?em is an independent project space oriented toward new methods and strategies in choreography and performance. It offers a programme of regular meetings focusing on contemporary subjectivity and corporeality, and their presentation. ?em is the brainchild of choreographers Alex Baczyński-Jenkins and Marta Ziółek. It intends to question the conditions of production, distribution, watching and discussions regarding chorographic and performative works. ?em opens on Saturday 27 February at 7 pm at 32/34 Podskarbińska St., suite 11 (Mesko factory) in Warsaw. Registration required.
The programme will include residencies and presentations of artists Romain Hamard (France), Ligia Lewis (Dominican Republic/United States), Dragana Bulut (Serbia), Andrew Hardwidge (Britain), Wojtek Kosma (Poland), Ian Kaler (Austria), Ashkan Sepahvand (Iran/United States), Dareen Abbas (Syria) and regular collaboration with Paweł Sakowicz.
Programme of the evening
Ashkan Sepahvand, Everything I know about techno-capitalism, I learnt at Berghain ? performative lecture in English
Romain Hamard, the first ?em resident, will present a work created during his one-month residency
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins and Marta Ziółek: A Few Choreographic Objects, in collaboration with Krzysztof Bagiński, Maria Magdalena Kozłowska, Agnieszka Kryst, Korina Kordova, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Jayson Patterson, Katarzyna Sikora, Hana Umeda.
Music: DJ Kwazar
More details soon at www.kem.space
Bring your own beverages.
On Sunday 28 February at 3 pm Ashkan Sepahvand will run a three-hour workshop on techno-embodiment and performative writing (more information on the website). Registration: email@example.com
The event will coincide with the opening of Katarzyna Szu Szugajew?s studio next door, featuring an exhibition titled Teaser and a performance by Andrius Mulokas.
Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator and researcher who explores the connections of the history of the body, the sensory, sexuality, future, imagination, celebration, transformation, queer, collectivity, ritual and the self. In 2012?2014 he was a research fellow in The Antropocene Project, where he co-edited Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain, Vapr, Ray (MIT Press, 2015). His works have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Ashkal Alwan in Lebanon, Institute for Contemporary Arts London, Former West, Sharjah Biennial X, Al-Ma?mal Foundation in Jerusalem, the BarberShop, Kunstwerke and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he runs a techno-sexual reading club.
Romain Hamard is a visual artist working with video, performance and sound. He has presented his works in the Theater der Welt in Munich, Beursschouwburg and ERG Gallery in Brussels, Chalet Society in Paris, Live In Your HEAD and Piano Nobile in Geneva, Homeworks 6 and Videoworks 2014 in Beirut and more. Since 2008, he has created sound installations exploring the potential of computer-generated music, under the name andcl. In 2012, Hamard graduated from HEAD in Geneva. In 2012?2013 he participated in the HWP research project in Beirut. He lives and works in Paris.
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins works in choreography and performance, focusing on mediation and politics of affect, desiring subjects and new embodiment. He has presented his works in the David Roberts Art Foundation, Delfina Foundation, Basel Liste, Block Universe, Home Works Beirut, Whitechapel Gallery, Sophiensaele Theater and more. He graduated in Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Context from the Universität der Künste in Berlin and in Aural and Visual Cultures from the Goldsmiths University in London. He participated in the Ashkal Alwan?s Home Workspace Program in Beirut. He lives and works in Warsaw and London.
Marta Ziółek is a choreographer and performer focusing on expanding the practice of choreography and exploring new forms of expression and embodiment. Before enrolling in the choreography department of the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam, she was a student of the an inter-faculty humanities programme at the University of Warsaw. In 2012 she participated in the European platform Europe in Motion dedicated to young rising choreographers. In 2013 Ziółek received a scholarship from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. Her choreography Black on Black was produced in 2015 by the Het Veem Theatre in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Recently, Ziółek has participated in residencies and created choreography for different art forms, such as Let?s Dance exhibition (Art Stations Foundation Gallery in Poznań), a fashion show (Department of Fashion at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw), theatre (Ewelina?s Crying dir. Anna Karasińska, TR Warszawa theatre), and a live stage installation (Monadology. A Treatise on Relationality, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw).