Performance on practices of decentralizing classical-western human condition by artist-researchers Amanda Piña, Paz Rojo and Victoria Pérez Royo.
We, humans, cohabit on this planet with a wide variety of living and inert or lifeless beings. The title of this encounter aims to question the possible minor condition of humanity in this assemblage. While the series proposes to consider forms of life and knowledge outside the classical human state, we wonder how to add by subtracting. That is, through certain renunciations rather than acquiring new or extra skills. Hence we propose the less-than-human.
The three guests invited to the encounter have a long trajectory in this regard and hold active concerns on this subject in their current projects, which can be summed up in the general proposal of decentralizing the classical-Western human condition to its possible limits. Amanda Piña works around the decolonization of choreography, introducing what she calls Endangered Human Movements at many levels: oral knowledge, shamanism, diplomatic rituals, or plant wisdom, among others. Paz Rojo works on the remains of exhausted bodies after what she calls the decline of neoliberal choreography, proposing concrete operations of re-subjectification through body movement. Victoria Pérez Royo currently investigates other affectivities, focusing her gaze on what she calls the anachronistic body, the one moved by rites such as magic, for example, or by any ritual modality that counteracts the hegemonic modern-colonial corporality. The three guests will dialogue with each other through a discursive game device generated from their own practices, interwoven and put into mutual relationship.
Victoria Pérez Royo is performing arts researcher, professor at the Faculty of Philosophy (Unizar), and has taught internationally. Member of the research association ARTEA, she has devised and coordinated practice-based research contexts at art centres like Reina Sofia Museum, La Casa Encendida and Matadero (Madrid). Last publications: Cuerpos fuera de sí (Documenta/Escénicas 2022) and editor of Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. A book on reading, writing, memory and forgetting (with Mette Edvardsen, Mousse Press 2019) and Afectividades otras, magias, cuerpos (with Rut Martín, Accesos, 2021).
Paz Rojo works within the field of the live-arts considering the intersection of artistic, eco-political and philosophical dimensions which include the debate on the ontology of dance in late capitalism, the politics of dance's invisible labor and dance aesthetics from an postantropocentric perspective. BA Degree on Choreography from the School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam University of the Arts). She holds a doctoral degree on Philosophy in Fine Arts in Performative and Media Practices with specialization in choreography issued by the Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden. An artistic research carried out in choreographic, performative, scenic, textual, audiovisual and curatorial formats (2010-2020). Her activity also includes editing, writing and publishing projects such as the book "To Dance in the Age of No-Future" (Circadian, non-profit publishing house, Berlin 2019). She has a long trajectory teaching, organizing seminars, conferences, lectures and supervising artistic projects in European art programs as well as in independent artistic initiatives in Europe and Latin America.
Amanda Piña is a Chilean- Mexican- Austrian based artist living between Vienna and Mexico City. Her work embodies the movement's political and social power, grounded in indigenous forms of knowledge and world-making/maintaining practices. Piña is a multifaceted artist working through choreographic and dance research, creating and curating educational frameworks, and writing and editing publications around what she refers to as endangered human movement practices. Her work concerns the decolonization of the arts, which can be found within performing and visual arts contexts. Her work was shown in various theatres, galleries, and museums worldwide.
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