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The Destiny Project

Video Screening

Rana Hamadeh

Rana Hamadeh is an artist from Lebanon living in The Netherlands. Drawing on a curatorial approach within her artistic practice, she develops longstanding projects that think through the epistemologies and technologies of justice. Her work stems from an extended investigation into specific concepts and terms, treating the field of theory as fiction. Since 2016, Hamadeh has been developing an ‘Operatic practice’, experimenting with writing and composing, and testing out models for collective thinking and study. In 2011, she initiated her ongoing project, Alien Encounters, which has since been operating as an incubator for a growing series of works that complicate the notion of ‘alienness’. Thoughout the project’s chapters (manifested through theatrical productions, interactive sound-based system designs and compositions, immersive audio-visual installations, texts and conversations), the ‘alien’ turns into both a discursive and an archival tool for mapping out corporate and state-supported forms of violence and their enabling legal apparatuses.

Hamadeh is the recipient of the Dutch Prix de Rome, 2017. Solo exhibitions include a.o. Kunsthalle Winterthur (2019); Formerly Known As Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (2017); The Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, 2016); The Showroom (London, 2016); Nottingham Contemporary (2015); Western Front (Vancouver, 2015); Gallery TPW (Tonoto, 2015) and Kiosk (Ghent, 2014). Group exhibitions include a.o. Sonic Acts Festival (2019); the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2018); SALT (Isatnbul, 2018); The Moscow Biennial (2015), The New Museum (New York., 2014); e-flux (New York., 2014), The 8th Liverpool Biennial (2014),12th Biennale de Lyon (2013); The Lisson Gallery (2013), and the Van Abbemuseum (2008/2011).

Cuts, Pieces and Sounds – Geschichten einer Stimme,


AGORA-Theater, Schauspiel: Galia de Backer, Regie: Felix Ensslin

Felix Ensslin ist Kurator, Theaterautor, Dramaturg, Regisseur, Hochschullehrer und Philosoph. In den letzten 20 Jahren hat er zahlreiche Aufsätze im Feld der Ästhetik und der Psychoanalyse veröffentlicht und ist Mitherausgeber der Reihe „neue subjektile“ bei Turia und Kant. Als Kurator war er u.a. für „Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF-Ausstellung“ (KW Berlin, 2005, zusammen mit Klaus Biesenbach und Ellen Blumenstein), „zwischen zwei toden“(Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie /ZKM Karlsruhe, 2007, zusammen mit Ellen Blumenstein)und „Berlin Noir“(Perry Rubenstein Gallery New York, 2007) verantwortlich. Er ist seit 2009 Professor für Ästhetik und Kunstvermittlung an der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart und leitet dort gemeinsam mit Cristina Gomez Barrio und Wolfgang Mayer den M.F.A. „Körper, Theorie und Poetik des Performativen“. 2016 trifft Felix Ensslin auf das AGORA-Theater aus Belgien. Seine bisherigen Arbeiten mit dem AGORA-Ensemble sind „Animal Farm – Theater im Menschenpark“ (Premiere 2017), „Cuts, Pieces and Sounds – Geschichten einer Stimme“ (Premiere 2019) und „Die drei Leben der Antigone“ von Slavoj Žižek (Premiere Januar 2020). Galia De Backer, Jahrgang 1991, hat Geschichte in Brüssel und Berlin studiert. Sie arbeitet seit 2015 als Spielerin, Sängerin und Übersetzerin mit dem AGORA Theater. “Cuts, Pieces & Sounds – Geschichten einer Stimme” hat sie gemeinsam mit Felix Ensslin geschrieben und entwickelt. Das AGORA Theater wurde 1980 mit enger Verbindung zum Studententheater gegründet und arbeitet mit Marcel Cremers Methode des „autobiographischen Theaters”. AGORA ist das Theater der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens und entwickelt mehrsprachige Theaterstücke, die in ganz Europa gespielt werden.

Dear One, Video Screening

Lea Porré

Léa Porré is a French and Belgian artist born in 1996, currently at the Royal College of Art (MA Contemporary Art Practice). She graduated from Central Saint Martins (BAFA 4D) in 2018. Her practice is a critical re-reading of French History through a lens of mythology, deeply rooted in a cyclical vision of History. She composes speculative and transhistorical narratives that share a fluid relation to time and reality, disrupting iconic imagery, rituals and beliefs, in order to construct a space of healing, of critical awareness and re-enchantment of the Past. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Dear One’, Virginia Bianchi Gallery, Online (2020) – ‘Historical Amnesia’, Chateau de Lantheuil, Lantheuil, France – ‘Forbidden Royalist Club’, Off Site Project, Online – and duo show ‘Who Knows What Happened Here?’, Placement Produit, Aubervilliers, France (2019). Group: ‘Vacation at the End of the World’, Electric Artefacts, curated by Off Site Project, Online – OUT OF TOUCH, curated by Hervisions, Lux, Online – ‘How to inhabit the screen’, Espacio Odeon, Bogota, Colombia. Upcoming: Solo: ‘Versaliae’, Off Site Project, Online / Group: ‘Dia Cero’, Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, Buenos Aires – ‘Les(Im)mattériaux’, Galerie XY, Olomouc, Czech Republic. She took part in Akademie Schloss Solitude / Zentrum für Kunst und Medien’s web residency, ‘Ghosted’ (2018) and the Digital Artist Residency programme (2020).

Video Screening

Daniel Hopp

Daniel Hopp studied Fine Arts at HFBK Hamburg and ABK Stuttgart. Since 2019 he has taken part in the “Contemporary Art Practice – Moving Image” graduate program at the Royal College of Art in London.  Hopp works in the performative field through the orchestration of spatial and relational contexts towards producing films.  His artistic practice brings together professional actors, relatives, friends and himself in situational response to a predetermined exploration. In recent years, Daniel Hopp has exhibited at the Solitude Project Space, Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart; Junge Akademie, Akademie der Künste in Berlin; the Kunstverein Schwerin; the Kunstverein Jesteburg; the Videonale Parcours in Bonn; the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and in the Oberhausen Filmfestival, German Competition 2020, to name a few.

abduct / Untitled (Caretaker) / Ruthless Logic

Video Screening

Xavier Cha

Xavier Cha (1980) is based in New York. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2016); 47 Canal, New York (2015, 2012); Aspect / Ratio, Chicago (2013); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011). Cha has staged performance works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara (2015); INOVA, Milwaukee (2015); and the New Museum, New York (2013), to name only a few. Cha received a Frieze Film Commission in 2015, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2012. Xavier Cha’s performance-based work revolves around modes of accessibility, exchange, and hierarchies of space and perception. Collaboration is often at play in her performances: Xavier has invited actors, dancers, musicians, programmers, cults, and clowns, among many other non-artist performers, to not only participate in her projects, but also to become protagonists in the work.  Through these events, Cha formalizes subjectivity within contemporary culture, isolating elements of production, perception, and communication into bare, abstract, and often illogical experience.  In stripping away extraneous content, Xavier reveals phantasmic qualities of consumption, trends, and cultural engagement. 

Artist Lecture 

Eglė Budvytytė

Born in 1982 in Lithuania. A graduate in photography from the Vilnius Art Academy and in audio-visual studies from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Eglė Budvytytė obtained a master’s degree at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2008. Her work has been presented at several art centers in Europe and elsewhere in the world, in particular the Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo, the CAC in Vilnius, the Swiss Institute in New York and the TENT in Rotterdam. Her practice is defined through a variety of mediums, video, radio broadcast, or performance, and also explores a certain relationship to the environment. Eglė Budvytytė questions the sensitivity and consciousness of what surrounds us through semi-constructed, semi-improvised situations, between fiction and reality, staged scenario and documentary. The artist dissolves the boundaries between the imaginary and the real in order to analyze the social construction of identity and its relationship to the real.

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