séance de lecture

Installation and lecture-performance
Dominique Hurth

Alike a testprint, Hurth will present intermediary phases of her work «séance de lecture», activating installative and performative elements of the project before its final presentation in the autumn 2015 in Barcelona and Aarhus.

Séance de lecture investigates the physical manifestation and the performativity of a book. Looking subjectively at the never-realized project of French poet Stéphane Mallarmé “Le Livre” (The Book), this work explores the relationship between text and word, speech and act, the materiality of writing and reading, as well as the expansion of pages once manipulated, re-read and spoken. It operates as a partial reconstruction of Mallarmé’s project, based on Hurth’s thorough research of his manuscript.

The polyphony and the disappearance of the author through a moment of collective reading framed and defined by the author are translated into a singular object: a book, unbound, composed by several folders that enables superimposed and layered readings. The book works as prop for a lecture-performance, becoming thus an object, manipulated and accompanied by a voice and a movement. The lecture-performance takes as a starting point the materiality of the book itself and is accompanied by choreographed movements in a décor defined by the architecture of several elements, as a stage for the séance.

This project is generously supported by the FNAGP, Paris

Glass Bead

Glass Bead, an international research platform and journal, will present a set of papers and acts around their reserach themes. Considering art to be crucial for the invention of vehicles able to navigate among heterogeneous and changing epistemic landscapes, Glass Bead aims to bring disparate practices and ideas together in order to design complex transits between and within them. Fabien Giraud plans will introduce the films “the unmanned” and “1834-Mass Storage”; Sonia de Jager will give a presentation on the dis/continuity between technology, culture and language; Lendl Barcelos will give a presentation of his project “sonic abstraction-sonic ambiguity/identity”; Fabien Giraud and Etienne Chambaud will present an art/architecture theory talk on planned discontinuities; Jeremy Lecomte, Tzuchien Tho and Iñigo Wilkins will present a roundtable talk on “Genericity and Randomness”, the aim of which is to think the generic through architecture theory, noise, entropy and mathematics; the pseudonymous group Latrine Sélavy will perform a number of sound pieces; Matt Hare will give a more traditional paper/talk on formalization and contamination (of concepts, methods, forms).

We Were So Afraid: Latest Advances in Domination

Christopher Carlton, Lakshmi Luthra

Two videos will project some of the advanced technological mimicry of a perennially blocked society in order to get at what this technology might tell us about what is excluded from its advance and cannot help but be dragged along with it beyond all intention. One video takes a long look at appropriated footage, from three seemingly disparate sources, of a CGI logo sequence of a desert transformed into a waterfall, a pantyhose advertisement, and a four-legged military robot; while the other, using 3D rendering software, produces out of itself a lifelike image of a taxonomic specimen of the Fulgora laternaria, an insect that “wears a mask”. These videos will be brought into contact with talks on the feminist critique of reification, psychoanalysis and art, the erotic and tradition, sex and technology. As nature is ever put to work in a differentiated social structure, psychic life, sexuality, and relationships congeal into a hellishly repetitive formation – ever new, ever same. We will look at that which is figé and which could take on movement, as well as that which appears to have life and movement and yet is dead.

With Jeffrey Stuker, Iris Dankemeyer, Jan Sieber, Anne van Leeuwen

Cultural Production in Occupied Space

Alan Smart

Edited by Alan Moore and Alan Smart, Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces is an anthology of texts on art, media and aesthetic practice in the context of squatting, occupation and urban space activism. It includes work by activist researchers, squatters, and artists involved in struggles over urban space. “Cultural production” appears in a variety of forms ranging from conventional art practices, to the organizing of communities and networks, to the production of media and setting up of information systems. Likewise, squats, occupations and social centers are figured as art projects themselves, housing and workspaces for artists or, most significantly, constituent parts of an alternative infrastructure for the autonomous production of knowledge, discourse, and aesthetics.

This cluster will include a presentations and a dialog by contributors to Making Room discussing the relationships between art, politics, and architecture and urbanism. This will frame sites of overlap and points of engagement between aesthetic and political practice in the construction autonomous or alternative infrastructures for production and reproduction in cities. While participants in the book project will be specifically invited, presentation proposals from anyone interested in the engagement of research, design and aesthetic practice with the politics of urban space, production and infrastructure. Also, all are welcome to be part of the audience and participate in the discussion.