Irruptive Chora: III Rhythm

11 Mar 2018 – 23 Feb 2018

Chalton Gallery

Greater London, United Kingdom


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Irruptive Chora: III Rhythm is an evening of performances investigating the interplay between human and non-human (animal and inanimate) forces and circulates around posthumanist ideas and ways of evading the anthropocentric reductivity.


‘(...) to imagine an autonomous, dynamic, temporalized space through which subindividual matters, vibratory intensities, and affects might cross and be altered through that crossing.’ 

Rebekah Sheldon

An exercise in materialising a territory of passing and amalgamating affects, exploring cognitive processes and creating their material versions in an interplay of sound, image, and performance. We welcome the audience to cross the plane of action and experience kinaesthetically as bodies how they can be altered through that crossing. 

Luli Perez + Jan Petyrek present AROUSAL - a performative measurement of the collective consciousness of the audience. Utilizing empirical methods for measuring certain phenomenological true values, they break down the word/linguistic signifier ‘arousal’ into a collection of bodily fluctuations as well as a constellation of conceptual mental states later translated in audiovisual data. Philomène Hoël stages a performance that is a part of her ongoing project Linda, Linda, Linda, creating a dialogue with the archive of the artist and cineast Stephen Dwoskin, particularly the polemic film ‘Dyn Amo’ produced in 1972.

This event is part of Irruptive Chora.

IRRUPTIVE CHORA is an encounter between curator Agata Kik and artist Ania Mokrzycka, invited to host a series of events at the Royal College of Art and Chalton Gallery. The programme was conceived as a collective search for and an approximation of the ‘irruptive chora’; a dynamic and autonomous space where ideas have a potential and energy to generate and transmit themselves. Embracing the relation between the material form and content as well as the dynamic intensities that pass through them and transform each other, we will look at the penetrative potentialities of a materialised thought or action and affective spaces beyond the sphere of linguistics. We wish to initiate a conversation about what could be called the ‘internal workings’ of a material form, be it animate or inanimate. We do not aim to disconnect the artistic actions from their aesthetic, political, cultural and intellectual context, but rather to allow the possibility of observing how they also shape and transform their theoretical contexts and understandings. Together with invited artists, curators and musicians we want to explore the collapse of boundaries between the creative and the critical, body of work and the physical body itself, obtaining and performing knowledge or between the producers and receivers of knowledge-experience.

IRRUPTIVE CHORA investigates the interplay between human and non-human (animal and inanimate) forces and circulates around posthumanist ideas and ways of evading the anthropocentric reductivity. It takes up questions surrounding the idea of return to the body, while simultaneously embracing technology and the synthetic as more than simply human body’s inactivated prostheses. It looks at the morphing, intoxicated body, transforming matter and acts of transgression and search for understanding as an embodied experience. Privileging interiority, affect, excess, personalised and fictionalised semiotics, the sensory and the rhizomatic approach to receiving information, it is an exercise in destabilising, deconstructing and reconstructing our ways of knowing the world. 

The project was initiated in accordance with the idea of diversification of academic study and it proposes a different model of creating discourses, researching and knowledge and art production and dissemination.


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