Medium scores – Tectonic Friendship / Lilia Mestre
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LILIA MESTRE (Lisboa 1968) is a performing artist and researcher based in Brussels, working mainly in collaboration with other artists. Lilia works with assemblages, scores, inter-subjective set ups and other chance induced processes as an artist, curator, dramaturge and co-learner. She is interested in forms of sociability created by artistic practice and she composes with semiotic agencies to explore these in her choreographic work. From the black box, to the white cube, the classroom, the auditorium, to the public space, she has been developing performative strategies to engage in the questions of what is present, how does it manifest itself and what kind of sociability it proposes. More specifically, what kind of singularities appear between the individual, the collective, the material and the environmental. She was co-founder of Bains Connective Art Laboratory in Brussels (1997), an artist run, trans-disciplinary working place for experimental practices where she took the role of project dramaturge in 2006 and artistic coordinator between 2009 and 2016. Since 2008 she has been mentor, workshop facilitator and curator at a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies), a platform for artistic research practices in Brussels, where she has been developing a research on scores as pedagogical tool titled Scorescapes. She edited in with Elke Van Campenhout the House on Fire publication, Performing Urgency #2: Turn Turtel! Reenacting the Institute. In 2019 - 2021 she’s collaborating with Prof. Jill Halstead and Prof. Brandon LaBelle in Social Acoustic, a research project supported by the University of Bergen, Norway. Since 2017 Lilia is artistic coordinator and co-curator of a.pass.
Medium scores – Tectonic Friendship / Lilia Mestre
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publication, research center
Parallel Parasite Timeline Repository – Web Publication
Research Center Document
block, block information, project, recent past
A looming score – we share your politics of damage
2 September-1 December 2019
Block 2019/III curators Lilia Mestre and Sina Seiffee
project, recent past, research center
4 June-30 September 2018
Research center 18/II curated by Lilia Mestre
end communication, recent past
This is 1000 liter fuel. So – & book launch
24-26 May 2018
End-Communications + a.pass publication
END-COMMUNICATIONS @ DecorAtelier 24 and 25 May from 17:30 till 22:30
Rue de Liverpool 24, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
BOOK LAUNCH Medium Score -Tectonic Friendship & End Communications Writing Score
@ Brew 26 May from 17:30 till 19:30
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-, block information, gathering, research center
Lilia Mestre Fragile Community Score + Score for entering a place / Lilia Mestre
11 June-15 May 2018 / Zsenne ArtLab
archive, block information
The Way of the Anarchive
18-29 June 2018 / Zsenne ArtLab
a residency with Erin Manning in the frame of parallel parasite
block information, gathering, research center
Instead of Needing to Know
4 June-9 May 2018
SOL/School Of Love in the frame of Parallel-Parasite
archive, reading session, research center
Monday Readings Streaming media
16 June 2018 / Szenne Artlab, Anneessensstraat 2
on demand, content-delivery, broadcast
This extra edition of the Monday reading actually takes place on a Saturday in Szenne artlab. In the context of Parallel-parasite, a residency of the a.pass Research Center, we will focus on the shape-shifting nature of streaming media. After sessions on text processing, local servers and key cards, we will continue with an exploration of streaming, a coverall term for the dominant way that audio and visual content is being delivered on the Internet today. We will read into the different technical protocols that are regulating those flows, and the diverging economies that software like Torrent trackers and companies like Youtube, Netflix construct. By considering how the continuous experience of streaming relies on various politics of separation, re-ordering discrete elements on delivery, we will observe how the production, sharing and consumption of media is radically changing. Session organised with Martino Morandi.Read more..
a.pass seminar and master classes: The Document Transformed + Book Launch Juan Dominguez
22-24 June 2017 / La Bellone, Brussels
Curated by Sofia Caesar and Lilia Mestre, the public program “The Document Transformed” invites four practitioners that offer very distinct questions, methods, and proposals to problems related to documentation. Join Femke Snelting, Olga de Soto, Vincent Meessen, and Agency (Kobe Matthys), and others, for three days of presentations, screenings, performances and conversations. How does the document affect practices, bodies, histories, and experiences? The event brings together practices that not only give sight to the power relations engendered by apparatuses of documentation, but also move towards the transformation of the systems in which we produce history, law, art, and the body. Held in the context of The Problem of the Score, block curated by Lilia Mestre in the a.pass post-master research program and supported by a.pass.
This seminar is organized in collaboration with La Bellone – Brussels
To inscribe to the master-classes please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 22-23-24 @ LA BELLONE
Rue de Flandre 46
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atelier, block information, recent past
Lilia Mestre The Medium Score
Thinking making together apart
The proposal for this block follows on previous iterations of scores as tools to practice dialogue or intersubjective formats for exchange in artistic research. ScoreScapes is an investigation of how scores can facilitate the relation between artistic research, documentation and knowledge processing.
If artistic research is an active and methodological search for ways to keep the viability of our relation with the world, then how can this search be mediated by scores? If artistic research engages in processes of awaking unseen phenomenological relations with what surrounds us, then how do we compose materials and thoughts? What is the performativity at stake on the sharing of those? What’s the relation between subjectivity and collectivity? What does that do to our individual practices and to the collective itself?
block information, recent past
The problem of the score
Block curated by Lilia Mestre / May > July 2017
From May till July 2017 the a.pass post-master program questions how structures pre-determine singular outcomes, and to what extent they imply relationality. Every system is a network of connections and the way the system is set to operate defines forms of relation which reveal ideological standpoints. In other words modes of interaction are formatting forces that construct worlds. If we think that way, what kind of problems do our research structures entail? And if we can think a polyphonic world , constituted by multiple models, how do we consider our own structure as a relational one? What kind of technologies are we putting into place? What kind of invitation are we making? And to whom?
The notions of ‘apparatus’ and ‘tentacular thinking’ will be key to understanding and experiencing the problem of score in contextual ecologies. Apparatuses, as coined by Foucault and Agamben, are systems of governance that enable relationships between beings and structures through which the subject is constructed. During former block Donna Haraway introduced us to tentacular thinking as a place from which one can build relations to economical, biological, philosophical, productional, institutional, etc orders. Together with the a.pass researchers, workshop givers and guests we reflect on them, challenge our practices and relate to other authors and art makers.
BUBBLE SCORE / Lilia Mestre
BUBBLE SCORE – The Relation between Performance and Writing is the third book of the ScoreScapes publications series. The book contains texts by a.pass researchers, collages as well as Scores for the Reader inserted at the back of the book.
price: 10 euro
Juan Domínguez DIRTY ROOM
CLEAN ROOM is the name of a performance project created by Juan Domínguez and several collaborators that was developed as a three-season series with six episodes in each season. Its name refers to a spotless space, with low levels of external pollutants and controlled environmental parameters that guarantee minimum interferences in the developments of experiments.
price: 16 euro
Perform Back Score / Lilia Mestre
The book Perform Back Score is the result of 3 months of performed, sketched and written dialogue produced within a group of artistic researchers, each plunging into a study about the Conditions for the Emergence of Poetics. Poetics used here as ‘acts’ that transform our ways of perceiving, as situations that invite another understanding of ‘things’.
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a.pass, KaaiTheater The Artist Commoner : Public Meeting
25-26 November 2016 / KaaiStudios - Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Vaakstraat 81 // 1000 Brussel.
(self) Education of new subjectivities
Lilia Mestre Bubble Score for performance and writing
11 January-25 March 2016 / a.pass
Lilia Mestre Block Focus: Sub -(e)ject
4 January-31 March 2016 / a.pass
The relation between writing and performance
Perform Back Score
14 January-31 March 2015
how to document performance?
WEEKLY MEETING WORKSHOP:
Proposed by Lilia Mestre for the Block 2015/I (January-March)
This score was a proposal to communicate through performance throughout the block. It focuses on performance as a tool for the transformation of thought, intuition, desire, referentiality, practice into a communication medium. How to introduce exposure, playfulness, risk, generosity, exchange, fuck fear, contamination and precision in our way of communicating? How does this communication produce desire? To whom, where and how is this desire directed? What is the intensity/quality of it? What is the political agency of it?Read more..
texts by: Elke Van Campenhout, André Lepecki, Christophe van Gerrewey, Nele Wynants; ed. by Mokum, a.pass It, Thingly Variations in Space
1 January 2011
This book explores the position of the object in contemporary performance.
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1 October-30 November 2014
Pharmakon: whitch culture?
This Thematics project builds on the notion of ‘pharmakon’ as coined by the contemporary philosopher Bernard Stiegler. In ancient Greece, ‘pharmakon’ was understood both as ‘poison’ and ‘medicine’, and in some cases also as ‘scapegoat’.Read more..
Writing Scores / Lilia Mestre
19 September 2014
Lilia Mestre BLOCK FOCUS 2015/I
5 January-30 April 2015
CONDITIONS FOR THE EMERGENCE OF POETICS