8:00 pm

grounding

How might we formalize a momentary experience of time and space that moves away from the conceptions of time as linear and space as flat?

Frequent collaborators in film, writing, and research, Litvintseva and Wagner will reflect on their attempt to approach time and space as a series of folds through their live video intervention on the Muntplein. They will be joined by C. K. Raju, computer scientist, mathematician, and physicist from New Delhi, who has been working on decolonizing time through the rejection of a mechanical, or clockwork, cosmos. He proposes a philosophy of math called zeroism, a counterweight to Western formal mathematics that allows for a non-mechanistic physics inclusive of both spontaneity and creativity.

Activist and artist Rozalinda Borcilă documents her off-site research excursion in Miami, following enduring infrastructures to the borders between native tribal lands, detention centers, the limestone mining zone, and the agricultural empire—the question of water runs as a thread throughout her film. Connecting Borcilă’s investigation with her own research on (artificial) islands, which she sees as isolated projections of broader ideologies, Perrette has started a dialogue with the complexities beneath the weight of the ground of the Muntplein. She will reflect on her findings with Kristupas Sabolius, who takes the swamp as a milieu providing a framework for imagining alternative futures.

Jeroen Peeters will host the evening.

 

with
Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner
Naïmé Perrette
Rozalinda Borcila
Martin Belou
Jeroen Peeters
Kristupas Sabolius
C.K. Raju

 

location
Prinsenstraat/Rue des Princes 12, 1000 Brussels

Saturday October 13, 2018
8pm – 10pm

Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner

Sasha Litvintseva (b. 1989, Russia) is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and researcher. She is currently working on a PhD proposing the concept of geological filmmaking at Goldsmiths, where she is a founding member of the Screen and Audiovisual Research Unit and lecturer in Media Arts. She is also an independent curator of moving image and co-curator of November Film Festival.
Her work is situated on the intersection of geological, embodied, and historical temporalities and materialities. It has been exhibited worldwide, including at Berlinale Forum Expanded, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Kunstverein Gottingen, Kasseler Dokfest, Cinema Du Reel, Kino Der Kunst, Videobrasil, and the Moscow Biennale for Young Art.

Beny Wagner (b. 1985, Berlin) is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Working in moving image, text, installation, and lectures, he constructs non-linear narratives. He is currently a lecturer at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. 
His work has screened films internationally, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Media Art Biennale WRO, Movimenta Biennale, Rongwrong, Amsterdam, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Art Athina, Impakt Festival, 5th and 6th Moscow Biennale for Young Art. He has been featured in Artforum, Spike Magazine Quarterly, Flash Art, and Frieze Magazine. Wagner graduated with honors from Bard College, New York, in 2008. He was a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academy, Netherlands, in 2015–16.

Their collaborative work has been exhibited at the Moscow Biennale for Young Art; Plato, Ostrava; Berlin Atonal.  

Naïmé Perrette

Across video, animation, collage, and installation, Naïmé Perrette (b. 1989, France) creates multilayered spaces to cluster subjectivities in relation to social values and their representations. Her current research looks at the establishment of new ecosystems, natural phenomena, territorial representations, and the interferences between them.
She holds a master’s in animation cinema from Arts Décoratifs de Paris and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her films, installations, and photographic assemblages have been shown internationally at various institutions, including Eye (Amsterdam), STUK (Leuven), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), Slate Projects (London), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), HKW (Berlin), and Merdar Art Centre (Cairo). Her work has been recognized with the Mondriaan Fund’s Stipendium for Emerging Artists. Her solo exhibitions include Exploded Views at A Juan Project (Amsterdam) and The Weight of the Ground at Cunst-link (Brussels). She co-curates La Part Mortelle, a performative exhibition built around a car ride.

Rozalinda Borcilă

Borcilă is interested in the ways imperial border regimes are produced, experienced, and contested. She uses performance, field research and video to trace local geographies of global racial finance, following patterns of flow that link warehouse districts, weapons manufacturing sites, detention centers, petroleum supply chains, property speculation, financial rituals and technocratic forms.

She teaches in universities, social centers, squats, refugee camps, and in the streets. She is currently teaching a research seminar entitled “Underlyings” at the ICA in Miami (US).

Martin Belou

Martin Belou (b. 1986, France) creates performative situations and experiences with the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. Driven by intuition and artisanal savoir faire, he combines sculpture, drawing, and organic materials (mushrooms, spices, wood, stone, metal, chalk, etc.) in installations that often deal with universal notions of craftsmanship, tradition, and community.
He founded De La Charge, an artist-run space that was active for three years in Brussels, as well as the independent art agenda The Walk. His work has been shown in various project spaces, institutions, and galleries in France, Belgium, Mexico, and Germany.

Jeroen Peeters

Jeroen Peeters is a writer, dramaturge, and performer based in Brussels. He has published widely on contemporary dance and performance, art theory, and philosophy, including a book on spectatorship, Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies (2014). The essay Reseeding the Library, Gleaning Readership (2018) looks into biodiversity and the dispersion of literature. Peeters’s current research focuses on ecologies of attention, embodied knowledge, material literacy, and sustainable development.

C.K. Raju

Raju is a computer scientist, mathematician, educator, physicist and polymath researcher. He is affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Civilizations in New Delhi. He taught mathematics for several years at Pune University before moving on to help build India’s first parallel supercomputer, Param. He has proposed many radical new ideas related to time, quantum mechanics, quantum computing and the history and philosophy of mathematics, and calculus. He has written critically acclaimed books on physics (Time: Towards a Consistent Theory, Kluwer, 1994), history and philosophy of mathematics (Cultural Foundations of Mathematics, Pearson Longman, 2007), on time at the interface of science, religion and ethics (The Eleven Pictures of Time, Sage, 2003), and on the history of science (Is Science Western in Origin?, Multiversity and Citizens International, Penang, 2009)

Kristupas Sabolius

Kristupas Sabolius is an associate professor of philosophy at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and a Fulbright Scholar alumnus at SUNY (Stony Brook). He is the author of Proteus and the Radical Imaginary (2015, Bunkier Sztuki, in Polish and English) The Imaginary (2013, Vilnius University Press, in Lithuanian), and Furious Sleep. Imagination and Phenomenology (2012, Vilnius University Press, in Lithuanian) as well as numerous essays, signalizing the contradictory function of imagination, appearing in all the major theories of Western thought. He is also an active public intellectual and a writer of novels, theatre plays and scripts, including The Gambler, Lithuania’s nomination for the foreign-language category at the 2015 Oscars.