This three day workshop will look at practices that are driven by the notion of encounter and subjectivity in artistic work. Among the topics that will be considered are loyalty, intimate relations and difference, trust, singularity, primal affects, and how to imagine the subject in the artistic work. In order to access this complex territory, we will read and discuss Bracha Ettinger’s matrixial theory and her concepts: com-passion, wit(h)nessing, copoiesis and co-emergence. The students will look at artistic practices that are exploring this systems, like: Tanja Ostojic, Tris Vonna-Michell, Kate Tempest, Spartacus Chetwynd etc. The students will be required to contemplate a site-specific response based on personal memories and encounters.
Dr Elena Marchevska is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in UK. Following her doctoral study on screen and feminist performance practice, she continued to focus on multimedia practices in performance context. She is currently engaged in researching and writing about radical self organised performance practice in South East Europe. She is also rehearsing her new performance piece Lost children that explores the patterns of migration and the mythical figure of Marina, the lost daughter. The piece works with the following question: What does it mean to be lost in today’s world of transnational migration?