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MAGIC NIGHT

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.

 

This is a transformational journey

that displaces our relation to our bodies, to nature, to objects

by recognising the recuperation and commodification

of these relations by capitalism.

 

We come together

To inspire different ways for counteracting

oppressive operative systems

of knowledge, love, work, and metaphysics.

 

We come together

To create a counter-spell for colonising forces

that suppress, limit, undermine our natural virtual powers

to resist, to perform, to be part of the world.

To create a shared awareness of the recuperation of magic,

of ritual commodification, of the reduction of everyday life

by machines of correction,

perverting our desires,

crushing our potential selves.

 

The world is full of magic unaccounted for

We need to acknowledge its power

and share it with others to empower their lives and dreams.

We invite you as helpers, as energetic vessels

to play with, to discover new ways of being together

 

The artist can be the poetic warrior

fighting for power and courage

awakening the sense of self

to write his alternative myths on the surface of reality

 

Tonight we have the opportunity to experience and experiment the no-difference

between the I that performs, and the you that undergoes

Not as a closure but as a beginning

A nudge to push us over the edge

to allow us to spill over, grow wings

and launch into transformation.

 

We celebrate our schizophrenic adaptations

of foregone cultural debris

of ritual rumours and phantasies

into operative practices for today’s crises.

No exotic imitation

but inventive re-draftings

of what it is to be:

a hybrid magic body

that reinvents itself and all there is

every day anew.

 

We are virtual bodies,

filled to the brim with knowledge

we can not grasp through lack of words,

we can not operate through lack of awareness

we can not read through lack of skill.

 

We are virtual bodies

that have the power to overcome

the limits of fear, guilt and physicality.

 

We are beings on the edge of awakening

generous souls that want to share their transgression

expanding it over the edges of the precious circle

into the heart of the matter

into the matter that matters.





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block information

Self-Interview & Peer-to-Peer mentoring

self interview
SELF / Throughout the block we develop a self-interviewing practice. PEER / On top of the dedicated mentoring and the self-interview practice you will also mentor - and be mentored by -a peer researcher.
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block information

BLOCK 15/II UNTOUCHABLE / UNACCEPTABLE / INTANGIBLE_ about the imaginative aesthetics of change

CURATED BY PIERRE RUBIO

1 May-29 August 2015

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. Animating objects to animate our agencies. Fictionalising the real as a critique to produce alternatives to ideology. Speculating on the impossible to construct a possible. Considering imagination not as escapism but as an operative vehicle for change. 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.
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block information, research

a.pass research centre The House of Spirits

10 May-24 July 2015

House of Spirits

The House of Spirits is a common space for the (re)collection, digestion and transformation of the traces of the individual researches and workshops. The House opens up a space for the shamans/conservators of the Research Centre, as well as some of the participants. Every week another shaman practices in the House of Spirits, working with the case objects of the participants or with left-overs of the workshop, developing a shared ritual for the a.pass group. The strategies of the shaman include reordering, cataloguing, magical transformations, ritual alchemy, displacement and fictionalisation.

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block information, research

Reading Circle

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.


a.pass basics 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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workshop

Sara Manente / Marcos Simoes THIS PLACE

1-5 June 2015 / a.pass

The workshop unfold a series of extra sensorial practices as tools for collaboration in groups, couples or with objects. The dispositives used, for example the telepathic approach, offer the possibility to create a third existence which is “a self”, “an entity” other than us, with own quality and ability to perform. Like an “experimental magic”: there will be magic without magicians. Can we create the magic by creating the situation for the magic to happen? We create the rules therefore we create the magic. Is it possible to empower an object, a person, a situation through speculation? With the stubbornness of “the idiot”, we will practice and question again and again opening up the creative process to the immaterial and the immaterial.
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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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workshop

Oscar Parada TOWARDS A COLLECTIVE RITUAL

22-26 June 2015 / a.pass

circle
The objective of re-knowing and re-producing the sacred in connection with a performative ritual space is to operate a transformation and that is what we can call medicine. Medicine is everything that transforms us. The workshop proposes techniques and practices to open the body not only as an artistic tool but also as a medicinal tool. We will question and challenge the limits of what ‘self’, ‘presence’ and ‘relation’ mean. Hence, the workshop will also a research into creating individual and collective rituals in different ways.
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workshop

Peter Stamer / Luanda Casella SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

29 June-3 July 2015

Bildschirmfoto 2015-03-28 um 13.59.09

In 1969, the American psychologist Stanley Milgram designed a study to explore if two randomly selected individuals, strangers to each other coming from different American states, are nevertheless connected by acquaintances in between. Starting the test in Kansas/Nebraska, linking people to one individual in Massachusetts, the experiment suggested that an individual knows of any target person only by six degrees of connecting steps: Mr X from Kansas knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Mrs Z, living in Massachusetts.

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