L'animoteur 8 + 9

selfie or I am donkey and cacti


A project of Art Тoday Аssociation, Plovdiv in collaboration with Corner College, Zurich.

Digital Ecologies 2018-2019, Plovdiv, Bulgaria: an international exhibition project in two folds
Fold II, 2019. Digital Dramatizations: Ecologies from the Future (04 May - 30 June 2019; symposium 05/06 May 2019)

Fold I, 2018. Operaismo Naturale: Ecology of the Event (27 July - 05 September 2018), curated by Dimitrina Sevova
Digital Ecologies is part of the program of Plovdiv 2019, European Capital of Culture

Digital Ecologies is composed of two folds of an international group exhibition project and takes place across two venues, the Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’ and the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The first fold, an exhibition project under the title, Operaismo Naturale: Ecology of the Event, takes place from 27 July to 5 September 2018, with talks, interventions and performances on 28 and 29 July and on 5 September; and the second, Digital Dramatizations: Ecologies from the Future, an expanded exhibition project building on the first exhibition and its context, from 4 May to 30 June 2019, with an accompanying symposium on 5/6 May 2019.

The exhibition project spans two folds, one critical, the other speculative, back and forth, leaving a continuity of time between them to become a discontinuity of our collective living multiplicities in-between the two, to cast a bridge, an elastic spinal column between them with its own sensible temporality. The time between the two folds of Digital Ecologies matters. It is the time to negotiate between the two and consider the work that has to be done in everyday life. As the title of the first fold, Operaismo Naturale, suggests, it is time for urgent actions, i.e., the work and no work of inventions that are independent from productivity. Operaismo Naturale forges a body of collective and personal artistic research to activate compositional changes between human labor and natural habitats and their biodiversity.

[excerpt from the curatorial input; read the complete text here]

Programm

Opening of the project Digital Ecologies:
Saturday 4 May 2019 (Ancient Bath, then SKLAD)

16 h Doors open at the two venues

Ancient Bath
16 h Dorothea Rust, performative intervention L’animoteur 8 — selfie or I am donkey, continued
17 h Welcome and introduction by Dimitrina Sevova, curator of the project, and Emil Mirazchiev, director of Art Today, organizer of the project, at Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’

SKLAD: the opening evening program continues
19 h Boyan Manchev, public lecture The New Athanor, or Philosophy for the Future Nature, accompanied by a performance by Metheor (Ani Vaseva, Boyan Manchev and Leonid Yovchev), Theater of the Elements. A Diptych by Metheor
20 h Short break

20.15 h Gerald Raunig, talk One More Ecology, Futureless, but a Present Out of Joint

21.15 h Discussion between Boyan Manchev, Gerald Raunig and the audience

21.45 h Short break 

22 h Voin de Voin & Marie Civikov, performance Extinction Rebellion, 20′

The symposium, curated by Dimitrina Sevova, takes place in conjunction with the exhibition project Digital Ecologies and gives further insight and context on the works on display. It is a non-academical collection of events, performances, interventions, talks and discussions aimed at sharing knowledge and non-knowledge of eco-logic and aesthetic experience in togetherness with the audience.

Public Symposium in conjunction with the project Digital Ecologies:
Sunday 5 May 2019 at the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD (evening program at Ancient Bath)

SKLAD: Morning Session

10.30 h Doors open, coffee

11.00 h Introduction by Dimitrina Sevova, curator of the project

11.15 h Artistic interventions by Milva Stutz, My Dear Lover, Elodie Pong, Paradise Paradox, and Borjana Ventzislavova, Magic Resistance

12.45 h Short break

13 h Discussion between the artists and the audience

13.30 h Lunch break
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SKLAD: Afternoon Session

15.30 h Pascal Schwaighofer, performance-lecture &Absence&Abstinence
16 h Venelin Shurelov, Presentation on Body Hacking
17 h Luchezar Boyadjiev, talk The Anthropocene as a Prolonged-Release Anthropogenesis
17.45 h Discussion between the artists and the audience

18.15 h Short break

18.30 h Kerstin Schroedinger, performance Matters of Practices/Actions/Doings, 25′, followed by screening of 16mm film by the artist, Fugue, 2015, 8′

19.15 h Short Break

19.30 h Uriel Orlow, lecture-performance Grey, Green, Gold, 25′, followed by discussion with the artist

20.15 h Dinner break

Ancient Bath: Evening Program

21.30 h Stefanie Knobel, performance A manifestation for the quasi-public

Public Symposium in conjunction with the project Digital Ecologies:

Monday 6 May 2019 at the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD

10.30 h Doors open, coffee

11 h Artistic interventions by Lourenço Soares, Jonas Etter, Elza Sile

12.30 h Discussion between the artists and the audience

13 h Donatella Bernardi, performance A suit made out of a galactic towel, performed by Elma, followed by discussion with the audience

14 h Lunch break

15.30 h Oliver Ressler, talk Gathering around the Wreckage
16.30 h Short break

16.45 h Stanimir Panayotov, talk Disembodiment: The Future of Nature
17.30 h Discussion with Oliver Ressler, Stanimir Panayotov and the audience

18 h Short break

18.15 h Alexander Tuchaček, performance-lecture paradise now – Echos from the Future, 30′

19 h Dorothea Rust, performance L’animoteur 9 — selfie or I am donkey and cacti