Lucie Strecker and Klaus Spiess have been working at the interface of performance, fine arts and natural sciences for a long time. Together with media scholar and curator Jens Hauser, who was the one that came up with the term microperformativity, and choreographer Oleg Soulimenko they are currently elaborating an experimental symposium and an exhibition. At this symposium, controversial perspectives on microperformativity and its potentials for bringing about socio-economic change are discussed. The content of this exchange and the way in which it is carried out get an economic, performative and biological experiment going.
One of the central questions which will be adressed at the AIL in December is: How can we raise the general awareness of the importance of a new ecological economy – of using our resources consciously, of a system in which human beings and non-human actors form a collective instead of being available objects and exploitable resources? International artists, scientists and experts will come together to answer this question, focussing on the potentials of materials, molecules, bacteria, animal and plant cells.
A combination of state-of-the-art research and performative art to look at minute organic relations is intended to make their revolutionary potential visible for actors and participants. Such ‘micro-performances’ question man as the irrefutable centre of creation and thus our doings and dealings within the framework set by global high-tech capitalism. Applied Microperformativity: Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn establishes an experimental area for encounters to discuss new interdisciplinary approaches.
Lucie Strecker is an artist and performer. She is the head of the FWF research project “The Performative Biofact” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Klaus Spiess is associated professor at the Medical University of Vienna and is the head of the “Art and Science” programme there. They have co-operated in many exhibitions and performances, such as at Tanzquartier Wien, Belvedere Wien, Onassis Center Athens or Broad Gallery Los Angeles. In 2015, they were awarded the Prix Ars Electronica.
Jens Hauser lives and works as curator, author and media scholar in Copenhagen and Paris. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxemburg, 2009) and Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga, 2010), Synth-ethic (Wien, 2011) Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich, 2012), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015), SO3 (Belfort, 2015) and Wetware (Los Angeles, 2016).
Russian choreographer/performance artist Oleg Soulimenko lives and works in Vienna. In 1990, he founded Saira Blanche Theatre and toured the world with the company’s provocative performances. His pieces have been shown, among others, at brut, the Vienna Festival, the Vienna Dance Festival, the Impulse theatre festival and Kaaitheater in Brussels.
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Curated by Lucie Strecker, Klaus Spiess and Jens Hauser
With contributions by Daniel Aschwanden (AT), Irini Athanassakis (GR/TN), Alex Bailey (UK), David Berry (US/AT), Nehle Dick (AT), Tagny Duff (CA), Eben Kirksey (AU/USA), Sylvia Eckermann (AT), Thomas Feuerstein (AT), Max Haiven (CA), Jens Hauser (DE/DK/FR), Krōōt Juurak (EE/AT), Eben Kirksey (US), Johannes Lernpeiss (AT), Jim Libby (US), Gerald Nestler (AT), Brigitte Marschall (AT), Dana Papachristou (GR), Bastian Pets (AT), Roland Rauschmeier (DE/AT), Ingeborg Reichle (DE/AT), Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (DE), Chris Salter (US/CA), Peter Szely (AT), Oleg Soulimenko (RU), Klaus Spiess (AT), Lucie Strecker (DE/AT), Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe (FR/AT), Cassie Thornton (US), Paul Vanouse (US), Victoria Vesna (US), Roman Widholm (AT), Ann Liv Young (US)
A co-operation of the Wiener Gruppe für biomediale Performance with brut Wien and the Angewandte Innovation Laboratory AIL. With the kind support of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): V501, the Medical University of Vienna and Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
brut im AIL Angewandte Innovation Lab
Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Wien
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Registration for the symposium will be available shortly.
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
U-Bahn: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)