Performance, seminar, lecture, dj-set

 
performance and event
 
2017
 
with Hasmik Tangyan ('Collective improvisation for a dance floor’) and Vardan Harutyunyan ('The entropy and the brutal gravitation')

 
Using the framework of the performative seminar, the project explores the logic of 'event', in particular such aspects as involvement, participation, action and inaction, collectivity, improvisation and expectations/projection. The artist refers to multiple historical, cultural and political narratives - national history, art history, collective memory of community, - to the modes of their experience and embodiment in personal stories, bodies and representations. In particular, she considers museum collections and ethnographic literature through their gesture and logic of classification, naming and appropriation. She also works with various cultural and academic texts, tracing rhymes, intersections and fractures, disrupting the habitual course of reading and interpretation, and producing new meanings on ruptures and joints.
The format of the party in one of the Yerevan clubs frames the conceptual link between the movement and the political: the pleasure and subversiveness of movement on the dance floor, the torpor of recent political movements, the colonialism of the logic of an endless movement forward and early ethnochoreology. These narratives are intertwined in the structure of the playlist, as a structure of pleasure and affect, which exposes the disjunctions.