WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?
ELSE FOUNDATION LAUNCH
10-1, APRIL 1, 2018
LOCATION IN MANHATTAN TBA
HOSTING/PARTNER INSTITUTION TBA
Join us in this utopian adventure creating and inhabiting the spaces in-between by celebrating the launch of ELSE Foundation (EF) over breakfast. Get acquainted with our projects via screenings, performances and short talks, and connect.
EF seeks interest and support from those who believe in international borderless possibilities in every sense. How can we—collectively and as individuals—imagine possibilities and make them happen?
EF is a new creative research platform for global, independent initiatives working with and in the spaces in-between, a consortium of initiatives, projects and people with overlapping interests, supporting and instigating innovative and imaginative exchange.
With profound attention to: international diaspora, post-nationalism and post-colonialism; exiled states; peace and mediation; memory; home, nostalgia and the uncanny; language and experimental pedagogies; space, publicness & temporary architecture; foreignness, otherness; interstices, liminal states and the space in between, EF champions open-minded independent thinking, experimentation, difference, collaboration and strives for flat hierarchies.
LAUNCH PROGRAM OF EVENTS
provided by vitalist cuisine, field kitchen or 9 kinds of avocado toast by NN and coffee by baristas from la colombe or …
Key speech NN
CONSORTIUM PRESENTATIONS (BELOW)
Consortium table hopping
Closing remarks NN
(5-10 min each?)
BREAKFAST BY NN? Joshua McCarty (CITIES?) + Anthropologist Dejan Lukic (ZAGREB/NEW YORK) +
A semi-nomadic restaurant troop. We consider cooking to be a culinary implementation tactic and a type of discipline. The innate dynamism of our name casts the world (and food) as infinite degrees of consumption where everything dances, where everything eats and is eaten in turn. Our goal is to tune into this fact and create resonance. Our methodology, like that of any cook, begins with eating. In other words, we steal ripe ingredients (words, ideas, and tastes) ready to be consumed, broken down, and transformed.
Guided by our taste (similar to that of Franz Kafka's hunger artist), VC taps into dietary tracts producing a variety of dining experiences. Our other modes of production include writing, drawing, sculpting, and designing. The difference between these modes and cooking is only one of form. Indeed, sometimes a word is a carrot too: it is sensational, nourishing, delicate, or perhaps just simple. In this respect, we also learn from the falling branch, the crease of a napkin, veins of a daikon, the writer's comma...
INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL LONGING
DANCE PERFORMANCE OF THREE GESTURES OF LONGING
Luis Malvacias (Choreographer, Caracas/Los Angeles/New York) + NN +
The Institute of Global Longing is a conceptual platform offering space/s to the yearning and wistfulness residing within each of us; attracting those seemingly out-of-reach hopes and desires which inspire us to imagine.
The Institute of Global Longing proposes a utopian, international, multi-disciplinary Dictionary Of Global Longing imagined as a compendium of gesture: from each of the one hundred ninety five recognised countries on our earth. It asks us to at once recognise these different states and in doing so to simultaneously dissolve the lines between through shared experience and the frailty and great strength of human longing. A dictionary in which each gesture lays claim to a letter from each of the many languages—tongues—and alphabets—images—we speak and read; to establish an elastic and interpretive lexicon of community and communication residing in mind and body.
Field Kitchen Academy
TALK BY ECE PAZARBASI (Curator, Istanbul/Berlin)
Field Kitchen Academy—initiated during residencies and related programme formats—is a mobile experimental, interdisciplinary and educational strategy centred on the kitchen as a gathering place and food as a common human thread.
Field Kitchen Academy gathers and introduces artists and creative minds with other experts around a kitchen table facilitating unscripted events and actions: aiming to transcend existing borders and boundaries between research and practice; beyond forms and formats; with innovative tools and experiences of wholistic knowing and thinking. Each iteration of the Field Kitchen Academy is conceived using a residency as a laboratory for field research, discussion, experimentation, trial and failure, progression of knowledge, know-how and creativity. Field Kitchen Academy seeks to stimulate new areas and formats of investigations that support social artistic practice and creative thinking.
CAMPUS IN CAMPS
TALK BY ?
Campus in Camps is a space for communal learning and production of knowledge grounded in lived experience and connected to communities. It brings people together in a pluralistic environment where they can learn freely, honestly and enthusiastically. It reasserts what is fundamental and profound in the lives of the participants, forming an active group that chooses words, constructs meanings and creates useful knowledge through actions within communities.
Campus in Camps is not an isolated island, it aims to transgress the borders between the ‘islands of knowledge’ and the islands of ‘social marginalisation’, and the distinction between camp and city, refugee and citizen, center and periphery, theory and practice, teacher and student. It does not claim a fixed territory or an original identity but rather a right to move between spaces and the right to become who we want.
TALK + EXPERIMENT BY?
New Experiences Sharing Terrain—NEST—is a collective and collaborative effort to examine and live in unexpected ways, sharing and learning, and as an open community dissolution of borders; asking what does it mean to live now?
As we experience great shifts in ways of living, migratory flows and climate, practices of “sharing terrain” become vital spaces for activating histories and narratives; forging futures and creating new models for existing and thriving in the space/s in-between. NEST will look backwards, forwards and inwards to ask how we move, think and create in states of liquidity. What are the models (both historic and current) for embracing liminal spaces we already inhabit and how might we transform them into shared terrains for the experience of communal and even new knowledge/s? ADD ENCYCLOPEDIA
INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION BY SUSIE QUILLINAN (LIMA/Melbourne)
Responding to current urban exigencies, Plan Autopoiesis is an initiative born in the public, imaginary and speculative libraries of Lima, Perú: a context in which public space—and particularly the public library—is often debilitated by political, social and economic struggles. Plan Autopoiesis wants to expand, circulate and discuss the universe of the library.
Plan Autopoiesis builds on artistic and curatorial strategies to propose a third space of 'library-making' by creating experimental open-form library experiences in various public spaces both online and IRL. We understand library-making as action; that can serve as a multiplier of temporary sites of unruly knowledge and intellect; fostering and building individual and community curiosity, interdisciplinary practices, access and auto-didacticism—within and beyond the walls of existing library spaces.
VIDEO SCREENING + TALK BY EMILIO CHAPELA (MEXICO CITY)
Inclined to imagine our planet from outside as the pale blue dot—seen from a nowhere point of view in the Universe—Space-time entanglements is an artistic initiative exploring ways to engage with space and time in an intimate bodily way. We deal in questions of how to tune into the world; of touching it, seeing it, smelling, tasting and hearing it.
We forget that we stand in this world and that we breathe this atmosphere, not in a disengaged position that "leaves us suspended in midair, lost in space and time" (Latour). We want to bring ourselves back to earth and position ourselves within it, recognizing our material entanglements.
Space-time entanglements is an invitation to re-think, re-discover, re-orient and re-imagine our relations to the world. It encourages and advocates touching space and time through artistic practices.
Step Not Beyond SCHOOL
TALK BY Dejan Lukic
Step Not Beyond is the name of a small school and of a philosophical disposition: go toward the limit of your thought, experience, work, but not beyond it. Be a tightrope walker, an acrobat who lightly treads across the abyss that is internal and external, creative and political. Through a series of courses and practices the SNB engages a single comprehensive question without disciplinary borders (relevant to children, astrobiologists, and artists alike): "What is the Creative Act?"
Furthermore, ideas, when they are unforeseen and rare, produce a specific ecosystem within the individual, a precise ecology of thought, just as there is a planetary ecology of life and a political ecology of the State. The SNB provides a space where these ecosystems can be harnessed and where they can intermingle. Needless to say, building an ecosystem is about health; about growing old and young at the same time; about looking for a new earth. A space where thought and act are the same; where theory and lived experience come together in a palpable way; where gesture and substance are one.
TALK BY ALUMNUS VIRGIL WONG (NEW YORK)
Transart Institute for Creative Research is a space without borders for experimentation, thinking, sharing and connecting with creative research in any form. Transart offers practice-based Masters and Doctoral programmes (PhD and DFA) in a low-residency, respiratory model which aims to dissipate boundaries of what is possible in a graduate learning environment.
What does a post-national, borderless school look like? Transart Institute for Creative Research positions itself in the gaps where art practice, knowledge production and research processes operate; in the tensions between, across, through and beyond recognised paradigms. This action is continually amplified by a growing global network of artists, writers, curators and creative thinkers working collectively in hybrid ways that span engaged sites and interactive online spaces across the world.
Film Credit: The art of flying. Director: Jan van Ijken. 2015