On Enclosed Spaces And The Great Outdoors
4 TRANSLECTURES ON ENCLOSED SPACES & THE GREAT OUTDOORS
- by Nikolaus Gansterer
in relation to presentations of André Lepecki, Jeroen Peeters, Mette Ingvartsen, David Weber-Krebs,
Maximilian Haas, Andre Eiermann.
Anthropocentrism has become increasingly untenable in the light of scientific experiment and discovery. Now that we know how similar, and how closely related, we are to all the living things on the planet, we cannot continue to consider ourselves as unique. And we cannot isolate our own interests, and our own economies, from processes taking place on a cosmic scale in a universe whose boundaries we are unable to grasp. (Steven Shaviro, 2014.)
Usually people who step into a theatre are of two kinds: the spectators and the actors. The spectators watch the actors. Both usually are humans. This happens usually in the enclosed space of theatre. In its symbolics, its economy and its practice, theatre is the place where the human stands central with his body and his words. But what kind of spectatorship applies when challenged by an encounter with a thing, a creature, a flow, fiction, darkness? Is it at all possible to abandon anthropocentrism in this game?
During this day we are going to focus on the non-human in theatre and outside of it, on stages, on screens and in the great outdoors. The spectators will be addressed and moved in different ways by performances in and outside the theatre, by lectures and by a cosmic event.
Translecture by Nikolaus Gansterer on André Lepeckis Lecture "In the dark", 2015, at Brakke Grond Art Centre, Amsterdam
Watch the introduction and some of the other full length translecture here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXRhT4kegBpE9F7ESGnxUfP0AYudKTg9K
On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors was curated and presented by David Weber-Krebs.
Loction: Art centre Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Framework: "ARE YOU ALIVE OR NOT? Looking at ART through the lens of THEATRE". A festival by Uncut Rietveld with performances, lectures and an exhibition guest curated by Claire Tancons (New Orleans), David Weber-Krebs (Brussels), Joanna Warsza (Berlin) and Claire Bishop (New York).18 - 22 March 2015.