The October session is the first of seven workshops, and will act as an introduction to the course, as well as to Jon Mikel Euba and each of the students’ respective artistic practices. Working from the idea of ‘abundance’, the workshop will commence by Euba selecting and presenting material from his practice that moves across oral, visual and textual forms of presentation. This might include a presentation by Euba in which he will discuss areas of interest and issues that appear to him as ‘symptomatic’ in contemporary art practice, a screening of his past video work, and a collective reading of one of his texts, as time allows. This material will form the foundation of ideas and methodologies that will be further elaborated during an intensive 10-day workshop at Tanakita Camping Site, Subakami, as part of the Dutch Art Institute’s trip to Indonesia for the first weeks of the Jakarta Biennale in November 2015.
To conclude the first session, a questionnaire devised by Euba and comprising 73 questions will be used by the group as a tool for them to make manifest the intentions, motivations and interests underpinning each of their own artistic practices. The students will first be asked to answer the questionnaire individually, and then to convene in smaller groups to share their answers collectively.
ACTION UNITES, WORDS DIVIDE (ON PRAXIS, AN UNSTATED THEORY) is a yearlong course at the Dutch Art Institute conceived by artist Jon Mikel Euba and curated by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. The course is coordinated by If I Can't Dance curator Susan Gibb.