COOP ~ Unmapping Eurasia from Month to Month
Seminar 3: 13-16 January 2019
Travel to deep history of Sardinia and find an unexpected Eurasian connection through its Neolithic culture and beyond; In search of individual pathways.
Day 1 with Mi You
The hitchhiker's guide to Cagliari (or Situationist, Fluxus flavoured experimental travel game)
Day 2 with Mi You and Binna Choi (from 3pm)
Group reading “Treatise on Nomadology— The War Machine” (A Thousand Plateaus)
Mini lecture series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
In mini lecture, each one presents their relation or take with regards to the five movements of Unmapping Eurasia by collecting and working with their own materials and present them. “Lecture” here should be regarded performatively and not as a dictation. (Assignment from the previous DAI week)
Group reading of Communal Luxury and discussion on where such politics can possibly seed today, thinking with - for instance - https://euroalter.com/shifting-baselines-europe
Day 3 with Binna Choi and Mi You
Mini lecture series 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
In mini lecture, each one presents their relation or take with regards to the five movements of Unmapping Eurasia by collecting and working with their own materials and present them. “Lecture” here should be regarded performatively and not as a dictation.(Assignment from the previous DAI week)
Discussion with Andrea Corsale, geographer, University of Cagliari and researcher on heritage in relation to movements of tourism and diaspora.
Collective composition and re-composition session
(P.S.: what is in Nam June Paik’s Island in Décollage Ocean (1963) https://www.moma.org/collection/works/130573?)
Day 4 with Binna Choi and Mi You
Meeting with Prof. Carlo Lugliè, archeologist on a visit to Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Cagliari
Reference: Exhibition “Eurasia, fino alle soglie della Storia. Capolavori dal Museo Ermitage e dai Musei di Sardegna” (2016, Palazzo della Città di Cagliari http://www.raistoria.rai.it/gallery-refresh/eurasia-in-mostra-a-cagliari-capolavori-dallhermitage-di-san-pietroburgo/1346/0/default.aspx#header
Seminar 2: 9-12 December 2018
For this seminar in the secluded PAF residency, we will concentrate on our body/mind to tune into Eurasian high and deep places.
Day 1 with Mi You
You will know the territory around PAF enough by now. Is it hilly? Is it generic? How do we distribute ourselves into the space? How do we divide space, but into itself? The game we will play this time is a Mongolia board game called “The Stag” (Buga Jiregee), based on abstracted interaction between spirit-stag and human-nomadic (herding dog) orders.
A description on the game is provided by Katherine Swancutt(from pp. 247) along with anthropological observations:
Day 2 with Mi You and guest lecturer Lucie Tuma
10:00-13:00 From high places…
A set of somatic practices dealing with mutation and an experience of time as intensity will be held in a number of practical sessions throughout the seminar.
We will engage with theproblems and challenges in both the terminology around as well as the practical aspects of dealing with ecologies in the Arts. We will trace a very old question and figure of thought which asks what it is that humans do, exclusively, opposed to other entities and forms of life and existence. Inevitably, we will follow a certain dethroning of thinking as predicated in the human.
In the morning, Lucie will draw on her choreographic work - Volkskörpertrilogy, in whichsettings have been developed in relation to the experience of different temporalities and their relation to non-human figures: ritualistic and mathematical evocations in the neo-shamanistic #1: solo for every body (Solo, 2012), and the evocation of tectonic dimensions with the help of geology, speculations and science fiction in the context of #2: choreography of tectonics (book and a series of strolls/walking practice – guided walks, 2014). #3, «On the Rocks», launches from the proposal of a future Volkskörper—imagination of a folk yet to come and a corpus of entities not exclusively reserved for humans, while celebrating dance and poetry vis-a-vis the monumentality of the mountain.
Jong-Heon Jin,“Paektudaegn: Science and Colonialism, Memory and Mapping in Korean High Places”, in High Places: Cultural Geographies of Mountains, Ice and Science
14:00-18:00 …to deep places…
We will continue with a group reading of the text “Vampyrotheutis Infernalis”, as concrete figure of the proposition. We will focus on what in an ecology is or isn’t accounted for as thought and also, what is perceived as aesthetic experience and/or practice. We will be discussing questionssuch as the reliance on science/scientism in thinking and the framing of things in human-predicated terms. We will also find it important to ask how perpetuating the same mistakes of hegemony in discussions around ecology and Anthropocene can be avoided, such as in examples of operationalizing “indigenous” thinking systems and reinforcing a binary as nature/culture.
Vilém Flusser & Louis Bec: “Vampyrotheutis Infernalis – a treatise. With a report by the institute scientifique de recherche paranaturaliste” in: Posthumanities 2
19:00-21:00 … and back again
We will be watching films on shamanisms and share “stories before the dawn”.
Day 3 with Mi You and guest lecturer Lucie Tuma (and possible interaction with other COOP groups)
Given the omnipresent attention economy, how could attention ecology look like? We will read Benjamin Lee’s “Token as a Derivative and a Gift” together to question the link between the speculative and the materialist, the primitive gift economy and the debt relation to the future expressed as derivatives under a hypercapitalist condition.
Continuing the practice with heightened attention on ecology, we will realign the relations between commons, in/dividuals, social organization, and the blockchain.
A joint evening workshop between Agency and Unmapping Eurasia, with pyro-octopus-geo dance.
Day 4 with Mi You and Lucie Tuma
Collective composition and re-composition session.
Seminar 1: 12-15 November 2018
For the first time we convene, we will jump off onto Eurasia gently. Departing from our physical anchor points, we will explore the myriad methodologies and thematics, an first act of, as one of you said, touching and carving on earth.
Territory - Mon 12, 19:00 with Binna Choi
How shall we enter the time of Unmapping Eurasia study? Every month when we meet, we propose to start learning and playing with a territorial game. as a way of checking in what territory we are in and exercising about for what and how we are deterritorializing - we create a landscape around, look into the available maps, and attempt at our own mapping to place ourselves. Certainly, the play does not need to take place on the board or in the room only but also extramural. For the beginning, we propose to learn and play Go.
… Finally, the space is not at all the same: in chess, it is a question of arranging a closed space for oneself, thus of going from one point to another, of occupying the maximum number of squares with the minimum number of pieces. In Go, it is a question of arraying oneself in an open space, of holding space, of maintaining the possibility of springing up at any point: the movement is not from one point to another, but becomes perpetual, without aim or destination, without departure or arrival.
- 353, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, University of Minnesota Press: London, 1987 (1980)
Of course with greetings and introduction to each other.
* Report: who would volunteer?
Eurasia through Art - Tues 13 with Binna Choi
10:00-13:00 Thinking of Art
Before stepping into the subject of Eurasia, let us think of art that we make, look and practice with an art thesis by Keti Chukhrov in which she lay out the differences in the terrain of contemporary art in terms of social commitment in order to question the actual criticality of art in aesthetics and ethics. This time will include watching her lecture together, individual study time and the discussion, each by one hour.
Keti Chukhrov: No Art, Without Sublation of Art
14:00-18:00 Practicing Art
This will be the time of introducing to each other art that we make and practice, in light of the morning discussion. With what sort of art practice, aesthetics and ethics we would navigate the Eurasian territory?
19:00-21:00 Unmapping Eurasia
Finally time to look at the Unmapping Eurasia trajectories so far and the pathways and movements that we are prefiguring.
Metageography and Eurasianism - Wed 14 with Binna Choi and Mi You | guest lead tutor: Nikolay Smirnov
Time to take steps into the interstices of Eurasian compositions, geographic imaginations, ethnic avant-garde practices, geopolitical games with much reading and much discussions.
We will study the iterations of Metageography exhibitions curated by Nikolay Smirnov, the most recent version of which shared the same time-space as Unmapping Eurasia exhibition in Vladivostok.
Metageography deals with representations and images of space. It is interdisciplinary field between philosophy, art and science. Control over the space is consists of physical control over space plus control over the images and representations of space.
History of the question. Excursion in the conceptions of Metageography in soviet and post soviet geography and interdisciplinary field: 1) geographical models of ‘high modernism’. 1960-1970-s. Cartoids (mapoids) of Boris Rodoman. Birth of the concept of Metageography. 2) Postmodernist decolonial reconceptualization of Metageography by Dmitry Zamyatin in 1990-2000-s. 3) Critical resumptive approach (meta-metageography) in the exhibitions in 2010-s. Illustrations
https://yadi.sk/i/UIJ9-lW93Gtr8f?fbclid=IwAR2QnmgfcHQ2sIU3o4oAvMPVjnxp0UVkKSN871waz3Vh6n3-D8MekaUh7Sg - link to the pdf catalog of second iteration of the project in State Tretyakov Gallery in 2015.
In ‘Metageography’ we combined metageographic optics and critical resumptive approach (meta-metageography), a view from ‘inside’ Metageography and ‘outside’ Metageography. View from ‘outside’ is an attempt to define Metageography as thought tradition, as discursive tradition, as historical phenomenon. In this sense Metageography is a tradition of critical geography and post/de-colonial discursive activity towards space identity, developed in soviet/post soviet geography and in interdisciplinary field between geography, literature, philosophy and art.
Story about attempts to show/define/gather the representations and images of Russian-Eurasian space in the project. Main features of this space, spatial canon of Russian-Eurasian space feeling, stereotypes, self-exotisation. Some videos from the exhibition
But we can consider Metageography as universal tool that allow to work with representations and images of any space (space of images and images of space)
Space identity is a starting and focal point of Eurasianism (and any other Ideology of space).
Ideology of space was born in XIX century in Germany. Main names were Ritter and Alfred Hettner. They formed chorology as a ‘new geography’, as an ideology of space. The notion of geographical organisms and geographical identities was very important part of it was. Chorology was acted (and still acts in postcolonial optics) as liberal, emancipative ideology of space. ‘New geography’ was an important trend in the 1870-1920-s in Russia. Kraevedenie became one more practical-theoretical embodiment of chorologic ideology. Chorology and Kraevedenie are roots of Eurasianism.
Classic Eurasianism formed in 1920-s was anti-western space-emancipative ideology. We can consider it as a predecessor of postcolonial thought. It was geographic structuralism as well. Here is the scientific meaning of Eurasianism. Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Petr Savitzky, Peter Suvchinsky, Roman Jacobson as main authors of Eurasian ideas. In the end of 1920-s classic Eurasianism splitted in right-wing and left-wing Eurasianism. Talk about the difference. Left-wing Eurasianism became an attempt to return Universalizm into Eurasianism. Their Universalist Ideal can be called ‘Living in the name of the Common’.
Reading for preparing:
Book. Sergey Glebov, From Empire to Eurasia: Politics Scholarship and Ideology in Russian Eurasianism,1920s-1930s, 2017 DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press
Pay attention to especially the following sections:
- Introduction: Eurasia’s Many Meanings. Pp1-9. General introduction to the movement
- Chapter 1 Exiles from the Silver Age - just look through to know the main persons of
historical Eurasianism. pp 33-38 read more carefully
- Chapters 2-3 to look through quite carefully - to understand the main ideas, which you can find in the titles. Special attention to the Chapter 3.4, Chapter 3.5 and 3.7.
- Chapters 4-5 to look through more quickly. Try to understand just main ideas
- pp 175-188 – Epilogue
Questions while preparing:
What is the connection between Postcolonial Theory and Classic Eurasianism (manifestation of culture diversity and anti-hegemonic claims)? What is geographic structuralism? How can a movement be both progressive and regressive? We will explore differences inside Eurasianism, both the right-wing and left-wing versions of it, attitude towards Universalism in Eurasianism and in Postcolonial Theory and why today Eurasianism became totally right-wing even it was so progressive in 1920s?
19:00-21:00 Cinema and discussions
Dersu Uzala (1975), suggesting an image of West-East contacts, colonization and possibility of Eurasian commonality
Eurasianism - Thurs 15 with Nikolay Smirnov and Mi You
Collective composition and re-composition of what we discussed, leaving us something for further fermentations.