Summer University Reboot

Julia Rubies

15-16 August

I propose a sharing of questions and practices around the finding of ‘personal space’ as a speculative practice within the artistic ecosystem.  

The research I am starting comes out of wanting to find a different balancing act between being in relation to others (the many bodies we dance through, texts, influences…) and being with oneself - as well as complicating this apparent dichotomy. It is a reflection on the systemic tendency of solo artists conducting individual researches whilst also feeling the need to belong, reference and continue to give certain representations as modes of self-inscription. I ask about how to create a ‘personal place’ (that doesn’t have to be meaningful) but that also attends to an artistic sustainability. 

These questions are not to be asked on the level of constructing a more solid positioning or fixed artistic voice, but a matter of making space for seeing oneself as a context and attend to the multiplicities we carry inside of ourselves, the places and situations that speak through us. 

Through conversation and practice, I would like to activate these topics on the level of studio practice/reflection, as well as through a frame of early creation/performative action.I start this research out of a place of wanting to attend to personal tendencies in a different way, and invite you to join me. I propose these questions to a horizontal space from the position of a co-explorer. 

Structure of the exchange/sharing:

DAY 1:
Morning:

3 hour session to share the questions, make them common and explore a couple of practices. 

Throughout the day: As other activities are happening, we find two moments to meet during the day (for 15 minutes). For example, 15:00 - 15:15 and 19:00-19:15. During those 15 minutes we will chose or explain a ‘task’ to do for the following hours as the participants go on with their day. This way the practices extend on other surfaces than studio practice.  

DAY 2:
Morning: 

3 hour session where we collect experiences from the earlier day, continue to work on practices together, and extend them into an early and possibly speculative making process. 

Throughout the day:

As other activities are happening, we find two moments to meet during the day (for 15 minutes). For example, 15:00 - 15:15 and 19:00-19:15. During those 15 minutes we will chose or explain a ‘task’ to do for the following hours as the participants go on with their day. This way the practices extend on other surfaces than studio practice.
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