From November 2022 till May 2023 within the scope of Re_Generation. Training for Political Imaginaries at FFT Düsseldorf ::: zur deutschen Fassung
In biology, loss or injury is followed by regeneration. An octopus can grow a new limb if one has been torn off, the soil can regenerate after it has been severely depleted by monocultures and human skin regenerates every 27 days to maintain its protection and function. Regeneration means restoring a system to its full potential. It is a process of change that honors what already exists.
In the project Re_Generation, the international production house FFT Düsseldorf and performance artist Siegmar Zacharias, in cooperation with the initiative Cheers for Fears, want to practice future. With artistic methods, we reflect our living conditions: Climate crisis, capitalism, colonialism, in other words: exploitation and exhaustion. How can we live the future when so much seems impossible? What can recovery look like when healing is not an option? How can we mourn losses and injustices while drawing strength together for change in solidarity? Re_Generation uses queer, decolonial and feminist perspectives to design and practice future action together. In addition to regeneration as renewal and recovery, we focus on the exchange of different generations and the sharing of knowledge.
For Re_Generation, the FFT and Cheers for Fears are now looking for students, artists and cultural workers who are interested in accompanying the project, reflecting on their own artistic, curatorial or academic practice and/or engaging with the questions raised in the future. How do we work with each other? How do we relate to our environment? How do we produce in a way that promotes regenerative and transformative forces? The project will be bilingual in German and English.
Part of the Re_Generation-Group activities are:
- a kick-off workshop on 26 November 2022 (approx. 2 to 8 p.m.)
- a Reading Group (see below, once a month from November 2022)
- a lecture series (monthly from January to April 2023)
- a workshop & performance program by the participating actors (May 2023)
- a symposium (May 2023)
- option to provide smaller workshops and contributions within the framework of the symposium (May 2023)
Travel and accommodation costs will be covered if necessary. In addition, we will pay per diems for the workshops and the symposium in May 2023. In addition, all those who contribute their own work or short workshop will receive a fee.
Literature of the Reading Group (selection):
- Bayo Akomolafe: These Wilds Beyond Our Fences
- Alexis Pauline Gumbs: Undrowned. Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals
- Rupa Marya: Inflamed. Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
- Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass. Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
- Vanessa Machado de Oliveira: Hospicing Modernity. Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism
The project Re_Generation, co-curated by the artist and philosopher Siegmar Zacharias, is dedicated to transdisciplinary, artistic-activist practices. The program takes its starting point in the consequences of colonial heritage and an exploitative relationship to nature and other species. It aims at a responsible, balance-seeking being-in-the-world and serves as a training for political imagination. The focus is on joint practical, body-oriented learning and shared experiences. Re_Generation will accompany the 2022/23 season at the FFT Düsseldorf: from January 2023, an online lecture series will introduce the topic. In May 2023 we invite you to a nine-day program focus with an international symposium and immersive performances. Four commissioned works by Neha Chriss, Eroca Nichols, Mithu Sanyal and Siegmar Zacharias will be developed and premiered.
The participants are engaged in different ways with practices of radical self-care, anti-discrimination and body-based practices of conflict resolution and healing. As private and intimate as these practices may seem at first glance, they follow an explicitly micro-political agenda. By placing the human body at the centre, they put the radical inequality of security of bodies or the permanent exposure of some bodies to (sexualized, racialized, economic and ecological) violence and aggression up for negotiation. The way we are in the world as bodies is directly linked to the political and social field. How can performance not only make us more attentive and sensitive to the diversity of bodily experience, but also develop offers to make other forms of sociality imaginable?
Siegmar Zacharias (RO/D) is a transdisciplinary artist, philosopher, cultural somatics activist, death doula and learns traditional plant medicine. In her work she develops performances and formats of artistic research, asks how transformation processes can happen generatively and not normatively. Collective togetherness is her medium of ecological, artistic, and political visceral practice. In her performances she collaborates with uncontrollable materials such as smoke, mucus or the nervous system.
Steve Heather (AUS/D) is interested in the repetitive acoustic territories of daily life that inform individual and communal sonic agency. His research revolves around the physicality of sonic boundaries and how it informs compositional methods, materials, and structures along with listeners‘ bodily readings.
Eroca Nicols (Canada) is best known as a dancer/choreographer/educator, her diverse practice stems from a family of semi-mystical trailer dwellers with Indigenous roots, years working as a caretaker, and a BFA in video/performance art and sculpture from California College of the Arts. Her teaching and training are heavily influenced by her ongoing study of anatomy, biomechanics, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Mithu Sanyal (D) is a writer, cultural scholar, publicist, and author. Her doctoral thesis resulted 2009 in the book Vulva. Revealing the Invisible Sex. The analysis Rape. Aspects of a Crime was awarded the special prize in the Fritz Thyssen Foundation’s Humanities International program in 2017. Sanyal’s novel Identitti reached the shortlist of the German Book Prize in 2021. In the same year, she was awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize and the novel was also awarded the Ruhr Literature Prize
Neha Chriss (AUS) is a programmer, software developer, activist, and multidisciplinary conceptual and noise artist. Her research in psychoacoustic and polyvagal theory – the interplay of sound, consciousness, and neural processes – is reflected in handmade sound works and acoustic encounter spaces. In live-programmed, autonomous sound-worlds, the audience explores novel terrain of arousal and the limits of perception.
Requested for lectures
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Bayo Akomolafe, Rupa Marya, Vanessa Machado de Oliveira
Requested for symposium/workshops
Red Vaughan Tremmel, Dani Demilia, Kathy-Ann Tan, Kamila Metwaly, joy mariama smith, SERAFINE1369, Maque Pereyra, Liza Witte, Moshtari Hilal, Elementum Foundation (Denise Ferreira da Silva, Valentina Desideri)
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