AFFECT is Agora’s program for collaborative artistic practices in Berlin, currently in its IV Edition.
AFFECT 2018 is conceived as a research type of residency, under the theme: “Micro-Utopias: Cartographies of Relational Art in Berlin”.
Taking place during July and August 2018, the program consists of four intensive week-workshops, each led by an international artist, who open their research practice as a context for experimentation, learning and collaborating across disciplines: Diego Agulló (Module #1), Club Real (Module #2), Zorka Wollny (Module #3) and Susanne Bosch (Module #4). The program is initiated by Agora Collective, and curated by Paz Ponce.
Content wise the modules renew the question about the social function of art, offered as case studies to support residents contextualizing the program’s main question in Berlin, triggering autonomous research strands at AFFECT based on the insights gained through the exchange of practices during their stay.
No previous collaborative experience is required to participate in AFFECT, the unique combination of participatory workshops, studio visits, guided walks, public lectures, open reading groups and series of interventions planned under the 2018 edition, serve international applicants as a practical research base & capacity network for the implementation of future projects in the city.
How much do you risk in the process of art making and researching? How much chaos can your practice deal with? How ready are you to de-territorialize your identities? Can art inject anomaly and challenge the social order?
Agullo’s intensive collective investigation suggests mixing with alterity to stimulate the emergence of something new, embracing disorder, chaos, confusion, confrontation and affection as transformative aspects of exchange. In this immersive workshop, exercises, dialectal discussions and concept diagrams will be employed to confront practical problems and enter the process of value finding in heterogeneity.
#MODULE 2: DISTURBANCE & DEVELOPMENT - Participatory Art interventions
in Berlin 2000-2020.
Facilitated by CLUB REAL COLLECTIVE.
What possibilities did Berlin in the early 2000s offer to participatory art in public space? What happened to the spaces where such interventions took place? Where can we find inspiring cracks and voids in the body of the city today?
In a city that is becoming more and more dense and utilized, the Berlin-based artist collective Club Real aims to explore the above questions and some of the city's projects in order to widen the perspective on the possibilities and limitations of participation in art and art interventions in public urban spaces.
#MODULE 3: WHO NEEDS ART ANYWAY? - Laboratory of social sensitivity.
Facilitated by Zorka Wollny.
Under what conditions could smaller communities benefit from art, and artists benefit from contact with specific groups? How to do it with the full respect to the people and contexts within which one wants to work?
In an intensive week workshop testing ideas through the district of Neukölln, Zorka Wollny proves there is no escape from the context, putting forward ideas on collaboration from her experience in site-specific and socially involved projects. Discussing all the stages of the art production and using various exercises, the workshop will cover the conceptualization, organization and evaluation of contextual projects.
#MODULE 4: TOOLS FOR CONVIVIALITY. Hospitality & the art of hosting.
Facilitated by Susanne Bosch.
What makes a heterogeneous group of people ease into a situation to collaborate? Do you dream of really collaborating or of a participatory process within an art work? What does it mean to be the host of such a process? What does hosting include?
To answer these questions is to accept the complexity of the collaborative practices and their multiple layers, investigated by Susanne Bosch in her extensive research experience in participatory public art. In this module, concepts such as friendship, equality and otherness, relationships of power, leadership and negotiation, will be explored as essential tools for every cooperation and hosting. Through presentation, discussion, reflection and storytelling, we seek to find new models of togetherness and interdependence and revisit the idea of conviviality.
Application Deadline: June 30th