Among the Yakuts of North Asia, the Niassans in Sumatra or the Visayans in pre-colonial Philippines, shamanic invocations in indigenous spiritual practices often involve ritual transformations of and with the body—trembling in violent fits, withdrawing to the forest, climbing trees or dancing to the point of exhaustion—abandoning the human condition for a transhuman existence.
Exploring ecological conditions with the screen, the screening and curatorial workshop invites participants to write and create a collaborative ritual together; to respond with the senses between physical and virtual space.
Objectives are blurred. Logic is grey. Reason is minimal. Tapping into neural entanglements, this techno-ecological experiment is an attempt at a singular expression towards a collective ecological thinking and an (un-)becoming via networked digital media.
Featuring Patricia Domínguez, Madre Drone, 2020. GaiaGuardianxs, an accompanying long-form experimental publication can be read here.
V/RITUAL via MATTERS OF rethinks curatorial formats and audience engagement in institutional public programming. On Wednesday, 21 Oct, we are inviting up to ten participants to join a private screening and moderated workshop at Feministeerium in Tallinn. The event will be held in English.
To RSVP, please register here.
Starting Thursday, Oct. 22, the film and collaborative written text** will premiere on MATTERS OF and be available to the public until Wednesday, Oct. 28. The film will be streamed on-loop during the hours listed below. During these periods, you can enter the screening and watch the film while writing with others in real-time. Hours listed are in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)*:
*Daylight savings time will take effect from Sunday, Oct. 25 in the region. The streaming times will remain the same, but depending on your location, please adjust reminders accordingly.
**The real-time text will be moderated. Create as desired; tap into the imaginary. However, abusive, discriminatory and derogatory language will be removed.
Feministeerium is an independent feminist publication that is also active offline. We work to make Estonia a post-patriarchal society and to give the feminist community a space of its own. We love facts, nuance, passion, experiments, strong arguments and the rainbow (in Estonia, also known as “pink slime”). We work hard and play hard.
// The film has scenes that have flashing effects and may affect photosensitive viewers.
// Please note that the workshop space at Feministeerium will be lit with LED lights that may affect photosensitive participants. The space is not wheelchair accessible.
Bringing together experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices and the corporatisation of wellbeing, Patricia Domínguez (b. 1984, Santiago, Chile) focuses on the transference from colonial times to neoliberal practices of extraction and overworking. Recent solo exhibitions include Madre Drone, CentroCentro, Madrid, and Cosmic Tears, Yeh Art Gallery, New York (both 2020); Green Irises, Gasworks, London (2019); Llanto Cósmico, Twin Gallery, Madrid (2018); soñé@cerámicas.cl, Sala de Arte CCU Santiago (2017). Recent group exhibitions include MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Montreal; The trouble is staying, Meet Factory, Prague (both 2019); What is going to happen is not ‘the future’, but what we are going to do, ARCOMadrid; Working for the Future Past, SEMA, Seoul (both 2018). She has recently been the recipient of the SIMETRIA prize from Corporación Chilena de Video y Artes Electrónicas to participate in a residency at CERN, Switzerland (2021), the Fundación AMA Grant (2017), the Media Art Award from Fundación Telefónica and the 3rd Norberto Griffa Prize (both 2014).
She is currently director of the ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.
Dennis Dizon (b. 1985, Manila, Philippines) is an independent digital curator, writer and artist. He runs MATTERS OF—an ongoing experimental inquiry into a queer techno-ecological. Recent and upcoming grants + residencies include Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (New York, 2019), Furtherfield (London, 2020), Beyond Matter at Tallinna Kunstihoone (Tallinn, 2020) and Everything Equally Evolved with Onassis Foundation (Athens, 2021). He holds a Master of Research degree in Advanced Practices (Curatorial / Knowledge) from Goldsmiths, University of London, and was previously with Google Arts & Culture.
Dennis is Filipinx-American + based between London and Barcelona.
This workshop takes place within the framework of a new residency programme that is part of the large-scale international cooperation project BEYOND MATTER – Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It is dedicated to novel, digital approaches to exhibition revival, documentation and dissemination, as well as the artistic, curatorial and museological development of the opportunities presented by virtual representation.
Beyond Matter: http://beyondmatter.eu/