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Edition VI –
Event and Duration Finale

In Rear View

If I Can’t Dance is pleased to present a reflection on the Finale of Edition VI – Event and Duration, which brought together all of the artist commissions and Performance in Residence research projects developed over 2015 – 2016, alongside presentations by invited guests. The programme unfolded at punctuated moments across a three week period, which stretched from 24 November to 11 December 2016, and took place at various locations and venues in the east of Amsterdam Centrum. We now look back on the programme with photographic documentation of the days and a series of visitor accounts—an ongoing project in which If I Can’t Dance invites audience members to recount and respond to their experience of an event.


Visitor
Accounts


Publications

As part of Edition VI – Event and Duration, If I Can’t Dance published a number of new titles in our Performance in Residence and Artist Commission series, alongside other special projects. Details of the new publications are listed below.

  • Chroma Lives
  • By Erin Alexa Freedman and
    Lili Huston-Herterich
  • With a contribution by Rosemary Donegan
  • Price: €15
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Chroma Lives comprises research of a performative archive project by Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich into the group exhibition Chromaliving: New Designs for Living. Taking place in Toronto in 1983, Chromaliving occupied the disused architecture of a former department store, and offered audiences a theatricalized vision of contemporary living through a labyrinth-like setting of domestic room displays of artist-made furniture, dressed mannequins, appliances, and interior decoration. Chroma Lives asks the question of how to reanimate this large-scale exhibition from Toronto’s recent art historical past and suture it to contemporary practices within the city.
The publication includes essays by Freedman and Huston-Herterich that provide a history of Chromaliving and of the contemporary exhibition and oral history project they staged to archive this past event. These texts are accompanied by a previously unpublished essay by art historian Rosemary Donegan, which tells the history of Toronto’s vibrant downtown art scene in the early eighties; they are also supplemented by generous photographic documentation of Chromaliving and its contemporary restaging Chroma Lives.
  • Ueinzz Theatre Company: Cosmopolitical Delay
  • By Peter Pál Pelbart
  • With contributions by Iza Cremonine,
    Paula Francisquetti, Leonardo Lui Cavalcanti,
    and Amélia Monteiro de Melo
  • Price: €15
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Ueinzz Theatre Company: Cosmopolitical Delay brings together a major new essay by philosopher Peter Pál Pelbart—a member of Ueinzz since its inception twenty years ago—and experiential contributions by other core members of the Brazilian theatre company. Ueinzz adopts the theatre as a device “for changing power over life into power for life.” Self-described as a “community of those with no community, for a community to come,” Ueinzz proposes a territory of performance “for all those who feel the world around them is crumbling.”
Through personal recollections, fragments of scripts, and philosophical musings, Pelbart rounds out the significance of Ueinzz’s “way of life.” Complementary contributions are from fellow Ueinzz members, including Paula Francisquetti, Leonardo Lui Cavalcanti, Amélia Monteiro de Melo, and the late Iza Cremonine.
  • Who Touched Me?
  • By Fred Moten and Wu Tsang
  • With a contribution by Denise Ferreira da Silva
  • Price: €15
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Who Touched Me? is a compilation of research by Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, who together cohabit the roles of poet and performance artist. The publication traces the development of their sculptural performance Gravitational Feel, which was yet to be realized at the time the book was due to print. This book introduces the reader to this work in its virtual state, while tracing Moten and Tsang’s lived experience of collaboration through a body of text, which is composed of email correspondence, notes, poetry, fragments of essays, and transcriptions of earlier collaborative work. Together these entwined texts create a new socio-poetic form. To quote from the book’s pages, “The research/experiment is in how to sense entanglement.”
  • Joke Robaard: Small Things That Can Be Lined Up
  • With a contribution by Amelia Groom
  • Price: €5
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Joke Robaard: Small Things That Can Be Lined Up, is the first volume in a collection of brochures profiling the artist commissions of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015 – 2016). The brochure includes an introduction outlining the new commission and its trajectory, a selection of images, and an essay on Joke Robaard’s practice and new film by the art writer Amelia Groom.
  • Writing Out Loud
  • By Jon Mikel Euba
  • With a contribution by Susan Gibb
  • Price: €18
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Writing Out Loud brings together the transcriptions of eight lectures by the artist Jon Mikel Euba that were live-translated from Spanish to English during the course “Action unites, words divide (On praxis, an unstated theory)” at the Dutch Art Institute. The lectures were presented at the invitation of If I Can’t Dance across the academic year 2014 – 2015. The resulting texts sit within a larger writing-centred project by the artist, which he has been pursuing with the aim of defining a form of praxis that could evolve into a technical theory.


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