A Night of Travelling Beyond Thinking

Palais de la Dynastie / Dynastiepaleis
  • 06/05 | 22:00 - 3:00

€ 25 / € 20
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Food & drinks included

What about the words that are spoken by the vocalist to the crowd in a discotheque? What if, while we dance, they enter the dance floor and transform it into a space of reflection? Modernity set the idea of reflection as something that happens in the light, as something clear and bright, relegating other forms of knowledge and states of mind to be perceived as its opposite. Yes, as Dionysus says in Bacchae, “Cleverness is not wisdom” or at least not the only one. This night explores states of sharing knowledge beyond the coded one. A moment of reflection in the form of a banquet, hosting lectures, poetry readings, eating and drinking, artists’ videos and a sense of rhythm, miraculous thoughts and a DJ set slowly merging into a party, a series of quotes, erotic vocabularies, travelling gender and a transcendental end. A long night in which to explore the possibility of a different form of thinking, and to travel into the excess and the affective power of the unknown. A night of exploration beyond the codes.

See also
Before the Codes: A Night of Thinking Through Senses
Mykki Blanco: Concert

With
a poetry reading and interventions by Mykki Blanco, a video by Melanie Bonajo, a performance of Nástio Mosquito with Joseph Kusendila, and an intervention and a DJ set by Marlene Monteiro Freitas & Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Cookie, Cláudio Silva, Flora Détraz, Gonçalo Marques, Guillaume Gardey de Soos, Johannes Krieger, Lander Patrick, Miguel Filipe, Tomás Moital, Yaw Tembe + a free concert by Mykki Blanco at 01:00.

Curated by
Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Lars Kwakkenbos

Reflection through cocktails by
Nástio Mosquito

Reflection through food by
Annabel Meuleman (Picnik Catering)

Music sessions during the banquet by
Juha van ‘t Zelfde / Progress Bar (Amsterdam)

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A Night of Travelling Beyond Thinking

Symposium: from Greek sumposion, from sumpotes, fellow drinker, from sun – ‘together’ + potes – ‘drinker’

Recent theories and discussions about the politics of exception often use the image of the carnival to understand its genealogy. More than simply being a liberating moment, the carnival is exceptional, i.e. through the perception of its exceptionality, it reinforces the faith in what the norm is and has to be. The exception is not simply expelled by the norm, it is also accurately preserved by the norm, an element to reinforce the perception of the norm.

This night explores a possible gap between the exception and the excess: if the exception is something that is recaptured from the outside, can the excess, on the contrary, exceed the frame from the inside without becoming a clear exception? This might be the sense of the word ‘beyond’. An excessiveness that does not crystallise into a clear form allowing itself to be recaptured as an exception; but rather, grows inside the exception, refusing to take shape and challenging the perception to brim and blur its boundaries. Hence, if this night might resemble a wedding reception, it is a celebration without codes, with no given roles, a rite yet to write. It opens a moment in which to lose our mind and be what we are not: a long night in which to explore the possibility of a different form of thinking and to travel into the excess and the affective power of the unknown.

This night presents a reflection in the form of a banquet. A narrative constructed through food, with starters that question the appearance of things and main courses that challenge the construction of fixed identities. It is a moment of reflection in the rhythm of a narrative through cocktails and a character created by Nástio Mosquito; through the screening of Melanie Bonajo’s Night Soil / Fake Paradise and the poetry reading by Mykki Blanco; through an intervention by Marlene Monteiro Freitas, including the performers and the musicians of Bacantes, and slowly merging into a concert-party, disclosing the possibility of thinking through our moving bodies.

We still tend to relate the activity of reflection to the mind rather than to the body. Modernity set the idea of reflection as something clear and bright that happens in the light, and the contrast between ‘lights of reason’ and ‘monsters of darkness’ transformed the night into an emblem of darkness, relegating the perception of other forms of knowledge and states of mind – magic, religion, spiritualism, altered body states – to the opposite of knowledge. This Night explores these states of thinking beyond the coded state. What type of political and social proposals can emerge while thinking together in these irrational and fantastic spaces?

If reflections are usually supposed to be written on paper, shall we turn that white space of reflection into the surface of a table covered with food, drinks, and flowers? And what about the words that are spoken by a vocalist to the crowd in a discotheque? What if, while we dance, those words enter the dance floor and transform it into a space of reflection?

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