Andrea Geyer, Luis Guerra, Brandon LaBelle

The Imaginary Seminar

House of Literature, Bergen
Østre Skostredet 5, Bergen Map


Tuesday 30 September at 19:00
Luis Guerra
Brandon LaBelle

Wednesday 1 October at 19:00
Andrea Geyer
Panel discussion

Free entrance.

Parallel to the political and economic tensions occurring across the globe, there has emerged a new sense for informal, makeshift, and minor economic and pedagogical structures, supporting aspects of direct democracy, shared economies, and commonwealth. These can be appreciated as countermeasures to the major structures of national governance, and open the way for new types of political subjectivity – a rethinking of the logics of agency and what constitutes acts of resistance.

This two-day seminar addresses these topics by focusing on the relation between the political and the personal, and proposes the political imagination as a gap for triggering speculative and propositional actions. Can we approach political crisis as an opportunity for generating and fostering new forms of sharing, affiliation, and the common good? What alternative stories might be crafted within the mechanisms of media and its representations of the crisis? Is there a state of imagination to be found within the economic drives of globalism?

Through performative presentations the seminar searches for alternative understandings of the political, giving voice to the ecstatic and the itinerant, the poetic and the antagonistic, the disappointed and the hopeful. Involving international artists, the seminar seeks to stage the possibilities and problematics of political subjectivity today.

Andrea Geyer

Andrea Geyer uses both fiction and documentary strategies in her image and text based works. She investigates historically evolved concepts such as national identity, gender and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories in current politics. Exhibitions include: MoMA, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Artist Space, New York; RedCat, Los Angeles; TATE Modern, London; Serpentine Gallery, London; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Secession, Vienna; Witte De White, Rotterdam; the Turin Biennale, Italy; Athens Biennale, Greece; and documenta12, Kassel. She is represented by Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne. Books include History is Ours (with Sharon Hayes), 2009, Kehrer/Nürnberg; Audrey Munson, The Queen of the Artists’ Studios, 2007, Art In General, New York and Spiral Lands/Chapter 1, 2008, Koenig Books, London. In 2012 and 2013 she has held a research fellowship at the Museum of Modern Art made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Luis Guerra

Luis Guerra is a visual artist. His work investigates questions of performance and materiality, often incorporating movement and text. Currently he is a PhD student in Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, with a grant from The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Advanced Human Capital program, Ministry of Education, Government of Chile. His work has been exhibited at Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art of Chile, Santiago of Chile; La Capella Art Center, Barcelona; Aratoi Museum of Art and History, Masterton, New Zealand; Fonderie Darling, Montreal; Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus; Alice Day Gallery, Brussels; Casa Sin Fin, Madrid; Root Division, San Francisco.

Brandon LaBelle

Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. His artistic work has been presented at NGBK, Berlin (2014), Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier/Tonspur, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009). Recent projects include Civic Center, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Sixth Housing Estate, South London Gallery, London, and Hobo College, Marrakech Biennial parallel project. Also a prolific writer, his books include Lexicon of the Mouth (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

The seminar is funded by City of Bergen and Fritt Ord. Volt is funded by the City of Bergen and the Arts Council Norway.

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

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