On July the 17th, my workshop Rehearsing Horizontalities was part of this great program organized by Gabriel Hensche and Engy Mohsen:
Workshop @ Rote Fabrik, Studio A.010
Saturday, July 17th
12:00 – 15:00
Psychologist Arthur Aron used the 36 Questions to explore whether intimacy between two strangers can occur intentionally. Based on the assumption that something we call ‘love’ can be produced willingly, artists Engy Mohsen and Gabriel Hensche developed a set of 36 exercises to fall in love with oneself, a group and non-human beings. Furthermore, they invited 9 other artists and writers to develop an exercise, text or game that responds to the question: How to Love Many in Many Ways?
In this workshop, we invite you to join us to try some of these exercises that include:
On June the 10th and 11th I participated at the Conference on Studies of Belonging organized by NIAS, with the text “Considering belonging from our shared losses, building belonging through our shared mourning” and with the guided meditation “A flying kiss thrown to the air, a guided meditation guided by a plant”, both in the thread of “Practices of Belonging”.
“The trees on Lycabettus, as well as the sky that hangs above it and the rock beneath those trees, may have a lot of knowledge that we as humans wandering on those hills, may not know. How can we learn from them? What do we want to learn from them? Are we ready to hear what they have to tell us? How do we relate to them, how do they relate to us? What is their experience of the city? How would we develop the means to hear their stories? We believe that by asking the right questions, one can begin to hear the stories of the trees. And as with any conversation, by listening to others we listen to ourselves. We aim to bring to light the stories, conscious and unconscious, that we relate to the hill, the trees, the parks, the public green spaces of our city.
We are a fluid group composed by different women at different times. At the time of writing this proposal we were Auriane Blanc, Thalia Dimitropoulou Maria Juliana Byck, Fotini Gouseti, Eliana Otta and Sanem Su Avcı.”
The nurturing knowledges‘ garden is a proposal I developed for The School of the We, a great project made by rotor in the context of the extended Graz Cultural Year 2020. We are working right now on the creation of a collective garden, with the help of the farmers from the market at Lendplatz and many enthusiastic neighbors. The intervention will be there from 14/5 to 17/10, and hopefully will stay more, if the neighbors make it theirs!
“A public garden made thanks to neighbors dedicated to reproduce and take care of life will become a meeting point to renovate our energies and capacities for taking care of each other. A generous tree will become an adaptation of the Peruvian tradition of the yunza, a propitiatory ritual to celebrate the regeneration of life and invoke abundant harvests. But here the offered gifts will be advices by gardeners, mothers, farmers and women from the neighborhood on how to look after all kind of beings, including ourselves. The visitors are invited to take an inspiring postcard from the tree of nurturing knowledges and leave one in return, writing on the spot their best ideas and ways to nurse what and who we love.”
“How to express what aches, confuses or paralyzes us while being distanced? How to relate to protest and dissent when withdrawn from the public space? How to remain critical and socially engaged while dedicating our days to search for wellbeing under uncertain circumstances? Eliana Otta is a multidisciplinary artist from Lima whose practice proposes collective activities that intertwine orality, poetry, embodied knowledge and physical practices. Acknowledging how the need to redefine struggling actions and vocabularies seems as overwhelming as urgent, Otta’s workshop will embark on the task of identifying the possible meanings that the term “political” can bring into the pandemic context. It will review the foundational seams patching societies, questioning what Constitutions should be and do for us today, when most of us are revisiting what constitutes us as peoples and inhabitants of this planet. Expanding from the individual to the collective, we’ll work with words and imagination, with desires and poetry, navigating together from intimate goals to possible sources of political renewal.”
Desde hace unas semanas vengo realizando el proyecto Escuchando a la política, con la complicidad de Bisagra. El primer podcast fue con la participación de Matheus Calderón y puede oírse aquí.
La palabra “política” suele ser usada como algo negativo, relacionado a intereses ocultos, privados, subalternos. ¿Cómo nos relacionamos con esa palabra quienes creemos que nuestras acciones e interacciones en la vida social, incluso y especialmente, en el ámbito privado, están cargadas fuertemente de contenidos políticos?, ¿De qué manera nos es útil y cómo podría ser más útil esa palabra?, ¿Cómo adecuarla a nuestros deseos y urgencias? Para iniciar conversaciones sobre estas y otras preguntas, le enviamos a Matheus el siguiente cuestionario:
1 – ¿Cómo entiendes la palabra política? 2 – ¿Cuál es tu relación con la política? 3 – ¿En quiénes piensas cuando la escuchas? 4 – ¿A qué te gustaría que se asocie o qué te gustaría que se incluya en su significado, que no se incluye ahora? 5 – ¿Qué eventos políticos marcaron/atravesaron tu vida (niñez, adolescencia, adultez)? ¿Cómo te afectaron a un nivel íntimo? 6 – Menciona un libro o película que relaciones con ella y explica la relación. 7 – Menciona de tres a cinco canciones que relaciones con ella (esto es importante, pues las usaremos para intercalar con tu voz en el podcast) 8 – ¿Cuál consideras el evento político más significativo del año? 9 – ¿Podrías identificar y describir un evento político que haya tenido un resultado feliz o positivo en el Perú? 10 – ¿Podrías imaginar y describir un evento político capaz de cambiar el rumbo del mundo hacia la dirección que consideras positiva? 11 – ¿Cuál es tu consigna favorita de una marcha a la que has asistido? ¿Podrías cantarla/gritarla? 12 – ¿Podrías leer un poema con contenido político? (Si no te sientes cómodx haciéndolo, por favor mándanos el título y nombre del autor o autora para leerlo nosotrxs) 13 – Menciona una o dos personas a quienes te gustaría escuchar respondiendo este cuestionario (tus respuestas serán utilizadas para organizar nuestra lista de futurxs invitadxs)
Este es un proyecto iniciado por Eliana Otta, con la complicidad de Bisagra y quienes deseen sumarse en el proceso. Todos los podcasts son editados por Eliana y serán publicados cada semana.
On view on An Ice Floe in the Bay of Bothnia, Swedish Lapland: February 14 – Until the ice melts
Vicarious fragile pilgrims, my work in Goodbye world! curated by Andreas Templin and Raimar Stange, which “opened” in February 14.
Embodied in paper, loyal pilgrims left Peru to reach the ice and disappear with it, honoring the Qoyllur R’iti pilgrimage, which didn’t occur in 2020 due to Covid-19, and which is progressively affected by the melting of the glaciers. Qoyllur R’iti (“bright white snow” in Quechua—a language Indigenous to the Peruvian Andes) is a syncretic religious festival held annually in the highlands of Cusco, where people celebrate the appearance of the Pleiades constellation in dedication to their harvests and the regeneration of life.
The Arts bid Farewell Record high temperatures in the Arctic, rising sea levels, and erosion of rainforests leave no doubt: in the face of climate change, we risk saying goodbye to countless species of plants and animals, to islands and waterfront cities, and tragically to millions of people facing food insecurity from heat waves and droughts.
In the midst of this catastrophe, contemporary art is saying farewell, too. Goodbye, World brings eco-friendly works by internationally-renowned artists to an ice floe in Arctic Sweden where they will remain until the ice melts and the artworks sink to the ocean floor. The project not only reacts to the consequences of global warming, it tentatively aligns itself with these outcomes and conceptually applies them in its presentation.
The disappearance of art critiques an art industry that has been overly focused on the production and lucrative sales of works, while dealing in continuous visibility as a basis for commercial success. It is for this reason that Goodbye, World presents a scenario in which valuable works of art are ‘sunk’ and removed from circulation indefinitely.
Special thanks to Hanna Isaksson, Resurscentrum för Konst – Region Norrbotten, and to Eric, Susanne, and Shane at Luleå Archipelago Adventures.
Exhibition photography and videography: Sean Smuda, with additional photography by Andreas Templin. Drone operator: Shane Doolin.
Andreas Templin practices art in a multivariate approach, which expresses in sculpture, photography, installations, urban interventions and sound art. He holds an MFA from Sandberg Institute Amsterdam and lives and works in Berlin.
Raimar Stange studied philosophy, German, and journalism in Hanover. He works as a freelance art journalist and curator in Berlin. Stange is published in magazines such as Kunst-Bulletin Zurich, art-agenda.com, Camera Austria Graz and Artist Bremen. He is currently curating exhibitions on topics such as climate change and right-wing populism.