COOP ~ Performing the Living )) (( Living the Performing Reconnecting with Cycles from Month to Month

Seminar 3 & 4: 10 - 17 March 2020

Dear participants,

We send warm notes through water, hoping you are all well.
While our previous journey to re: connect was all about mind-body echoes, this third session will focus on alterations, alternations, transfigurations.

We’ll open with Antonia Alampi, SAVVY co-director and curator of Sonsbeek who will join us for two days.
Also, we
ll be having a connecting moment with Sotto Voce on at least one day.

To keep us going towards re: connect, we’ll carry on carrying elements with us, elements we can hear, smell, touch, and see. Together with water, sun, and air, they will sense the high tones of our connecting electromagnetic research fields.

Feeling forward to listening to you soon, Bode and Arlette

10. – 11.03. | Sensing Sonsbeek

With Antonia Alampi

On SAVVY-DAI-Sonsbeek:
- long-term engagements
- sound ecologies
- projection of final presentation

12.03. | Listening to images

- Connecting with the core sound-image inside
- Listening to altered sounds, listening to Halim El-Dabh - Listening to images with Akinbode

13.03. | Seeing sounds With Sotto Voce

- Visiting Bardo Museum
- Sotto Voce exercise
- Mind-body-walk at the sea with Akinbode

14. – 16.03. | Works in Process

Continuing researching and creating: - founding myths
- calendars
- games

17. – 18.03. | Processing Works

- presentations of works
- reflections of final work(s)
- listening to Tunis (on sound, photo, writing)

Regular Companions:

- readings
- walks
- mutual listenings

Please all bring elements we can:

- listen to - touch
- smell
- see


Seminar 2: 26 - 19 January 2020

Dear Jose, Flip, Hubert, line, Rosa, Gabriela, Nine, Raul, Anne & Özgür, 

A warming and strengthening year to you, in balance, hopes, dreams, and realisations. 

We hope, 2019 has left you rested and 2020 has received you well. 

While our journey to re: connect took its first step with its guiding thread – the Listening – with Ola and Kamila making us connect from afar, this second session will join the body to the mind, spirit and soul of our voices. 

Akinbode (who will join again in March) and I have invited SAVVY Contemporary member Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock for this second session, who is not only professionally practicing methods of body-mind-connections but also intensely living them, while inspiring her surroundings

To get us going towards the middle, Lyn and me have prepared some elements, for us to bring along (an image, a sound piece, a text). Together with the elements out of our reach and all around us (air, water, earth, wood, fire), they will fill the connecting hyphen of our body-mind. 

We are looking forward to seeing, and especially listening to you, 

Bode (subliminally) and Arlette (locally) 



Transition evening 

- Connecting with the space and with each other - Listening to images, listening to Tina Campt -> We all bring an image we feel connected with 


Morning Mind-body-waking-walk through nature 

o With Lynhan from 27.01. afternoon until 28.01. early evening 

Afternoon - Intensity: mind-body-digesting-walk through nature - Practical, common work, interventions: -> We all bring and share a sound piece (whether music, an online video, a public space sound piece...) to talk about what we put our attention to and how we listen inside ourselves -> Yoga and partner practices 

Evening - Massage 


Morning - Conscious walk through nature, talking about: -> Fear -> The body as an archive 

Afternoon - Practical, common work and interventions - Breathing practices, body practices - Frequencies between us how do we each listen to them and build our awareness upon them? -> We all bring a text we relate to: how to connect to sound images (words, rhythm, pronunciations, voice) 

Evening - “Ultrasanity” and “The Soil Is An Inscribed Body” project at SAVVY 


Morning - Responding/Recaping: Processing - How to express the perceptions: how to come together next month? -> activities on keeping connected to the topic -> chronicles: sound-image note? 


Seminar 1: 1-4 December 2019

Dear participants,

how have you been, how are you doing these days?

Our minds and hearts are still in these spaces that got us connected with you, and we are looking forward to carrying on these invisible elements that made our way towards each other, by listening to them, and carrying each other with them.

That in mind and heart, it is not an easy task to tell you how we would have loved to be physically present throughout our first session, but that our engagement at this year's Rencontres de Bamako biennial of Photography will beam us right into our challenge: how to make connection a performative act, throughout time-space boundaries?

In that optic, we find it a beautiful way to make presence and connection a performing topic, by travelling through time-spaces, and reaching to you who already fill our hearts.

The historic edition of the biennial, 25 years of Rencontres, and, for instance, the SAVVY Invocations topics - Exclamating, Still! On The Noise of Images - are perspectives we attentively wish to include in the first session, while including you in it, through live or recorded footage. 

Having our colleagues Kamila and Ola of Untraining the Ear physically carrying the session, is an intro we have consciously conceived for the opening of your COOP study. Considering Listening as Method is what we had deeply thought/meditated about in our meeting circle with you during the intro week.

Sound as a connecting element, through original sounds such as the voice, is what we let our minds be driven by with one of the students circles visiting us. It was a great moment when s.o. said to her colleague student that she had never mentioned it yet but that he has the same voice as a friend of hers. It immediately flipped our theories of the original sound, and made us reflect about uncertainties and how to live with them, embracing them, with a changing pattern along the way, that will give to the way its move, with bass and drum coming along.

Considering these elements on the content base, we conceived the format of the first session with sound as a conscience mode we will be reaching each other.

Us being with you in Nieuwvliet and you being with us in Bamako is what we think about, while implying recorded notes of the surrounding atmosphere, that we feel connected to, and that, through this, could be a sparkle of connection we'll ignite at that present moment with you. Water as an holistic connecting element of our world is what we will also bring into the session, with, for instance, recordings of the river, from both shores, Netherlands and Mali.

We are looking very much forward of an intense connecting time, with each of you and commonly.

Bode and Arlette



Sunday 01.12. 

Transition evening

- connecting with the space and with each other

- Bode/Arlette will connect with sounds and/or videos from Bamako
-> recordings of personal experiences, passengers

Monday 02.12.


- Listening/Responding through various expressions
- artists who we engage with in Untraining The Ear

- Students called to bring in their ideas 

- Reflections and practices on listening through voices

- Understand the sounds


- Intensity: jazz music 

- Practical, common work, interventions with Kamila and Ola
-> go to the sea, listening to nature, how the wind embraces vegetation, listen to the sound of water
-> we’ll have recordings of the Niger river: connection 


- Listening

Tuesday 03.12.


- Responding
- have open working methods from us and the students 


- Practical, common work, interventions with Kamila and Ola 


- Listening

Wednesday 04.12.


- Responding/Recaping: Processing
- How to express the perceptions: how to come together next month?
-> activities on keeping connected to the topic

-> chronicles: echoes