COOP ACADEMY ~ Topologies of Touch from Month to Month
Seminar 7: 23-29 April 2018
Jorinde Seijdel present from Monday evening to Friday morning
Marianna Maruyama present from Monday evening to Wednesday morning
Florian Göttke present from Thursday evening to Sunday morning
Monday evening: City dwelling #1 organized by students
Tuesday morning: seminar with artist Dora Garcia
Dora García draws on interactivity and performance in her work, using the exhibition space as a platform to investigate the relationship between artwork, audience, and place. García transforms spaces into a sensory experiences by altering perception and creating situations of interaction, often using intermediaries (professional actors, amateurs, or people she meets by chance) to enhance critical thinking. By engaging with the binary of reality vs. fiction, visitors become implicated as protagonists either in the construction of a collective fiction or questioning of empirical constructions–sometimes knowingly, and sometimes not. Since 1999 García has created several artworks on the web.
Tuesday afternoon: Encounter with Independent Studies Programme (PEI, https://www.macba.cat/en/pei-2017-18)
PEI is a learning laboratory that takes place inside and outside the museum institution, and whose main aim is to develop critical thought from the intersection of artistic practices, social sciences and political and institutional interventions.
Tuesday evening: Prepare Try Out Performative Publishing Project (PPP)
Wednesday morning: Try Out #1 PPP
Wednesday afternoon: Reading Group, moderated by students
Wednesday evening: Unplanned
Thursday with Showroom and artist/curator Pedro G. Romero: Machines for Living. Flamenco and Architecture in the Occupation and Vacating of Spaces, La Virreinna, http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/lavirreina/es/exposiciones/maquinas-de-vivir/222
This project traces historical genealogy of the ways of situating oneself in the modern space, architecture and urbanism, developed between the middle of the 20th century and the present day. Our era has turned living into an administered manner of dwelling. This formula needs turning back to front to make living a political mode of dwelling in the world.
Thursday evening with Showroom: gathering at El Dorado, a Flamenco place.
Friday morning: Try Out #2 PPP
Friday afternoon: Face to face meetings with Florian Göttke / working on PPP
Friday evening: City dwelling #2 organised by students / working on PPP
Saturday morning: Continuation face to face meetings with Florian Göttke
Saturday afternoon - Sunday morning: further development PPP
Seminar 6: 19-22 February 2018
Morning: the task groups prepare the afternoon meeting concerning the OPEN! ToT presentation in Athens
Seminar 5: 19-22 February 2018
Jorinde Seijdel present from Monday evening until Tuesday evening. Marianna Maruyama present on Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Guest tutors: Amelia Groom (Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning); Jaïr Tchong (Wednesday afternoon).
We will watch films by Hiwa K. and Korakrit Arunanondchai and briefly discuss.
Reading Group moderated by students Sanne and Mónica.
Text: Chapter 5 from Erin Manning’s Politics of Touch: “Making Sense of the Incommensurable: Experiencing Democracy”, p. 110-133.
Murmurations, seminar lead by Amelia Groom
I would like to think together about the haptic qualities of written and spoken language, and in particular about the mouth as a site of contact. Mouths are warm wet cavities into which food goes, and out of which words come. With these erogenous (‘eros generating’) zones, we taste, kiss, suck, sigh, sing, sip, spew forth, and get to know the world. Mouths are also sites of disciplinary inscription, where unevenly distributed regimes of power make contact with the flesh. In this seminar, we will draw from a range of historical and artistic reference points to consider disobedient mouths, paying particular attention to bodies and their modes of intersensorial contact, contagion, and contamination (all words coming from con + tangere meaning ‘touching together’).
In preparation for the seminar, please read Anne Carson's Variations on the Right to Remain Silent and watch M. NourbeSe Philip reads "Discourse on the Logic of Language" and listen to Unspeakable Acts: The Tongues of M. NourbeSe Philip.
Face to face meetings with Amelia Groom
Continuation face to face meetings with Amelia Groom
Seminar by Jaïr Tchong
Seen from the touch-relationship that emerges from the meeting of music and the body, Tchong will share his personal and professional background and talk about the cultural history of salsa, cultural journalism and his new projects, moving over from reporting to creating. For this last part, he will bring the DAI students into motion… [This guest lecture is prepared together with dramaturge, researcher and critic Fransien van der Putt.]
Suggested reading: students may prepare themselves by reading this, this or this. [JORINDE TO SUPPLY LINKS]
Jaïr Tchong works as a journalist, was a programmer for Tolhuistuin (organizing concerts, dance events, screenings and whatnot) and Melkweg (organizing world music), and in recent years has been a funding advisor for local and national cultural subsidies in the Netherlands. He also regularly publishes writing on film, music and other cultural events. "In all three domains of my work I am powered by the feeling (in a sense a construction) not fully belonging to the Dutch people, with my Aruban-Chinese dad (and a Dutch mother who taught me how to appreciate jazz).”
Free work space
With Marianna: continuation of the writing exercises; update progress on individual works.
Seminar 4: 22-27 January 2018
Florian Göttke will be present from Monday evening until Thursday morning
Marianna Maruyama will be present from Tuesday morning until Saturday morning
Getting our hands dirty, publishing our plans
Monday, 22 January
Monday evening we will watch video material related to the topic of touch and briefly discuss.
Tuesday, 23 January
Tuesday morning we will start with a physical exercise to awaken our senses. Afterwards, the students will present and discuss their ideas for the final work in June. We will form workgroups to develop ideas for the form of the final presentation.
In the afternoon we will continue with the Reading Group. This month’s session will be moderated by Sanne and Anja on the text “On Touching — The Inhuman That Therefore I Am”, by Karen Barad.
Wednesday, 24 January
Wednesday morning we will have a guest seminar by Hypatia Vourloumis on touch.
Suggested reading and viewing
'Vitalism's after-burn: The sense of Ana Mendieta' by José Esteban Muñoz (Performance Studies, New York University, 2011)
'Ten Theses on Touch' by Hypatia Vourloumis. Wildness Master Final by Michelle Lawler.
In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to meet individually or in pairs with Hypatia Vourloumis. Those who are not meeting with Hypatia will have time to work on the lexicon publishing project. In the evening, Florian will be conducting face-to-face meetings.
Thursday, 25 January
Thursday morning and afternoon will be devoted to the try-out publication of the lexicon, guided by Marianna. This is the time to get our hands dirty and bring our ideas outside the edges of our small group. In the evening, Marianna will conduct face-to-face meetings.
Friday, 26 January
On Friday morning the work groups for the final presentation prepare for afternoon presentations.
The Friday afternoon and evening extension, carrying us through to Saturday morning will give us the chance to try out some final presentation ideas.
Keeping up our practice, every day we will continue to experiment with our student-led and tutor-led physical and sensory-attuning exercises, this time, making contact with the spaces of our host city, Thessaloniki.
Seminar 3: 18 - 21 December 2017
- Jorinde Seijdel present on Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening
- Marianna Maruyama present on Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning
- Florian Göttke present on Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon
Dancing Salsa and Baking Bread
Monday evening we will watch video material related to the topic of touch. On Thursday morning we will start with a meditation or work out to wake up our senses, and then continue with the Reading Group. This month’s session will be moderated by Aldo and Alejandro. The text we’ll be focussing on is “Negotiating Influence: Touch and Tango”, the first chapter from Erin Manning’s Politics of Touch (Minnesota Press, 2006). On Thursday afternoon we will have a guest seminar and dance class by Jaïr Tchong and Kim Arnold on touch, salsa dancing and the body. Suggested reading: David Byrne, I hate World Music (NYT, 1999). In the evening we will have a collective mind mapping session about Topologies of Touch. The next morning and afternoon we will be baking bread and get our hands into the warm and sticky fertile growing dough. While doing that we will think and talk about alternative epistemologies: thinking through food, thinking through practice, thinking through feeling. Suggested reading: Thinking-feeling with the Earth: Territorial Struggles and the Ontological Dimension of the Epistemologies of the South by anthropologist Arturo Escobar. Alongside the baking, face to face meetings with Marianna and Florian take place about the Lexicon contributions. On Thursday morning the face to face meetings continue.
Jaïr Tchong began as a journalist, was a programmer for Tolhuistuin (all around) and Melkweg (world music), and in recent years has been a funding advisor for local and national cultural subsidies in the Netherlands. He also regularly publishes writing on film, music and other cultural events. "In all three domains of my work I am powered by the feeling (in a sense a construction) of not fully belonging to the Dutch people, with my Aruban-Chinese dad (and a Dutch mother who taught me how to appreciate jazz!).”
Kim Arnold is a Utrecht theater maker. Through her background in dramaturgy Kim combines a broad knowledge and an investigating attitude with a sober vision on play, resulting in a sharp look at what a performance needs. Location theater is a recurring theme in her work.
Seminar 2: 27 - 30 November 2017
Jorinde Seijdel present on Monday evening, Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon
Marianna Maruyama present on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon
Florian Göttke present on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning.
On Monday evening, the study group, including Jorinde, is going to work on the Topologies of Touch lexicon, jointly and individually. We’ll discuss its concept, look at the headwords and images we have collected so far and we’ll start writing the entries.
Tuesday in the morning, the Reading Group, moderated by students Jasmin and Ines, will go into notions of hapticality by discussing Jack Halberstam’s introduction to Stefano Harney’s / Fred Moten’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minorcompositions, 2013), Chapter 6 ‘Fantasy in the Hold’, p. 84-100 of the same book, and Stefano Harney’s essay Hapticality in the Undercommons, or From Operations Management to Black Ops. In the afternoon, with all three tutors present, we will go to the beach for a ‘haptic walk’, and muse about the larger individual work each participant will have to create. How is this work relating to the topic of Touch? How is it evolving out of one’s own practice? How can one use text as an affective instrument, write in a bodily form or write with a physical work? Tuesday evening is free workspace.
On Wednesday morning, Florian will give a talk on touch from the perspective of his own artistic practice and research. In the afternoon, Marianna and the study group will look at the writing assignments she commissioned in the previous DAI-week – the self-interview and the ‘listening - speaking on behalf of another’ exercise – and begin working on the next one. At the same time and in the evening Florian is having face to face meetings with each student. On Thursday morning, each participant has to perform a short lecture: Choose an image, from high art, popular culture or the news media and present it in a lecture-performance in relation to Touch.
Seminar 1: 23-26 October 2017
Tutors present: Jorinde Seijdel (Monday night - Tuesday - Wednesday morning) and Marianna Maruyama (Tuesday afternoon - Wednesday- Thursday morning)
This very first gathering of the Open! Coop Academy study group will be used to get to know each other’s practices by way of lecture-presentations, an experimental writing exercise (self-interview) and listening exercise (‘Listening. Speaking for another artist, speaking on behalf of another.’). We will also try to gain insight into each other’s particular interests with the topic of touch. By discussing relevant introductory literature and by watching and talking about some (excerpts of) artist’s video works (by Valie Export, Yvonne Rainer, among others) we will start breaking open and mapping the subject matter, at the same time localizing terms and concepts for the Topologies of Touch lexicon – one of the assignments.