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DE/SYNCHRONIZE? Living in Plural

26.01.2016, Berlin | Synchronization and desynchronization bridge the difference between nature and culture; they concern fundamental processes of life as well as complex political or aesthetic dynamics. Organized by the Freie Universität Berlin under the direction of Gabriele Brandstetter, the 2016 Annual Conference of the DFG Priority Program “Ästhetische Eigenzeiten” (Proper Times of the Aesthetic), to be held at the ICI Berlin and DOCK 11 on February 4–6, 2016, will deal with different politics and aesthetics of time through presentations, discussions, working groups, and performances. The Ernst Schering Foundation supports the lecture performances by Sebastian Matthias and Litó Walkey, which allow the participating researchers from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences to engage directly with the dancers and choreographers and to evaluate their research findings and results.

aswebegin, Performance: Litó Walkey

“We are strangers in the now” – this how the performer Kajsa Sandström comments on “aswebegin,” a choreography developed by Litó Walkey in cooperation with the Weld Company in 2013. Based on performative instructions, the performance presents overlaps of memorized movements and tries out de-/synchronization processes between and among the dancers and in relation to the audience – a continual balancing of different temporalities. Together with Gabriele Brandstetter and Anne Schuh, Walkey, a Canadian choreographer who is currently based in Berlin, and her performers will explore how the agreed-on temporal sequences and unpredictable rhythmic events allow specific qualities of movement to emerge. Sebastian Matthias (Berlin/Hamburg) studied dance at the Juilliard School in New York, earned an MA in Dance Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin, and is currently working towards his PhD in the academic-artistic postgraduate program “Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance” at HafenCity University in Hamburg. In both theory and practice, Matthias explores the physical, social, and political forms of communication of club dance and the shifts and displacements that result from translating club dance into an artistic performance situation. The groove as a form of communication is driven not by homogeneity and temporal harmony, but by drifting apart and differentiating.

Through the choreographies by Sebastian Matthias and Litó Walkey, synchronization is investigated as an event where physicality, spatial-technical parameters, and notation systems interfere and overlap and is generated as a kinesthetic feedback process in cooperation with the observer. The conference for the first time takes an interdisciplinary look at the “synchronization of movements,” its immanent temporal dynamics and collective physical practices – topics that so far have been mostly investigated within individual disciplines (physics, medicine, media studies, and sociology).

DE/SYNCHRONIZE? Living in Plural
2nd Annual Conference of the DFG Priority Program 1688 “Proper Times of the Aesthetic: Time and Representation in Polychronic Modernity”

February 4–6, 2016
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Christinenstrasse 18–19, Bldg. 8 | 10119 Berlin
Lectures and discussions will be in German and English. Admission to the conference and the performance is free.

aswebegin, Performance / Lecture:  Litó Walkey and Weld Company 2013, Gabriele Brandstetter, and Anne Schuh (in English)
February 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
Kastanienallee 79 | 10435 Berlin
Due to limited seating, it is necessary to reserve tickets for the performance at DOCK 11 by e-mail or by phone: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; ++49 (0)30-35120312.

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pdf Program

Further information:

Concept and organization of the conference: Gabriele Brandstetter, Kai van Eikels, Anne Schuh, Institute of Theater Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Coordination of the Priority Program “Proper Times of the Aesthetic”: Michael Gamper and Michael Bies, German Department, Leibniz University Hanover

In cooperation with the ICI Berlin and DOCK 11 Berlin, with support from the German Research Foundation and the Ernst Schering Foundation.

Image: aswebegin – Performance / Lecture by Litó Walkey and Weld Company, Photo: Fredrik Wåhlstedt


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