For the March session, the students of the Dutch Art Institute in the If I Can’t Dance course, On Praxis, An Unstated Theory (Writing Out Loud), will travel to Morocco for ten-days with their artist-tutor Jon Mikel Euba and curator Susan Gibb. Here they will spend five nights in Cassablanca working at the contemporary dance space Espace Darja, and the following five nights working in the Atlas Mountains near Aït Benhaddou. Across this time, the students will continue an ongoing exercise that they have been undertaking across the course, in which they have been asked to progressively translate a lecture by Euba into different edia. They will do this by using the five scores of another student, notated in visuals, writing, or both, to make five videos based on them.
During the trip, Euba will also present two new texts that recapitulate this ongoing translation exercise. One of the new texts will be read and translated live by Euba, and the other will be presented as part of a practical exercise developed by the students. These texts will also complement the previous lectures on the idea of the ‘object’ and ‘anticipation’, by working with the concept of the ‘version’. Screening of visual material by other artists, and a session analyzing the video material produced by the students, alongside other group activities, will round out the trip.
The participating students are: Florencia Almirón, Astarti Athanasiadou, Giulia Crispiani, Valentina Curandi, Maike Hemmers, larose, Avan Omar Muhammad, Sergi Selvas, Despina Sevasti, Joy M. Smith, Nika Timashkova, Zhenia Vasiliev, Flora Woudstra, and Helen Zeru.
The trip to Morocco is made possible with the support of Espace Darja, Casablanca, Morocco, and is part of a yearlong course at the Dutch Art Institute, conceived by artist Jon Mikel Euba at the invitation of If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. The course is coordinated and co-tutored by If I Can't Dance curator Susan Gibb.