General Body Meeting
A series of workshops in the context of Sarai Reader 09: Exhibition
Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India
It’s my pleasure to invite you to join me in a series of small collective exercises which I will hold at Sarai between the 30th of January and 2nd February.
During the meetings, we will be working with material from my research into the revolutions of 89 in Eastern Europe. In particular, we will be working with a ten minute scene from the first meeting of the East German Central Round Table (revolutionary council) in December 1989, where procedure is disrupted by the shouting and whistling of a large group of demonstrators approaching down the street. For a few minutes, until the demonstration passes, the different political groupings inside the room struggle to position themselves vis à vis the revolutionary masses outside – relating to them both as threat and political sovereign. While language and the formal procedures of the political institution seem to foreclose the possibility of acting collectively, the bodily tensions, movements, gestures, facial expressions, physical intensities visible in the footage attest to a non-verbal, bodily level on which the totality of the revolutionary experience still persists.
In our meetings at Sarai / Devi we will focus on this physical, gestural content of the video:
What is the role of the body in revolution? Is the body itself a disruptive force that can open up spaces of rupture/ openness in the political status quo? And what forms of resonance between such vastly diverging political contexts as the East Germany of 1989 and present-day India can such an approach invite?
Drawing also on different artistic forms of re-enactment, and of working with bodies more generally, we will engage in an open collective experimentation to produce a number of small interactions, as well as discussing the issues and materials at hand.
The workshops/ meetings are open to all. Please contact me for further info or to sign up. Looking forward!