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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 6:00PM

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The School for Temporary Liveness presents Study Hall

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 6:00PM

Philadelphia, PA , United States of America




The
School for Temporary Liveness 

presents

Study
Hall

Rizvana
Bradley, Jarrett Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden,
Colin Self, Ulises, Jackie Wang, Simone White

September
25-29, 2019

at
the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness, 
presents Study
Hall 
which will
run September 25-29, 2019 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance at
University of the Arts, 251 S. 18
th Street,
Philadelphia, PA. This is one of the projects that marks the Art
Alliance at University of the Arts' programmatic debut. Study Hall is
FREE and open to the public. Registration is now available
at temporaryliveness.org.

 

Study
Hall
 includes workshops, lectures, conversations and new
formats for study led by practitioners considering the constraints
and possibilities of liveness, living and life from various
perspectives. Watch, listen, speak, practice and reflect with Rizvana
Bradley, Jarrett Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden,
Colin Self, Ulises, Jackie Wang, Simone White
and others. In
addition to these programs, Study Hall will remain open throughout
the week as a space for knowledge-exchange where anyone can sign up
to be a teacher, student or witness.

 

Study
Hall

Watch,
listen, speak, practice and reflect with Rizvana Bradley, Jarrett
Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Colin Self, Jackie
Wang, Ulises, Simone White and others.

 

In
addition to the programs scheduled below, Study Hall will always be
open as a space for conversation, learning and reflection. Sign up to
be a teacher, student, or witness onsite at the Philadelphia Art
Alliance during school hours. 

 

A
selection of confirmed offerings is included below.

Orientation: The School
for Temporary Liveness

The
School for Temporary Liveness Team

Wednesday,
Sept. 25 | 6:00 p.m.

 

Join
the Study Hall for an opening gesture of orientation to begin The
School for Temporary Liveness
.

 

Workshop
Series
: XOIR 

Colin
Self

Session
#1 Thursday, Sept. 26 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Session
#2 
Friday, Sept. 27 | 4:00-6:00
p.m.

Session
#3 | Saturday, Sept. 28 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Session
#4
 Sunday, Sept. 29 | 11:30
a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 

Colin
Self will lead a series of XOIR sessions weaving together group
singing with dialogue and shared research. Source materials will
include texts and concepts by Anne Carson, 
Dr.
Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Lindblom, Mark Fisher, Ursula K. Le Guin and
Hannah Hurtzig.
 XOIR (pronounced
choir) is rooted in collectively building an alternative form of
group singing outside the traditional canon of notated sheet music.
Previous participation with group singing or music practice is not
required and this series will seek to expand vocal inquiry across
diverse backgrounds, providing an expansive potential for exploring
the voice as a somatic tool for learning. Curiosity over expertise,
willingness over skill. 

 

Talk:
The Intelligence of Hands 

Jarrett
Earnest

Thursday,
Sept. 26 | 7:30 p.m.

"The
aptitudes of hands are written in their touching and holding. The
aptitudes of hands are written in their curves and structures," wrote
art historian Henri Focillon
. Shifts in technology
necessitate new consideration of previously naturalized experiences.
For instance: in the twenty-first century, our most sophisticated
tool-the hand-is increasingly reduced to a mere scrolling agent, from
finger tip of the index finger. This lecture examines the role of the
human hand in the history of images and its relevance to contemporary
art. 

 

Workshop: "Wisdom
can only be passed on by the touching of hands" 

Jarrett
Earnest

Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.

This
workshop expands on ideas from "The
Intelligence of Hands" in experiential form. The title is taken
from a plaque beneath a bronze cast of Genesis P-Orridge's
piece "Touching of Hands,"
words spoken to he/r by Brion Gysin. As a group we will make
life-casts of our hands, which will form the conceptual basis for
individual projects that can include photography, drawing or
performance, and which will be shared at the end of the session.
Inspiration will come through the discussion of artworks by Yvonne
Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Rebecca Horn and Avram Finkelstein, among
others. 

 

Conversation:
Co-creating presence(s) and past(s)

Brooke
Holmes and Isabel Lewis

Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 6 p.m.

Brooke
Holmes and Isabel Lewis explore the question: How do we forge lives
together in relationship to pasts that are neither fully shared nor
fully individual? The conversation begins with an exploration of
the ancient concept of "sympathy,"
a Greek word that affirms the possibility of being affected together
without erasing the boundaries of specific bodies, with their
specific histories and specific compositions.  It moves into an
experiment in dialogue as a form of "temporary
liveness," where conversation is a particular kind of space for
sustaining sympathy, all the while considering the many layered pasts
of The School for Temporary Liveness as common
ground.

 

Talk:
Carceral Temporalities

Jackie
Wang

Sunday,
Sept. 29 | 1:30 p.m.

Contemporary
politics of safety are strongly linked to forms of empathetic
identification. Infrastructures of algorithmic policing define who is
worthy of feeling safe and secure and enact or suspend one's future.
A language of comfort acknowledges those considered innocent and pure
and justifies violence for others. But what about the lives being
paused and no longer acknowledged? Prison abolitionist, poet, writer
and performer Jackie Wang has been examining this question as part of
her work on "carceral
capitalism.
" At her talk, she will discuss how carceral
temporalities are brutally imposed and emphasize the potential to
escape and disrupt time. Drawing inspiration from the work of Moor
Mother and the Black Quantum Futurism Collective, she will explore
modes of inhabiting time that undermine carceral temporalities.

 

Reading
Room by Ulises

How
might the performance of the body inform our understanding of the
circulation of books? Ulises invites you to a room for reading and
reflection open throughout the duration of The School
for Temporary Liveness
. Housed within the Study Hall, the reading
room will gather texts that inform and extend from The School
for Temporary Liveness's
 curriculum and participating
practitioners. 

 

Ulises
Pop-up Shop

Browse
a selection of domestic and international titles-including
independent art publications and artists' books-on critical theory,
embodied practice, Black radical thought and other concepts key
to The School for Temporary Liveness.

 

Night
School

Saturday,
Sept. 28 11 p.m.-Sunday, Sept 29 10 a.m.

Spend
the night with us. What kinds of study and learning can happen only
at night? 

We
will dance, write, listen to music, watch films, read out loud, sleep
and dream.

 

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
is a week-long series of
performances, workshops, lectures, and conversations inhabiting the
poetic frame of a school. Supported by The Pew Center for Arts &
Heritage, The School for Temporary
Liveness
 brings together an international roster of artists
and scholars working in dance, visual art, poetry, music and more,
including nora chipaumire, Isabel Lewis, Colin Self, Simone White and
Jackie Wang, among others. Open to the public from 4 to 10pm daily
with a 24-hour cycle over the weekend, The School for
Temporary Liveness
 consists of three zones of encounter: The
Classroom, The Library and Study Hall, and invites anyone who
participates to consider themselves a student, and to engage in new
forms of spectatorship and ways of being together.

 

"If
we think of the whole operation of a school as a performance, how
does that change the ways we teach and learn, or what we think of as
knowledge?" said curator Lauren Bakst. "The School for
Temporary Liveness
 engages the theatre of a school while
looking to performances themselves as sites of knowledge, so that we
might engage with the public in critically reflecting on and
imagining what a school can do and be."

 

Also
Upcoming at The School for Contempoary Liveness:

The
Classroom 
features a new commission by Isabel Lewis,
who will create a site-specific piece bringing together the work of
Berlin-based musical entity LABOUR, scientists from Monell Chemical
Senses Center, and local musicians and Philadelphia-based dancers.
The Classroom, a contemporary social ritual through which various
bodily and sensorial knowledges are discovered and experienced.

 

The
Library 
is home to nora chipaumire's #PUNK
100% POP N!GGA, 
a three-part live-performance album inspired
by chipaumire's formative years in Zimbabwe during the '70s, '80s and
'90s. It explores the sonic ideologies of punk, pop and Congolese
rumba, through the iconic artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones and Rit
Nzele, respectively. Each part is embedded with a lecture or history
lesson that explores how knowledge can be shared through live
performance.

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness 
allows participants to create
class schedules for themselves and compile a series of performances
and events they attend throughout the week. The School for
Temporary Liveness
 re-positions spectatorship as an active
learning (or un-learning) process and performance as a site for the
production and exchange of alternative knowledges. Anyone can be
a student.

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
 is presented by University of
the Arts School of Dance. This project has been supported by The Pew
Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

The
Classroom

Discover
new bodily knowledges through a contemporary social ritual with
Isabel Lewis.

 

Wednesday,
Sept. 25 | 8 p.m.

Thursday,
Sept. 26 | 4 p.m.-6 p.m. 

Friday,
Sept. 27 | 8 p.m.-10 p.m. 

Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 4 p.m-6 p.m.

Monday,
Sept. 30 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Tuesday,
Oct. 1 | 4 p.m.-6 p.m

 

For Existing
Otherwise: Expanded Sensorial Walk (251 S. 18th Street,
Philadelphia)
, Isabel Lewis, joined by long-standing
collaborators musical entity LABOUR, engages a cast of
Philadelphia-based dancers, scientists from the Monell Chemical
Senses Center and local musicians in the creation of a new
site-specific work for the ground floor of the historic Philadelphia
Art Alliance building on Rittenhouse Square. This work takes the form
of a walk that invites visitors to move from a nearby outdoor
location through the rooms of the ground floor of the former
Wetherill Mansion-cum-multidisciplinary arts center and social club.
Using spoken address, scent, music and choreography, Lewis and her
collaborators unfold a poetic rumination on American stories of race
and class via the subtle engagement of the senses rather than the
violence of (re)presentation. 

 

*Related
Study Hall Events

Conversation
with Isabel Lewis and Brooke Holmes | Saturday, Sept. 28 | 6 p.m.

Conversation
with local experts | Sunday, Sept. 29 | 11:30 a.m.

Study
Hall | Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 4-8 p.m.

 

Isabel
Lewis (b. 1981)
 is a Berlin-based artist born in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was raised on a manmade island off
the coast of southwest Florida. Before relocating to Berlin in 2009,
she lived in New York City for several years where she was very
active in the dance scene, involved with Movement Research, and
danced for many choreographers, showing her own commissioned works at
The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum, Danspace Project at
St. Mark's Church, PS 122, and the Dia Art Foundation. Trained in
literary criticism, dance and philosophy, her work takes on many
different formats, from lecture performances to workshops, music
sessions, parties, hosted occasions and large-scale
artistic/programmatic works like "The Institute for Embodied
Creative Practices" and her recent series of public workshops
and activations for Basel's Messeplatz called "Urban
Flourishing." Her work has been presented at Centre d'Art
Contemporain Genève, Kunsthalle Basel, Frieze London, Liverpool
Biennial, the Institute of Contemporary Arts London (ICA), Fondazione
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, Tanz im August Berlin, Göteborg
International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Palais de Tokyo, Tate
Modern London and Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai. Lewis has
created works around such topics as open-source technology and dance
improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems ("Mountain
Grass, Mountain Hare: bodily imprinting and social dances,"
2012), collaborative creative formats ("Communal EPIC Fiction,"
2010), future bodily techniques ("BALLISTIC BODY," 2011),
and rapping as an embodied speech act ("FLOW PLAY: Sensualized
Speech and Hip Hop," 2013) that have been presented at
Serpentine Galleries, Kampnagel and Hebbel Am Ufer, among others.

 

The
Library

Read,
and be read in return, in nora chipaumire's three-part
live-performance album.

 

#PUNK |
Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 7 p.m.

100%
POP 
| Thursday, Sept. 26 | 9 p.m.

*N!GGA |
Friday, Sept. 27 | 6 p.m.

#PUNK
100% POP *N!GGA 
| Saturday, Sept. 28 | 8 p.m.

#PUNK |
Monday, Sept. 30 | 7 p.m.

100%
POP *N!GGA 
| Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 8 p.m.

 

#PUNK
100% POP N!GGA
 is a live performance album inspired by
chipaumire's formative years in Zimbabwe during the '70s, '80s and
'90s. The triptych explores three sonic ideologies: punk, pop and
rumba, confronted and celebrated through iconic artists Patti Smith,
Grace Jones and Rit Nzele, respectively. Each part is embedded with a
kind of lecture or history lesson that experiments with how knowledge
can be shared through live performance.        

chipaumire's
work questions how status and power are experienced and presented
through the body. For those, as she remarks, born without property,
name or class, the human body poses a possible salvation, a manifesto
or a vehicle for potential self-invention and
self-determination. 
#PUNK
100% POP *N!GGA
 is
a continuation of chipaumire's career-long investigation of
portraiture and self-portraiture, biography, subjecthood, liberation
and independence.  

 

Conceived
and Choreographed by nora chipaumire

Performed
by nora chipaumire with Shamar Watt, David Gagliardi and Atiyyah Khan

Sound,
Light, Costume Concept, Text, Script by nora chipaumire

Sound
Research, Construction, Assemblage by nora chipaumire with Shamar
Watt

Sound
Design by Philip White

Technical
Direction by Sean Seago (EU) and Heidi Eckwall (US)

Set
Design by Ari Marcopoulos, Kara Walker and Matt Jackson Studio

 

*Related
Study Hall Events

Talk
by Rizvana Bradley | Sunday, Sept. 30 | 2:30 p.m.

Study
Hall | Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 4-8 p.m.

 

Born
in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been
contesting and embracing stereotypes of Africa, the black performing
body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998.
chipaumire is currently touring "#PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA," a
three-part live performance album which had its world premiere at The
Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes
a digital book project, "nhaka"-a theory, technology,
practice and process. She is working on an upcoming opera entitled
"Nehanda" (2020). chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow
and a three-time Bessie Award winner.

 

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
 Schedule:


School
Hours
Wednesday, Sept. 25-Friday, Sept. 27 | 4 p.m.-10
p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 | 4 p.m.-midnight
Sunday, Sept. 29 |
midnight-4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 30-Wednesday, Oct. 2 |  4
p.m.-10 p.m.

 

Wednesday,
Sept. 25

6
p.m. Orientation | Study Hall

7
p.m. #PUNK by nora
chipaumire | Performance | The Library

8
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

9
p.m. Garden Party

 

Thursday,
Sept. 26

4
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom 

5:30
p.m. XOIR Session #1 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study Hall

7:30
p.m. "The Intelligence of Hands" by Jarrett Earnest |
Talk | Study Hall

8:15
p.m. "Forcible Performance" by Simone White | Talk |
Study Hall

9
p.m. 100% POP by nora chipaumire | Performance | The
Library

 

Friday,
Sept. 27

4
p.m.  XOIR Session #2 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study
Hall

6
p.m. *N!GGA by nora chipaumire | Performance | The
Library

7
p.m. "The Peripheral Gaze" by Tiona Nekkia McClodden | Talk
| Study Hall

8
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

 

Saturday,
Sept. 28

4
p.m. "Wisdom can only be passed on by the touching of
hands" with Jarrett Earnest | Workshop | Study Hall

4
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

6
p.m. Co-creating presence(s) and past(s) with Isabel Lewis and Brooke
Holmes | Conversation | Study Hall

6
p.m.  XOIR Session #3 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study Hall

8
p.m. #PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA by nora chipaumire |
Performance | The Library

 

NIGHT
SCHOOL

11
p.m. XOIR Performance

12:00
a.m.
 Abolitionist Poetics and the Practice of Dreaming
(Workshop) | Jackie Wang

1
a.m-10 a.m. FULL SCHEDULE coming soon

 

Sunday,
Sept. 29

11:30
a.m.
 Isabel Lewis, Brooke Holmes and guests |
Conversation | Study Hall

11:30
a.m. XOIR Session #4 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study Hall

1:30
p.m. Carceral Temporalities by Jackie Wang | Talk | Study Hall

2:30
p.m. Rizvana Bradley, followed by conversation with nora chipaumire |
Talk | Study Hall

 

Monday,
Sept. 30

5
p.m. Study Hall with Tiona Nekkia McClodden

7
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

9
p.m. #PUNK by nora
chipaumire | Performance | The Library

 

Tuesday,
Oct. 1

4
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

6
p.m. Study Hall with Rizvana Bradley and Simone White

8
p.m. #PUNK *N!GGA by nora chipaumire | Performance |
The Library

 

Wednesday,
Oct. 2

4
p.m. Study Hall with nora chipaumire, Isabel Lewis and the School for
Temporary Liveness

8
p.m. Closing Party

 

The
School of Dance at University of the Arts,
 under the
leadership of Donna Faye Burchfield, is a community of 300 talented,
expressive students and an exceptional faculty of accomplished
professionals with abilities and experiences that are diverse and
far-reaching. The School of Dance reimagines and reinvigorates
curricular approaches to reflect the ever-expanding landscape of
dance while training and supporting the futures of young dance
artists. Students are encouraged to discover their interests,
articulate their perspectives and situate themselves as participants
capable of developing new critical approaches to dance and
performance. The curriculum takes the depth and rigor of a
discipline-based dance conservatory while actively interweaving
practice and theory, as well as maintaining international
collaborations and exchanges on undergraduate and graduate levels. 

 

The
Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
 is
a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded
by The Pew Charitable Trusts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant
cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in
ambitious, imaginative and catalytic work that showcases the region's
cultural vitality and enhances public life and engages in an exchange
of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad
network of cultural practitioners and leaders. pewcenterarts.org

 

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