Training I: Proscenium–Performing Institutions
With Adelita Husni-Bey: participatory performance, role play, creative writing, and discussion
Adelita Husni-Bey,CHIRON (video still), commissioned by the New Museum, New York, 2018, 4K, 18:13 min
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Proscenium–Performing Institutions takes institutions—including museums, prisons, and heterosexual relations—as proxies for centers of power. Husni-Bey stresses the importance of performativity within the institution, as a way of streamlining its day-to-day operations and of maintaining control. Borrowing from theater terminology, she uses the term proscenium: the arch/framework between what is inside and what is outside the performance (and performative) space.
In this training, participants choose concrete institutions as case studies. They both examine the workings of the institution from the outside, looking through the proscenium, as well as performing the institution themselves from the inside. “Embodying” the chosen institution, participants perform the three crucial stages that comprise the arc of the institutional life cycle: the birth and “naming” of the institution, and the analysis of its functions and services; followed by “peak institution time,” when its operations are harmonized; and, lastly, the final phase of decline or death of the institution, including explorations of what has led the institution to wither, or to develop into another form.
Through what Husni-Bey sees as an intersectional analysis of power, the following questions are addressed: How does performativity give institutions their form? What is the role of performativity in operations that claim “justice?” How is naming an operating principle in both performance and law (nomos)? What is implied by the scenographic/theatrical elements of institutions? How do theories of complicity, accompaniment, and mis-recital offer ways to go off script?
The trainings also include references to theoretical work by Achille Mbembe, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Michelle Castaneda, Michel Foucault, Jackie Wang, Fred Moten, and others.
When: 18–22 September 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday):
Thursday–Sunday 14–18 hrs, including dinner on weekdays at 18 hrs and lunch on weekend at 13 hrs at the Basic Activist Kitchen. The training starts on Wednesday evening 18 September at 21 hrs, with an informal introduction meeting at a local café (optional, location to be announced).
Participation: This is a four-day training. If you want to join, please make sure you can attend the majority of training days.
Tickets: €40 normal/€30 student discount, via Eventbrite (click)
Free places: For each training, BAK provides a few free places for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. To apply, please send a short explanation (max. 120 words) to [email protected], at least four days prior to the training.
Check the full program of trainings here.