10/09, 7 pm CET
ZOOM LINK: bit.ly/KemSchool_webinar
This conversation is hosted via the Zoom platform and will be livestreamed on WHW Akademija’s Facebook page.
How to Touch Movement?: Kasia Wlaszczyk in conversation with Kem School co-mentors Alex Baczyński-Jenkins and Ania Nowak
Founded in 2016, Kem supports artists, programs events, and hosts parties that experiment with choreography, performance, and sound as community-building practices. Kasia Wlaszczyk and Alex Baczyński-Jenkins are also members of the professorial team for the third edition of WHW Akademija.
Kem School is a new study program initiated by Kem that takes place in Warsaw. The program aims to facilitate the development of personal practice as well as collective modes of working, through experimentation and reflections on social choreography, performance, and queer feminist methodologies. Kem School was established in response to the local need for alternative art education that facilitates research, processes, and self-organization.
This evening offers a moment to share and reflect on the ongoing process of Kem School’s first iteration. The conversation will open up discussion on what collective study can look and feel like, and what kinds of responsibilities and vulnerabilities it enables or denies. What is the role of moderating within various power and group dynamics, and what conditions do we need to build over and over again in order to do things together?
Artist and choreographer Alex Baczyński-Jenkins engages with queer affect, embodiment, and relationality. Group and solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel, 2019; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, 2018; and Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2017. Baczyński-Jenkins has also presented work at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2019; Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich, 2018; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2017; and Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2017. He is co-founder of the feminist and queer collective Kem in Warsaw.
Kasia Wlaszczyk is a London-based cultural worker and co-creator of Kem School, a new study program initiated by Kem and based in Warsaw. She holds an MA in History of Art from University College London. Wlaszczyk was part of the curatorial team of Rights of Future Generations, the first iteration of Sharjah Architecture Triennial (2019); Assistant to the Director at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2016–18); and Curatorial Assistant: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015–16).
Ania Nowak’s expanded choreographic practice approaches vulnerability and desire as ways toward reimagining what bodies and language can do. She develops formats such as live and video performance, performative exhibitions, and text. Nowak’s overall inquiry is into the political dimension of the body’s material and immaterial aspects—affects, feelings, and intuition—to think of new, embodied practices of care and companionship. She is especially interested in the latter when taking into account the unstable, transnational character of our lives and work in the Western world today: experiences of sexuality, sickness and grief, as well as ethics of pleasure in times of climate and political urgency. Nowak lives and works in Berlin.
How to Touch Movement? with Kem is presented as part of the collaborative project Communities of Learning, Bridging the Gap of Isolation, initiated by WHW and supported by the Culture of Solidarity Fund of the European Cultural Foundation.
The program is supported by:
Kontakt Collection / ERSTE Foundation
Foundation for Arts Initiatives
European Cultural Foundation
European Commission’s Creative Europe program
City of Zagreb
Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia
Kultura Nova Foundation