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  • Christian Nyampeta - artist

    • Meaningful Gestures: Noah Angell in Barcelona

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      DSCF0481-Lie-Hue-2_Saturday May 2 and Tuesday 5, The Green Parrot*, Barcelona

      For this event, resident artist Christian Nyampeta is inviting us into personal and yet communal efforts which may offer us occasions to study our patterning so that we may find ways of knowing, altering and readdressing these if the need is felt.

      How to create appetite for a self-directed learning that is truly flexible to other voices? In this spirit of intellectual generosity, London based artist Noah Angell is visiting Nyampeta in Barcelona. Angell is offering three listening sessions over two nights. Angell’s carefully selected records and reading focuses on the 1) the conflict between the body and language in recorded instances of engagement with loss and mourning within different cultural spaces, 2) the transition from oral tradition to oral transmission and 3) a late night set of Atlanta rap featuring contemporary methods of oral transmission and immersion in bass.

      These sessions will be recorded and made available. In this manner, those afar or absent may be attuned to the meaningful gestures of these recorded subjects, as we listen to each other from elsewhere in space and time.

      SESSION 1

      Crying in the ethnographic Field Recordings
      A lecture-performance which unravels the conflict between the body and language. This tension is revealed as the recorded subjects deal with loss and mourning within different cultural spaces. To those present and listening attentively, the session provides a carefully staged experience for a psychic release. Featuring recordings of the Bitterroot Salish, Bororo, Csango, Ekonda, Egyptian, Irish Tinkers, and Kaluli people.

      Every Morning
      A late night set of Atlanta rap featuring contemporary methods of oral transmission and immersion in bass.

      Saturday May 2nd, 2015, 7,30pm
      Door opens at 7.30pm, sessions starts at 8pm till late
      Drinks will be served and dancing is very likely.
      The Green Parrot

      SESSION 2

      Home recordings: first iteration
      A lecture-performance work that takes as its focus the transition from oral tradition to oral transmission, and the role of recordings, radio waves, and telephonic communication in giving extended form to the linguistic ecosystems which help constitute our notions of home. Featuring a selection of ethnographic and privately issued recordings from the artist’s home state of North Carolina including The Badgett Sisters, The Cherokeeans, Big Boy Henry, Algia Mae Hinton, Fred Reid, Dick Tillet, Mrs. General D. Watson, two unknown tobacco auctioneers, an uncredited hollerer, and an unnamed Cherokee man.

      Tuesday May 5th, 2015, 7,30pm
      Door opens at 7.30pm, sessions starts at 8pm
      The Green Parrot

      The sessions are generously hosted by The Green Parrot.

      Noah Angell was born in the United States in 1980 and lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and events include: Home Recordings: first iteration, noshowspace, London; Anomalies & nonrepresentative instances in the ethnographic field recording, Duke University, North Carolina; The Politics of the Inaudible, Open School East, London; Tertulia, Arnolfini, Bristol; Right to Silence, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; Crying in the ethnographic field recording, The Freud Museum, London; Crying in the ethnographic field recording, University of California Riverside; Forgetting and Negative Space in the ethnographic field recording, HDLU, Zagreb;Labor & Rhythm, Banner Repeater, London; Figure 3; I don’t know what to say, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; 2010.8, MOT International, London and the solo exhibitions Noah Angell: Film Works, Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki and Noah Angell FILMS: 2006 – 2012, KARST, Plymouth. Angell is currently working on Lux Imperium, a film being made in collaboration with writer Francis Gooding, as well as The Past and Present of Amateur Media, a series of events at UCL that will focus upon Amateur Film. Upcoming events also include a yet-to-be-titled lecture-performance at Camden Arts Center, and Gucci Mane the first at Res.

      Christian Nyampeta is an artist living and working from London. Ongoing contributions include The Grand Domestic Revolution, Practice International and Tagore’s Universal Allegories. Current writings include online and printed contributions to the programme of If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution in Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include How To Live Together: Prototypes (2014) at The Showroom in London, How To Live Together (2013) at Casco – Office for Art Design and Theory and at Stroom Den Haag in 2014. He is also a PhD candidate at the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths, University of London.

      *The Green Parrot, Carrer d’En Bot, 21 08002 Barcelona

    • 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
      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
      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.

      Elena Yaichnikova
      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