The piece is an interview of the creators of the audiovisual performance The Informals / Неформалы during their June performance in A4.
They explored abandoned buildings – urbex in Bratislava with the local “digital natives”, as a parallel to their research in Russia. The Informals / Неформалы is partly an autobiographical work, partly a universal statement on the notions of decentralisation, collectivism, and non-conformist ways of living in the digital age.
In order to escape the norms and social constructs of the North of Russia, young people in Murmansk gravitate to deserted spaces in their area, where they collectively improvise with space, adding a new layer to its genealogy.
The data they have collected is divided into elements and prepared for live triggering and processing. It resembles an audiovisual instrument which, when played by the artist duo, produces new unscripted versions with each live performance.
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The afternoon brings together artists, researchers and archivists to think about how histories and narratives are circulated, recorded and archived, and how the power structures that maintain this circulation could be interrupted for other voices to enter.
Gathering in a temporary sound studio set up by artists Maia Urstad and Anton Kats inside Bergen Kunsthall, the participants explore questions such as: How does the technology available to us determine what voices, stories and histories are shared? Who gets to design it and who gets to use it? Whose voices are included and whose voices are left out?
- ‘Queer voices in the archive’ : Hannah Gillow-Kloster, Skeivt arkiv (Norway’s national queer archive), Bergen.
On archiving and making visible queer voices, which have been silent (and silenced) for huge parts of Norwegian history.
- Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa
On the international research project ‘Women on Aeroplanes’ (2017- ). Exploring how women of colour are systematically marginalised in official histories of anti-colonialism, pan-Africanism and feminism.
- ‘Distant Voices Still Live’ : Maia Urstad
On the temporary nature of communication technologies – who builds it, uses it and for what means.
- ‘After Joy’: Anton Kats
On the multiple narratives of hope, loss and alienation of workers on ‘Satellite Island’, an area built around one of Europe’s largest shipbuilding wharfs in Kherson city, Ukraine – where Kats was born.
- ‘Stickiness’ : Andrea Francke + Eva Rowson / Wish you’d been here
On why certain voices ‘stick’ in historisations of collective projects and how different types of labour (from washing up to being an artist) are valued – and with what consequences.
The symposium is available for re-run through the live stream recording below.
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