Extended Salon: Indisciplinary Measures
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'When the tigers break into the temple and profane the altar too regularly, their appearance rapidly becomes part of the sacred ritual.' – W.J.T. Mitchell
Inter-disciplinarity is often regarded as a goal and value in itself, while the combination and confrontation of different disciplines by artists is often used in a more substantive way, as a key factor in the dramaturgy of the work with the aim to build up certain relationships with the spectator. It is in this appropriation of disciplines, transforming them ‘from the inside-out’, that what W.T.J. Mitchells calls “indiscipline” manifest itself, namely "moment (s) of breakage or rupture” that pose fundamental questions about the aims and limits of disciplinary practices. This disciplinary clash is inevitably also an institutional clash. In this salon we ask ourselves, together with artists and thinkers, which 'indisciplinary measures' are required when working beyond artistic boundaries?
We investigate how artists choose a particular form to present the content or experience they want to convey and how this form impacts the aesthetic agency of their work. How do artists let the story they want to tell determine if their work will become a film, a sculpture, a painting, an installation, a choreography or performance? What negotiations take place when they appropriate different disciplinary specialisms? How do they play with their spatial and temporal parameters? What is the politics of indisciplinary practices?
with contributions by Peter Eckersall, Bertie Ferdman (both via Skype), Kristof van Baarle, Frederik Le Roy, Bryana Fritz, Henry Andersen, Elize Mazadiego, River Lin, Gluklya, Esther Severi & Radouan Mriziga
15:00 Indisciplinary Measures? An introduction – Kristof Van Baarle & Frederik Le Roy
15:15 Some provocations about live art in the visual art world – Peter Eckersall & Bertie Ferdman
15:50 Bryana Fritz in conversation with Henry Andersen on screens, bodies and computer code
16:20 short break
16:30 Radouan Mriziga in conversation with Esther Severi on architecture and choreography
16:55 River Lin in conversation with Elize Mazadiego
17:20 Gluklya in conversation with Elize Mazadiego
17:45 Closing remarks
17:55 Inter-institutional walk from Kaaitheater to KANAL
18:00 Monumental by Jocelyn Cottencin at KANAL
• Bryana Fritz was born in Chicago and has studied dance in Minneapolis, Essen and with PARTS. She’s since lived and worked in Brussels as a dancer, performance-maker and poet. With this new performance, Fritz further pursues her romance with dance, poetry and the digital screen.
• The choreographer and dancer Radouan Mriziga (Morocco, 1985) studied dance in Marrakesh and Tunisia and continued his career at PARTS in Brussels. Since 2014 he has been supported by Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre. From 2017 to 2021 Radouan Mriziga is an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater.
• Born in Taipei, and currently based in Paris and Taipei, River Lin (°1984) is an artist working across the fields of visual and performing arts, including live installation, durational performance, one-on-one situation and choreography. His live work has been presented internationally at festivals and exhibitions, including the 2016 Taipei Biennial, Manifesta 11 (Zürich), le Palais de Tokyo, to name but a few.
• Glukyla/Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya is an artist living between Saint Petersburg and Amsterdam. She was one of the founding members of the feminist movement ‘Factory of Found Clothes’ and the collective Chto Delat. She has exhibited internationally, including Manifesta10, the 56th Venice Biennale of Art, Positions#4 in the Van Abbe Museum, MUMOK Wien, to name but a few.
• Elize Mazadiego is an art historian and critic working at the intersection of contemporary art and performance studies. She received her PhD from the University of California San Diego in Art History, Theory and Criticism. Currently, she is completing a monograph titled Dematerialisation and the Social Materiality of Art. Her writings have been featured in Frieze, ArtNexus and E-tcetera.
KASK/School of Arts
University of Antwerp – Research Centre for Visual Poetics
Université libre de Bruxelles – CiAsp (centre de recherche en Cinéma et Arts du spectacle)