23rd IMAGE SYMPOSIUM
WORKSHOPS WITH KODWO ESHUN, JON MIKEL EUBA AND SILVIA MAGLIONI & GRAEME THOMSON
MONDAY 27 — WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE
16:00 — 19:00
Targetting artists, critics andtheorists interested in the image. Working groups have a maximum of 12 participants
Three simultaneous workshops will be held on the evenings of 27, 28 and 29 June. Each of the independent workshops will be addressed personally by each one of the artists and theorists leading the workshop. They have all worked in experimental production and knowledge formats and have teaching experience and participated in collective research in highly varied forms. The workshops will be held on three consecutive afternoons and in parallel with the symposium in such a way that they serve as an adjunct space for reflection.
WORKSHOP WITH SILVIA MAGLIONI & GRAEME THOMSON. READING OF DARK MATTER CINEMA TAROT
Reading the Dark Matter Cinema Tarot
(a workshop with Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson)
For these Madrid sessions of the Nocturnal Committee, we will continue posing questions together to the Dark Matter Cinema Tarot, exploring ways in which images can open up new channels of infra-subjective perception connecting different realms of personal, aesthetic and political experience and enquiry, reaching towards the dark matter that haunts the cinematographic image. At the same time, we will try to tease out alternative narratives and divinatory or therapeutic possibilities that may be harboured in the constellation of figures and forms resulting from each fall of the cards.
In conceiving the DMC Tarot, we have replaced the Major and Minor Arcana with a selection of still images drawn from across the history of cinema. No longer tied to the symbolism of the classical tarot, suspended between contingency and fatality the DMC card¬s refract the questions posed to them through a process of speculative description and collective fabulation, with each reading forming a singular montage of gestures, situations and relations. Readings will be interwoven with screenings of film sequences, expanding upon territories of infra-perception unveiled by the cards.
WORKSHOP WITH JON MIKEL EUBA. ON PRAXIS, AS A STILL UNSPOKEN THEORY: FROM GANGANGANG TO NAGNAGNAG
A Presentation (where I am now physically)
Hello? Yes? Can you hear me? Yes? Hello, I’m Jon Mikel Euba. As you are reading this, I am speaking with other people somewhere else. Depending on whom I’m with at this particular moment, I will be speaking in Basque, Spanish, French or English. The need to announce the workshop with a text forces me to be in two places at the same time and stops me from being bodily there right now me to present it, which should never be seen as a problem, given that it is no more than a condition I have to accept. Every real situation is subject to certain conditioning factors that remove it from the ideal situation of itself. The acceptance of conditions, similarly to what happens in translation, involves losing something and at once gaining something. And that is the philosophy with which I will address the workshop.
Where I have been / where I am coming from Over the last fifteen years I have developed a form of artistic collaboration that enables the development of personal links between participants through real working experiences. It involves bringing together a number of people who don’t know each other so that, for a limited period of time, they can take part in productions (filming as well as live events), suited to the specific skills of the people as well as to their number.
Where I am now mentally/really
The last six years I have been developing work focused on writing whose goal is to define a praxis that will become a technical theory. I am trying to create the bases of a praxeology of art on which to reflect by means of writing on practice. This process is based on the application of a taxonomy that, by dividing aspects of artistic production inasmuch as a complex action into parts, first of all aspires to understand it from another perspective and then to convey it in such a way that it can be implemented again in all its complexity by other people.
Practical details / Protocols
Taking this textual material as a groundbase, the workshop will try to analyse technical issues related with art praxis. It will be organised around reading and viewing visual and textual materials which, by sharing them, will try to define a shared space that enables communication. These materials will also serve as a form of intermediation, forming part of individual or collective practical exercises.
Goals and purposes of the workshop
The intention is to help participants to develop and rethink their own work. I will pay special attention to strategies that, while encouraging reflection and self-critique, will also empower individual subjectivity, increase participants’ level of freedom and inspire a desire to get down to work.
Author-ity and pedagogy
During the workshop I will be on the lookout for the academicist virus –which is now a plague– that is weakening the artistic body, which believes that legitimisation comes “from outside” art, from the discourses of other disciplines more recognised as knowledge. We will try to unmask academic products that aspire to usurp the space of contemporary artistic production. The most basic formula is: “Ask yourself: is what you hear or what you are told, interesting? If the answer is yes, then it is academic. On the contrary, if what you hear strikes passion and you want to get up and start doing something, then it could be art”. Be careful of what’s interesting!
My basic idea consists in bringing surplus material to be shared, which I will select in situ depending on what I see the group needs. My intention is that the time we spend together produces the greatest possible transfer of information and creation of experiences. This workshop is aimed at professional and amateur artists, and anyone who wishes to create or generate something, with the purpose of helping him or her to strengthen aspects of his or her process or indeed to help create a process.
WORKSHOP WITH KODWO ESHUN
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The workshops with Kodwo Eshun, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson will be held in English