Today Tomorrow is a conference accompanying Ciało/Umysł Festival and exploring changes in perception of time paradigm in the context of politics and performance. Among its participants there are theoreticians, choreographers, curators and journalists interested in broadly defined chronopolitics.
The conference will open with a performative lecture by Alexandra Laudo who will start by explaining the etymological roots of the term ”clock”, deriving from Latin clocca meaning ”bell” , and thus reminding us that time was initially experienced through listening.
It used to take an exact hour for the restaurant at the top of the Berlin TV tower to revolve a full 360˚. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, its speed increased and now it takes a mere half an hour. According to a French theoretician Paul Virilio, a geographer David Harvey, and later - the theory of accelerationism, our era is characterised by the time-space compression and speed is nowadays an undisclosed aspect of power and capital. We live in times of the tyranny of the clock, and even though we equip ourselves with more and more tools allowing us to save time, we continue to be too busy and rushed. Such terms like the future, present and past are becoming redefined, especially among the European societies in which in 30 years time every second person will be over 60. The performances, lectures, discussions and artistic works presented will provide the answer to the question about what actually happens with time today.
The conference will be accompanied by a presentation of a video installation Standard Time by Mark Formanek (Berlin). It portrays philosphical experience of materialization of time and serves as the observation of the past becoming the future, imperceptible work based on arduous repetition, mankind’s aspirations to imitate technology and equal its precision, restlessness about the future and finally – the choreography of human work. This human-powered clock of Swiss-like precision is a more fascinating version of electronic dials in Times Square, Trafalgar Square or Tiananmen Square.
A philosopher, accelerationist, at present an editor of Merve Verlag publishing house. Starting from autumn 2017, Avanessian will host debates in the Volksbühne theatre in Berlin.
A poet and philosopher, presently working on his book about geophilosophical metaphysics (Geospekulationen). His poems published in three volumes by kookbooks, a Berlin-based publishing house, were translated into Polish.
An independent curator from Barcelona, founder of a platform called Heroínas de la Cultura and expert on time. She graduated from the CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm.
A sociologist from the University of Warsaw, his PhD thesis concerned social constructions of time in Polish modernist discourse after 1989.
An artistic director and founder of DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, vice-president of the Pina Bausch Foundation. She initiated, among others, Tanzplan Deutschland and NGO DIEHL+RITTER. She gives lectures on cultural communication.
A choreographer, graduate of Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin. She has collaborated with, among others, Rudolf Nurejew, George Balanchine, Patrice Bart and William Forsythe.
A journalist, initiatior of many Warsaw-based cultural activities, chief editor of ”Notes na 6 tygodni” (Notebook for 6 Weeks).
An independent curator, artistic director of Public Art Munich 2018, she runs CuratorLab at the University of Stockholm. She has lately published a book titled I can’t work like this: On recent boycotts in contemporary art (Berlin: Sternberg, 2017).
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Introduction: subject mapping and presentation of guests
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Armen Avanessian lecture and Q&A
AFTER THE FUTURE THERE COMES…
According to the accelerationist Armen Avanessian, we are witnessing changes in the direction of time. Instead of traditional sequence of the past, present and future, due to technological and cultural changes the future comes before the present when algorithms influence our decisions and ways of thinking.
12:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brit Rodemund and Madeline Ritter from DANCE ON ENSEMBLE in discussion with Bogna Świątkowska and Joanna Warsza.
Discussion will concern the artistic concept of DANCE ON ENSEMBLE group consisting of dancers and choreographers over 40 years of age. It will refer to fragments of performances from DANCE ON ENSEMBLE repertoire as well as other examples in order to examine such subjects as ageism, ageing societies and cultural norms.
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Daniel Falb (Germany)
Lecture and Q&A
LIFE IN PREHISTORY
This lecture will explore the subject of the perception of time from the persepective of the anthropocentric paradigm, in which human activities prevail over climate and environment. It will introduce such concepts as deep time, deep history as well as state the difference between posthistory and prehistory.
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Mikołaj Lewicki (Poland)
Lecture and Q&A
PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE FUTURE
Mikołaj Lewicki is a researcher on long-term contracts such as mortgage or marriage perceived as the only type of commitment which pulls us away from living in eternal and fluid presence.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.