TUESDAY 17:00 − 20:30
Escuelita at CA2M is an informal school and a research body that cuts across the whole institution, operating like a test bed for non-conventional forms of production and transmission of knowledge. It is a kind of digestive apparatus that channels symptoms, urgencies and desires detectable within the art centre’s exhibition programme and in the cultural production of the Region of Madrid as a whole, in order to digest and metabolise them collectively with other rhythms, intensities and forms.
The research hypothesis for this second season of escuelita is based on the concept of social choreographies, understood as experimentations with social orders whose ideals are derived from the aesthetic field and which instil these orders directly at the level of the body, and vice versa. In other words, movements, gestures, poses, affects, frictions and varied aesthetic experimentations that will create unforeseen social representations and ways of life. The programme is structured viscerally and virally through an interconnected mesh of embodied stories, minor narratives, dissident gestures and affective economies.
During the first part of the year’s course, between October and December, we centred on transatlantic circulations of electronic music and Afro-descendent histories, outlining a possible history of the debate on cultural appropriation and dis-identification, and we engaged with voguing and glamour as two cases of performance and radical resistance. As a group, we have also started to explore expanded publishing practices through exercises of collective writings and (mis)readings. For the second half of the course, to take place between January and May 2018, we wish to take a closer look at the potentialities of affective economies, of touch and care within the context of the neoliberal condition that affects us. We also wish to dedicate a space of research to the night and darkness, conceived from our bodies and from Madrid, in order to imagine what Night Studies might entail.
We also wish to explore in greater detail issues of orality and translation as places for the production of other realities. To a certain extent, the question hovering over this whole course is the issue of coalition, which coalitions we can imagine for living and dying together. In consequence, the mission of the programme is to invoke all those (still) unknown potentialities and choreographies, to think with this season’s Spinozian subtitle, nobody knows yet what a body is capable of. And so this second year of escuelita is an epidemic of differential signification, an affective contagion made by means of affected bodies, of contaminating poses and political dances still to come.