Uferstudios 13
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Studio 13: ecologies of practice

Talk + Practice (2) by Silke Bake, Alice Chauchat, Bettina Knaup, Siegmar Zacharias, Pepe Dayaw, Sophia New

A research and discussion series in four editions with Silke Bake, Alice Chauchat, Bettina Knaup, Siegmar Zacharias and guests.

Part 2
Hosted by Bettina Knaup. Guests: Pepe Dayaw (dancer/cook/nowherekitchen) and Sophia New (performance artist/ videomaker/plan b).

Bettina’s current research and curatorial practice engages with (performance) artists who experiment with waste intimacies – living intimately with, off or even as waste. Contemporary Western waste habits are build on disposability, distance, and denial, however it is increasingly difficult, to remain blind to the presence and agency of waste all around us and – through the flows of toxins, chemicals, plastic particles, metals – also in us. A number of artists and scholars of waste therefore call for closer attention to waste's material specificity, interrelationality and generative power, rather than perpetuating an environmental discourse, which uses waste to stage the destruction of the planet. Such narratives - so their argument - have the tendency of creating withdrawal, paralysis and guilt rather than inspiring urgently needed experimentation with alternative knowledges and modes of living. This evening is dedicated to joint intimacy with waste, inviting artists and a number of videoworks into a joint conversation, contemplating what can't be discarded, ranging from plastics, to placentas to food left overs.

In English.
Duration: ca. 180 minutes

"Ecologies of practice" *
The permanent state of crisis, which we witness today, can't be restored to a previous sense of order, neither through disciplinary / disciplining thought nor through acts of distancing and exclusion. It requires global agency and imagination, which bears with the un-known and takes into account our relational interdependency. It requires radical openness, a speculative attitude, pleasure in engaging with the un-known and un-certain and a willingness to think beyond human-centred catgories and temporal and spatial dimensions.
Classical ecology is the theory of environmental relations, of distribution and movement of energy and matter in a house(hold). Meanwhile the term is used in a broader sense – including the social, the environmental, the intellectual realms. ecologies of practices* experiments with various settings of work and conversation. Silke Bake, Alice Chauchat, Bettina Knaup, Siegmar Zacharias - all working in the field of contemporary performing arts – take their current interests and methodologies as starting point to engage and think with guests from contemporary dance and other disciplines: categories of aesthetics (technology/technic, ethics/practice, form/format, process/product, subject/object/agent) are being explored in their multiple conditionality and relationality.  *borrowed from Isabelle Stengers

Concept 2016/17:  Silke Bake, Kuratorin/ Dramaturgue Mentor; Alice Chauchat, Choreographer/Dancer/Teacher; Bettina Knaup, Curator/Autthor; Siegmar Zacharias, Artist/Theoretician
STUDIO 13 was initiated by curators Silke Bake and Jacopo Lanteri in 2015 with the aim to offer a space for exchange about working methods and interests in the field of performing arts.  

Silke Bake

Silke Bake lives in Berlin, and works as curator, dramaturge and mentor. She has worked for diverse institutions (including TAT Frankfurt, Hebbel-Theater Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien) and realised programs for the House of World Cultures, the Academy of the Arts Berlin, Kanuti Gildi Saal Tallinn and Theaterformen Hannover/ Braunschweig. She worked as the dramaturg and project manager for the performing arts festival IN TRANIST at House of World Cultures in 2008 & 2009, she was the co-curator of the biennial NU Performance Festival On Hospitality on the occasion of the cultural capital program of Tallinn 2011 (with P. Stamer), and of performance platform. body affects at Sophiensaele Berlin 2012 (with B. Knaup). Together with collegues she is continuously working on formats for discussion and discourse as a.o. „from dusk till dawn and further“ - a 12 hours talkshow with 24 international guests at ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna in 2010 (with P. Stamer), „Visionärer Widerstreit“- a seven hours event, or the talk & practice formats „Let’s talk about work (and life)“ (with J. Lanteri), and „Ecologies of practice“ (with A. Chauchat, B. Knaup, S. Zacharias) at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She has been the artistic director of the biennial programm Tanznacht Berlin in 2016 + 2018, and was guest professor at the MA program SODA / HZT Berlin in 2018.

Alice Chauchat

Alice Chauchat is a choreographer, dancer, assistant, teacher, etc. She choreographs mostly in collaboration with other artists and co-developed numerous platforms for the production and exchange of knowledge in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox, PAF, praticable). From 2010-12, she was Co-Artistic Director for Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. Recently, her choreographic practice has been geared towards processing the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices into an aesthetic experience. www.alicechauchat.net

Bettina Knaup

Coming soon

Siegmar Zacharias

Siegmar Zacharias studied philosophy, comparative literature & performance art. She now works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She works in situations of embodied thinking together through matters and matter. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and parascience, observing and realising the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors in different constellations into an ecology of performance.  Her works develop formats of performances, lectures, installations, discursive formats and sharing, dealing with questions of  agency, the contract of the willful suspension of disbelief and the critical substance it produces.They are situated between labour and humour, do-it-yourself low tech and high tech. They have been presented nationally and internationally at festivals, in theatres, galleries, green houses, clubs, the woods, and up in the sky.  She is the co-founder of the transdisciplinary group SXS Enterprise and initiator of Women On Work- WOW We work here, a platform  of exchange of Berlin based artists. www.siegmarzacharias.com

Pepe Dayaw

Pepe Dayaw is a work-in-progress. In this work lies a blend of folklores, precarious technologies and funky improvisations whose mission is to research and choreograph living designs and sociality. Formally educated in the University of the Philippines, University of Amsterdam, University of Warwick, the National Museum of Reina Sofia Madrid and the Kaloob Philippine Music and Dance Ministry, Pepe performs, having trained in several dance disciplines such as pangalay and butoh, a self-taught chef, polyglot and masseur; and a professional karaoke singer. Born in Manila and grew up everywhere, Pepe is a leftover of past lives that get renewed each time he performs. He started cooking out of nostalgia for island tropical memories and has since been utilising this practice as a research tool for rehearsing emergent democracies through a design lab that he founded called Nowhere Kitchen. Nowhere Kitchen is based on cooking with other people’s leftovers and has developed into a living school rehearsing tasty sustainabilities.

Sophia New

Sophia New was born in South London and studied Philosophy & Literature with German at Sussex University and after receiving her Masters degree in Feminist Performance at Bristol University. In 2000 she received a Breathing Space Commission from the Arnolfini, Bristol. The piece she made, Feeling Poorly, was shown in festivals in the Uk and Belgium. In The Letters Project, Sophia created a live archive performance. Installing herself in an arts-related workspace (the then Live Art Development Agency office), she performed by curating her own personal collection of letters and exhibiting them for visitors. Most recently Sophia has been making performances for camera that investigate female body, and the framing and installing of performed actions. Sophia has also worked as a theatre/performance writer and journalist for the magazines Venue, Live Art Magazine and the Open Page Journal. She has also contributed a series of images based on Feeling Poorly for On Smell, and Letter Objects for On Correspondence published by the Performance Research Journal. She is a co-founder of plan b with Daniel Belasco Rogers. Since 2002 they have made over 25 projects for different cities, festivals, and galleries. Their work is often site specific and includes performance, GPS, sound and video. Since 2012 she has been a guest lecturer (since 2015 Guest Professor) on the MA solo dance authorship (SODA) at the HZT, Berlin. She also regularly teaches Live Art and Performance with Siegmar Zacharias at Folkwang University in Essen and Bochum.

5 € (incl. soup/snack)