SIGNAL will be back in September for its seventh edition!
Discussions, workshops and urban interventions address our relation to the city, and confront our views - whether we agree or not.
The Joy of Disagreement
If the question of the Common is more than ever at the heart of our living together and our urbanity, it would be a mistake to infer a constant consensus, in the name of the general interest. The city is also made up of areas of opposition and conflict of opinions. From these frictions springs the sparks of democracy, it is specifically in disagreements that we feel alive.
Art in urban space does not get away from these fruitful confrontations. It is actually often an example as, by nature it is forced to leave the beaten path of artistic logic to confront other realities specific to the city, and systems that seem antagonistic. Think about trade, lifestyle, health, sport, urbanism, religion or celebration, which also cross social space and whose interests, codes, modes of operation, differ from those of art. From these confrontations arise works that touch us because of the risks they take and the dialogues they open.
These themes run through the program of our seventh edition of SIGNAL / Art and the City in different ways: in the artworks presented in public space and in debates and workshops of the Urban Academy.
Chantal Mouffe (BE/UK)
Joanna Warsza (PL/DE)
Tunde Adefioye (BE)
Dmitry Vilensky & Olga Egorova / Chto Delat (RU)
Siniša Labrović (HR)
Katrien Verwilt / Metropolis & Vera Maeder / hello!earth (DK)
Mike Ribalta / Fira Tarrega (ES)
Floriane Gaber (FR)
Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) (FR)
Kubra Khademi (AF)
Maria Sideri (GR)
Juhyung Lee (KR)
Ghost Army (BE)
François Durif (FR)
Liévine Hubert/Le Geste qui sauve (BE)
Reclaim the Future (EU)
and many more...
Tunde Adefioye - Statement :
« I have been thinking a lot about post-colonial theory after a book launch that I attended earlier this year, called “Smash the Pillars“, where one of the writers talked about the fact that we can only talk about decolonization and not post-colonization. I partly disagree with this assertion, after having thought about it for a few days. On one hand, he is right, there is still a lot of decolonizing that needs to occur. Because, namely thanks to patriarchy and the globalizing effects of capitalism, we are still effectively living in colonial systems. Whether in Brazil, where afro-Brazilians, especially in the last 15 plus years have been asserting their own unique identity and history through arts, politics and so on. Or Wales where many efforts have been made to highlight the repression of the Welsh language while reviving it.
Often disagreement for me is about urgency. The urgency I, and those I consider allies and accomplices, see and feel in real ways. Whether it is concerning, in my case, the real threat I feel walking down a street as a visible dark skinned Black person in the US, or the refugee crisis that has been caused by the mismanagement of ecological resources as a lasting impact of colonialism and due to the effects of over-consumption in countries that have the largest GDP. I no longer though want to simply disagree for disagreeing sake or to change white people and white institutions. I want to disagree in a way that gives alternatives that works towards a post-colonial future which writes and sees prominent leading roles for oppressed and marginalized peoples that currently are erased out of discourses that many are holding as they sit comfortably in positions of power. My starting point for doing this work is often using the writings of thinkers like professor of critical race theory and law Kimberlé Crenshaw who gave us gave us intersectionality as a concept. Additionally, Patricia Hills Collins and her focus on Black feminist thought create a basis where I survey other intellectual axis points. Further, feminist, queer, poet, thinker Audre Lorde’s work gives me insights on how to dismantle current structures and conceive of new tools to create alternatives that are not based on the current “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” as bell hooks would say. Historical understandings of how colonial realities create the present context from someone like prof. Gloria Wekker allow for another type of envisioning. And finally borrowing from the work of activists like the three queer Black “womxn“ (Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors, Lisa Garza) who initiated the #Blacklivesmatter movement give me the understanding of how to disrupt and then build alternatives. Currently, my working context is a white cultural institution steeped in bloody colonial history, the city it is based in, its inhabitants, linked to the global context, and applying the above mentioned knowledge base as a driving force for the creation of alternatives structures/spaces/communities that attempt to be as non-colonial, non-hegemonic as possible while having a feminist framework. »
Tunde Adefioye, August 2018.
9:00 > 12:00
Troublemaker: Tunde Adefioye (BE/US). With Siniša Labrović (HR), Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan) (FR), Katrien Verwilt / Metropolis (DK)
13:00 > 16:00
Choice of 3 workshops led by Siniša Labrović (HR), Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan) (FR), Katrien Verwilt/Metropolis & Vera Maeder/hello!earth (DK)
16:00 > 16:00
Summary of the day
18:00 > 19:00
Conference Chantal Mouffe
14:00 > 17:00 François Durif - "Vie, vite, vitre, vitrier"
20:00 > 22:30 LUIT - "Marché Noir"
07:30 > 08:30
08:30 > 09:30
09:30 > 12:30
Troublemaker: Joanna Warsza (PL/DE). With Mattin (ES), Dmitry Vilensky & Olga Egorova / Chto Delat (RU), Mike Ribalta / Fira Tarrega (ES)
13:30 > 16:30
Choice of 3 workshops led by Mattin (ES), Dmitry Vilensky & Olga Egorova / Chto Delat (RU), Mike Ribalta / Fira Tarrega (ES)
16:30 > 17:00
Summary of the day
08:00 > 21:00 Juhyung Lee - "C’est pas là, c’est par là" - installation
Non-Stop Ghost Army
11:00 > 18:00 Kubra Khademi – "Minding the Gap"
13:00 > 16:00 François Durif - "Vie, vite, vitre, vitrier"
15:00 > 18:00 Reclaim the future
18:00 > 19:30 Reclaim the Future - Repas partagé
21:00 > 22:00 Juhyung Lee – "C’est pas là, c’est par là" - performance
08:30 > 09:30
09:30 > 10:30
10:30 > 12:30
Conclusions with troublemakers Tunde Adefioye (BE/US) and Joanna Warsza (PL/DE)
Non-stop Ghost Army
11:00 > 14:00 François Durif - "Vie, vite, vitre, vitrier"
13:30 > 16:30 Le Geste qui sauve - "No Regret"
14:00 > 17:00 les gens d’Uterpan – "Défilés"
15:00 > 17:00 Maria Sideri - "Déviation"
18:00 > 19:30 Aquaserge
1/ Workshop led by Siniša Labrović (HR)
I am here, but I don't know where
From 1945 to 1991, Croatia was part of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was a communist / socialist state in which most of the property was public and state-owned. Hotels, factories, land, forests, parks, flats, hospitals, sports, workers' resorts, roads, waterworks, electrical facilities were publicly owned. In 1991, Croatia became an independent and democratic state, and what has characterized its independence until today consists in two events: the war that lasted from 1991 to 1995, and the privatization of public and state ownership. The privatization process could be described as plundering and destroying all forms of public good in favour of the private interests of those who were associated with political rulers. During the workshop will be presented some of the performances Siniša has done in the public space. Siniša will also present artistic interventions in the public space of other Croatian artists. All these actions deal more or less with robbing, but also with defending the public space and good. The word describing these processes is “transition”, never ending "transition", so most people in Croatia can say: I am here, but I don't know where. Discussion is desired and encouraged throughout the workshop.
2/ Workshop led by Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) (FR)
Map and everyday life – Spacial writing with constraints
In this workshop led by Franck Apartet, participants will discover the implementation phases of the project Topologie in a practical way. Participants will locate and report on city maps the model graph of Topologie, which may not be altered. This will bring them to the writing of physical and musical scores, conditioned by the model graph. After a presentation of Topologie, participants will be invited to work in groups on various city maps, on which the aim will be to define the graph model location. They will then make the necessary location scouting on the internet, in order to define the routes which will impact the writing of both the physical and musical scores created.
3/ Workshop led by Katrien Verwilt / Metropolis & Vera Maeder / hello!earth (DK)
Metropolis in - walking out
The workshop will consist of two parts : a talk and discussion with Katrien Verwilt about Metropolis, and a walking experience outside lead by Vera Maeder.
Metropolis [Performance and Art in Urban Space] is an artistic platform for the development of the creative city. Københavns Internationale Teater is the organisation behind Metropolis, an initiative that exits the theatre and enters the city to create art, life and debate. The objective is to break the established notions of the art, and in particular the traditional image of the performing arts. Metropolis was a festival 2007-15, and since 2017 Metropolis is a summer season presenting performing arts based experiences in city streets – far from traditional street performances – but artistic adaptations of significant buildings, squares and roads. These experiences include the staging of everyday life, installations in urban space, artists working with local groups, art experiences in temporary mobile venues and excursions to the parameters of the city. Tales of city diversity are told, and all formats and media are tested. The city is the object, subject and frame, all at once.
1/ Workshop led by Mattin (ES)
During this workshop the participants will try to interpret this almost impossible score:
« Listen carefully.
The audience is your instrument, play it in order to practically understand how we are generally instrumentalised.
Prepare the audience with concepts, questions and movements as a way to explore the dissonance that exists between the individual narcissism that capitalism promotes and our social capacity, between how we conceive ourselves as free individuals with agency and the way that we are socially determined by capitalist relations, technology and ideology.
Reflect on the I/We relation while defining social dissonance.
Help the collective subject to emerge. »
The score will be later in the day performed for an hour, from 6 PM on. Participants in the workshop engage in the performance open to an audience after.
2/ Workshop led by Tsaplya Olga Egorova and Dmitry Vilensky / Chto Delat (RU)
The irreconcilable conflicts - The base of contemporary tragedy
The workshop will be structured around the discussion focused on 2 of our films, both part of a triptych of socially engaged musicals on which the Chto Delat collective began to work on in 2008. The Tower: A Songspiel (2009) is based on real documents and on an analysis of the conflict around the planned Okhta Center in Petersburg, where the Gazprom corporation intended to house the headquarters of its locally-based subsidiaries in a modern high skyscraper. This has provoked one of the fiercest confrontations between the authorities and society in recent Russian political history. The Gazprom tower is promoted by the authorities as a symbol of a new, modernized Russia. How are such symbols produced? How does the ideological machine of power function? How are projects like this pushed through despite the resistance of ordinary citizens?
Partisan Songspiel begins with a representation of the political oppression (forced evictions) of the government of the city of Belgrade on the Roma people on the occasion of the 2009 summer Universiade. It also addresses a more universal political message about the existence of the oppressors and the oppressed: in this case, the city government, war profiteers and business tycoons versus groups of disadvantaged people − factory workers, NGO/minoritarian activists, disabled war veterans, and ethnic minorities.
Through the discussion around both films will be tackled the whole spectrum of politics of disagreement in urban situation. The way the conflict erupts and is developed will be looked at, and the participants will try to imagine how it might be developed otherwise.
3/ Workshop led by Mike Ribalta / FiraTàrrega (ES)
Trouble in Tàrrega ?
FiraTàrrega is the international market for performing arts that takes place every year in Tàrrega (Spain), during the second week-end of September. Founded in 1981, it is a great showcase of what is going on in performing arts, with an eclectic program that includes indoor shows and places special emphasis on street arts, visual and unconventional shows. As a meeting place and an international point of reference for debate, the main objectives of FiraTàrrega are to boost the performing arts market, opening the door to the internationalization of the companies; the accompaniment and promotion of creations by emergent artists; encouraging training, focused on artistic creation and culture management and on generating strategic alliances to develop transnational street art circuits or productions. This year FiraTàrrega is presenting two creations in the municipal cemetery. Both creations want to reflect on memory, death, life. The use of the space has generated some complaints, and interesting debates in the local medias and social networks.
These case studies will be looked at during the workshop more particularly.
Tunde Adefioye (BE/US)
Tunde Adefioye, born in Los Angeles, earned degrees in Women's Studies, Molecular Biology and a Master's degree in Bioinformatics. He ended up in Belgium for a PhD in Chemoinformatics at the KULeuven. There, he founded a poetry group with some local and international students, which was awarded with the Culture Prize for Cultural Education by the Flemish government. Since April 2016, Tunde is working as a city dramaturg as part of the artistic team lead by Michael De Cock at the KVS (Flemish Royal Theatre) in Brussels, searching how to use Brussels as a conceptual canvas to create a discourse with different aspects of the city. In the meantime Tunde has also done dramaturgy for various projects. In 2017, he curated Beyond the Binary, an evening that focused on the intersection of queer identity, ethnicity and gender.
Joanna Warsza (PL/DE)
Joanna Warsza (born in Warsaw, based in Berlin) is a curator working in the public realm, rather than museums. She is the head of CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm. Associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale in 2012, she has curated since, among others, the Georgian pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, the public program of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, and in 2018 « Public Art Munich ». Recently she has edited I Can’t Work Like This: A Reader on Recent Boycotts and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2017) and Empty Stages, Crowded Flats: Performativity as Curatorial Strategy together with Florian Malzacher (Alexander Verlag, 2017).
Chantal Mouffe (BE/UK)
Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy of the University of Westminster, London. She has taught and done research in a number of universities in Europe as well as North and South America, but has also been a consultant at the Collège international de Philosophie (International University of Philosophy) of Paris. She has written a number of books that look at democracy through the prism of post-Marxist, anti-essentialist thinking. In opposition to the deliberative, liberal models of democracy, Chantal Mouffe proposes the idea and plan of a “composite radical democracy”.
Siniša Labrović (HR)
Siniša Labrović is a performer and a multimedia artist. In his performances he often counts on the participation of the public, as well as on history inscribed into a certain space, current tensions and transformations that reflect political, class, gender, social and other conflicts. This doesn’t prevent him from often using humor and satire in his works. He likes to take over already established forms, a reality show or a referendum, which he then fills with unpredictable content. Siniša Labrović has also defied the Croatian Minister of Culture in a boxing match or more recently launched a petition protecting abusive priests from prosecution as part of a damning performance criticizing the country’s “para-fascist” nationalist groups.
More info on the following websites: Calvert Journal, Youtube, Performing the East, Museum of Non-Visible Art.
Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (Les gens d’Uterpan) (FR)
Les gens d’Uterpan’s work questions standards and conventions governing exhibitions and live performances, for instance by exploring the limits of the human body and of representation. Based on adjustment mecanisms of the individual, of the body and of creation in these contexts, the artists build a critical work through their choreographic practice. Their work takes place in artistic venues (art centers, museums, art galleries, and theaters) as well as in urban space. Anne Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) are represented by gallery Salle Principale (Paris).
Katrien Verwilt / Metropolis
Katrien Verwilt has an MA in Roman Philology and Theatre Studies from universities in Leuven, Bologna and Aarhus before she began her training in cultural management with the Chaos Pilots. In 1994 she joined the Copenhagen 96 European Capital of Culture team, as international secretary. Since 1998 she has been with Københavns Internationale Teater as programme coordinator and co-director.
Vera Maeder / hello!earth (DK)
Vera Maeder's background is dance and theatre (School for New Dance Development Amsterdam and the Theatre Academy Berlin UDK). Since she works as a performer, director/choreographer and concept maker and has constantly been testing the limits of the performative. She currently teaches at the Sustainable Design Department at Linneaus University in Sweden and is a founder and artistic director of hello!earth. hello!earth creates participatory cross-disciplinary art works with relational approach, where the presence of the audience is the co-creating and central element, with a variety of context based works in urban space and natural environments.
Mattin is an artist from Bilbao – currently living in Berlin – working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental sonic artistic production through live performance, recordings and writing. He aims to question the nature and parameters of improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of “freedom” and constant innovation that it traditionally implies, and the established conventions of improvisation as a genre as well as all the elements that constitute a concert situation, including the audience and the social and architectural space.
Last year he finished a PhD at the University of the Basque Country. He edited Noise & Capitalism in 2009 along with Anthony Iles and, in 2012 Unconstituted Praxis - both books are available online (see bellow). Mattin participated in Documenta 14 which took place in Athens and Kassel in 2017 with Social Dissonance.
More info on Mattin's website, in this article in Volume! Magazine and in this text.
Tsaplya Olga Egorova and Dmitry Vilensky / Chto Delat (RU)
The collective Chto Delat (“What is to be done?”) was founded in early 2003 in St. Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers, with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism. Chto Delat sees itself as a community organizer for a variety of cultural activities, intent on politicizing “knowledge production” through redefinitions of an engaged autonomy for cultural practice today, and also as an artistic cell. In 2013, Chto Delat initiated an educational platform - School of Engaged Art in Petersburg -, and also runs a space called Rosa’s House of Culture. From its inception, the collective has been publishing an English-Russian newspaper focused on the politicisation of Russian cultural situation, in dialogue with the international context.
Mike Ribalta / FiraTàrrega (ES)
Graduate in History of Art and Master in Creation and Production of Fiction and Entertainment. He is head of the department of Professionals and international relations at FiraTàrrega since 2001. As such, he is the director of the Performing Arts Market La Llotja. He planned and developed the international cooperation strategy of the fair. He is the coordinator of the transnational cooperation projects in which FiraTàrrega is involved. He is member of the Steering Committee of Circostrada network.
Do you want to explore the city from a new point of view? Would you like to take part to an urban artistic intervention? We're looking for participants!
PROJECT 1 :
"Deviation" / Maria Sideri (GR)
Free workshop with Maria Sideri from 27 to 31.08 + final performance on 23.09.
The project will gather inhabitants from Brussels from all horizons, genders and ages, to work on areas and neighbourhoods where we don't go (because we are scared, because we are embarrassed, because we don't feel welcome or because it is socially not accepted). The participants will share their feelings, create subjective maps and write texts or songs to re-appropriate these spaces. The results will be presented during a parade with songs, texts and rap, connecting these different places in the city. We are looking for participants interested by dance, singing, slam, rap, writing, music...
PROJECT 2 :
"Défilés" / Annie Vigier et Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan) (FR)
Collective movement in the streets of Brussels on 23.09 (+1 rehearsal on 20.09 or 21.09).
What would it mean to demonstrate without any slogan nor sign? What could we experience if we take part in a protest without any cause nor object? What would remain of the political gesture of a collective walk inspired by the movement of a demonstration, but without claim? The French choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan) invite you to join the collective movement of "Défilés" in the streets of Brussels, for a performance centred around the question of engagement. We are looking for participants from all horizons.
PROJECT 3 :
"No Regret" / Liévine Hubert (BE)
Participative choreography in Brussels on 23.09 (+ 1 rehearsal).
A gestural jingle filled with finesse and power. Liévine Hubert talks to us with a puzzling wordless language. Her delicate gesture is strangely captivating, until we understand the message. We invite dozens of participants to join Liévine Hubert on stage for a big collective moment, creating an image that no one will forget. We are looking for participants from 5 to 95 years old, from different horizons.
INFO & SUBSCRIPTIONS:
0032 472 84 85 74
20 euros/pass 3 days (lunch on Friday-Saturday and breakfast on Saturday-Sunday included)
Subscriptions before 14.09.2017
(ATTENTION: please indicate which workshop you would like to follow in the afternoons in the "Comments" section)
21.09 - 09:30-17:00 (debates & workshops) - 18:00 - 19:00 (lecture Chantal Mouffe)
22.09 - 07:30-09:30 (yoga & breakfast) - 09:30-17:00 (debates & workshops)
23.09 - 08:30-10:30 (yoga & breakfast) - 10:30-12:30 (conclusions)
Bruxelles, Anderlecht, Molenbeek
21.09 > 23.09 - schedule to be confirmed!