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Lectures on the Weather, 30 September 2022, Siliștea Snagovului, Ilfov, Romania

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30/09/2022 Lectures on the Weather

Contributors: Sandra Muteteri Heremans, Klara Hobza, Alina Kleytman, Anna Olszewska, Goda Palekaitė, Delia Popa Curator: Anna Smolak

Just after the summer ends, around the Siliștea Snagovului village and the Snagov Lake, in an itinerary taking us to the Experimental Station for Research, where a group of friends created an experiment for a future that we can still shape, to the Dolce Vita boat and to Ceausescu’s palace, to an anonymous bridge and on a bus guiding us from nearby Bucharest, six artists, scientists and activists will choreograph lecture-performances seeking out different vantage points from which to open up a view of a fragment of the rapidly changing landscape. Lectures on the Weather evokes unexpected solidarities and complex affairs (human, gender, interspecies, post-human). These emerge out of conflicted zones and inhabit transitory spaces. They voice the feminist perspective: the shift from traditional structures to self-organized, horizontal movements and networks; from silence to voice and sound acting, from absence to emergence. They acknowledge the radicality of the emotional and the vulnerable amidst (and against) the intensifying pressures of the public present. Inspired by John Cage’s epic performance, the project Lectures on the Weather looks into the aesthetics of idleness and timeline patterns woven out of the inner states; as the sunset comes, these encounters call vampires to live and to love, as we all need a challenge not to reproduce the same violence. Sandra Muteteri Heremans is a visual artist and filmmaker with a background in art history and anthropology. Born in Rwanda in 1989 and raised in Belgium, she is interested in how her upbringing has shaped her notion of history and imagination around the past. Klara Hobza is a visual artist currently living in Berlin. She was born 1975 in Plzen, Czech Republic, later raised in Munich. Her themes are reflections on being in the world as an artist, the scientific process, migration, transportation, disappearance-reappearance and breathing.

Alina Kleytman is an artist, curator, and educator, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She works with video installations, photography, and performance. Alina discusses corporeality, intimacy, sexuality, and the conflicting realities of various generations. Anna Olszewska is a researcher and curator based in Krakow, Poland. She is currently involved in artificial vision and post-growth technology research. Co-founder of the MarxMachines Inc., which deals with critical engineering and new experimentalism. Goda Palekaitė is Vilnius-born and Brussels-based artist working in the intersection of contemporary art, performance, artistic research, literature, and anthropology. Her practice evolves around the politics of historical narratives and the agency of dreams and imagination. Delia Popa is a visual artist whose work includes painting, video, installation and performance. Her current research topic is the representation of local landscapes and topography in relation to ecological awareness and gentrification. Delia lives in Crețești, and in Bucharest, Romania. Anna Smolak is an independent curator, born in Krakow and currently based in Brussels. In her curatorial practice, she investigates collaborative working models where the critical encounter with urgent ideas inspires imagining alternatives. She curated numerous exhibitions and projects focusing on the post-Soviet region. The project is co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient. Image: Klara Hobza: Sunset, Siliștea Snagovului, 2022

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