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postgraduate program, reading session

Book Club #5 Sacred Drift, a journey into political consciousness of sound

16 February 2017 / a.pass

Book Club Series / Peggy Pierrot

 

 

Now if six turned out to be nine,
I don’t mind, I don’t mind (…)
Alright, ’cause I got my own world to look through,
And I ain’t gonna copy you.

– J.Hendrix

 

Stimulating the audio nerve directly
You wanna come flex with me?

– The Spaceape

 

 

In this Book Club, we drown together in an ocean of sound and words.

We listen to echoes of submarine writings. We vibrate to the whale’s praise chants. We embrace syncretic marginal cults. We embark on a slave/space/ship for a time travel into modern cultures.

1492. Knowledge Freedom/Culture Born Wisdom.

We build or we destroy.

We find our way through popular cultures and music. Is there something to hear between the 0 and the 1 of digtised compressed music? Is there something to de-cypher in our coded Nyabinghi drums? What is the message hidden between themes, rhythms, intonations, improvisations, the samples, the drum, the bass, the cuts and the pastes?

We learn about the Know-Ledge.

What kind of mental space or imaginary frame allowed/constrained the emergence of a futuristic post-modern culture within the Black Atlantic?

To mediate our comprehension of the unsubtitled tracks, we’ll intensively use texts by Kodo Eshun, David Toop, Peter Lamborn Wilson, S. H. Fernando Jr. and others, hoping we’ll finally kiss the sky.

We draw an intensive rear view mirror tour in theory, music, politics, visual arts and mysticism.

Positive – Energy – Always – Creates – Elevation. (PEACE)

 

We end the session with Zoé Whitley on the “ afrofuturistic transnational geographies”, a framework of thoughts and aspirations called Afro Futurism, today, in 2017.

Partly reading together, this session will also be a time for listening and thinking together.

 

 

Peggy Pierrot lives in Brussels and is involved in projects linking information, media, activism, radio art and technology.

A sociologist by training, she holds a postgraduate degree in multimedia engineering. Peggy worked as a journalist (Transfert.net, Le Monde diplomatique, Minorités.org) and as editorial/technical webmaster in media and non-profit projects. She lectures on African-American and Caribbean literature and culture, science-fiction, information society or related topics. She collaborates with erg (École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels), and she is a tutor in les Ateliers des Horizons in Grenoble (France), a new multidisciplinary professional training located at the boundaries of the art(s) and societ(y)ies.

 

 

Date

Thursday February 16th

from 9.30am to 1.30pm

(as the session will be quite (con)densed, please be on time!)

 

Location 

a pass / Studio 4th floor

rue Delaunoystraat, 58-60

1080 Brussels

 





postgraduate program, workshop

Tom Plischke & Kattrin Deufert CONSEQUENCES

2-6 March 2009

The most important element of our working process is writing and transference
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postgraduate program, workshop

Tom Plischke & Kattrin Deufert CONSEQUENCES II

1-6 March 2010

The most important element of our working process is writing and transference
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postgraduate program, project, workshop

Higher Performance!

7-18 May 2012

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Some workshopping in economics for artists is due!
At latest since 2008 it became clear, that the economic system we are living in and with is wacky, unjust and not sustainable. Many of its instruments are either exaggerated or exhausted. The bubbles it produces in different markets are getting out of control and deregulated fiscal constructions are dramatically failing.

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postgraduate program, workshop

PIERRE RUBIO / PETER STAMER HOW ABOUT CRITIQUE, CRITICALITY, CRISIS?

24-28 June 2013

What does critique aim at, and how does it epistemologically operate? How can we deal with its problematic relation to judgment and truth? What’s the relevance of critique within a system of criticality to overcome the vicious circle of belief and denunciation? What’s the role of discourse and theory in one’s research and practice in order to go beyond backing up one’s work but rather challenging it, eroding it, posing problems to it? Is discourse solving the crisis of practice or should it rather impose a crisis on practice?
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postgraduate program, workshop

Pierre Rubio / Elke van campenhout “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.
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postgraduate program, project, workshop

Occupy Democracy

29 September-3 October 2014

Occupation Precaire: one-euro-cents glued in public space
Luigi Coppola and Christophe Meierhans propose a research workshop where most components of its activities will have to be decided commonly with the workshop participants. Just the very basic conditions are determined: The workshop occupies a public space with only one person at the time - 24h a day. The rest of the group develops, discusses and observes the occupation from a distance and takes the relevant decisions.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Pierre Rubio, Elke Van Campenhout Performance / Performativity / Objects / Subjects

19-23 January 2015

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.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Ana Hoffner Tools for artistic research – Beckett

2-6 February 2015

Beckett_Score
The workshop starts from the assumption that the work of Samuel Beckett can offer a variety of tools for contemporary forms of artistic research. In the workshop we will focus on absurdity, melancholy, exhaustion, sense/nonsense and emptiness as main signifiers of Beckett’s work for stage, TV and film. We will watch and analyse selected scripts, dialogues, spatial set-ups and performances in order to transform them into our own experiments, exercises and techniques using body, space, camera and text.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Pierre Rubio / Geert Opsomer / Pierre Joachim ECOLOGY OF AFFECTS

25-29 May 2015

Studio 54, Halloween 1978, Hasse Persson
Every block, a.pass organizes ‘b-workshops’ that focus on the basic principles of a.pass as a collaborative artistic research environment. This b-workshop ‘Ecology of Affects’ wants to address critically the production of subjectivity. '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
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postgraduate program, workshop

Abu Ali * Toni Serra THE UNSEEN WORKSHOP

8-12 June 2015

Filmstill, Exodus OVNI 2008
For this workshop Abu Ali offers a selection of footage from the video archive O.V.N.I (observatori de video no idenitficat) based in Barcelona, which deals with the ‘Unseen’. Based on these projections Abu Ali will experiment with us on practices of not seeing. Challenging the relation between the gaze and action, vision and perception, the imaginary and the experienced, we will cruise through a network of text, video, and physical practices that open the vision for the unseen and the un-seeing.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Elke Van Campenhout Who’s Afraid of the Subject?

18-22 January 2016 / a.pass

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In this theoretical and discussion workshop, we reconsider the notion of the subject today:

why, after all the turn-arounds of becomings, vibrant objects and a decentralisation of the human perspective, do we need to reconsider the subject as an important player in our discourses and practice?

well, to start with, because there is no personal agency or ethics without it. and also because there is a need for a consciousness of what it is that subjects us, what it is that turns us into speaking, experiencing and affecting human beings. but even more so, when and why these powers are denied to us, and why?

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postgraduate program, workshop

Elke van Campenhout / Vladimir Miller  FEEDBACK

3-6 May 2016 / a.pass

WOAW_Resize_original
Since a.pass is a shared environment, we depend a lot on each other as sparring partners in our researches. As part of the Opening Week this workshop addresses very diverse feedback techniques: spoken critique, non-negotiated critique, direct feedback, indirect feedback, written, walking, one-on-one or transformative feedback.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Epifania Amoo-Adare (Un)thinking Research Practice

9-10 May 2016 / a.pass

Decolonizing Theory, Mobilizing Methodologies, and Open-Ended Becoming(s)

The premise of this workshop is that a critical pedagogy on the space of research knowledge production, and its related forces of (re)production, is a necessary condition for any intervention in (and of) that space. Consequently, we propose to challenge widespread understandings of research space and knowledge production as a binary researcher-researched structure that is given and fixed, in other words: a structure that is developed for and not a context that is developed by the various actors in the research process. We contrast this convention with an understanding of research space as both, a manifestation as well as a vehicle of the productive relations of power-knowledge.

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postgraduate program, workshop

Vladimir Miller / Peter Stamer FORGED THEORY

5-7 July 2016 / a.pass

artwork by Miler Lagos
„I remember this workshop where we were asked to write theory in support of our research. Not to go and read and quote existing work but to make it up, to quote from a fictional pile of books. What would be such a fictional body of writing to situate our work in? What kind of fanstasy discouse does our work exist in? To be honest: Is our work not already producing a potential yet unwritten discourse? We keep looking until we find that ghost in someone else’s writing, calling it research, no? Its divination, ghost hunting, séances. Can we go one step further and conjure up those voices we are looking for? In that workshop we looked at the many fragmented ways those voices appear in a piece of writing: blurbs on the back page, quotes from form other literary works, footnotes, citations, bibliography lists and lists for further reading. All the ways a supporting structure of precedents is woven into and around an academic text. Mere fragments in themselves, they point to whole architectures of thought. Their distinct style, their no-nonsense-brevity speak volumes. How does an archeologist distinguish between a shard and a piece of pottery made to look like one? He cant help but imagine the vase.“ Richard Crane „Territorial Discourses“, Michigan University Press, 1998
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postgraduate program, workshop

Vladimir Miller THEORIES UNDER THE COMMONS

26-30 September 2016

Commons is_
This workshop will be an attempt to „come to terms“, to create shared reference points within the commons discourse among the workshop participants. We will read discuss and map a selection of texts which lay the groundwork for understanding the commons debate today and we will make ourselves familiar with a reader, which can be a further reference for discussions and in depth reading throughout the block.
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postgraduate program, research center

2017 BLOCK I

1 January-31 March 2017

2017 POST-GRADUATE PROGRAM AND RESEARCH PROJECTS SUMMARY
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postgraduate program

TROUBLE ON RADIO TRITON_ ((((((( changing (the) world (s) ))))))

CURATED BY PIERRE RUBIO

9 January-30 April 2017

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.
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postgraduate program, reading session

Book Club #1 COGNITIVE ESTRANGEMENT

19 January 2017 / a.pass

BOOK CLUB SERIES / Sol Archer

Data and Geordi as Holmes and Watson, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starting with Darko Suvin's ideas of Cognitive Estrangement, we will look at some of the mechanisms and functions of science fiction, and consider how the imagining of alternative realities operates is a critical gesture with which to view consensus reality
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postgraduate program, workshop

Christian Hansen F.Y.R.

23 January-6 February 2017 / a.pass

Foley Your Research

How does/could my research sound like? Does your research have a direct auditory quality and content or would you like/need to create a fictional soundscape to give it a sound?
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postgraduate program, reading session

Book Club #2 Black Atlantic & Speculative Fiction

26 January 2017

Book Club Series

Revisiting Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic in relation with afro-american SF and in particular Octavia Butler's.
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postgraduate program, reading session

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS?! 1/4

30 January 2017 / a.pass

(Revisiting SF Cinema) curated by Dehens & Kaplunova

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS!? is a series of screenings revisting SF-Cinema with a focus on 'other' (non-)western SF. It aims to look critically at the genre as well as to reconsider the potential of the genre to look critically. The series includes films and shorts from the trenches of Soviet SF, the esoteric SF of Unarius, old, new and queer interpretations of SF, early works by Black Audio Film Collective, an opening to Russian cosmism, works by Chris Kraus, early Cronenberg, something called Betaville, trailers and more. NO SUCH THING AS GRAVITY!
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postgraduate program, reading session

Book Clubs #3 & #4 Situated Knowledge

2-9 February 2017 / a.pass

Book Club Series / Sina Seifee

Reading Sessions of Donna Haraway's essay 'Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective'. This reading focuses on politics and epistemologies of location, positioning, and situating in our power-sensitive conversations, and what does it mean to become accountable and responsible for one's own noninnocent translations.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Myriam Van Imschoot TELESCOPING THE INTERVIEW

7-10 February 2017

three day intensive

Myriam Van Imschoot will pass on her discoveries within her interest in the interview, the doors that led over time to appreciating speech for what it offers beyond meaning: significant aberrations, iterations, flux and rupture, modulation, and not in the least, different alterations of subjectivity. This three day intensive will combine artist talk, screenings, voice improvisations, score explorations, and other tele-scopic incursions into artistic practice and research.
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postgraduate program, reading session

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS?! 2/4

16 February 2017 / a.pass

(Revisiting SF Cinema) curated by Dehens & Kaplunova

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS!? is a series of screenings revisting SF-Cinema with a focus on 'other' (non-)western SF. It aims to look critically at the genre as well as to reconsider the potential of the genre to look critically. The series includes films and shorts from the trenches of Soviet SF, the esoteric SF of Unarius, old, new and queer interpretations of SF, early works by Black Audio Film Collective, an opening to Russian cosmism, works by Chris Kraus, early Cronenberg, something called Betaville, trailers and more. NO SUCH THING AS GRAVITY!
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postgraduate program, workshop

Alice Chauchat worlding from this world

27 February-3 March 2017 / a.pass

this is not wishful thinking, it is speculating utopia from what is already there

Rather than lamenting the scarcity of agreeable situations in our present, we will wilfully engage in expanding through the force of our imagination these maybe fragile, uncertain, easily disposable snippets of communal life which are also part of the world as we know it. Taking these as sufficient evidence for the existence of a world we want to inhabit, we will turn the logic of exception into a logic of rule, and run the risk of building monstrous worlds. At least these might be differently interesting monstrosities.
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postgraduate program, reading session

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS?! 3/4

6 March 2017

(Revisiting SF Cinema) curated by Dehens & Kaplunova

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS!? is a series of screenings revisting SF-Cinema with a focus on 'other' (non-)western SF. It aims to look critically at the genre as well as to reconsider the potential of the genre to look critically. The series includes films and shorts from the trenches of Soviet SF, the esoteric SF of Unarius, old, new and queer interpretations of SF, early works by Black Audio Film Collective, an opening to Russian cosmism, works by Chris Kraus, early Cronenberg, something called Betaville, trailers and more. NO SUCH THING AS GRAVITY!
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lecture, postgraduate program

LAST ANGEL OF HISTORY

8 March 2017 / a.pass

screening and presentation by Dr EDWARD GEORGE

The influential Black Audio Film Collective crafted this experimental blend of sci-fi parable and essay film, which also serves as an essential primer on the aesthetics and dynamics of contemporary Afrofuturism. Interviews with esteemed musicians, writers, and cultural critics are interwoven with the fictional story of the “data thief,” who must travel through time and space in search of the code that holds the key to his future. Dr Edward George, the writer, researcher, presenter of this ground breaking science fiction documentary, will present and discuss the film and its themes of music, Diaspora, science fiction, and its engagement with Afro futurism.
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lecture, postgraduate program

Book Club #6 A STITCHED AND SPLIT HOSPITALITY

9 March 2017 / a.pass

Book Club Series / Laurence Rassel

The Laurence Rassel Show
The a.pass Book Club welcomes “what if” expert-consultant Laurence Rassel. Long ago she diagnosed the vacuity of artistic practices when its formats of knowledge-production are not ‘situated’ in an ecology of art that encompasses social and psychological factors. Paradoxically she considers fiction, science-fiction, narratives and role plays as paramount tools to achieve that goal. Laurence Rassel will address the notion of ‘Radical Hospitality’ by revisiting Stitch and Split, and some of the curatorial operating principles and practices she developed in Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona as an engaged feminist curator.
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lecture, postgraduate program

Book Club #7 Politics of Speculative fabulation

10 March 2017 / a.pass

Book Club Series / Fabrizio Terranova

Dr Marboeuf
"We need new types of narratives and techniques. Stories that reclaim the earth and the commons that capitalism has stolen from us. Stories that invite us to take up and create trans-species sensitivities, trans-matters vitalities and trans-cerebral unrests. And it’s not enough imagining them, these stories have to be made and experienced." In this talk/reading session, Fabrizio Terranova will revisit a recent text by Donna Haraway, “Sympoiesis - Symbiogenesis and the Lively Arts of Staying with the Trouble” and present the different projects he is involved in where activism, speculative fiction and pedagogy merge.
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lecture, performative publishing, postgraduate program

Book club #7bis An Animal Escape Case

10 March 2017 / a.pass

Book club series special event / Sina Seifee

Tessa Farmer - 2010 A Darker Shade of Grey
The essay-performance plays with some standards​ of cross-species identification according to an Indo-Iranian mode of subjectivity and my own animal-findings in contemporary Tehran. We zoom in what the idea of "wilderness" withholds in technologically mediated stories and rumors that populate domestic life and quotidian of middle ages of this neighborhood. Through fairy-tale associations the lecture investigates operative non-understandings in old and new threads of cosmology that formulate reciprocity and being-with of the mediated non-humanity and investigates the cases of failed collaboration between species. ​
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postgraduate program, workshop

Helena Dietrich The Tea Party

14-15 March 2017 / a.pass

in search for an elastic alien self

We will use clothing like a pharmakon: what pollutes us can also clean us! By triggering the optical unconscious we can transform sensuously a commoditised visual world into a psychological cleansing process from cultural inherited aesthetics. Acknowledging the ability of three-dimensional images and materials as determinations of our perception of self is already an attempt to empower ourselves at changing our/the reality. Not only in words but also in materialising this reality into visible and tangible new object-beings.
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postgraduate program, seminar

BOOK CLUB #8 ACCELERA.PASS

16 March 2017 / a.pass

Book Club Series / Michiel Vandevelde & Wouter De Raeve curated by Sébastien Hendrickx

Malign Velocities
In 2013 the Accelerationist Manifesto by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams emerged, aiming to question the traditional Left and to demarcate a renewed relation with capitalism, while its provocative aura generated a whirlwind of pros and cons. During this seminar we will not merely read excerpts of the manifesto. By means of a genealogy of the concept, we'll try to frame this tendency within the larger philosophical evolutions of the past decennia and nuance its “accelerating” characteristic.
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postgraduate program, reading session

Book Club #9 Language as Magic and the Language of Things

17 March 2017 / a.pass

Book Club Series / Caroline Godart & Marialena Marouda

Walter Benjamin in the National Library in Paris, 1937, taken by Gisèle Freund © bpk | IMEC, Fonds MCC | Gisèle Freund
In the essay “On Language as Such and on the Language of Man” Benjamin proposes a language metaphysics that extends to every thing. Every thing has a language: objects, animals, human beings but also immaterial things, like the Arts or Technology. For Benjamin language is therefore a medium going very much beyond human language and the communication through words. One could say language is the way in which some thing – indeed every thing – communicates itself to the world.
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postgraduate program, reading session

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS ?! 4/4

20 March 2017 / a.pass

(revisiting SF Cinema) curated by Dehens & Kaplunova

YOU CALL THIS PROGRESS!? is a series of screenings revisting SF-Cinema with a focus on 'other' (non-)western SF. It aims to look critically at the genre as well as to reconsider the potential of the genre to look critically. The series includes films and shorts from the trenches of Soviet SF, the esoteric SF of Unarius, old, new and queer interpretations of SF, early works by Black Audio Film Collective, an opening to Russian cosmism, works by Chris Kraus, early Cronenberg, something called Betaville, trailers and more.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Sina Seifee Little Fables of Practice Workshop

24-25 July 2017 / a.pass 4th floor

Sina Seifee - Moon index in Sa'di world refraction poetics
In this two days workshop I like to propose the notion of keyword seen as a site where one formulates concepts and narratives that reorient one within one's own research practices. We will (re)animate our keywords as fables, which are operational metaphors that shape subjects and objects of knowledge. How can we participate in (re)shaping our objects of knowledge in terms of little fables?
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performative publishing

RRadio Triton Data Retrieval Interface

1 July 2018 / online: https://rradiotriton.apass.be

Print https://rradiotriton.apass.be
frontispiece of RRadio Triton Data Retrieval Interface

https://rradiotriton.apass.be

RRadio Triton is an experimental radio project aiming at producing collective audio documents gathered in and disseminated by the ad hoc fictional radio label/station, recording, editing, sampling, remixing and releasing audio and soundscapes. The audio publications of RRadio Triton are the recomposition of the outcomes of the voluntary contributions from all the actors of the 2017 a.pass seminar, BLOCK 17/I TROUBLE ON RADIO TRITON_ ((((((( CHANGING (THE) WORLD (S) )))))) curated by Pierre Rubio.

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postgraduate program, workshop

STUDY DAYS

10 September-30 November 2018

A curatorial proposal by Adva ZAkai

* Images – screen-shots from https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/89465667

PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

This block is organized around a series of Study Days. Almost every Monday till the end of November, a.pass hosts artists, thinkers and researchers to contribute to the problematization of various issues that bring together love, art, school, improvisation and politics.

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performative publishing

by OFFoff, a.pass and Domes FM Broadcasting RRadio Triton

broadcast

25-26 January 2019 / Kunsthal, Ghent

“Tritonia festiva © weiweigao”
During the opening weekend of Kunsthal,Ghent, ArtCinema OFFoff puts up a broadcast on Domes FM around RRadio Triton, a collective and experimental research project produced by a.pass. The broadcast circles around relations between artistic research and speculative fictions. What kinds of futures do artistic research practices imagine? Which fictions are needed? And what voices do we need to bring those fictions up?
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postgraduate program, workshop

the Lecture, the Performance

4-8 February 2019

workshop with philipp gehmacher

 

This week’s focus lies on the idea and genre of the lecture performance in the performing and visual arts. Speaking out will be looked at as a performative act of sharing thoughts and concerns about ones own research and work. The questions often arising are: Why speak out about things at all? Why not let the work speak for itself, the research be mapped out and available? Is the speaking an extra layer of added information, at times rendering the ‚shown’ and presented more informal, even personal? Whilst in fact pointing at its surrounding, as much as the institution, is there a self-referentiality involved in speaking that we cannot escape whether we speak about ourselves, our concerns or just matters seemingly ‚worldly‘ and not personal? Speaking is however also about utterance and the speech act, performative as such, in the now, whether scripted or not. Speaking points out, maps out, accompanies actions and discursifes often all at once.

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performative publishing

RRadio Triton

1 July 2019 / online: https://rradiotriton.apass.be/

audio publication

Tritonia Festiva_Photo Steve Lonhart_NOAA_MBNMS
In 2019 RRadio Triton sets out to dream of operating like a time machine carrying its protagonists through time back to events and questions processed and produced during Trouble on Radio Triton ((((((( changing (the) world (s) )))))) -a seminar held by a.pass in 2017- and returning them as new narrators. RRadio Triton is a collective and experimental, digital audio project aimed at producing and publishing radio and sound documents. The ad hoc fictional radio station records, edits, samples, remixes and releases pieces of audiowork into the wireless atmospheric fabric and exists in between a digital sound-archive, ongoing conversations that originated at the 2017 seminar and live-appearances at events.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Krõõt Juurak AUTODOMESTICATION

27-31 October 2020 / a.pass

Autodomestication

As a performer you provide your audience with something that cannot be measured in material terms. As regards the activity that produces the cultural content of the commodity, your labour involves a series of activities that are not normally recognised as work – activities involved in defining and determining cultural and artistic standards, fashions, tastes, consumer norms and, on a strategic level, public opinion. As a performer you are primarily a producer of subjectivity. Typically, an artist’s value does not lie in what they “do” but in what they “are”. Now, remember, for example, how Richard Florida described the processes of gentrification caused by the migration of artists and creative workers – the artists may or may not be aware of the value of their mere presence but on a larger scale they produce “results” simply by existing. Survival in the (performing) arts requires creativity that goes beyond the artworks one creates. In fact, a typical performing artist spends about 99 percent of their time off stage – as an audience member, a critic, an administrator, a networker, friend, mentor, student, teacher and so on. Inventing and re-inventing oneself on and offstage, adjusting to various situations, restrictions, moving from project to project, one residency to the next, brimming with creative energy, training and forever educating oneself is the way forward.

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postgraduate program, workshop

Elke van Campenhout Debunking the Myth

16-20 November 2020 / online

or The Emperor’s New Clothes Revisited

NEW DATES!

16.-20. Nov 2020

 

To be a contemporary artist comes with a lot of prerequisites these days: unspoken discourse rules, critical norms, and a general salonfähig consensus about values like fluidity, horizontality, collaboration, etcetera… Often these values are taken for granted while a strong discourse is ruling the artist’s world, zooming in on any hint of postcolonial insensitivity, patriarchal blindness, gender observations, and faintly non-consensual power use. This attitude stems from the bountiful history of feminist and queer studies, cultural studies insights, and a general growing awareness of her-stories and the damage done by biased educations and cultural misgivings. But at the same time there are also a lot of other untouched territories underlying these value markers: 19th century romanticism, liberalism, humanism, … Each one carrying within it a very specific view of what it means to be a human being in this world, how we are connected and what we are able to convey.

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