Pierre Rubio (France, 1962) works as a dramaturge, artist and researcher. His practice aims at re-negotiating habitual modes of individuation by using displacement and speculation as a methodological principle. He often uses ‘as if’s’ processes -alone or in collaboration- to investigate cosmologies and ideologies of artistic and research practices. In his latest projects he works with speculative radio programming, pseudo healing practices, and constrained writing to challenge ideas of stability embedded within the norms of contemporary production of subjectivity and culture. Rubio holds a master degree in the arts combining theatre & communication at the campus of Aix-Marseille University (France), and dance & choreography at the campus of Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers (France). In 2009, he started theoretical studies supported by a research grant "Traject" from the Flemish Community of Brussels. Pierre Rubio is currently co-curator of the postgraduate artistic research institute a.pass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies).
Milieus, associations, sieves and other matters…
30 April-2 September 2018 / Brussels
Milieus, associations, sieves and other matters.
Ensemble of problematisations composing a processual environment. A metastable milieu in crisis, which evolves by shifting to new dimensions out of a series of confrontations with and temporary resolutions of problems. The basic grid is one of a series of self organised interactive events intersecting with a series of theoretical study days and a series of advanced forms of feedback.
conversation, recent past, research center, talk
Close Encounters series Conditions for the work
5-5 May 2018 / a.pass, 4th floor
Sofia Caesar / Femke Snelting
For this episode of Close encounters, Sofia Caesar and Femke Snelting have invited each other for an afternoon of conversation about contracts as propositions and elements as conditions. Both are involved in related but very different practices that they will present and bring into discussion with each other and the public. Read more..
Close Encounters Series
21 October-5 May 2018
Close Encounters is the name of a series of presentations and public conversations organized by the a.pass Research Centre, which takes place when researchers are invited, or feel the need to communicate publicly about their research. Read more..
research center, talk
Close Encounters series A dialogue on Active Archives
27 January 2018 / Manchesterstraat 17 - 1080
Nicolas Malevé / Femke Snelting
As a case study and exemplary project/practice, Nicolas Malevé, Femke Snelting and Pierre Rubio will discuss the long history of Active Archive.
What can the different iterations of Active Archives tell us about the condition of engaged artists-researchers-archivists? What were the historical conditions that stimulated its genesis? And after all these years -punctuated by profound technological, cultural and institutional changes- how is its evolution and relevance today? Read more..
conversation, research center, talk
Close Encounters series A conversation-on-exhibition
25 January 2018 / Manchesterstraat 17 - 1080
Marcelo Rezende / Adrijana Gvozdenović
Adrijana Gvozdenović, "Who is Adrian Lister? or Уметник работник роботник", publication, 2016
Marcelo Rezende and Adrijana Gvozdenović share their stories and experiences about their (critical) practice of exhibition making. How can you produce meaning and experience that matters? Why do we still believe in reality? Read more..
research center, talk
Close Encounters series Semiotics of the Uncanny
21 October 2017 / a.pass 4th floor studio
Dr. Dalila Honorato / Isabel Burr Raty
Photo by Erik Peacock - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
Semiotics of the Uncanny will approach alternative bodies in art, sexuality and pop culture, that conjugate body alteration, medical fetish, disability aesthetics and creative ritualistic behavior. Hybrid Art contributes to hybrid narratives in performing arts and creates new alternative technological materials and objects for empowerment and resistance against high-tech capitalist imperialism. Read more..
TROUBLE ON RADIO TRITON
9 January-30 April 2017
((((((( changing (the) world (s) ))))))
Which alternative worlds do our researches/practices contain and can immanently produce? How do we relate to the future via artistic-research? As artists, do we through our researches contribute to changes in contemporary culture? And if yes, then which cultures do our researches produce?
Trouble on Radio Triton is a metaphoric multipolar dispositive. A discursive and practice-based ‘lure for feeling’ and thinking. An operative alibi strategically using ‘if’s’, ‘what if’s’, ‘as if’s’ to exercise critique and imagine alternatives. Read more..
Pierre Rubio ARTIFICIAL REALITIES #2
10-23 October 2011
The magical world is not a fascinating ethnographic object but “a mode of existence” to which individuals, as well as collectives, (and also artistic research projects...) can come back, if they endure the ordeal of disindividuation. “Disindividuation is a lack in structure” that happens when organisations that make us see, think and act break up, making us paradoxically available to invent other ways of seeing, thinking and acting. Welcome to the post-rational shamanistic academia!
Pierre Rubio ARTIFICIAL REALITIES #1
30 May-3 June 2011
Displacements and Attachments
The basic idea is that if one takes distance from one’s own project by ‘moving’ it in unexpected contexts or by ‘translating’ it in non familiar languages, this will allow the discovery of new components and new ‘attachments’ that will enrich and stimulate the ‘original’ project. Or, in other words: developing an otherness by experiencing and exploring “as if's” to get out the over-territorial and locked perception of “our” projects. Read more..
24 July 2015
This is the time to come together.
To celebrate what we worked on.
To transform our preconceptions
of rituals, of magic, of transformation itself.
A pilgrimage of the self into the common
and back again. Read more..
UNTOUCHABLE / UNACCEPTABLE / INTANGIBLE
1 May-29 August 2015
about the imaginative aesthetics of change
Yupik Shaman Nushagak
The unacceptable reveals the limitations of the acceptable
The untouchable foreshadows the adventurous discovery of difference
The intangible offers a speculative sense towards the radically other
What is the possible relationship between art and social change? When forced into the corner of economic demands on the one hand and the need for aesthetic subversion on the other, a lot of artist workers feel the need to defend their ‘right to be’ through critical strategies and political transparency. In defence of the power of aesthetics this block tries to pry open the difficult paradox between criticality and imagination, between the power of the subject and the passive resistance of the object, between political critique and artistic re-imagineering strategies. Read more..
block information, research
11 May-29 August 2015 / a.pass
Cover Illustration by Tammy Lu
As a red thread throughout the block the participants engage in a weekly communal reading practice of the book ‘Realist Magic – Object, Ontology, Causality’ by Timothy Morton.
Reading and discussing in-depth this one central text allows for the development of a common ground of reference and connection that functions as a backdrop to the workshops and practices that shape the block. The Reading Circle happens on Monday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.
Pierre Joachim / Geert Opsomer / Pierre Rubio ECOLOGY OF AFFECTS
25-29 May 2015 / a.pass
Studio 54, Halloween 1978, Hasse Persson
'A revolution is as much a reorientation of our affective relations as it is of social relations and cannot be one without the other.'
Jason Read, ‘Economies of Affect / Affective Economies’, 2013 Read more..
Pierre Rubio, Elke Van Campenhout Performance / Performativity / Objects / Subjects
19-23 January 2015 / a.pass
USA. Florida. Cape Kennedy. Space center. 1967.
Pierre Rubio and Elke Van Campenhout give will give time to discuss the basic concepts addressed in the block: Performance and Performativity.
Pierre Rubio “general intellect ? – it’s not about you, stupid !”
3-7 March 2014
‘General Intellect? - it's not about you, stupid !’ will explore and question a basic parameter of the apass environment : the relation between the individual and the collective. Read more..