Dansehallerne, Eva Meyer-Keller (DE)
RESA RECAP: EXPOSING PROCESS
Over to aftener vil Dansehallernes RESA-kunstner Eva Meyer-Keller (DE) sammen med sin researchpartner Ilya Noé forsøge at kortlægge de forskellige mønstre, der har tegnet sig i løbet af Eva Meyer-Kellers etårige residency i Dansehallerne. Med Criss-crossing performance, storytelling og udveksling med Evas medvirkende gæster Jens Hauser og Efva Lilja, vil disse to aftener i vid udstrækning fokusere på processen omkring skabelsen af værket Living Matters, der er den anden del af en trilogi af scenekunstneriske værker, som Eva har udviklet i samtale med naturvidenskabsmænd (og gjort muligt takket være RESA). Værket har premiere i nov. 2019.
Living Matters stiller skarpt på den mindste enhed inden for biologien, cellen, og det fokuserer på både spørgsmålet om (a)liveness samt på de forhold, der udvikler videnskabelige modeller, metoder, standarder, konventioner og apparater til visualisering af forskellige slags kundskaber. Mere specifikt har et af hovedtemaerne i undersøgelsen været HeLa, en immortal cellelinie, mest brugt i videnskabelig forskning, og historien om Henrietta Lacks, kvinden, som denne celle blev udtaget fra uden hendes viden og samtykke.
I videnskabeligt arbejde er kontekst udeladt for at bevare “objektivitet”. Effekten af observatørerne betragtes også som et problem, og derfor er eksperimenter udtænkt for at minimere usikkerhed. I kontrast hertil har det personlige og det subjektive i Eva Meyer-Keller og Ilya Noe´s eksperimenter fået lov til at forurene de anvendte petriskåle. Storytelling og spekulation, usikkerhed og (tilsyneladende) vrøvl, partialitet og forvrængning, det ikke-lineære og det midlertidige, har alle været ingredienser, der udgør det medie, hvori materialerne er dyrket. Og sammen har Eva Meyer-Keller og Ilya Noé forsøgt at rykke ved idéer om videnskabelig neutralitet og selvstændighed samt at producere situationer og strategier for ikke blot at vide noget nyt, men også vide og kende det på en anden måde.
Til hver aften har Eva Meyer-Keller inviteret to særlig udvalgte, medvirkende gæster:
Denne event er en del af RESA, som står for Residency for Exchange and Sustainability in the Arts. RESA er en del af The Artist’s Research Lab and Residency Programme. Læs mere.
RESA recipient: Eva Meyer-Keller
Research partner: Ilya Noé
Special guests: Jens Hauser, Efva Lilja
Collaborators: Tamara Saphir, Annegret Schalke, Agata Siniarska, Rico Repotente, Constanze Schellow, Sara Wendt
Sparring og rådgivning: Simone Reber og research team, Jens Hauser
Mere info (in English)
RESA recipient Eva Meyer-Keller together with her partner-in-research Ilya Noé will host this two-evening event during which they will attempt to map the different pathways that have emerged from Eva’s year-long residency in Dansehallerne’s pilot program. Criss-crossing performance, storytelling, and exchanges with special invited guests Jens Hauser and Efva Lilja, the occasion will largely spiral around the slow, leaky and meandering process of the making of Living Matters, the second part of a trilogy of stage works that Eva has been developing in conversation with natural scientists (and made viable only thanks to RESA), which will premiere in November 2019.
Living Matters turns to the smallest unit in biology, the cell, and attends to both the question of (a)liveness, as well as to the matters that make scientific models, methodologies, standards, and the conventions and apparatuses for visualising different kinds of knowledges. More specifically, one of the main subjects of study was HeLa, an immortal cell line most widely used for scientific research, as well as the story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman it was sourced from without consent.
In scientific knowledge, context is shunned in order to preserve “objectivity”. The effects of the observers are also considered a problem and so experiments are devised to minimise them. In contrast, during this process, the personal and the subjective were allowed to contaminate the “petri dishes”. Storytelling and speculation, uncertainty and (apparent) nonsense, partiality and distortion, the non-linear and the provisional, were all ingredients making up the medium in which materials were cultured so as to attempt to disrupt any notions of neutrality and self-containment, and produce situations and strategies for not merely knowing something new, but knowing it in a different way.
Eva Meyer-Keller (DE)
EVA MEYER-KELLER (DE) works at the interface of performance and visual arts. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied visual arts in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and King’s College). Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail while using everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, such as her home and the supermarket. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for any boundary between disciplines. Her works include the performances Death is Certain (from 2002 and performed in more than 200 venues around the world since) and Pulling Strings (Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, 2013), and the installations Volksballons (Palast der Republik, 2004; Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2013), and Handmade (nGbK Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, Palais de Tokyo Paris). Currently Eva is working on a trilogy of performance works in dialogue with natural scientists focusing on how models do not just describe reality, but rather create their own. The first part, titled Some Significance, premiered in November 2017, while Living Matters, the second part, will open in November 2019 at PACT Zollverein in Essen. Eva has collaborated with artists such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller, Kate McIntosh, and Ilya Noé, and has worked with Baktruppen, Jérôme Bel, Christine De Smedt / les Ballets C de la B (9×9), Juan Dominguez, and Agnes Meyer-Brandis. Since 2010 she has taught at several degree programmes across Europe, including at the HZT/UdK and Bard College in Berlin, at DOCH and on the MA course ‘The Autonomous Actor’ in Stockholm, and at ZHdk in Zürich and the University of Hildesheim. http://www.evamk.de/works
About Ilya Noé (MX/DE)
Ilya Noé is a visual/performance artist-researcher, relentless walker, eager collaborator, and a fan of fungi, trees, deer, foxes, interspecies entanglements, mutualistic processes, slow research, messy theory, intellectual promiscuity, epistemological uncertainty, open-ended storytellings, ellipses… Born in Mexico City, she has since expanded her zone of work by popping up on all sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific to trace lines and build spaces by hand, on foot, and in co-creation with both humans and non-humans alike. Ilya recently showed her work at the 12th Shanghai Biennale, represented her home country in Venice’s OPEN2000, became a UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate, and was recipient of Mexico’s National Young Art Award. A special guest at both the European Landscape Biennial (Spain) and the Cerveira International Art Biennial (Portugal), her work is represented in European, Asian, and North American public collections. While pursuing her MFA (Studio Art) and PhD (ABD, Performance Studies) at the University of California, Davis, Ilya taught a wide-range of both theory and practical courses in the departments of Art & Art History and Theatre & Dance. Ilya Noé now lives and works in Berlin where she was one of the organisers of the Month of Performance Art, is one of the founders of Berlin’s Association for Performance Art, and mentors bachelors and masters students. She has also taught in China, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and will soon be holding a Lectureship at the Münster Academy of Art. Ilya’s writings have been included in books published by Palgrave and Lexington, and she has contributed to the peer-reviewed journal Performance Research. IlyaNoe