10.–11.11.2018

manYdancing the digital ornament

Emphatic Vocabularies of Collective Molecular Bodies

Workshops & Performance by knowbotiq
with Alesandra Seutin and Lamin Fofana

Saturday
10 November 2018
4–8 pm
Workshop

Sunday
11 November 2018
4 pm
Workshop
8 pm
Performance

After the performance
food and drinks
at Archive kitchen

manYdancing the digital ornament aims to reflect on what it means to form a collective body today, to activate and produce body knowledge through dance-like movement. The workshop and performance combine metropolitan body practices of the early 20th century with the crisis-like experiences of a present in which algorithmic governmentalities and biotechnologies molecularize bodies and translate them into data sets. We draw references to “epileptically dancing white European bodies” (dance rage and dance addiction) in the aftermath of the First World War and approach queer lines of subjectivity informed by blackness, femininity and class consciousness of post-slavery dance forms.

The workshop contents are the same Saturday and Sunday and each for a group of maximum 20 participants. Participation is free. Food will be provided based on donation. Please register until November 9 at school@district-berlin.com.

After a short conversation about body knowledge and collective bodies, the performer Alesandra Seutin will improvise on undisciplined movement repertoires together with the workshop participants. Lamin Fofana has developed specific sound material for this purpose.The workshops do not require any experience or previous knowledge. Please bring comfortable clothing.

knowbotiq are interested in how social and political conditions as well as historical knowledge and theories can be activated with the means of art. The focus is often on the (working, the political and the gendered) body with its ability to (re)act, camouflage, to dissolve, but also to (re-)assemble. We outline various situational scenarios that position these bodies in the context of quotidian, technological and scientific developments.

Alesandra Seutin’s repertoire of work is focused on the exploration of subjects, which influence our society, and with this captures her audience into a journey of compelling and outspoken dance theatre. She founded Vocab Dance Company with the vision of fusing African traditional dance with contemporary dance and urban dance forms to distinctly create Afro-eclectic dance theatre from a feminine perspective.

Lamin Fofana is an electronic producer. His instrumental electronic music contrasts the reality of our world with what’s beyond and explores questions of movement, migration, alienation, and belonging. He is from Sierra Leone, lived in Guinea, United States, and currently located in Berlin. His most recent project Brancusi Sculpting Beyonce is out now on Hundebiss Records.

manYdancing the digital ornament is the third iteration of a collaborative and performative space that appears under different titles across the months of October and November 2018 at School Without Center / District and Archive Kabinett.

Upcoming:
Choreographic Unrest
Open editing room with contributions by
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Paolo Caffoni, Zasha Colah, Chiara Figone, Lamin Foufana, Joerg Franzbecker, Suza Husse, knowbotiq, Astrid Kusser, Shanti Suki Osman, Yvonne Wilhelm
13–17 November 2018 at Archive Kabinett

Dada is Black, duh! * Mad Vibrations * manYdancing the digital ornament * Choreographic Unrest is a collaboration between a production e.V., Archive Kabinett, School Without Center/ District Berlin, the Institute for Contemporary Art Research /ZHdK and M.1 Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung initiated by Joerg Franzbecker, Suza Husse and Yvonne Wilhem/knowbotiq. More information on the project here.

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