Roaming Academy ~ ACTION UNITES, WORDS DIVIDE ) II From Month to Month
Seminar 6: April 30, 2016
For the April session, Itziar Okariz will join the group as a guest tutor alongside Jon Mikel Euba. In this session Okariz will show fragments of some of her works, and lead the students through various exercises that consider the written word, the voice and the body, alongside ideas of theatre and performance. She will also present a performance with Jon Mikel Euba.
If I Can’t Dance director, Frédérique Bergholtz, and curator, Susan Gibb, will also be present, alongside Jon Mikel Euba and Itziar Okariz, for face-to-face meetings with each of the students.
Seminar 5: March 19, 2016
For the March session, the workshop will be based on a new text written by Jon Mikel Euba, entitled Types of Hands. Notes by a ‘Capturista’ on the relationship between drawing and writing. The text has been translated from Spanish to English into audio recordings, which will in turn be translated by the students, grouped into pairs, through hand, face and body movements. Each pair of students will then present their movements to the rest of the group.
The workshop will with also include a collective reading and translation of two texts – one by a writer, and one by a visual artist – that provide examples of “pre-writing”, and if time allows, the screening of a short film that takes the form of a proposal for or explanation of a work to be made.
Seminar 4: February 13, 2016
For the February session, the workshop will start with a new lecture by Jon Mikel Euba entitled How to become a filter (out of the mind, out of the body) that considers the use of what he terms “external appendices” to create non analytical and non discursive processes for producing art. The lecture will be live translated from Spanish to English.
The workshop will continue with a collective reading of an existing text by Euba on setting, followed by the group using the text as a tool for a practical exercise. For the practical exercise, the group will be asked to work in pairs and to apply the text’s decalogue of questions to a project of their own – be it a new work, one in progress, or a past work they considered failed for some reason. By doing so, the exercise hopes to generate practical conclusions that allow each participant to advance and develop their project in question.
Seminar 3: January 8, 2016
For the January session, the workshop will start with a new lecture by Jon Mikel Euba entitled “It’s good in here. Let’s get out!” The lecture was written as a reflection on the groups’ recent time together undertaking an intensive workshop at Tanakita Camping Ground in Sukambi, Indonesia. The lecture will be live translated from Spanish to English.
Working from the idea of ‘abundance’, the workshop will continue by Euba selecting and presenting material from his practice that moves across oral, visual and textual forms of presentation. This may include a collective reading of one of Euba’s previous texts on ‘settings’; the screening of a short film, a television program, and a lecture that Euba has looked towards as reference material; and the sharing of some notes on writing methodology, as time allows.
Seminar 1: October 17, 2015
The October session is the first of seven workshops, and will act as an introduction to the course, as well as to Jon Mikel Euba and each of the students’ respective artistic practices. Working from the idea of ‘abundance’, the workshop will commence by Euba selecting and presenting material from his practice that moves across oral, visual and textual forms of presentation. This might include a presentation by Euba in which he will discuss areas of interest and issues that appear to him as ‘symptomatic’ in contemporary art practice, a screening of his past video work, and a collective reading of one of his texts, as time allows. This material will form the foundation of ideas and methodologies that will be further elaborated during an intensive 10-day workshop at Tanakita Camping Site, Subakami, as part of the Dutch Art Institute’s trip to Indonesia for the first weeks of the Jakarta Biennale in November 2015.
To conclude the first session, a questionnaire devised by Euba and comprising 73 questions will be used by the group as a tool for them to make manifest the intentions, motivations and interests underpinning each of their own artistic practices. The students will first be asked to answer the questionnaire individually, and then to convene in smaller groups to share their answers collectively.