Master-Symposium 26 – 28 March 2019: "Paradise fallen"with artists Zen Marie & Frida Robles


Semester Spring semester / 2nd & 4th semester
Dates

Dates:
26.03.2019 tba
27.03.2019 from 10h00 – 18h00
28.03.2019 from 10h00 – 18h00

Location:
Schwabstrasse 10, 3018 Bern, Multifunktionsraum 110

 

ECTS 3
Kunsthochschule
Universität / Haute Ecole
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Website www.hkb.bfh.ch
Teacher Zen Marie, Frida Robles
Contact email
for student applications
cap@hkb.bfh.ch
Content description

Zen Marie and Frida Robles, respond to an invitation by Madeleine Amsler

paradise fallen: performativity, dis-orientation and the undercommons
or, how to orient space differently?

This two-day workshop critically explores some well-worn terms within contemporary art, especially it looks at site specificity and relational aesthetics by pushing them into an encounter with terms imbued with the ambition of radical energies: the undercommons, queer phenomenology and performativity.
Through multi modal / inter textual workshops we will attempt to think through explore and perhaps even to inhabit these related and contested concepts. We will read, watch, listen, think, feel, cook, eat, walk, act and engage and do in processes that understand the rational or the analytical as only some of the many possibilities to critically engage, work through or produce meaning. What we will look for is the
multiplicity of form that radical critical thought or action can take. If this sounds both abstract and ambitious, it’s probably because such a project always is, and we attempt to begin this work in the two days of the workshop, even though we realize that only so much is possible with the contingencies of time and space. Never the less, we will boldly work with knowledge making processes that deviate from the conventional, even while deeply forming a critical relationship with the convention. This could be phrased as an engagement with what could be called radical epistemologies as we will think about the importance and radical potential of space, its production, and our passing through it.

This platform invites students who have investment in thinking, unthinking and critically unpacking the ways in which the physical world controls, directs and mediates immaterial processes, feelings, forms and ideas. The workshop and seminars and actions will be guided by selected key concepts, which will be developed through key texts. We will think about text here in the expanded form to include poetry, art, music, film, performance, activist resistances and more. In addition to the ‘reading’ of these texts, the work of Zen Marie and Frida Robles will shape the form of the sessions as co-working / co-learning moments,
that deploy a range of methods, including cooking and walking. This exciting moment of collaborative exchange, initiated by the invitation and curation of Madeleine Amsler, will allow for these important
concepts to be engaged with as they emerge in theory, and in practice. In fact, what is at stake, is how they function in complex ways across both these registers in ways that blur the boundaries of theory and practice.

Key readings (these are full book length works, but specific chapters will be focused on)
•Sarah Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, 2006 (Read: Introduction: Finding Your Way, Chapter 1:
Orientations Toward Objects, Conclusion: Disorientation and Queer Objects)
•Stephano Harney, Fred Moten, The Undercommons, 2016 (read: forward by Jack Halberstam: The Wild Beyond: With and For the Undercommons and the first two chapters: Politics Surrounded and The University and the Undercommons)
•Judith Butler, Bodies that Matter, 1993 (read: chapter 4 Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion Secondary readings
•Miwon Kwon, One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity, 2004
•Nicolas Bourriad, Relational Aesthetics, 1998
•Claire Bishop, Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics, 2004
•Sarat Maharaj, Know-how and NoHow: Stopgap Notes on “method” in Visual Art as Knowledge Production, 2009
•James Loxley, Performativity, 2007
•Walter Mignolo, DELINKING: The rhetoric of modernity, the logic of coloniality and the grammar of de-coloniality

Master Platform Programme
26 March
Screening
Venue to be confirmed

27 – 28 March
platform
Y Institut, MA Contemporary Arts Practice, Schwabstrasse 10, 3018 Bern
Language: English

27 March, 10h00 - 12h00
Performance vs Performativity
Introduction to the platform, with a preliminary engagement with the key concepts.
Judith Butler, Gender is Burning

Discussion/reading of the text and elaboration by looking, listening and watching
Primary reading: Judith Butler, Bodies that Matter, 1993 (chapter 4 Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion)

Secondary reading: James Loxley, Performativity, 2007 (especially chapter one)
Watch the film : Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston, 1991
Also read: bell hooks Is Paris Burning? in Race and representation, chapter 9
Discussion/reading of the text and elaboration by looking, listening and watching
Cooking Eating Engaging (11h30 -12:15)
A group of 5 students, will prepare the meal for everyone while discussion some of the topics from the morning.

27 March, 13h30 /15h00
Orientation / Dis-orientation
Sarah Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others

Primary reading: Sarah Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, 2006 (Read: Introduction: Finding Your Way, Chapter 1: Orientations Toward Objects, Conclusion: Disorientation and Queer Objects)

Related texts to be announced closer to the platform.
Discussion/reading of the text and elaboration by looking, listening and watching
15h30-18h00
Dis-orienting Bümpliz
Explorative walk through the area

28 March, 10h00 - 12h00
below and beneath
Stephano Harney, Fred Moten, The Undercommons
Stephano Harney, Fred Moten, The Undercommons, 2016 (read the forward by Jack Halberstam: The Wild Beyond: With and For the

Undercommons and the first two chapters: Politics Surrounded and The University and the Undercommons)
Watch: Sun Ra, Space is the Place, 1974
Related texts to be announced closer to the platform.
Discussion/reading of the text and elaboration by looking, listening and watching

Cooking Eating Engaging (11h30 -12:15)
A group of 5 students, will prepare the meal for everyone while discussion some of the topics of the morning.

28 March, 14h00 / 18h00
Prestation / Restitution from platform participants:
Actions in public space in Bümplitz
For enquiries please contact: Madeleine Amsler at: madeleine.amsler@hkb.bfh.ch

Bibliography
Zen Marie
Zen Marie is an artist who works in a variety of media. Core to his practice is a concern with how meaning is formed through different media, spaces and processes. While working from a position that begins with photography and film making he also works in performance, sculpture, graphic processes and writing. His areas of focus have included international sport, identity, nationalism, and public infrastructure. The binding link between these diverse areas has always been the relationship between desire, power, agency and
their subversion. Marie currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is a Lecturer in Fine Art art at the WITS School of Art. He is also a PhD candidate at WITS, with a focus on areas of art and theory in relation to what he calls situated aesthetic practice.
www.zenmarie.com

Frida Robles
Based in Vienna, Austria
Born in Mexico City. Frida Robles is an artist and curator. Her practice focuses on an essayistic approach to different subjects, understanding her practice as a continuous exercise, as always in the making, always trying. She studied a bachelor’s degree in History at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico and a master’s degree at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Her work focuses on site-specificity and the potential of performative gestures in public space. She wrote the book “All love letters are ghost stories” as an outcome of an open research on love for which she performed as a public scrivener in the Santo Domingo square in Mexico City where she would write love letters for free. She is currently starting a PhD in Philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

 

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