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The Concept and the Idiot

This philosophy workshop unfolds possible ways to navigate in the nervous sea of concepts, while holding on to our own idiocy. It is an introduction to theory as a series of questions, and as an oratory, collective adventure. The horizon of this workshop is the historicised relation between "body", "concept" and "the great outdoors". This relation rests in a western history of knowledge haunted by its history of violence.

It is an introduction to a theory-based practice, and a critical exposition of questions that intersect philosophy and discourses found in radical politics and contemporary art.
Here are a few companions on our way:

• Language, death, and hospitality: what is a milieu?
• Difference and repetition: various time theories and their political subconscious
• History of witches – how to make memory while gazing at shadows?
• Friendship, hauntology, mathematics, science fiction: philosophy and the great outdoors
• The Greek art of asking questions

You don’t need to know anything about philosophy. I will share my practice with you, we will read some texts together, and you can ask as many questions as you please. This is also a workshop for people who are interested in how to transmit and share a theory-based practice. Bring some pens and paper if you wish, and some idiotic ideas.
Some references – absolutely no need to read anything before! Lacan / Stengers / Sapho / Merleau-Ponty / Mbembé / Naess / Simondon / Levi-Strauss / Cavaillès / Derrida / Frederici / Glissant / Mohaghegh / Platon / Fanon / Negarestani / CA Conrad / Laboria Cuboniks / Koyré / Malabou


Ghost dancer

Sound is the ghost dancer of a performance, haunting the space, shadowing every gesture. It is a political marker. It is the friendly push towards high physical states. It is also a gateway to the introduction of text, or video, or objects in performance.

Ghost dancer is a sound making and deep listening workshop for performers and hybrid artists. It is a way to understand choreography in performance, inspired by the playfulness of sound art. We’ll have music listening sessions. We will build collective sound installations, train our listening skills and share with each other how we use/would like to use sound in performance. We will reclaim dance and sound as burning physical desires and then subvert and complicate that idea. My aim is to explore and question with you the place of sound in performance – this thing that is between the body, the object and the poetical/political speech.

In this workshop, sound is considered in its materiality, as a texture, as a dancing body and not as a simple ornament to frame dance. It is a simple political and poetical position which supports the idea that the practice of sound points at the invisible and tenuous relation between bodies and other (im)materialities, contaminated by images, sketches of choreography, videos, texts, persons.

This is not a technical workshop, but of course we will get our hands dirty.

Bring things if you have any (toys, dildo, bells, gameboy, rocks, water boiler). Bring pens and paper if you want. Anything for less than 2 euros from a flea market (walkman, tape, voice recorder, keyboard) is welcome. If you have a phone, bring it.

Listening sessions will include field recordings from Vietnam, Greek music, Doom, Electro-Clash, Indian death prayer chanting, "Nouvelle Vague" cinema voice-overs, West African disco and much more.
Making sessions will include the use of lo-fi material such as tapes, contact mics, rough dj, field recording, destroyed electro music, group singing.

ARTISTBIO: Jassem Hindi

Jassem Hindi, French Lebanese/Palestinian is performer, sound artist, and writer, with an education in philosophy. Hindi’s last recent works are "Laundry of Legends" (HAU Berlin; Fadjr Tehran) a series of mixed art performances around Arab female death poetry, and "Stranger within" with Mia Habib, (Black Box Oslo, Bastard Trondheim, Octoberdans Bergen), a long term research/performance installation on the eco-poetics of the north of Norway. His last recent collaborators are Ligia Lewis, Eoghan Ryan, Keith Hennessy, Valentina Desideri and Sina Seifee.


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