The Reflecting Group Dakar derives from a tangible urgency to conceive of the global conditions of artistic production today. It applies a format of self-education, sharing and (un)learning, in order to grasp a complex condition that is intrinsically linked to our own ‘normative’ working contexts.

From its very outset, the DAK’ART Biennale has put a special emphasis on territorial, pan-african and international networks and exchange. But also in Europe, debates on the African Diaspora and the postcolonial condition have reached a new critical peak, ever since the “Humboldt Forum” came into being in the heart of Berlin. It’s “The Red hour. The hour of reason”, claims the title of this year’s biennial. With our trip to Dakar, we want to respond to this call, eager to challenge our critical tools in this field and to grow our sensitivity towards a world in which the “global” and “international” are just about to gain their full meaning and complexity.

Our main goal is to gain hands-on experience with the cultural working context in Senegal and the African context at large. In line with the mission of the “Reflecting Group”, this will take shape through a series of meetings/workshops with artists and cultural experts, as well as through exploring various sites of productions (studios, institutions, off-spaces, etc.). It also involves a (collective) documentation process on site that leads to a swift sharing of the project with the network.

Our shared interest is the relationship between the arts/culture and the society that surrounds it. In the context of Dakar, this leads to a number of specific questions, e.g. the dynamics between official institutions, state and private fundings, self-organisation, activism and underground culture. It also propels questions about sustainability, long-term thinking and the urge to develop alternate structures of arts and education.

In this context Elena Azzedin will mediate the work “Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh” curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (CM/DE), Kamila Metwaly (EG/PL), and Marie Hélène Pereira (SN), an exhibition project that aims to serve as a platform for deliberations and experimentations as – to what is and where is sound art in contemporary African art.

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Cartographies: Creation and practices around the body Tenerife 2018

This month we will present a new Cartographie. Invited by the Teatro Leal.lav in La Laguna, Tenerife, we will carry out two creation laboratories and two performances:

Laboratories

Transformation by Repetition (Björn Säfsten)

Within this workshop we will experiment with a praxis Säfsten built and used for various works since 2016.The practice is built on a tactile scanning of movement, sound and breath, where the tactile analysis and consciousness drives the transformation of the material at hand. To direct one’s consciousness is to transform what one looks at. Inserting awareness makes things change and choreographing the mind shows what is at stake. The method can both be used to de-create our movement heritage as well as produce choreographic material. It is a physical experiment of becoming through repetition where the dancer needs to juxta-point their wish to produce and control in contrast to realizing the subconscious transformation that is always moving within the body.

The body in crisis (Abraham Hurtado)

Abraham Hurtado’s laboratories are focused on the idea of the body as a container of emotions arising from personal and social occurrences; to reflect the desolation or collateral damage that lives in the body after re-connect with these situations.
Hurtado explores the role of fiction in the era of cynicism and disillusionment, as well as the relationship between the artist and his environment to give rise to new models and the construction of discourses. For ten years he has been working on the concept of “body in crisis” and its overflows in relation to Space and Territory.
The body has its own language and it cans, from the image that generates its presence, talk about the emotions that inhabit us-frustration, brutality, explosion, euphoria, anger, emptiness, desire.-

 

 

Performances

A.C.A.B. (All Cats Are Beautiful) Spin Off Danza
“The imposed silence, the silence as a void to accommodate all what is muted, the silence as the only possible answer in a society with an increasingly sophisticated repression” – Elena Azzedín.

The economic crisis has caused the dehumanization of society as a side effect. Capitalism takes advantage of this and because it sees in criticism and opinion a problem, it generates an individualistic philosophy and places us in a constant competition. There is a crisis of humanity and an imprint of fear. A vicious circle of imposition and manipulation, a permissiveness that reaches unsuspected limits.

Credits:
·Idea and concept: Alberto Alonso, Daniel Hernández y Abraham Hurtado.
·Direction: Abraham Hurtado
·Movers and Makers: Alberto Alonso and Daniel Hernández
·Curatorial text: Elena Azzedín
·Sound: Selu Herraiz
·Production and Coordination: Spin Off Danza
·Co-production: AADK Spain
·Photographies: Eva Viera

Residencies: Research in AADK Spain at Centro Negra -Blanca, Murcia- and in Centro de Danza Canal -Madrid- (2017)

 

Prologue (Björn Säfsten)
The work is a re-creation of a piece for two performers from 2012, moulded into a work for a single performer.

An open space offers a view of an individual, eyes covered, a woman looking out into nothing. She is tracing a world of signifiers, searching for a language to hold onto. She arms herself, and leads herself to becoming something new through transforming inputs and cliches that otherwise would have led her to another identity. It is all a game, a game of perception, a game of agency and of who is in charge. She is being recreated becoming a new, together with the audience, the spectator. She unfolds the possibilities of what the situation itself wants her to become.

In Prologue Björn Säfsten and Sophie Augot explores the violence of language. The body and the mind and its connected actions are here laid bare. The focus is on creating identified representations and then engaging them in a role-play, juggling both their construction and their possible meaning. It’s a game with both the syntax and the semantics of the body and it´s gestures, to bring images to life that visually problematize our notion of interpretation.

·Idea and concept: Björn Säfsten, Anja Arnquist and Sophie Augot
·Performer: Sophie Augot
·Light and Scenography: SUTODA
·Costume: Sophie Augot
·Sound editing: Jon Skoog
·Music: Four Tops, George Michael, Four tet and Chairlift
·Production: Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg movements

Prologue is a co-production between Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movements.
Created in support by The Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm and The Swedish Research Council.


Internacional Project of Cumplicidades Festival

AADK Spain host in the residency program at Centro Negra the creation of the International Project of Cumplicidades Festival 2018. This proposal is based on the idea of generating a greater dialogue among the artists of the Mediterranean area, of creating a space where to confront their authors and individual universes giving place a collaborative process between artists who meet for the first time. The selected artists are:

Gizem Aksu (Turkey)

Myrto Charalampous (Greece)

Matías Daporta (Spain)

Oriana Haddad (Egypt/Italy)

Shira Eviatar (Israel)

During this stay in Blanca they will create, together with the team of AADK Spain, a piece called “Território dos corpos”. They will premiere in 7 different spaces 7 consecutive days in Lisbon.

Have a look to the festival program here.

 



Cartographies September 2017

 

This September, AADK Spain, extends its cartographies by exhibiting the work of its artists in new events and contexts.

IV International Encounter of Dance Film and Performance.
Elena Azzedin presents and discusses about the selected piece by Daniel Gwirtzman, developed during AADK Spain Residency Program: “Terrain”
Date/time: Thursday 21st Sep. at 3:30 p.m.
Place: Sala Matilde Salvador – LA NAU Centre Cultural de la Universitat de València. Valencia
Link: www.videodance.blogs.upv.es

Mobile Festival Stockholm by Björn Säfsten
Presentation of work produced by Abraham Hurtado, “we can’t cross the line, we must go forward”
Sound by: Josman P# | Costumes: Pedro Lobo
with the participation of Samuel Draper, Aleksandar Georgiev and Hanna Strandberg.
Co-produced by: Säfsten Produktion
Date/time: 22nd Sep. at 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ericsonhallen, Estocolmo
Link: www.ericsonchoralcentre.se

Congress to Imagine the Mediterranean (22-23 Sep.) IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern.
Communication of the selected paper “Mirage and Dystopia: artistic projects on the socio-political context of the Mediterranean. Artists-in-residence of AADK Spain” by Elena Azzedín
Date/time: Friday 22nd Sep. at 12:30 p.m.
Place: IVAM (Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern), Valencia
Link: www.ivam.es

 


Festival Mucho Más Mayo 2017

AADK Spain is an international artistic platform that aims to develop spaces for research and contemporary creation.
It’s residency program reflects on how rural environments can raise in the current over-urbanized times, approaching this topic from different perspectives (socio-economic, environmental, poetic)
AADK believes in the importance of process and experimentation over final results. Furthermore, it reflects on the accelerated lifestyle of our societies, on connecting urban and rural environments, and the idea of moving from locality to globality.
As a result of their work developed in Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia, AADK has been invited to participate in Cartagena’s festival Mucho Mas Mayo. Over the festival, two performances would be presented: “Silenciados”, by Daniel Hernández and Alberto Alonso – Abraham Hurtado art director, Selu Herraiz sound designer – and “Habitar la ausencia” performed by Giuliana Grippo.
To see the complete program visit www.muchomasmayo.com








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