On Wednesday 6 July, the performance Like Now (would be good) is presented in Arnhem, by students of the Dutch Art Institute Ingeborg Entrop, Frederik Gruyaerts, Yunjoo Kwak, Lara Morais, Emilio Moreno, Charlotte Rooijackers, Gonçalo Sena, Vanja Smiljanic, Vittoria Soddu, Witta Tjan and Barbara Wagner. With music by Nick Powell. The work is part of the yearlong project Affect/Production, curated by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and tutored by Phil Collins. The performance takes place in the late afternoon and is part of a full day of end of year presentations and graduation festivities at the Dutch Art Institute.
If I Can’t Dance invited Doreen Mende to write a report on the performance, which can be downloaded below. Doreen is curator tutor of the course Reading for Writing or How to do Things with Theory at the Dutch Art Institute since 2010.
Affect/Production took place during the academic year 2010-2011. Phil Collins met with the students in Arnhem on a monthly basis and, together with guest tutors Simon Will, Sanja Mitrovic, Sharon Smith and Nick Powell, introduced them to performative exercises.
In spring Affect/Production traveled to Bilbao to collaboratively work on a group project. During a ten day stay, the students developed a new work through workshops with Phil Collins and Sharon Smith, meetings with Basque artists and local students, and a stay at the residency space Azala in the countryside. On the final night the performance installation (Like Now) would be good was presented at the space of the curatorial collective Bulegoa z/b, who hosted us during our time in Bilbao.