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DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology

Curators Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell.

Pilot 1, Symbiosis- Erotics, Zheng Bo and Geumhyung Jeong.
at Färgfabriken, Stockholm 18 Oct- 28 Nov 2021.

Pilot 2, Dances and Songs of Soil, Amanda Piña (and others) at Havremagasinet, Boden/Suttes March 2022.

Pilot 3-6 Publicly announced fall 2021.

With support from Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Taiteen edistämiskeskus – Taike ,Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Kulturrådet, Nordisk Kulturfond, Konstnärsnämnden, Iaspis Konstnärsnämnden, Nordisk kulturkontakt.

For more information visit
www.dace.nu www.fargfabriken.se www.havremagasinet.se

BIO
Rickard Borgström, Curator, Sibbo, Finland. He works at the fluid intersection of contemporary art, dance and theatre. He deploy a de-central perspective to conceive exhibition and program formats, within diverse backgrounds and geographies, in a collaborative and trans-disciplinary modes, to provide a historical anchoring and engagement with local conditions. Borgström has worked mainly in the Nordic region where his work has been presented at institutions such as Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Rosendal Teater), Bastard Internationella Teaterfestival, Stamsund Teaterfestival, Norsk Kulturråd, Lofoten Internationella Konstfestival, Inkonst, Art Space Sinne, Jyväskylä Art museum, Korjaamo, Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – The National Theatre of Greenland. At times he lecture in contemporary dramaturgies in dance and theatre at Uniarts Dance department Stockholm. Borgström writes for Norsk Shakespearetidskrift and Ny tid. Currently he is co-curating a platform for dance and visual arts focusing on critical ecology with Rebecca Chentinell, the first pilot “Symbiotic – Erotics” takes place at Färgabriken, Stockholm fall 2021, followed by “Dances and Songs of Soil” at Havremagasinet Boden/Suttes spring 2022. He was a member of the committee of Dance at the Swedish Art Council 2018-2021. Borgström is educated at Dramatiska Institutet and Stockholms Universitet.

Finland behöver teatervetenskapen


Intresseförening för finlandssvenska frilanskritiker (IFFF) önskar med denna skrivelse redogöra för sin oro för teatervetenskapens framtid vid Helsingfors Universitet. 

Saken uppmärksammas i dagens Hufvudstadsbladet (HBL)

Finland behöver teatervetenskapen                                                    22.12.21 Sibbo

Intresseförening för finlandssvenska frilanskritiker (IFFF) oroas över hotet mot teatervetenskapen. Fakultetsstyrelsen vid den humanistiska fakulteten på Helsingfors universitet planerar nedskärningar av teatervetenskapen som medför att det inte kommer att vara möjligt att studera det som huvudämne, vilket i praktiken leder till att forskningen går förlorad.

Förslaget kommer efter att Tammerfors universitet 2019 avvecklade teatervetenskapen. Följaktligen är Helsingfors universitet det enda lärosätet som upprätthåller en studie- och forskningsmiljö, vilket gör att en nedmontering av teatervetenskapen i Helsingfors riskerar att avveckla ämnet helt i Finland.

Det är avgörande för finsk scenkonst att det finns en aktiv teatervetenskaplig miljö, som förankrar scenkonstverken historiskt och teoretiskt, liksom utmanar rådande normer. Det är genom analys och granskning som konstarten utvecklas och kvaliteten stärks. Detta växelspel mellan teori och praktik erkänns och välkomnas i dag av branschen, därför är det viktigt att dialogen fortsätter och stärks.

Teatervetenskapen och de humanistiska ämnenas förmåga att tolka, analysera konsten (och den performativa visuella kulturen), är betydande för ett samhälle som önskar föra ett kvalificerat offentligt samtal. Humaniora spelar en viktig roll i kultur- och samhällsdebatten, då den genom sin kunskap inom konst och kultur berikar den med begrepp, teorier och perspektiv, inte minst genom kritik, som är själva förutsättningen för en intellektuell infrastruktur. Det är därför besvärande att notera att konst- och kulturämnen nedprioriteras i hela utbildningssystemet, och att det inom mediesfären pågår nedskärningar av kritiken (här kan HBL stå som exempel), som försvagar det offentliga samtalet.

Teatervetenskapen bör upprätthållas som ämnesområde. Det är oacceptabelt och orimligt att ekonomiska prioriteringar vid den humanistiska fakulteten i Helsingfors ensamt avgör teatervetenskapens öde i Finland.  

En omedelbar lösning behövs för att bevara teatervetenskapen, och på längre sikt krävs att en ny struktur utformas inom universitetsväsendet som säkrar utbudet av små humanistiska ämnen i Finland. Dagens utbildningsekonomi slår nämligen undan benen på dessa ämnen som inte så enkelt går att mätas i kvantitet eller värderas i euro och cent, varför de följaktligen betraktas som olönsamma i det nuvarande resultatorienterade finansieringssystemet vid högre utbildning.

Kort sagt, utbildnings- och forskningspolitiken bör bottna i en förståelse för humanioras bildningsvärde, och en acceptans för hur den organiserar sig i små spridda enheter. Teatervetenskapen, och andra humanistiska ämnen, behöver en nationell plan som tryggar deras framtid och garanterar dem en självklar som aktiv plats i offentligheten.

Rickard Borgström, Curator Dramaturg Skribent,  för Intresseförening för finlandssvenska frilanskritiker (IFFF)

IFFFs skrivelse skickades till Helsingfors Universitets styrelse, Undervisnings- och Kulturministeriet, Universitetsledningen 23. december 2022. 

On Dance, Theatre, Performance in a More-than-Human World

Geumhyung Jeong, Record Stop Play, 2011, still from the stop motion animation

Seminar 10 Nov 13:00 – 17:15 at Färgfabriken

There is a codependency, but in the end, machines do not need us, we need them.

Geumhyung Jeong

I wish to explore that which don’t revolve around the human, but rather focus on the other living world. In this case the realm of the forest. Is it possible to interact with it and not having the human in the center?

– Zheng Bo

Introduction

The theater has since the Renaissance favored an anthropomorphic logic of the stage, where the human subject has been superior on account of the distant object. However new forms of dance, theatre, and performance, informed by post-human thought, put this dichotomy into question, as these forms show that they are not dependent on only human actors, rather that objects are and have always been great performers, producing sensuous affect beyond the visual presentation. These theatrical and choreographic strategies use different performative modes and manipulation to unsecure the subject–object relation, as they explore and mobilize the agency of the objects, which shed light on their active nature in the world, in ways that reevaluate the status of the human, her position and interactions within a greater ecology. And they do so with a certain urgency, that on the one hand can be traced to the destruction of the environment, where it’s evident that humans need to activate their sensibility to this condition, and on the other hand non-human actors has become omnipresent in the accelerated technological growth, or in other words; non-human matter is an active factor that humans cannot foresee nor control.

What are the artistic strategies that argue for a less anthropocentric driven practice? How do they operate? How is the interaction shaped with non-human actors, are they equal? What consequences does it have on how we understand and produce dance, theatre, performance? How does it alter our understanding of the body, movement, and language? How does it revise temporal and spatial dimensions? How are these strategies ingrained and aligned with ecological and technological challenges of today?

The seminar is devised by DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology/Rickard Borgström and Rebecca Chentinell in collaboration with Uniarts Dance Department. It is presented in conjunction with the dance exhibition Symbiosis – Erotics with projects by Zheng Bo and Geumhyung Jeong, curated by DACE at Färgfabriken, as a satellite to the project Symbiosis.

As the archaeology of our thought easily shows, man is an intervention of recent date. And one perhaps nearing its end.

Michel Foucault’s, Les Mots et les choses

Seminar Schedule 13:00 – 16:00

13:00 – 13:10 Welcome

Karin Englund, Curator Färgfabriken and Jennifer Lacey, Head of program MA in Choreography Uniarts

13:10 – 13:20 On Dance, Theatre, Performance in a More-than-Human World

Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell / DACE

13:20 – 14:00 Atmosphere and Intra-action – Feeling entangled agencies in theatre spaces

Dr. Sarah Lucie, Dramaturge/Editor

14:00 – 14:40

Sky every day – Writing through interspecies relation beyond the Anthropocene extinction

Pipsa Lonka, Playwright/Dramaturge

14:40 – 14:55 Break

14:55 – 15:05 Screening: Record Stop Play

Geumhyung Jeong, Artist/Choreographer

15:05 – 15:45 Love, Labor, Loop: Geumhyung Jeong’s Choreographies of the General Intellect

Eylül Fidan Akıncı, Ph.D. candidate, Dramaturge/Performer

15:45 – 16:00 Closing remarks

 Jennifer Lacey, Sarah Lucie, Pipsa Lonka

+Optional

16:00- 16:15 Break

16:15- 16:30 Screening: An Ecosexual Dance in Högsveden

 Zheng Bo, Artist

16:30- 17:15 End discussion

Seminar participants and Rickard Borgström & Rebecca Chentinell / DACE

Symbiosis – Erotics is in partnership with Färgfabriken, Stockholm University of the Arts – Department of Dance, Royal Institute of Art – Performance in the expanded field and is supported by Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Swedish Arts Council, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, IASPIS / Swedish Arts Grants Committee – International Dance Program, Nordic Culture Fund, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Nordic Culture Point.

For more information about the exhibition Symbiosis – Erotics visit www.fargfabriken.se and to know more about DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology  visit www.dace.nu

About the speakers:

Eylül Fidan Akıncı is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center- City University of New York (CUNY). She works independently as a dramaturg and performer across choreography, theatre, and visual arts between the U.S., Europe, and Turkey.

Akıncı’s doctoral research focuses on objects and nature in contemporary choreography through a feminist lens, and creates a trajectory across Pina Bausch, Eiko Otake, La Ribot, Mette Ingvartsen, Gisèle Vienne, and Geumhyung Jeong. Her writing on dance and performance has appeared in academic and popular publications such as TDR: The Drama Review and Etcetera Mag, and is forthcoming in Performance Research 26:8 (2022). She also published on public protests in Turkey, “Sacred Children, Accursed Mothers: Performativities of Necropolitics and Mourning in Neoliberal Turkey” in Performance in a Militarized Culture (eds. Sara Brady and Lindsey Mantoan, Routledge, 2017).

As an educator, Akıncı has been teaching at Hunter College and Baruch College of CUNY, giving workshops on dramaturgy and dance history, and currently co-curates Biennial Dance Education 2022 Stuttgart entitled “Coming Together: Solidarity, encounter, sustainability.”

Jennifer Lacey is a US-American dance artist based in Paris and Stockholm. Her constant project is a renegotiation of production methods, generating pieces that are always based in dancing but don’t always look like dance. She creates works that propose an inventive and playful hermeneutics of bodies and their environments. Often co-signing and collaborating, the products of her activity unbind dance from the spectacular whilst still investing in the multiple ways that the performative can manifest, effect and communicate. Her works have been produced and staged internationally in theatres, museums, galleries, workshops and publications. She is a recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Currently she is the head of the MA program of Choreography at Uniarts Stockholm.

Pipsa Lonka is a playwright and dramaturg who received her M.A. from the Helsinki Theatre Academy in 2007. Her repertoire of works is not bound to a single type of viewer but instead range from children to adults.

The foundation of her plays are strong emotions and their central questions often ponder both the physical and mental relationships between people, art, and the surrounding world (especially nature). Her plays are often combined with observations on how our surrounding space may impact our existence and the ways in which these experiences may be verbalized through language. According to Lonka: “I’m largely fascinated by the position of the human species in relation to other life and what sort of narrative the play is pushing forward with this narrative. It is possibly an analytical question: what does the human have the right to?”  

She has worked in collaboration with theatres like Helsinki City Theatre, the Finnish National Theatre, and Q-Theatre. Lonka has won multiple awards both domestically and abroad, her most recent award being the 2018 Lea Award for best dramatic text of the year granted by the Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild. This award was granted for her play Second Nature (Toinen Luonto). The play addresses the assumption that the human species is at the centre of the world and is therefore more valuable than other living species by default. Her most recent play Sky every day (Neljän päivän läheisyys) premiered in Viirus Theatre in February, 2021. It is a posthumanist play about gulls and people. The play has been translated in Swedish, English, and will shortly be available in Russian and Danish.

Sarah Lucie earned her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research approaches contemporary performance and digital art through new materialism, ecocritical theory, and posthumanism. Sarah has contributed articles to Performance Research, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, PAJ, and Etcetera, as well as The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics (2019) and Machine Made Silence: The Art of Kris Verdonck (2020). Sarah is also media editor of Performance Studies: An Introduction, 4th Edition, as well as Assistant Editor of TDR: The Drama Review. She currently teaches in the theatre and dance departments at Marymount Manhattan College and Drew University. She also works as a dramaturg, and serves as General Manager for East Coast Artists.

Opening 21 Oct “Symbiosis Erotics” at Färgfabriken Stockholm

Symbiosis – Erotics

Zheng Bo + Geumhyung Jeong

21 October – 28 November 2021
Part of Open Studio Symbiosis
Färgfabriken, Stockholm                                                       

The project Symbiosis – Erotics presents two artists with diverse body of work, that yet share similar interest in symbiotic methods, where human and non-human live and act in proximity: Zheng Bo in relation to the plant kingdom (plants and trees), and Geumhyung Jeong in relation to the machinic domain (various objects; from domestic technology to robotics). In their embodied queer and erotic practices – where in this project movement, dance and performance are emphasized – they produce transgressive intra-actions and bewildering bonds between multitudes of bodies (human as more-than-human). Through these tangible practices, they accentuate the manipulative potential of performative acts, as they paradoxically humanize the non-human body only to simultaneously estranging it, where both bodies emerge anew. This procedure opens for a field of co-activity between human and non-human bodies, where, if not binary oppositions between object and subject dissolves, they become ambiguous and porous. The merging of bodies into multiple formations highlights the dynamics of an extended network of encounters of different matter, or in other words the politics of an intertwined world.

The project is carried out in an open studio format, where the artists and curators invite the public to take part of the on-going research process of Zheng: An Ecosexual Dance in Högsveden and of Jeong: Small Tour, presented in different formats such as exhibition, performance, seminar, screenings and talks. The project is curated, facilitated, and organized by Rickard Borgström and Rebecca Chentinell, who are invited by Färgfabriken in the frame of the project Symbiosis and Open Studio in the fall of 2021.  

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Färgfabriken, Stockholm University of the Arts – Department of Dance, Royal Institute of Art – Performance in the expanded field.

SUPPORTED BY Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Swedish Arts Council, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, IASPIS / Swedish Arts Grants Committee – International Dance Program, Nordic Culture Fund, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Nordic Culture Point.

For more information visit www.fargfabriken

http://www.dace.nu

Symbiosis Erotics stir up emotions

Un Le Petit Scandale, even before opening night Zheng Bo´s project strip up emotion. In Dagens Nyheters critic Lisa Boda writes a chronical of the fall season with the heading “When Dalarna lures with Eco- Sexual Dance Workshops the limit is crossed.”

A rather hasty demarcations from Lisa, without even seen the work. One get curious why she does not even engage with the work. The work in itself is something more than fetischistic exercises with a pine tree. It is a question that problematize the human centred perspective, and look into to the nature forest in general and in this case the pine tree in particular, that we have very little knowledge of. The fact that we liv in an ecology of coexistence (or even codependency) with our surroundings, the approach here is to try to understand these more- than- human beings, and to broaden our understanding of the living, even what sexulaity can be. As when I breathe, I am constantly interact with the circular movement of exchanging oxygen carbon dioxide, for example in relation to a tree.
But perhaps this touches on a the loaded and constructed dichotomies of modern times?

Interesting enouhg Maia Hörstadius from Dala Nyheter made a report from Högsveden the nature forest in Dalarna. Here article has quite a different perspective than Lisa Boda. You can read Maia´s article here and Lisa Bodas here.

We hope that some more brave critic from Dagens Nyheter will visit the exhibition and program at Färgfabriken this fall. They are more than welcome!

Rickard & Rebecca // www.dace.nu

鄭波 Zheng Bo: ECO- SEXUAL DANCE? Public Screening and Conversation

Tisdag 31 aug 18:00 at Färgfabriken

Screening av Zheng Bos tidigare skogsfilmer: Pteridophilia, The Political Life of Plants samt förhandsvisning av nytt material från pågående film/dansproduktion vid Högsvedens naturreservat i Dalarna. Ett samtal mellan Zheng Bo, Rickard Borgström och Rebecca Chentinell kring den eco-sexuella dansens praktik i Taiwan respektive Dalarna ges i anslutning till visningen. 

EKOSEXUELL DANS I DALARNAS NATURSKOG AUG- SEP

Den kinesiska konstnären 鄭波 Zheng Bo undersöker ekosexuell dans tillsammans med fem nordiska dansare i Dalarnas naturskogar. Inledningsvis arbetar gruppen i området kring Tandvärkstallen i Högsvedens naturreservat. De utforskar trädens liksom människans sexualitet och agens, och deras ömsesidiga relation och beroende genom dans. Både träd och människa betraktas som dansare (om än träd förmodligen dansar långsammare). De förlitar sig på sina kroppar och rörelser för gemensam interaktion laddad med omvårdnad, begär, lust, erotik och etik.

Utforskandet av den ekosexuella dansworkshopen resulterar i en serie teckningar och en konstfilm där dans mellan träd och människa gestaltas. Materialet visas mellan 21 oktober – 28 november vid Färgfabrikens Konsthall.  

Projektet curateras och produceras av Rickard Borgström och Rebecca Chentinell. Duon är inbjudna till Färgfabrikens öppna studioprogram inom ramen för utställningen Symbiosis under hösten 2021.

I SAMARBETE MED Färgfabriken, Stockholm Konstnärliga Högskola – Institutionen för dans, Kungliga konsthögskolan – performance i det utvidgade fältet.

MED STÖD AV Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Statens kulturråd, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, IASPIS / Konstnärsnämnden – Internationella dansprogrammet, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Nordisk Kulturkontakt.

 KONSTNÄRER OCH CURATORER

 Det konstnärliga teamet består av Andreas Haglund, Mikko Hyvönen, Adam Nilsson, Ossi Niskala, Paolo de Venecia Gile, Adriano Wilfert Jensen och  Zheng Bo.

鄭波 Zheng Bo (f. 1974, Beijing, Bor och verkar på Lantau Island, Hong Kong) Zheng är dedikerad till mer-än-mänsklig livskraft; han undersöker det förflutna och föreställer sig framtiden ur marginaliserade gruppers och marginaliserade växters perspektiv. Han skapar plantträdgårdar, levande slagord, eko-queera filmer och wanwu-workshops för att kultivera ekologisk visdom bortom den antropocena utrotningen.

För mer information besök : www.zhengbo.org

DACE – Dans Konst Kritisk Ekologi DACE är en plattform för curatoriellt och koreografiskt utforskande av vad post-human dans kan vara. Plattformen initierades 2019 av Rickard Borgström och Rebecca Chentinell. Centralt för duon är hur kroppen fungerar som ett gränssnitt gentemot omgivningen. De arbetar därför med konstnärer som engagerar sig i de snabba teknologiska, miljömässiga och politiska förändringarna genom diversifierade kroppsliga praktiker, i frågor om hur detta påverkar våra handlingar, vårt tänkande och konstnärliga arbete.

DACE spårar nya kroppsliga sensibiliteter och sammankopplingar mellan människa, teknologi, natur i mer-än-mänskliga miljöer. DACE söker nya estetiska paradigm i den genomgripande förvandlingen av de ekologiska systemen i den geologiska epoken av människoskapt natur.  

För mer information besök: www.fargfabriken.se/sv/projekt/symbiosis