What does it take to belong?
Focus: Belonging, Collectivity, Movement
The 2019/20 SODA lecture and workshop seminar looks at the notion and experience of Belonging from the perspective of bodies. It explores how belonging is constructed, rehearsed, performatively brought about and authenticated by body- and movement-based, sensorial and affective means and strategies: how can artistic practice and aesthetic experience be understood as a site of recuperation for homogenizing and static identity politics? But also, when do we become complicit in collectivizing and stereotyping bodies in our dances, choreographies, performances and writings?
Jee-Ae Lim: Sharing Belongings
How is dance going somewhere by itself, detached from a body? How is a certain cultural dance rooted into a brand new culture? Where does the dance belong? Who owns it? Who is privileged to access the dance? Does the dance even require an ethnic and national identity, ideology and genetic root? In this session, traditional Korean dance is offered as an open source which can be touched and danced by people from different places in order to create a space of re-orientating the well preserved dance heritage and rethink the sense of collectivity, solidarity and acceptance.
Jee-Ae Lim is a dancer and choreographer currently living and working in Berlin. She is particularly interested in exploring the various possible meanings of traditional dance through her choreographic practice. Tradition to her eyes is less about worshipping the phantoms and glories of the past but closer to a space of creation where questions as material of experiment arise.
Janez Janša: BE-LONGING
Whenever we touch the question of belonging we end up in a kind of slippery area. Is belonging about identity, is it about commitment, is it about beliefs, ideology, ownership? Is it about territory or territorialization? Do we like to belong? Do we feel protected? Do we consider themselves something more when we belong? Do we belong without even knowing? Could we get rid of belonging? These and related questions will be addressed in a format of collective interview, where Janša and participants would open range of questions related to belonging in artistic work and wider social and political context.
Janez Janša is artist, writer, performer and director of interdisciplinary performances as well as conceptual and visual artworks. His work contains strong critical and political dimension and it is focused on the relation between art and social and political context.