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Center for Dramatic Arts – CDU Zagreb
What To Affirm? What To Perform?

Deviations and mutations

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EAST-DANCE-ACADEMY (EDA) is a joint project by Centre For Drama Art (Zagreb), National Dance Centre (Bucharest), Maska (Ljubljana), Tanzquartier (Vienna) and Allianz Kulturstifftung. The project aims at affirmation of the situation as well as the modes of historical appearance of choreographic thought within non-instititutional conditions i.e. it is a research into the ways dance developed specific strategies of self-organization, self-education and political activation. The two-year program What to Affirm? What to Perform? is in the framework of EDA.

08. 12. 2009
Tomislav Gotovac: Action 100
Re-enactment by Oliver Frljić
Ban Jelačić Square

Performed in the framework of the 10th Music Biennial in Zagreb in 1979, Action 100 was, according to its author Tomislav Gotovac, Zagreb based performance artist and film director, described as a sound action. Its first part consisted of Gotovac himself giving instructions and conducting the whistling of a hundred people. In the second part, this hundred people were invited to conduct the performance of Gotovac.
Situated at the intersection between the original action and restoration and censure of its notation, this reenactment will try to explore the affirmation of a certain type of prescriptivness in its potential to cancel or temporarily suspend hubs of social prescriptivness, as well as its own prescriptive policy.

08. 12. 2009
BADco. feat. Damir Bartol Indoš
Zagreb's Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Jedinstvo hall

The research for the piece Man.Chair was based on the repetitive capacity of the authentic performance Man-Chair, first time performed in 1982 by Damir Bartol Indoš. BADco. wanted to reconstruct, remake, remix and upgrade the original peace (which is screened on video) using dance improvisations and individual approaches of the two dancers towards the technical and semiotic characteristics of the first performance Man-Chair. The aim was to build the theatrical structure from the performance art piece (which was never meant to be repeated) through dance variations. This reconstruction had originally premiered in 2000.

09. 12. 2009
Samo Gosarič: Walk Performance
Gallery Nova, Gajeva 10

Six walking performances by the Slovenian neo-avant-garde group OHO (1965-1970) are at the centre of the lecture demonstration Walk Performance. The Slovenian artist Samo Gosarič explains his compatriots’ view of things to do with 'art work', and simultaneously presents different periods of creative work of the OHO group. The audience receives cards with instructions for the re-enactment of selected performances of the group. The instructions have been drawn up on the basis of documents of the corresponding original actions and offer the audience the opportunity to experience performances of the 60s and 70s at first hand.

09. 12. 2009
Owen Hatherley: The Comedy of Technology - socialist slapstick in the USA and USSR
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Zagreb's Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Kneza Mislava 11, 1st floor

Owen Hatherley writes for numerous avenues, including the Guardian, New Statesman, New Humanist, Frieze, Blueprint, The Philosophers’ Magazine and the Wire, to name but a few. Many of the webwise will know him for his blog sit down man, you’re a bloody tragedy which focuses on aesthetic and political issues in architecture and music. As well as studying for a PhD and organising film screenings at interesting venues with Kino Fist he has just published his first book Militant Modernism with Zer0 Books.

10. 12. 2009
Marjana Krajač: Forensics and Fugue for the Folder
Zagreb's Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Kneza Mislava 11, 1st floor

The 7th Music Biennale Zagreb, an International Festival of Contemporary Music, featured a happening entitled Carrousel II, presented at Zagreb’s Trešnjevka sports hall at 20:30 on May 17, 1973. The program brought together the Zagreb Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra, the Yugoslav Army Wind Orchestra, the Zagreb Radio-Television Dance Orchestra, the Zagreb New Tendencies Ensemble (ACEZANTEZ), the J. A. Riedl Group from Munich, the Zagreb Radio-Television Choir, the Vatroslav Lisinski Music School children’s choir, the Coral vocal ensemble from Belgrade and the Chamber Ensemble of Free Dance (KASP). Unconventional for its time, attempting to keep abreast of the latest trends, Carrousel II provoked diverse comments as an open form whose potential risk of proliferation gave rise to various reflections on its “accomplishments” and “failure”. Starting out from unfinished structures, open issues and empty spaces, Forensics and Fugue for the Folder attempts to reconstruct the holes in consistency and perception while offering a new amalgamation of given information, simultaneously constructing archives, remarks and reactions.

Re/Appropriation Of The Sensible And Political Action
Talks with Ariella Azoulay, Janez Janša, Wu Ming, Lav Diaz etc.
moderated by: Petar Milat
net.culture club MaMa, Preradovićeva 18

To treat the sensible - the irreducible plurality of sensible domains - as the
in-sistent of the political action proper, shall not amount to say that the sensible is merely an irremovable obstacle on the way of realization of political agendas. The sensible as the insistence of politics is rather an imperative: to think, to watch, to listen, to perform, to write - again and again.
Insisting to reappropriate the sensible means far more than to reinterpret it in an unheard of manner, aligning the sensible - exactly by means of interpretation - to the respective discrete sequences of arts, theory or politics. No, the insistent imperative of the sensible or the demand to re/appropriate the sensible is more likely a dislocation which makes stable designations unviable, opening up a space shared not just by few or many, but by all.

12. – 17. 12. 2009.
Film Mutations -  Found bodies

A program on social choreography Found bodies is curated by Tanja Vrvilo, art director of Film Mutations: Festival of Invisible Cinema (to be shown at Film Mutations from 12th to 18th December, 2009 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb), as part of the project East-Dance-Academy: What to Affirm? What to Perform? which explores and promotes situations and means of appearance of choreographic thought in non-institutional environments of dance, performance, experimental film in Eastern Europe. This program references Harun Farocki’s found footage films and the performative aspects and treatment of body and voice in his films. It deals with work employing bodiless voices outside of film and voiceless, existing, found bodies in film. In addition to the two blocks of  Harun Farocki – Working Images’ program curated by Volker Pantenburg and Harun Farocki’s lecture-presentation Serious Game, on his most recent work, the program includes films by Italian-Armenian found footage filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, the Lettrist film manifesto by Jean-Isidore Isou, connections and affinities between House on Sand by Split Kino-club lyricist Ivan Martinac and Mass for Dakota Sioux by a representative of experimental San Francisco scene Bruce Baille. This program will be introduced through narration from the early days of cinema and the phenomenon of voice-off in Japanese silent film. We are going to watch, listen and read the master-piece of social choreography, I Was Born, But... by Yasujiro Ozu, with original narration of a Japanese benshi, Ichiro Kataoka, accompanied by piano player Mia Elezović.


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
La Séquence Armand Gatti 2009, Philippe Garrel, video, 5'

Volker Pantenburg: Harun Farocki – Radne slike (I)
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Die Worte des Vorsitzenden / Words of the Chairman / Riječi predsjedavajućeg 1967, Harun Farocki, 16-mm, c/b, 3’
White Christmas / Bijeli Božić 1968, Harun Farocki, 16-mm, c/b, 3’
Nicht löschbares Feuer / Inextinguishable Fire / Neugasiva vatra 1969, Harun Farocki, 16-mm, c/b, 23’
Nicht ohne Risiko / Nothing Ventured / Ništa bez rizika 2004, Harun Farocki, video, boja, 50’


Lecture-presentation / Predavanje-prezentacija:  Harun Farocki – Ernste Spiele / Serious games / Ozbiljne igre
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Prezentacija procesa rada na novome filmu radnog naslova Ozbiljne igre: o materijalu i gotovim cjelinama


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
Je Vous Aime 2009, Othello Vilgard, video, 1'30''

Tanja Vrvilo: Found bodies / Nađena tijela (I)
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Umarete wa mita keredo / I Was Born, But…  1932, Yasujiro Ozu, 16-mm, c/b, 100’ + benshi Kataoka Ichiro & pijanistica Mia Elezović 


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
Jeu et Sérieux 2009, Gisèle & Luc Meichler, video, 4'08"

I Sent a Letter to a Friend – From: Alexander Horwath
The Present 1996, Robert Frank, 35-mm, boja, 24’

Tanja Vrvilo: Found bodies / Nađena tijela (II)
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Dal Polo all'Equatore / From the Pole to the Equator 1986, Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 16-mm, boja, 101’


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
Paris, Airport X Ray, Robert Fenz, video, 0'40''

Tanja Vrvilo: Found bodies /  Nađena tijela (III)
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Traité de bave et d'éternité / Venom and Eternity, 1951, Jean-Isidore Isou, 16-mm, c/b, 120’


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
Répons 2009, Marylène Negro, video, 3'20'
À Portée de Main 2009, Jean-Paul Noguès, video, 1'30''

Tanja Vrvilo: Found bodies / Nađena tijela (IV)
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Mass for the Dakota Sioux / Misa za Dakota Siouxe 1963/64, Bruce Baillie, 16-mm, c/b, 24’
Kuća na pijesku / House On The Sand 1984/85, Ivan Martinac, 35-mm, boja, 85’


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
Police Force Ouvrière 2009, Lech Kowalski, video, 12'40''

Volker Pantenburg: Harun Farocki – Radne slike: Program V
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?
Zum Vergleich / In Comparison / Za usporedbu, 2009, Harun Farocki, 16-mm, boja, 61’
Schnittstelle / Intersection / Sučelje 1995, Harun Farocki, video, boja, 23’


Nicole Brenez: Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION (IV)
Car Guerre il y a 2009, Damien Roudeau, video, 4'40"

Tanja Vrvilo: Found bodies / Nađena tijela (V)
*EDA - What to Affirm? What to Perform?

Uomini, Anni, Vita, 1990, Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 16-mm, boja, 70’

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