Consent to not being a singular being: chimeric practice and acts of bewilderment. 

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Nummer und TypMTH-MTH-PM-02.23F.012 / Moduldurchführung
ModulPraxisfeld 02 ECTS 
VeranstalterDepartement Darstellende Künste und Film
LeitungSimone Aughterlony
Anzahl Teilnehmende5 - 12
ECTS2 Credits
VoraussetzungenStudent:in MA Theater und MA Dance
InhalteA Chimera is a mythological Greek figure, recognizable in its disparate parts but constituting an impossible whole. Traditionally, formed by the distinct parts of a goat, a lion and a snake but inevitably bringing together any number of parts to form a functional organism. With this module we will summon the figure of the chimera as a reflection and even tentative explanation or companion for the composite, multiple, and often contradictory forces which reside within us. Conceptually, chimeras are not only the gathering of multiple entities housed within one living organism but is also a notion that has become synonymous with the many phenomena that resist definition or doggedly rest outside that which is graspable. We see the notion turn up in maths - Chimeric states are self-organized spatio-temporal patterns of co-existing coherence and incoherence but also in sound experiments of chimerization and genetic biology.
The impossible is not opposed to the real, the impossible composes with the real and promises a trans*futurism of the wildly imaginative. Chimeras do not need to synthesize but can hold multiple positions at once and in this sense become a socio-political tool to account for ways in which conceptions and manifestations of the self are constituted by divergent positions within bodies, groups and social constructions. Drawing on phenomenological movement practices, theory, alongside building and unbuilding with invited materials we will shape/stage the appearance of contemporary chimeric bodies and call them names that make them live.
Bibliographie / LiteraturWild Things: the disorder of desire, Jack Halberstam / The Beast and the Sovereign, Jacques Derrida /
TermineKW15 (11. – 14.04.2023) / Di – Fr (Ostermontag frei)
Dauer10:30h – 15:30h (Selbststudium nach Ansage)
Bewertungsformbestanden / nicht bestanden
BemerkungSimone Aughterlony is an independent artist based in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance, performance and visual art contexts. They have been devising queer-spirited choreographic works over the last eighteen years. Engaging with alternative forms of kinship inside their process, new constellations emerge as
possibilities for reconfiguring a culture of togetherness that foster both familiar and unknown quantities. Simone’s works playfully compose with representation and its saturation, seeping into and embracing the phenomenology of mis-recognition and the absurd. Aughterlony approaches art making as a world building practice where they navigate the contradiction between the domination of desire alongside the agency of all elements.
As a performer they have worked with artists such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and Forced Entertainment amongst others.
In recent years the works «Biofiction», «Uni * Form» (co-authored with filmmaker Jorge León) and the collaborative project, «Everything Fits In The Room» with artist Jen Rosenblit, a commission from HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, have toured extensively. These works were presented at the 2018 Venice Biennale Teatro for an invited artist focus. «Remaining Strangers», an interactive work that interrogates the guest/host relation concludes their research into conceptions of the stranger of which «Compass», a collaborative work with Saša Božic and Petra Hrašcanec,and «Maintaining Stranger» are an integral part.
Simone has received the KFV funding - a cooperative funding body from the city and canton of Zürich, as well as Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council between the years 2006 to 2020. They were recipient of the city of Zürich recognition prize in 2011 and the prize recipient from the Federal Office of Culture in 2015. They regularly teach at academic institutions such as ZHdK - Zurich University of the Arts and Manufacture in Lausanne, DAS Art Amsterdam amonst others as well devising and facilitating laboratory formats and frames for sharing and producing knowledge. In 2020 together with Marc Streit they founded Imbricated Real, an independent structure for contemporary art practice.
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