Concept: Adriana Gheorghe

Artists: Alina Popa, Cosmina Moroșan, Krõõt Juurak, Lilach Livne, Susanne Grau, Florin Flueraș, Adriana Gheorghe

INFO: Artists / Works

Opening: Wednesday, June 13, 19:00
Various Moods and Bad Mood by Krõõt Juurak, two simultaneous performances performed by the curator and the organizing team

Various Moods will continue for 15 hours, daily, alongside the other events, during the gallery hours, until Saturday, June 16.

We have been experiencing a “new performance turn” together with an “experiential” (Dorothea Von Hantelmann) and “social” (Claire Bishop) one and, implicitly, transformation. There is a sense of safety in determining this. Its nature and entities, on the other hand, require a yet another new form of understanding, one that transforms once again the comfort of theory and language as we know it, a bit of “changing change” and determination (Bruno Latour, Marten Spangberg).

What happens if instead of subjectivity culturally performed in identitarian terms, we bring into the performance conversation notions like “consciousness” and its „subconscious” margins or subtext, and approach performativity as a dynamic and often strange hybrid dosing between perception and cognition, percept and concept, where any “self” is continuously unsettling and the only intuitively „stable” resting thing is the moment and the space of the affective precognition gap? The „half second” of activated indeterminacy, of life, before and when consciousness officially starts performing.

Durational Life Theory summons in Bucharest, for this two-weeks interval, artists active in performance with different background (choreography, visual art, theory, literature) that have at least two important reasons to be summoned together: they all escape determination and labels to the extent of even giving up humanity as spectators and performing for other species (Krõõt Juurak) and turn their subjectivities into performing strategies engaging them in a durational life theory choreography. What comes out is an encounter of aesthetic consciousness, cutting through discourses to their core intensity. It will be life and it will not be quite life, it will be durational and again not quite, it will be theory and not theory.

One aspect of the invitation extended to the artists involved was to curate their time themselves according to how their performative practice relates to theory, in all its manifestations in contemporary dance and performance, from the need for articulation, inside or outside the work (concept or thinking in relation to performativity or esthetics at large, and also un-esthetically related fields), to theory as language (verbal, representation, score, choreography) and none the least theory as format (lecture, talk). It is for them to choose what needs to be made visible and what has to stay, modality-wise, implicit and invisible.

The initial plan was to just safely situate this plea for signifying and durational indeterminacy or for language used in dark ways, “until the heartbeat stops” (Meg Stuart) and the very idea of performing does change. And to invite you to the exciting quest of situating references and layers of meaning in the discourse that traverses the durational life theory, but then I chose to be, at the same time, inside and outside. (Adriana Gheorghe)


Week 1

Thursday, 14 June
Alina Popa, You Are, 15:00 - 19:00, performance
(Alongside the main event, the work Various Moods by Krõõt Juurak will continue to be performed by the curator)

Friday, 15 June
Florin Flueraș, Unexperiences, 15:00 - 19:00, performance
(Alongside the main event, the work Various Moods by Krõõt Juurak will continue to be performed by the curator)

Saturday, 16 June
Cosmina Moroșan, Joy of Immanence, 15:00 - 19:00, lecture performance
(Alongside the main event, the work Various Moods by Krõõt Juurak will continue to be performed by the curator)

Sunday, 17 June
Susanne Grau & Adriana Gheorghe, You Want It Darker, 15:00 - 19:00, performance

Week 2

Thursday, 21 June
Florin Flueraș, Unimages, 15:00 - 18:00, performance și 18.00 - 19.00, discussion

Friday, 22 June
Alina Popa, You Are, 15:00 - 19:00, performance

Saturday, 23 June
Susanne Grau, Horizon tbc, 15:00 - 17:00, performance
Adriana Gheorghe, Spoils, 17:00 - 19:00, performance

Sunday, 24 June
Lilach Livne, Prayer for the Abstract, 15:00 - 21:00, performance-practice-prayer

All performances and talks will be held in English, with the exception of Cosmina Moroșan’s performative lecture that will be held in Romanian and English.

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