Minor Movements Begin!

read more event details here Minor movements are not ours to make so much as ours to attune to:   *see event listing Minor movements are not ours to make so much as ours to attune to –      A curatorial process for the activation of minor movements requires an attunement to the conditions that select for artfulness –  An attunement to artfulness opens the work to its more-than –      The more-than is what is curated –      An environment is activated, an enlivening of an ecology...

Reading Group – July 19 4:30

Hi everyone! We will finish Glissant on July 19 at 4:30 EST. We are reading the section called Poetics, pp. 131-182 in the English version, and Poetics pp. 183 and pp.197 in the French version.

Reading Group – May 23, 4:30pm

We will continue reading Poetics of Relation by Edouard Glissant thursday May 23rd. We are reading the section called Theories, pp. 131-182 in the English version, and Théories, pp.149-194 in the French version.

Reading Group March 22, 4pm

We will continue reading Poetics of Relation by Edouard Glissant this coming Friday, March 22nd at 4pm. We are reading the section called Paths, pp. 89-130 in the English version, and Chemins, pp.101-142 in the French version.

Reading Group – Edouard Glissant, Friday, February 22 at 4pm.

Hi everyone, The next reading group on Edouard Glissant will be held on Friday, February 22 at 4pm. We will continue reading Poetics of Relation. We will read the second chapter – pp. 45-89 of the English translation, 55-102 of the french. Let us know if you want a digital copies of the text. A Skype link will be soon posted if you wanted to attend from afar. See you...

Stirring the Pot with Noa Haran and Mali Ka, December 11th, 2-4pm

Please join us for a Stirring the Pot session on sound/listening experimentation with Noa Haran and Mali Ka at the SenseLab on Tuesday, December 11 at 2 pm. 2pm: Noa Haran will lead a workshop around the idea of ‘modes of listening’, an invitation to explore them together through vocal improvisation – previous experience in vocal improvisation is not required! A ‘mode of listening’ is a perceptual state of the listener when they focus their attention on certain aspects or details of the sounds or consciously assuming a specific context or intention to the sound. For example, we can decide to listen to a certain sound as if it speech, or focus our attention only on the production of a sound; to the air and pressure involved in it. In free improvisation, modes of listening can be practiced together and then be reflected in the music that we are making. By putting the focus on “how do we listen” rather than “what do we sing/play” we may find it easier to tune in to each other on the one hand, and stay open and inclusive toward any kind of sound on the other. Noa Haran is a vocalist and composer based in Montreal, originally from Jerusalem, Israel. Beside holding a M.MUS is composition from McGill University, she has been involved for many years in the scene of vocal improvisation. She is a co-founder and member of ABRA – a vocal performance quartet, who performed at a diverse range of venues in Israel and Europe, released an album and gained recognition both in the new music and contemporary performance scenes....

Schizo-somatics: The Social Protocol and the Body Derivative, December 5th, 5-7pm

The Social Protocol and the Body Derivative Can we ever escape the problem of governance? Economy and governance, as it has been noted in different ways, are the two sides of the same token. From the Undercommons, we have learned that governance was a form of expropriation, a provocation into display: display of interests, of legibility, of convertibility into value. But for those who have been experimenting with blockchain-based alternatives (schizo)economies, it is perhaps necessary to recognize that “governance is not a dirty word, but rather one that is internal to the logic and protocols of self-organization” (Lovink and Rossiter, Organizations after Social Media). This workshop is about collectively exploring this enduring, body derivative tension. It is the second iteration of the “Schizo-somatic workshop for an Extra-Economical Body” series, facilitated by Erik Bordeleau and Diego Gil (with the participation of Csenge Kolozsvari, Joel E. Mason, Mariana Marcassa and André Fogliano). *** To what are we dedicated if not to those problems which demand the very transformation of our body and our language?” (Deleuze, Difference and...

Schizo-somatics: Geological Packages, November 7th, 3–5PM

In the next schizo-somatic session we welcome you to play with geological packages prepared by Csenge Koloszvari, Ramona Benveniste and Diego Gil. Geological packages are propositions choreographed with and through architectures, machine-like objects, images and process philosophy fragments. They are a call to experiment with qualities vectoring at the tip of the sensible and as a topological play, one in which a subjectless subjectivity (a more-than human event) epidermises its passages of form taking. We hope to see you there, Ramona, Csenge and...

Spinoza Reading Group – November 1st, 2-4pm

We will be reading 20 more pages of Spinoza, Thursday at 2pm at the SenseLab. The English (Curley): pages 537-557. and French (Misrahi): from XXVIII – p. 271-302. Everyone is welcome.

Schizo-Somatic Proposition, October 31st, 3-5pm

On Halloween, October 31st from 3 to 5 pm, Catharine Cary proposes to “open the present “ of pure nonsense – welcome to the Nonsense Lab. Starting with elements of her “Upside Down Protocol”, she will activate a session of continual movement (during which you may sit down), offering nonsensical ways to jump into the synaptic divide, fall off the liminal edge, dip our toes into that indescribable soup, smell the bigger body, eat into the space inbetween, or the void, or the now, or the moment. Two hours of fitting in and fitting out, cutting to the chase, finding an interval or the relative pitch — a breaking of habit. “Techniques open habit to its potential undoing as much as they make apparent habit’s stubborn place in our life.” Erin Manning  (The Minor Gesture, p. 125) The fact that it’s happening on Halloween, the night that spirits fly before they are nailed down for another year on All Saint’s Day, must have some implication. We will perhaps find out together. Catharine Cary is interested in the spider web of embodied improvisation as a guidebook for the daily. By practicing improvisation, can we turn on it’s head everything we think we know, provoking play and joy in a mind and body subtle and supple enough to see the ‘upside down’ of things? And act in consequence. After running big complicated urban development projects in New York City, including brushing wingtips with Donald Trump, yikes, she gave up the American dream to paint in Paris. Twenty years later, she has moved her practice to the plastic; her PhD at the...

Schizo-Somatic Proposition, 24th of October, 3-5pm

Please join us for the next schizo-somatic proposition, this time activated by Hanako Hoshimi-Caines. I like dancing I like dancing I’ve been looking for a way to dance and a new way of thinking my way into dancing. I’ve tried not thinking as the way to get free in dance – because for me working on dancing seems to involve working toward and through degrees of freedom or access to freedom, which seems to come hand in hand with power and the unconscious. But either not thinking is a total illusion, or I cannot operate without it: I need a frame, cause I can’t pretend that I feel totally there, all at once. Maybe this is the structure of my fragmenting kinda-mostly-white western brain-being. But this situation, this commitment, is not a choice, so I work with it. The frame/thinking (the sledgehammer) is the process of entry into what I’d call a “real” dance, and what I mean by real is that it is a dance that destroys and creates all at the same time. It’s powerful and slippery, sludgy and sharp, and goddamn if anything is not allowed in it. I am testing out the truth to see if it might be a temporary access/frame/pass to a break/make dance. Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is a choreographer and dancer based in Montreal. She is committed to an emo-critical engagement with dance, choreography and philosophy as a way to see, feel and love better. She has danced for a lot of choreographers here and in Europe. Her solo and collaborative works have been shown in performance and music festivals as well as...

Schizo-Somatics meet Stirring the Pot, October 17th, 4-6pm

This iteration of Schizo-somatic meets Stirring the Pot is an invitation for Grasiele Sousa and Lucio Agra at the intersection of these two ways of sharing; by schizzing and by presenting a practice in an active way. From Lucio and Grasiele: We would like to make a conversation about performance art in Brazil starting from our own experience and trying to contrast this with a collective imaginary constructed around this topic. To get to this point, we would like participants to bring anything they imagine/perceive as part of Brazilian performance art – words, materials, names, objects, sounds, gestures, images, flavors, etc. We then will arrange this cartography live. It will be like a “provisional museum” of Brazilian Performance Art, made together. Of course, there is no intention to be exhaustive; a speech act which is also an « in promptu » collage of fragments of what performance art could be in Brazil. If you don’t have any ideas, try to imagine. Lucio Agra and Grasiele Sousa are performance artists in Brazil. Grasiele holds a MdA in Studies of Subjectivity at Catholic University of Sao Paulo and is formed in Arts by Universidade Estadual de Sao Paulo. Lucio is PhD in Communication and Semiotics also at Catholic University with several essays published in the area of Performance Studies. They both were involved in the production of the seven editions of Perfor, an international festival in the city of Sao Paulo and nowadays they live and work in Bahia. Their work deals with questions around feminist trends, the place of performance art in so called peripheral countries, the politics of difference...

Schizo-somatic workshop, 3rd of October, 3-5 pm

Please join us for the next schizo-somatic workshop iteration, this time activated by Sybille Muller and Erin Robinsong. Polymorphic Microbe Bodies is a research invitation into the manifold self, through experimental meditation, choreography that is knitted in your mind and movement that might come from that, with our not entirely human bodies. Our bodies will lay still but our thoughts will move. We will explore the ecosystems of the body. We will play with scenarios from scientific research about microbes: What if we don’t own our bodies? What if our only reason to exist is to be a vessel for microbes? They were here first and they will be there last. We want to relax discomfort and disgust. We want to stimulate your microbes, your bodies, your minds via sauerkraut. We want diverse gut...

Schizo-somatic workshop 19th September, 3-5pm

Hello Everyone,   The schizo-somatic workshops are continuing,the first one of the season with André Fogliano this coming Wednesday, the 19th of September between 3-5pm in the room next to the Senselab.   Practicing the schizz with capoeira The proposition of this workshop is to move and play with two concepts that capoeira has to offer: ginga and roda. Through these moving-concepts it is possible to experience how capoeira as a anticolonial way of living raised in the undercommons (in portuguese we could call it quilombo) of the colonial plantocracy system of Brazil creates an afrosomatic practice (ginga) that maliciously and fiercely plays against and with – smiling and dancing – the major trends of Brazilian necropolitics body. It’s poetics of relation, it’s rituality sets a zone of contact (roda) in which we might be able to feel and dance intuitively with the minor tendencies, the infra-cracks, the unperceivable cuts that under normapathy conditions we would miss completely. In this sense, perhaps capoeira could be thought as a healing technique which weaves an arena of encounter where it is possible sometimes to choreographically practice the schizz, decolonize our habits, and dance the aesthetics of the sociality of blackness that surrounds us, always. The idea is to work with some very basic movements of capoeira as a lure to compose with it’s potencialities. Please come with a comfortable paints and...

‘Diversity in Diversity’ launch, Sept. 5 at 19h30 @ SenseLab

Please join us Wednesay Sept. 5 at 19h30 for the launch of our first Minor Inflexion ‘Diversity in Diversity’ for a SpLaSh with Spazze – at SenseLab. http://www.inflexions.org/diversityindiversity/ “Because even autistics, who are most definitely neurodivergent, are diverse in an infinity of ways that expand from the neurological. This is why I use the adjective neurodiverse – to remind us that we need a concept for a diversity within diversity that isn’t measured by the standard of typicality. A diversity in diversity is one that senses fully and differentially, that lives and participates in a world still defining itself according to measures not yet in place. It includes populations historically excluded from the matrix of the human, neurodiverse life, DeafBlind life, black life, indigenous life, feminist life, trans life. It includes modes of life-living that exceed the human, that feel the more-than human world not as other but as with.” —  A kind of kaleidoscopic and spectral-optic experience of the issue will be SpLaShed across spazze using projectors, live coding, and the myriad of creature-esque contours and refracting surfaces in Spazze. Differentiating wayZ of exploring the web issue (by participants both on-site and via skype) will enjoy an expanded field for surprise and play. ~ ~ Feel free to bring/gift a back-pocket-sized mirror/reflective surface of some capacity to the event. https://media.giphy.com/media/18PApptB3CuK4zmJmw/giphy.gif 1515 Sainte-Catherine west street (E.V. building) – Room...

Schizo-somatic workshop #19 July 4, 5-7pm

Please join us for the next schizo-somatic workshop Wednesday, July 4 from 5-7pm, at SenseLab. This week’s activation is by Marcela B. The workshop gives simple and concise instructions to work with things found at hand. It presents the acts of choosing, exchanging and naming as exercises of interference and superposition that articulate how things make sense...

Schizo-somatic workshop #18 June 27, 2-4pm

Please join us for the next schizo-somatic workshop Wednesday, June 27 from 2-4pm, at SenseLab. This week’s activation is by Sean Smith, with an intervention by k.g. Guttman. We are interested in the question of the leak, specifically by a reminder from Barbara Glowczewski that Deleuze and Guattari’s ‘lignes de fuites’ means both ‘lines of flight’ and a reference to the liquid properties of leaking. What is *vital* about the leak? Or, what is vital about leak*ing*, in processual terms—the schizz? To this curiosity about the leak in schizo-somatic movement-tendencies, we’d like to weave a link to another current SenseLab thread of inquiry, namely: wondering what is vital about the leak in (speculative, schizo) financial terms (such as, leaking information to the media in advance of a market transaction, the ways that time leaks in derivative terms). We will begin with a focus on a particular type of leaking: ‘evacuation’, and the vitality affects, releases, and surges of energy which accompany them. We will follow the example offered to us by the infant and inspired by our own children (with their hiccups, burps, farts, poos, pees) to explore evacuation as a form of breathing and sounding. And then we hope to drift, or to leak out of this loose score: How is the (dis)(em)bodying of value a leakage? How does speculative finance connect to or perform the leak? How does a market evacuate? How do vitality affects emerge from evacuation as an alter-economic value...

Schizo-somatic workshop #17 June 20th, 3-5pm

Please join us for the next schizo-somatic workshop Wednesday June 20 from 3-5pm, at Sense Lab. This week activation is by Diego Gil. Summer schizo-somatics are fun. Following the impulse of the past session activated by Mayra Morales called “Let’s Dance”, we will continue dancing this next Wednesday. Why not? I propose to work with a movement technique that attends to the interruptions of the movement continuity. The aim is to listen to the ecologies of activities moving across the room, when we dance only a small part of what we consider a complete movement. We will warm up bringing awareness to the fluid and ligamentous system of the body. Then we will give shape to our movement patterns in the space, and finally we will begin to trim each movement complete actualization. No previous dance knowledge is needed. If you don’t feel like moving, the technique can be done with your imagination. Bring comfortable clothes,specially sneakers you can dance with. This specific technique is part of the dance performance project “The Half” (2010), which will be re-staged this August at Tanznacht Festival...

Schizo-somatic workshop series #16 June 13th, 3-5pm

Please come and us for the next schizo-somatic workshop next Wednesday June 13th from 3-5pm at the Senselab activated by Mayra Morales: “For this ‘Let’s Dance’ schizo- somatic activation I bring a dance practice that has built some moves in m:m’s bodyings. Basically I’ll guide a contemporary dance class. No previous knowledge needed. Just bring comfortable clothes that allow you to explore full range of body movements, from floor rolling,  to wide X’x and to small cocoons. We will engage with a traditional dance class ritual, from warm up, and what some people call developmental movement pattern explorations to collaboratively building up some rhythmic transitioning movement sequences to go from the floor to standing and viceversa. Body inversions will be encouraged. We will then move across the room with fancy chases or feet combinations, perhaps some cartwheels-like. I repeat, no previous knowledge needed, we will figure it out, or not. Toward the end we’ll make our bodies available for lifting off from the floor with some small jumps and turns. Finally we’ll learn together a small choreography to dance in quartets. And end with some cooling down and body work exercises. It will be a very invigorating session yet movement softness and ease will be massaged. So come ready to sweat and bring a water bottle! If you’re feeling the vibe, bring a fancy dance outfit, tights, pants, shorts, bodysuit, or a special dance t-shirt, but if that makes you uncomfortable bring whatever makes you feel dancy enough. I’m excited to share this practice that I usually hide in a very far corner. I hope that you can come,...

Schizo-somatic workshop series #15 June 6th, 3-5pm

Please join us for #15 of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday, June 6, from 3-5 hours next to the Senselab. We’ll be watching a series of interviews by Suely Rolnik on Lygia Clark’s work, starting with the interview given by Rolnik in conversation with Yve-Alain Bois and Guy Brett, sharing about how she developed the 55 interviews and her singular way of thinking about Clark’s work – a gift from Brazil brought by Mariana Marcassa....

Schizo-somatic workshop series, #14 May 30th, 3-5pm

Hi Everyone, Join us for the second schizo-somatic interlude next Wednesday May 30th from 3-5pm at the Senselab activated by Erin Manning. SCHIZOSOMATIC INTERLUDE – Anarchiving 2 Please come to explore the shape and vitality of a schizosomatic interlude, this time in an encounter with the anarchival traces of the practice itself. Our work will be to mobilize those traces and explore their capacity to shape processual operators (POTs). Please go to www.senselab.ca and look under 3 Ecologies Institute to read the working paper on POTs before the workshop. It might also be useful to read the interview on the 3E Process Seedbank posted there. We will also re visit the short text selection by Daniel Stern’s “The Interpersonal World of the Infant” and a quote from Virginia’s Wolf “Mrs Dalloway”. If you don’t have access to them, please contact us...

Spinoza Reading Group – May 25, 4:30pm

Hi everyone, Our next Spinoza reading group will happen Friday, 25th of May, at 4:30pm (EV 10-785). Spinoza (Curley edition under Files) pp. 504-516 (Postulates 18-38) Deleuze (Expressionism in Philosophy) chapter XVI “The Ethical Vision of the World” pp....

Schizo-somatic workshop series #13 May 16th, 5-6.30pm

Please join us for the 13th iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 16th of May from 5-6.30pm at the Senselab, activated by Sara Hanley. We invite you to attempt to unwind time unravel thoughts undo our last movement and the one before and the one before and the one before unpack layers of bodies to perform in-reaching to bring deep awareness to connectedness and functional and material qualities of memory Sara Hanley is a Montreal based dancer, choreographer and pedagogue. Through collage, assemblage and play she investigates the interrelationship between bodies and environment. Currently collaborating in the studio and on stage with young artists (between 9 and 12 years old) with hearing impairments, they investigate the physicality of sound through touch and...

Schizo-somatic workshop series #12 May 9th, 5.30-6pm

Please join us for the 12th iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 9th of May from 5-6.30pm Eastern Time at the Senselab, activated by Daniel Pinheiro and Csenge Kolozsvari. We will have the workshop on Wednesday the 9th of May at 5-6.30pm MTL time at the Senselab, online 7-8.30am Australia time (next day), 6-7.30pm Brazil time and 11pm-12.30am Europe time (sorry:) in the hope that many of you can (re)join. Aiming to explore the affordances of the networked space across and acknowledging the interruption produced by technology connecting the different nodes this iteration focuses on experimenting the collective production of a space across populated by textures, beings, surroundings and materials. By acting within this space we’re also acting on the physical surrounding, allowing the instantaneous ubiquity transform into a transvisual experience to (potentially) discuss and understand, but above all, somatically experience, a networked movement across, where we register value through and with. Participants are asked to join with their computers (remotely or at the Senselab) and have materials that can be acted upon (e.g. cloth, clay, water, dust, earth, plants…) either through forces acting on them such that they will change – cloth with wind, paper burning, etc – or involving a body as an intercessor; propeller of movement.  ...

Schizo-somatic workshop for an extra-economical body, May 2nd, 3-5pm

Please join us for the eleventh iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 2th of May from 3 to-5pm at the Senselab, activated by Erik Bordeleau and Diego Gil. “The incompetent observer has the impression that this whole economic schema, this whole story is profoundly schizo.” (Deleuze and Guattari, Anti-Oedipus) “How do you fight a fantasy that shoots real bullets?” (Fred Moten) In this free flowing schizo-somatic workshop, we are going to explore, at the infra-cellular level up, the financial paradox of being at the same time an extra-economical body and a living currency. Suggested reading: Anti-Oedipus, p.238-240 +...

Schizo-somatic workshop series: 10th iteration, April 25th 3-5pm

Dear All,Please join us for the tenth iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 25th of April from 3 to-5pm at the Senselab, activated by Esthel Vogrig Nardini. “Sometimes by shifting a little thing everything changes”. For this schizo-somatic iteration I will propose some simple shifts of perception to try to resonate differently with all the nonhuman movements in the Senselab space. We will spend some time focusing on smelling and listening to what is moving in the space as a way to explore different degrees of attunements, and to experiment with modes of resonating with the non human movements that are already happening. Esthel Vogrig Nardini is an artist that likes to work in between diverse fields of knowledge and artistic practices, always curious about the endless oscillations of meaning. She usually works from a choreographic/performative perspective, looking at the movement and organization of bodies/words/objects and intrigued by the times and spaces that arouse from each kind of constellation. Currently she is in the middle of her MA in the INDI Program at Concordia, in where she is exploring the relationship between the living body and the mediated visual image focusing on the implicit performativity of the act of filming and developing a practice based on experimental ethnography and sonic...

Schizo-somatic workshop series: 9th iteration, April 18th 3-5pm

Dear All, Please join us for the ninth iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 18th of April from 3 to-5pm at the Senselab, activated by Thea Patterson. when objects wink at you Through the activation of light scores, we will spend time with some (mostly) silver objects of differing textures, weights, plasticities and vibrations . The performative desire of the objects leans towards the emergence of choreo-sculptural landscapes that activate perception and attention. Some curiosities include: can bodies and objects can overlap?Can the objects speak…dance…wink? What if the objects are in charge? Somewhere in the gap between acting upon and being acted on is a hypersensitive space that troubles the ideation that only bodies are lively, and that material is inert/passive without a vitality of its own. BIO Thea Patterson (BFA, MA) is a choreographer, performer, and dramaturge based in Montreal.Her early choreographic works include Rhyming Couplets (08), and A Soft Place to Fall (06). From 2007 to 2015 she worked as dramaturge, and co-artistic director on seven acclaimed works including Eesti: Myths and Machines (2011)which received mention as top dance works of the year by the Voir. An interest in collaborative models then lead to the co- founding of the collective The Choreographers (2007-2011). During that time, she also co-choreographed Norman (2008) for Lemieux.Pilon.4Dart which toured extensively through Asia and Europe. Her more recent works explore self-solo formats and an interest in expanded choreographic methods. This led to the dance that i cannot do (2013) which was presented at, amongst others, Movement Research-The Judson Church and the Munich Dance Festival. In 2016 she began work on her...

Spinoza reading group April 20th, 4:30pm

Our next Spinoza reading group will happen in two weeks: Friday, April 20, at 4h30pm (EV 10-785). Finally, we have reached the “Third Part Of the Ethics On the Origin and Nature of the Affects”! Readings: Spinoza (Curley edition under Files) pp. 491-504 (from “Preface” until end of Postulate 17) Deleuze (Expressionism in Philosophy) chapter XIV “What Can a Body Do?” pp....

Schizo-somatic workshop series: 8th iteration, April 4, 4-6pm

Dear All, Please join us for the eight iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 4th of April from 4 to-6pm at the Senselab, activated by Anatoli Vlassov. PHONÉSIE is a practice that articulate dance and speech in common flesh. Here the relationship between the musicality of words and the dance movements is not based on a textual accompaniment to the dance, but on a dynamic encounter between the two mediums. ANATOLI VLASSOV is a dancer, choreographer, film maker and researcher with a dual Franco-Russian culture. Since 2003, he has created choreographies with specific trades, people affected by autism, and recently he explores the relation between corporeality and language. Today, he is on Art PhD with grant at the Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (ACTE – Paris 1 / CNRS). As part of his thesis Anatoli Vlassov wrote a Manifesto TENSER, published by Edition Jannink, and develops a performative practice that he calls PHONÉSIE. PHONÉSIE est une pratique performative d’articulation entre la danse et la parole. Ici, la relation entre la musicalité des mots et des mouvements dansés n’est pas fondée sur l’accompagnement textuel de la danse, mais bien sur une rencontre dynamique entre les deux médias. ANATOLI VLASSOV est danseur, chorégraphe, vidéaste et chercheur avec une double culture franco-russe. Depuis 2003, il crée des chorégraphies avec des corps de métiers spécifiques, des personnes touchées par l’autisme et explore aujourd’hui les relations entre corporéité et langage. Aujourd’hui, il est doctorant allocataire en Art à Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et membre de l’équipe de recherche Art&Flux (Institut ACTE – Paris 1 / CNRS). Récemment, Anatoli Vlassov écrit un Manifeste TENSER publié par Edition Jannink, puis développe...

Schizo-somatic workshop series: seventh iteration – March 28th, 3pm

Dear All, Please join us for the seventh iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 28th of March from 3 to-5pm at the Senselab, activated by Camille Renarhd. Tshuishamin tshetshi uitsheutan naneu. You invite me to the banks of these unknown waters. (Joséphine Bacon, 2009, p. 88)   I am a container of multiple voices I am a body of knowledge I am a body of water I am a ritual of non-stop- on-going transformations   Bring all your body parts Bring all your breathing selves Bring all your moving selves And get ready to entangle, cut and paste.   Camille Renarhd’s body performs, dances, jumps, writes, vocalizes, makes things, does a PhD and...

Spinoza reading group, March 30, 16h30

Our next Spinoza reading group will happen Friday, 30th of March, at 4h30pm (EV 10-785). We would like to stride along towards the “Third Part Of the Ethics On the Origin and Nature of the Affects,” so we have decided to read 30 pages of Spinoza in the next 4 weeks. Don’t read it all in one day! (LOL) Spinoza (Curley edition under Files) pp. 462-491 (from “Postulates” until end of chapter) Deleuze (Expressionism in Philosophy) chapter IX “Inadequacy” pp. 145-154...

Schizo-somatic workshop series – March 21, 4pm

Please join us for the sixth iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 21st of March at 4-6pm at the Senselab, activated by Mariana Marcassa and Csenge Kolozsvari.  Durational Spaces This workshop proposes to explore sensations across body-spaces – durationally. We will enter into the movement that brings elasticity to experience through practices of listening, contacting material (earth), sounding and breathing.  Schizo-somatics is a speculative-pragmatic study on modes of experience through the schiz, cut or interval. If somatics is considered a plane of affective swarming of experience that includes the body but is not limited to it, then the multiplicity of schizes are what (re)compose experience of the plane, allowing it to become, diagrammatically....

Schizo-somatic workshop series – interlude

Hi Everyone, Join us for the first schizo-somatic interlude next Wednesday March 14th at 3-5pm at the Senselab activated by Erin Manning. SCHIZOSOMATIC INTERLUDE – Anarchiving 1 Working through a map of concepts – the amodal, a primitive form of déjà vu, forms of feeling, affective attunement, intensity contours, virtual feeling – we will experiment with techniques culled from Daniel Stern’s for composing a vitality affect of past schizosomatic workshops. Linked directly to the 3 Ecologies Institute we might conceive of our work as developing a Processual Operator (POT – more on this when we meet) that has the intensity contour of one of the earlier events. If you have been to past schizosomatic workshops, please come! If you haven’t, please don’t worry – there will be room for fabulation. If you would like to participate online, please do! This will be a series of interludes – the aim is to learn together how to create emergent modes of anarchiving that directly compose with vitality affect and affective attunement. ** you can find the fb event and the text to be read here ** Schizo-somatics is a speculative-pragmatic study on modes of experience through the schiz, cut or interval. If somatics is considered a plane of affective swarming of experience that includes the body but is not limited to it, then the multiplicity of schizes are what (re)compose experience of the plane, allowing it to become,...

Schizo-somatic workshop series: fourth iteration

The schizo-somatic series keeps on rolling and we are already in the fourth iteration! Come this Wednesday 7 of March from 4 to 6PM at the Sense Lab, to the session activated by Maria Kefirova and Diego Gil.On Nexuses Bring Big Scissors !!!    Schizo-somatics is a speculative-pragmatic study on modes of experience through the schiz, cut or interval. (That’s why please, Bring Big...

Reading Group – Spinoza Friday March 2nd, 4.30pm

Our next Spinoza reading group at the Senselab will happen this Friday, 2nd of March, at 4h30pm (EV 10-785) We will be discussing: Spinoza (Curley edition under Files) pp. 454-462 (from postulate 10 until end of L7 on p. 462) Deleuze (Expressionism in Philosophy) chapter XIII “Modal Existence” pp. 201-215 Everyone is...

Schizo-somatic workshop series: third iteration

Come join us for the third iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops next Wednesday 28th, February at 1.30-3.30pm at the Senselab, this time, activated by Flo Dacy-Cole and Annette Manning. Techniques for soothing in whaletime Swaddling, stone and slime (in time.) Inhabiting an intero-conscious body, and emerging through the glorious muck of it all. Perhaps the most we can offer is soothing: an attunement to the universal hum. When we create a space for soothing to arise, we begin to dissolve habits of thought, nurturing the possibility of moving into the world in new and unforeseen ways. In a society that manipulates our fear responses to promote consumption, it is important step out of the cycle. Get in touch with something that soothes. Hearing whales breach and blow follows a rhythm close to deep breathing. Please bring: one or two sheets or blankets. Schizo-somatics is a speculative-pragmatic study on modes of experience through the schiz, cut or interval. If somatics is considered a plane of affective swarming of experience that includes the body but is not limited to it, then the multiplicity of schizes are what (re)compose experience of the plane, allowing it to become,...

Schizo-somatic workshop series: second iteration

Come join us for the second iteration of the schizo-somatic workshops for the next Wednesday 21st, February at 4-6pm at the Senselab, this time, activated by Mariana Marcassa. Voicing Experimentation I invite you to join in exploring exercises in voicing and embodiment – opening a space for the voice beyond its usual verbal function. Along with Demetrio Stratos’s “voice-music” or Antonin Artaud’s “body without organs” this work understands the voice as a language that is immanent to itself – not subordinated to speech (Could we say the BwO is produced with sonorous and vocal blocks created by him – shouts, glossolalia, noise and variations of varied strangeness?). This workshop will be structured trough four propositions which we will have the opportunity to explore and make different sounds putting in motion not only the entire mouth cavity, but also the entire body. A proposal to explore, to play, to laugh at our strange sonorities at the same time that we open our listening ability. Mariana Marcassa is an Academic Visitor at Senselab, sound therapist and performer who has been developing her postdoctoral at PPGCA UFF-Brazil between the arts and clinical practices, which focuses on sound-studies and voice-effects aiming to develop clinical incursions into the body’s traumas. Mariana’s research is part of the group Sistemas sensíveis plástico-sonoro-discursivos-at Programa de Pós-Graduação em Estudos Contemporâneos das Artes [PPGCA] UFF-BR and SenseLab at Concordia University. http://cargocollective.com/marianamarcassa Schizo-somatics is a speculative-pragmatic study on modes of experience through the schiz, cut or interval. If somatics is considered a plane of affective swarming of experience that includes the body but is not limited to it, then the...

Postulates of Linguistics Reading Group: Wednesday, Feb 14th, 13h

  Invitation from Ana Ramos: I have been thinking about the anarchive as a collective enunciation that foregrounds the intensive dimension of communication. Everything that in-forms this agency-ing is crystallized as becoming-form. I have wished to go back to this chapter for a while and would like to invite you to think-with the anarchive through Deleuze & Guattari. Wednesday, Feb 14th, 13h (Montreal time). I would like to suggest that tomorrow we concentrate on the first part of the chapter. The French version it’s page 95-109 and in the English it’s p. 75-85. If you want to participate please let me know if you are planning to go to the lab otherwise don’t forget to send me a Skype invite at tara.lafey I know a few people are interested but confirmation is always...

Speaker’s series avec hubert et olivier — 23 fev. — 14h @ sense lab

Speaker’s series avec hubert et olivier — 23 fev. — 14h @ sense lab Allô! (english below) Vous êtes convié.e.s à une présentation/discussion facilitée par Hubert et Olivier le 23 février au sense lab, de 14h à 17h. Hubert et Olivier présenteront d’abord leurs recherches et travaux, teintés de manières diverses par des luttes et mouvements de résistance en cours, en explorant notamment les concepts de communauté(s) affective(s), d’affect et de territoire(s). Par la suite, une discussion collective est prévue autour de ces enjeux. Plus de détails à venir. en espérant vous y voir! ___________ Hi all! You’re invited to a presentation/discussion facilitated by Hubert and Olivier on february 23rd at the Sense Lab, from 14h to 17h. Hubert et Olivier will first present their works and research, which explore, in different ways, the dynamics crossing various struggles and resistance movements, and the concepts of affective community, territory and affect. Afterwards, a collective discussion is to be held around these concepts and themes. More details will be added shortly! hoping to see you there!...

Reading Group: Feb 9, 5pm

We will continue reading Spinoza, Spinoza (Curley edition under Files) pp. 446-454 (up to the end of prop 9)Deleuze (Expressionism in Philosophy) Part 3, XII Modal Essence pp....

Speaker Series with Milena Kartowski-Aïach & Donna Legault, January 30, 2pm

Please join us for our next Speaker Series welcoming Miléna Kartowski-Aïach and Donna Legault this coming Tuesday, January 30 at 2pm at the SenseLab. 2pm: Miléna Kartowski-Aïach The presentation will be in French and I’ll accompany it with artistic examples such as visual art, music, poetry, dance. In the fall of 2014, I started my PhD’s ethnography in Israel, right after the Gaza war, not knowing yet if it would be “only” field research or also a complex life project of migration, called alyah. Was I an artist, a researcher, or both? A witness-body at the threshold of multiple physical and symbolic borders? I couldn’t perceive the limits of the research and my inner ones in such an environment where the personal was entangled with the heavy geopolitical context. My research focuses on the young generation of Mizrahi (oriental and north African Jews) political artists, who are trying to reconnect with the culture and identity from their ancestors’ “native land” and create a bridge with the Muslim world. The Mizrahi Jews have been marginalized and discriminated against since their arrival in the “promised land”, and areconsidered to be the “second Israel”. They have distanced themselves from their arabness and millenary history, in order for them to become the “new Israelis”. This young artistic generation, through its artistic territories and gestures, create the promise of a bridge toward the Muslim world and the potentialities of “forbidden” collaborations with their “Arab” counterparts, within a third space of digital territories. They are often considered to be traitors by the national Israeli narrative and moreover when they join forces with Palestinians. They evoke...

Schizo-somatic workshop series, first session Friday, January 26th, 3pm

Growing out of a year-long collaborative exploration – inspired by Brian’s book “What Animals Teach Us About Politics” – we would like to open up our process into a workshop-series where schizoanalytic and somatic practices intersect. Schizo-somatics is a speculative-pragmatic study on modes of experience through the schiz, cut or interval. If somatics is considered a plane of affective swarming of experience that includes the body but is not limited to it, then the multiplicity of schizes are what (re)compose experience of the plane, allowing it to become, diagrammatically. Despite the complexity to be explored, the practices to embodied will be very simple: crawling side by side drawing water bags, playing with breath, moving with pencils, touching textures, voicing etc. The workshops will happen weekly. The first in the series will be held Friday, January 26th, 2018 at...

Schizoeconomies

From November 27th to December 20th 2017, a group of SenseLabbers travelled across four different cities in Brazil in order to meet with local and international collaborators around issues pertaining to alter-economies, the neoliberalization of the university, governance and the redefinition of resistance, bringing together our work on altereconomies (3E Process Seed Bank) and our study of schizoanalytic techniques for collective action. CAMPINAS Nov 27-Nov 29 – Several members of the SenseLab participated in the conference VII Seminario Conexoes: Deleuze and Cosmopolitics and Radical Ecologies and New Earth and… See schedule here: https://seminarioconexoes2017.hotglue.me/program Brian Massumi and Erin Manning have been asked to open and close the first day of the conference with talks, and have decided to both give talks on the concept of immediation. How to move such concept into a Brazilian context, particularly as concerns the current shut-down of social and cultural services, the encroaching fascist tendencies, the takeover of the government, the unfunding of the university, questions of racism and the legacy of slavery, pockets of resistance, etc. Erik Bordeleau gave a talk on the notion of liquidity in altereconomy. SAO PAULO Dec 1, 5pm ​- Workshop and launch of Brian Massumi’s book What Animals Teach Us About Politics (Portuguese translation) at Casa Liquida http://www.casaliquida.com Dec 2, 2pm – ​Erin Manning, Brian Massumi and Christine Greiner facilitated a discussion around micropolitics and minor gestures at Galeria Formosa. Dec 3, 4-7pm ​– A meeting was organized at Casa do Povo with the participation of Andre Silva, Karla Cordoba and Ranulfo Sobrinho for a discussion around alter-economies and digital currencies. The Occupy Wall Street movement raised an essential question that we haven’t...

The Desire that Crosses You / Le Désir qui Te Traverse

Sometime in the past year we woke up inside a dystopian novella. We are like Alice falling down the rabbit hole – but as things gets deeper and deeper, they get bleaker and bleaker. And how to get out? Desire is force, source, power, it is a real delirium. Desire is the motor at the beginning of every action that moves us – that might move us forward, towards new forms of emergence. We are trying to push desire in all the directions it needs to go at this time: in a time of endings and upheaval, how is desire crossing your body, convoking and producing all sorts of forces and lives? In 1977, in a call-to-arms the Italian Pirate Radio Station, “Radio Alice” urged us: “Let’s not speak of desire anymore. Let’s desire. We are desire machines. Machines of war.” We hear those echoes, we amplify them, we mutate them towards fresh provocation and exploration. On September 9th, join us for an evocative night of art, performances and joy. Doors will open at 7pm, and the performances will start at 8pm (sharp). The artists include: Sophia Dacy-Cole Camille Käse Csenge Kolozsvari Mayra Morales Mariana Marcassa Hannah Sybille Müller & Andrea de Keijzer Eugene Park Claire Skahan Ludmila Steckelberg de Santana Anique Vered Jacob Wren More info on the artists and on their performances will follow soon. DJ: Andrew Tay, J. Ellise Barbara Suggested contribution 10$ (or PWYC) Au cours de la dernière année, nous nous sommes souvent réveillés au beau milieu d’une nouvelle dystopique. Nous sommes comme Alice en train de tomber dans le trou du lapin, mais...

Reading Group Fall 2017

The reading group takes place on the following Fridays at 4:30pm EST. We will be reading  Spinoza in tandem with Deleuze Expressionism in Philosophy. Friday September 22 Friday October 13 Friday November 3 Friday November 24 Everyone is welcome, to Skype in add: erintango The readings will be under files on the basecamp...

The Affect-o-Meeting in Weimar, Germany, 24-27 August

As part of our ongoing alter-economy project, the SenseLab European Hub will be coming together in Weimar, Germany to explore core concepts and develop digital tools. The alter-economic platform, the 3 Ecologies Seed Bank, is conceived as a self-organizing creative process engine coupled with a self-sustaining cryptocurrency economy supporting an autonomous alter-university dedicated to thought in the act. The proposition is to run the projects on their own affective momentum. To do this, it is necessary to register affective intensity as it plays out collectively, and use it to create positive feedback effects moving the creative process forward. How can we build an « affect-o-meter » for this purpose? Can the collective registering of affective intensity form part of a self-organizing decision-making process? How can we invent « processual operators » that add an element of surprise and contingency to online interactions that help crystallize collective creative energies? We would like to thank IKKM (International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy) for their generous...

Film screening with Deej Savarese, 20:30pm, September 20, 2017

We will be screening the documentary ‘Deej’ that creates an opening into Deej Savarese’s life – a non-speaking autistic who has been collaborating with the crew for 6 years. He writes: ” in Deej, the camera intrudes on every aspect of my life. If seeing truly is believing, then perhaps eyes can be opened to the full potential of kids with significant disabilities. Shot over a six-year period, Deej reveals not only what the ideal of full inclusion requires but also what it can accomplish”. The documentary features his poetry accompanied by animation by Em Cooper. location:  EV 1-165 (Concordia University, Guy and Ste...