArts) MA Degree programme in Performing Arts in Amsterdam 2013. Prior to this, she completed a BA degree on Contemporary Dance at London’s Laban Centre. She makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in thing ecologies, language and thinking structures.
Salzige Streifen Jellyfish auf einer Pizza Margherita. An der Hotline die androgyne Stimme einer Tentakulären. Formationen von kaltem klarem Wasser auf Wand. Pizza – Poesie – Projektion.
Verena Meis ist Literatur- und Theaterwissenschaftlerin und Mitbegründerin des Qualleninstituts, das Quallen als postanthropozentrische und ökochoreografische Denkfigur für lukrative Allianzen der Gegenwart begreift.
Eva Neklyaeva is a curator based in Helsinki. Eva is concerned with the questions of freedom and focuses her practice on exploring these questions across performing art, politics and sexuality. During the past years, her curatorial experience includes Santarcangelo Festival (Italy), Wonderlust Festival and Baltic Circle (Helsinki).
Nature Drag and/or Rocks don’t Apologize is a practice of what, Robin Wall Kimmer, Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, calls “ceremonies of practical reverence”.
Shame is a human invention. Might we work on disinviting/dis-inventing ourselves from humanness not as a way of escaping accountability but perhaps as a practice for remembering the myriad materialities we are capable of embodying. Being with tangible and practical ways of undoing shame with sensation and adaptability as our guides and being in states of active rest, together, with intention.
Eroca Nicols is currently known as a dancer/choreographer/teacher, but her multi-faceted practice stems from a family of semi-mystical nomadic trailer people, years working as a janitor, and a BFA in video/performance art and sculpture from California College of the Arts (formerly and Crafts.) Their teaching, dancing and training are deeply influenced by continued study of ritual, biomechanics and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Wie nähren wir die Seelen unseres Gegenübers?
Was wir essen, ist mehr als nur Nahrung. Es handelt sich um Information, Liebe, Gemeinschaft. Es handelt sich ebenso um eine Möglichkeit der Einbindung und der Ausgrenzung erwünschter und unerwünschter Einheiten – so, wie Insekten durch die mosaischen Gebote als Nahrung ausgeschlossen wurden, und wie sie jetzt zu einer Rückkehr auf unseren Esstisch ansetzen, oder wie in der Ablehnung ausländischer Speisen, einer Haltung, die sich zu Freude an der Exotik gewandelt hat. Essen ist Familie und ebenso eine Möglichkeit, die Welt zu erfahren. In Kinderbüchern nimmt das Essen die Rolle von Sex ein: Mitternächtliche Festmahle und Stürze von Ingwerlimonade. Und wir alle sind mit Essensritualen und tiefem Wissen darum groß geworden.
Diese performative Stück stellt eine Einladung zum Teilen dieses Wissens dar, eine Einladung, sich in die Geschmacksrichtungen und Ästhetiken der essbaren Welt zu vertiefen und diese Welt umzuformen zu etwas, das unsere Körper und Seelen ernährt.
Dr. Mithu Sanyal ist eine preisgekrönte Autorin, Rundfunksprecherin und Kulturgeschichtlerin. Sie arbeitet auf den Gebieten von Gender, Race und Sexualitäten. Unter ihren Büchern finden sich die kulturgeschichtlichen Titel “Vulva. Unveiling the invisible sex” und “Rape. From Lucretia to #metoo”.
For posthuman solidarities, Louise will document the 30 hour-performance in writing. An apt metaphor for the inherent incompleteness of this attempt to record the goings-on is that of swinging from vine to vine though a dense jungle. Looping back and arriving in the future, the huge document will be both a passive receptacle of fragments and an active way to layer time. It will be hand-written and visible throughout.
Louise Trueheart is a dancer and writer. Her original performance works are shown internationally and take shape in video, one on one, and on stage. She has danced for numerous choreographers, including Asaf Aharonson, Cecile Bally, Alice Chauchat, Nikima Jagudajev, and Tino Sehgal. Louise is a contributing writer for Berlin Art Link, and editor in chief of queer feminist collective COVEN BERLIN’s online magazine.
Jacob Wren will speak about art and politics in relation to care and nurturance culture, and also about the absurdity (or is it hypocrisy?) of his particular perspective on such questions. Referencing books such as Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture by Nora Samaran and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown, this presentation will address what Jacob sees as most important point in our current political moment alongside his own struggle to more fully embody it.
Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include: “Polyamorous Love Song”, “Rich and Poor” and “Authenticity is a Feeling”. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART, he has co-created the performances: Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song I’ve Ever Written.
(1971, Tokyo, Japan) artist, composer, musician based in Düsseldorf since 1994.
Multi-disciplinary artist, crossing the boundary of music, performance, drawing, and installation.
She investigates the grey zone of our perception, between the reality – imaginary. mikiyui.com
Yaron Maïm is an Berlin-based Swiss & French artist interested in transformation processes. Their practice develops new perspectives on the body with a strong sense of image-making and personal narrative. They will document “Posthumane Solidaritäten” by using drawing techniques and the idea of reciprocity between the pages, the tools, the bodies and the duration.
Ein Projekt im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser, gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
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