RESEARCH STRAND #1
2020/21 “LOCAL AFFAIRS”
SHARING OF/AS INFRASTRUCTURE
A CONTEXTUAL NOTE ON OUR RESEARCH THEME:
Throughout the last 20 years in the fields of dance & performing arts there has been a focus, both economically & discursively on developing international co-operations, touring, cultural exchange. Artists then need to travel in order to earn a living, maintain and gain opportunities, often causing them to be only ‘based’ in Berlin, compromising our commitment and responsibility to our community. The effects of such a transient lifestyle which also plays into a Neo-liberal one, renders people everywhere and nowhere at the same time. But is this the only way?
In addition, the climate crisis, the awareness of our individual co2 footprint, reflectionson our modes of transport become more present in public discourse. So what happens when an artist decides or has to remain at home? Are there other ways of producing and doing work more locally? Can we think of another model & rhythm of generating relations?
Besides touring or networking, what structures can we work towards? What can we gain from other non artistic modes of being local? What can we learn from living and working in the city we call home? W hat types of social lives are we arranging? How do we condition our living together?
Dealing with the complexity of the idea and reality of being local is the ongoing concern and focus for our new artist lead collective neue häute, formed by artists-curators from ES, IR, GE, and PO based in Berlin. We are currently developing a cooperative artist run space at Uferstudios (Wedding) opening on April’ 20. Our artistic program, focussed on process-oriented, collaborative, interdisciplinary practices, responds to the identity and physicality of 3 spaces: acommunity café/artist-run bar, a lab-room and a residency studio. In preparation for the opening of these spaces we would like to conduct an intense research phase on the topic ofbeing local:
“LOCAL AFFAIRS: SHARING OF/AS INFRASTRUCTURE”
to reflect on the dynamics of local production, to understand “how the work works” by looking from the point of inscription in the context of different practices or positions.
to open the process of artistic & social research and make it accessible to local audiences, expanding the process of knowledge generation being receptive to wider audiences through local alliances.
to act on the work space as an area of symbolic production and exchange in which different logics may rule beyond the material value, fixing a landscape of oral or organic transactions running along with the process.
to produce affections and new symbolic links in the context of the community where we are embedded (professional, social, geographical), superposing new imageris to the daily practices, producing communality as public good, negotiating different levels of knowledge: sedimentation - poetics of distribution and circulation.
to reformulate the concept of curated venue from a paralized & prescribed institutional logic towards a perception of space as a shared resource, as a shared infrastructure enhancing the local scene, acting as a mediation tool to communicate to wider audiences discursive & economic contemporary approaches in art which critically address burning social issues affecting Berlin’s ecology of work.
to enrich our individual artistic pathways through the intersection with other fields in and outside of art, taking artistic research as a context in itself for experimentation, learning and collaboration across disciplines.
For our research LOCAL AFFAIRS we will conduct a series of group studies based on the idea of the affair as a technology that allows us to work wit the concept of the space. Being an event or sequence of attachments (sexual, romantic, or passionate), a affair is often defined by it temporality, the recurrence o frequency of encounters. They become clusters of affinities binding people together around specific desires and concerns, and from this point we want to take the time to learn and discuss the complexities of being local in the live art field today.
We will instigate 3 different “affairs” corresponding to the three sections of our overall artist run space neue häute, researching what contexts of experience are created for the spectators already by the very choice of space while experimenting with local modes of display.
Each space/format/study block (3) is divided into 5 research modules of 1 month duration each, resulting in 15 months distributed in 2 years (2020-2021).
1. Community Café space (Ana Conda am Ufer):
- Choreography research format
_ Hosted by Diego Agulló, Sheena McGrandles & Jo Vávra
2. Artist-run-Bar (Ana Conda am Ufer):
- Curatorial research format
_ Hosted by Paz Ponce & Sheena McGrandles
3. Residency Studio & LAB:
“Livin’ la vida locaL”
- Artistic research residency format
_ Hosted by Paz Ponce & Silke Bake