Maria Guggenbichler: DJ Workshop for Women
With DJ Troya Modet
The workshops are open to women of all ages, genders and persuasions, and participation is free.
Since 2013, the DJ Workshops for Women are hosted every month in a side room of the artist-run brewery Butcher’s Tears in Amsterdam by the curator, cultural producer and radio host Amal Alhaag (Africa is Hot, Red Light Radio, Amsterdam) and the artist Maria Guggenbichler (DJ Boris Becker).
The DJ Workshops for Women provide a safe space for women to learn, play, experiment and exchange about music, passion, technology, software and skills – which is a conversation we seem to hardly have, not amongst ourselves and neither with our male colleagues. During each workshop a female DJ (or DJ collective) shares her knowledge, love, experience and trajectory with and through music, DJ-ing and the music scene.
The workshops aim to offer alternatives to the self-fashioning, intentionally inaccessible and intimidating myth of the ‘DJ-god‘, and make DJ-ing approachable for women. In the face of fundamental under-representation and, more often than not, merely stereotypical visibility of women in music and culture, our roles are confined to passivity and silence, as audience, discreet recipients, groupies, muses, and so forth. The workshops want to provide and encourage alternative opportunity for self-determined, joyful, visible and thriving action of women.
“We cannot be satisfied with the recognition and acknowledgement generated by the very system that denies a) that anything was ever broken and b) that we deserved to be the broken part; so we refuse to ask for recognition and instead we want to take apart, dismantle, tear down the structure that, right now, limits our ability to find each other, to see beyond it and to access the places that we know lie outside its walls.”
Jack Halberstam, The Wild Beyond: With and for the Undercommons, in: Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study
Event sponsored by
Residents talk: Christian Nyampeta, Maria Guggenbichler and Elena Yaichnikova
Christian Nyampeta, Prototypes for New Habits, 2014.
Maria Guggenbichler/Amal Alhaag, Monthly DJ-ing Workshop for Women, session with the DJ collective NO GOOD/SUPER (Nadine Stijns, Natasa Heydra), Side room at Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam, 2014
Elena Yaichnikova and Nicolas Audureau, Colocation, Year-long program of exhibitions and public talks, 2008
Tuesday April 14, 19:00 hs
Fabra i Coats
Carrer Sant Adrià, 20 (Sant Andreu) 08030 Barcelona
BAR project’s 2015 residency program is inviting artists and curators whose work research and essay different ways of living together in the world and alternative forms of community. In this context, artists Christian Nyampeta (UK), and Maria Guggenbichler (D), and curator Elena Yaichnikova (RS), in residence until the end of May, will be presenting their work and introducing the projects they are developing in Barcelona.
Christian Nyampeta is an artist who investigates into how individuals and communities negotiate forms of socially organised violence. Nyampeta makes use of what he, following his friends, refers to in terms of practical philosophy. This is a “poeisis of worlding”, making and doing that generates both singularised and collective considerations, in the hope that such understanding may relieve some of the anguish to which the legion of structural oppression subjects us.
Owing to the generosity of many and their collaborative efforts spanning over a number of years, Nyampeta has staged social encounters through which various artists, philosophers, practitioners, institutions and individuals live and work together, and through which workshops, seminars, interiors, instruments, exhibitions, fellowships and publications have been materialised. These activities take place regionally and further afield, in public institutions as well as in intimate circles of regional homes, in transnational research groups and other bodies that do not easily lend themselves to wording.
Nyampeta’s theoretical anchor is the study of the ways of work and life of the early ascetics and monks and their organisational principles. Nyampeta is a PhD candidate at the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Here, he researches idiorrhythmy, a formational concept for regional utopian imaginaries drawn from early monasticism, proposed through the seminar lectures of Roland Barthes at the Collège de France titled How To Live Together.
Ongoing activities include contributions to research programmes of How We Behave, The Grand Domestic Revolution, Practice International and Tagore’s Universal Allegories. Recent exhibitions include How to Live Together: Prototypes, The Showroom, London; New Habits, the research group exhibition organised by Casco – Office for Art Design and Theory, Utrecht; How To Live Together at Casco and at Stroom Den Haag between 2013 and 2014.
Maria Guggenbichler is a conceptual artist and curator who uses social exchanges such as conversations, collaborations and jokes to find new functions for art in society. Her work is realised in ongoing and long-term dialogues and friendships. Outside institutional walls, her projects create accessible, joyful and reciprocal spaces, in self-organized, informal and often domestic structures. Since 2005, Maria has collaborated with the artist Rosalie Schweiker.
Together they organised a holiday for female artists (Funny Women Art, 2013); published a reader about the “fact that art institutions gladly incorporate feminism as long as it is authored by men” (Clever Men’s Art, 2014), and had a solo show under the name of a male artist (Outpost, Norwich, 2014).
Together with the curator Amal Alhaag, Maria founded the Side Room in Amsterdam. The Side Room is a platform for diverse actors’ intersectional feminist, queer and anti-colonial gathering, listening, learning, experimentation, dancing, DJ-ing, (re-)mixing, musings, and doings. Maria is co-editor of queer-lesbian arts magazine Girls Like Us since 2014.
Moscow-based independent curator and art-critic. She studied History, Literature and History of Art in Moscow, and completed an International Curatorial Training Program at the Ecole du Magasin CNAC in Grenoble, France in 2005–2006. Her exhibitions and curatorial projects include Observations Diary(Art Re:flex gallery, St. Petersburg, 2013), Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan(Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2012), Generation P: Young Artists from Moscow(Russenko festival, Paris, France, 2012), Once Upon a Present (Gallery SC, Zagreb, Croatia, 2011), Res publica in the frame of the France-Russia Year (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2010), 40 Lives of One Space, awarded a prize of the best curatorial project of the Special Program of the 3rd Moscow Biennale (2009), and Colocation [Living Together], a year-long program of exhibitions and public talks at La Box in 2007-2008 (Bourges, France). She was a curator of START project for young artists at Winzavod art center in 2011-2012. She has been working in the educational department of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art since 2013. She is a regular contributor to Russian and occasionally to international art press. frameworks.sitew.com