COOP ~ Curating Positions: Bodies and Antibodies in Cinema from Month to Month

Seminar 3: 20 - 21 February 2021


Under the question "Who is considered human?", this online February session will focus on material (films and texts), we have been reading and watching for the past weeks, that challenges the centrality of the human in relation to other non-human beings and matter. We will continue our reading of Sylvia Wynter, Karen Barad and Andre Lepecki. Besides, we will also have Kodwo Eshun and Louis Henderson as contributing guests.

Saturday 20th
15:00-17.00: First session with guests Kodwo Eshun and Louis Henderson

17.00-17.30: Break

17.30-18.30: Presentation and Discussion

Focusing on two main films “Handsworth Songs” (Black Audio Film Collective) and “The Colony” (Philipp Donnellan) the artists will take us through “dub cinema” to talk about a specific genre of militant filmmaking.


Kodwo Eshun

Louis Henderson

Sunday 21st

The first half of the second day will be dedicated to the presentations of the new texts and materials by Lepecki, Barad and Wynter. Once again, the participants will divide themselves into three groups and each group will work together to summarize one text, highlight the key concepts and discuss it with the rest of the group, while trying to place these key concepts in relation to the contemporary theoretical and political debates. How can they help us to reconsider the notion of human?

In the afternoon, we will continue with our guests Kodwo Eshun and Louis Henderson.

10.00-11.00: Presentations by the first group + discussion

11.00-12.00: Presentation by the second group + discussion

12.00-12.30: Break

12.30-13.00: Presentations by the third group + discussion

13.00-15.00: Lunch break!

15:00-17:00: Second session with guests Kodwo Eshun and Louis Henderson

17.00-17.30: Break

17.30-18.30: Presentation and discussion


"Posthumanist Performativity" -Karen Barad

"A Black Studies Manifesto"- Sylvia Wynter

"No Humans Involved"- Sylvia Wynter

Podcast Radio Macba (2017) - Andre Lepecki

Seminar 2: 18-19 January 2021


Under the notion of “Forms of Organising Life”, this online January session will be concentrated on some materials (films and texts) we have been reading and watching during Christmas vacations. Besides, we will also have special guests contributing to the session. 

Monday 18th

15:00-17.00: Special guests’ contribution by Pauline Boudry/ Renata Lorenz

17.00-18.00: General discussion among us about the coop and to prepare for next day

The artists will discuss their work in relation to the conceptual framework of this coop which takes feminist, queer and more generally militant films as a starting point to think through their methodologies and to work with the cinematic apparatus as a tool for the production of discourse. 

The artists will share material in advance so you can prepare and moderate the conversation.


Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz have been working together in Berlin since 2007. They produce installations that choreograph the tension between visibility and opacity. Their films capture performances in front of the camera, often starting with a song, a picture, a film or a score from the near past. They upset normative historical narratives and conventions of spectatorship, as figures and actions across time are staged, layered and re-imagined. Their performers are choreographers, artists and musicians, with whom they are having a long-term conversation about the conditions of performance, the violent history of visibility, the pathologization of bodies, but also about companionship, glamour and resistance.

Their recent work, "Moving Backwards", featuring choreographers/ performers Latifa Laâbissi, Werner Hirsch, Julie Cunningham, Marbles Jumbo Radio and Nach premiered at the Swiss Pavillon of the 58th Venice Biennale. "Telepathic Improvisation" with performance by Marwa Arsanios, MPA, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Werner Hirsch, premiered in 2017 at Participant, New York.  "Silent" with performance by Aérea Negrot, premiered at the Biennale of Moving Image in Geneva in November 2016. In 2015 "I Want" with performance by Sharon Hayes, was shown in their solo show at Kunsthalle Zürich and Nottingham Contemporary. Recent solo exhibitions have included "Ongoing Experiments with Strangeness" at the Julia Stoschek Collection (2019), Berlin, "Telepathic Improvisation" at the Centre Culturel Suisse Paris (2018) and CAMH Houston (2017), "Portrait of an Eye" at Kunsthalle Zürich (2015)  "Loving, Repeating" at Kunsthalle Wien (2015) "Patriarchal Poetry" at Badischer Kunstverein (2013), "Aftershow" at CAPC Bordeaux (2013), "Toxic Play in Two Acts" at South London Gallery (2012), and "Contagieux! Rapports contre la normalité" at the Centre d´Art Contemporain Geneva (2011).  

Their work has been written about by writers and critics including Andre Lepecki, Mason Leaver-Yap, Gregg Bordowitz, Antke Engel, Nana Adusei-Poku, Mathias Danbolt, Ellen Feiss and Laura Guy.

Tuesday 19th

For the second day, we would like you to divide yourselves in three groups following your interests in the three texts; Lepecki's, Barad's and Wynter's interview. Please make sure the groups are equally divided in number. Each group will need to work together to summarize the text, highlight the key concepts and discuss it with the rest of us. Also please try to place these key concepts in relation to contemporary theoretical and political debates. How could they be used in our contemporary aesthetic, political and organisational struggles? 

15:00-16:45: First group introduces one text and moderates the discussion

16.45: 17.00: Break

17.00-18.45: Second group introduces another text and moderates the discussion

18.45-19.00: Break

19.00- 20.45: Third group introduces the last text and moderates the discussion.


“The body as an archive” - André Lepecki

“Queer Performativity of Nature” -Karen Barad

“The Re-Enchantment of Humanism: An lnterview with Svlvia Wvnter”- Conducted by David Scott

Other materials:

“Soft Montage” - Harun Farocki

The Battle of Chile: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie by Patricio Guzmán (Film)


Seminar 1: 14-16 November 2020

Saturday’s seminar will be led by Marwa Arsanios and Leon Filter who will be present in Oldebroek and Leire Vergara who will be online. The three lead tutors will first introduce their practices focusing on their positions in relation to the main coop question “Bodies and Antibodies in cinema.

We will carry on the day with the participating students’ presentations who will be asked to introduce one work that relates directly or indirectly to our main coop question and close of the day with a a student-led walk.

On Sunday we will transform our class room into a Camera Obscura and use it for an exercise that will focus on students’ propositions for body parts in relation to the cinema-machine, in order to think how we can build a new „incoherent“ body out of many parts. In the evening we will have another student-led walk.

On Monday, with our returning guest Grant Watson, we will screen a film and discuss a text of his choice.

Saturday 14th

10:00-13:00:   General Introduction COOP / Bulegoa Introduction

                        Introduction Tutors + research trajectories + student presentations

14:00-18:00:   Students’ presentations 

19:30-22:00:   Students’ presentations & Student-led walk

Sunday 15th

10:00-13:00:    Camera Obscura

14:00-18:00:    Camera Obscura

19:30-22:00:   Student-led walk

Monday 16th With Grant Watson

10:00-13:00:   Screening+discussion

14:00-17:00:   Screening+discussion