After months of intimate meetings, the research Lab e.a.st. invites a larger audience to participate in the process of developing a vocabulary around artistic research practice.
The e.a.st. laboratory was formed as a sharing platform for artist(s)- (/)researcher(s). Through each research work, e.a.st. questions the concepts involved in the process, development, as well as modes of expression modes for artistic research material, temporarily and finally questioning: how to transcend the traditional (museum, gallery, specialized publication, etc.) in order to translate artistic research methodologies within diverse platforms.
Members and associate members of the e.a.st. laboratory have housed regular interventions for several months. These interventions focused principally on developing a specific vocabulary for artistic research. On Saturday, May 26, we invite the larger audience to share with us the experience and tracing of an artistic research laboratory.
We propose a new exchange format, through our research presentation and discussions at the core on our interaction, we intend to specify together a grammar of artistic research practice. The laboratory's open doors will also be an opportunity for members to present a collective work produced for this event (PODCAST e.a.st. v.1).
e.a.st. (Ephemeral Archival Station) is an entity created and managed by Euridice Kala (artist and researcher) in September 2017, encompassing several long-term artistic research with the aim of linking ideas/reflections across different spaces and modes of production.
e.a.st. is composed of Euridice Kala, Marie Voignier, Mbali Dhlamini, Teo Betin, Steeve Bauras, and Quentin Mornay. The east lab place two times a month to discuss each other's practices and research topics. These moments allow for a revealing of dynamic perspectives around work and research. Serving as types of workshop; the objective is not only to produce forms but to develop a methodology and a grammar specific to artistic research.
These common reflections are then formatted into exhibitions, audio recordings, and publications. Today e.a.st. offers a diversity of perspectives where each of the artist-researcher engages their research in relation to geopolitical, historical, sociological and cultural territories.
As artists work alongside a variety of disciplines that contribute decisively to the creation of new theoretical knowledge and content, e.a.st bases its foundation on the abstraction of structural ideas –by making obsolete perceptions of the world of art, theory and everyday life.
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Ephemeral Archival Station
e.a.st is an entity carried by Euridice Kala (artist and visual thinker) that encompasses long-term artistic research and the need to plug such ideas into various spaces of production.
It houses recent research by the artist such as:
Will See You in December...Tomorrow(2015) and Sea (E)scapes (2015-2018) that not only create an archive of knowledge, but also reclaims spaces for display by inviting other artist to collaborate in collating various iterations that relate to artistic research.
e.a.st invites artists who through their practice work on long-term projects that gage triangulating spaces and content for visual presentation. And through moments of workshop, thinking and producing it establishes a space in the art milieu that supports expansion through continuous engagements.
e.a.st is non-academic laboratory that is focused on material from an eastern perspective of the globe- narratives or philosophy that reflects on content that reside on the eastern side of the meridian, that have no space in the current dialogues. As well as on how content is developed, adapted, and where it filters to so as to provide opportunities for testing and future assimilation of content both in art and life in general.
e.a.st seeks to create an environment to forge through stimulation, spaces for: observation, conversation, assimilation, of practice, patterns (methodologies), and strategies, generating energies that can expand the discussions about new longitudes in daily artistic practice.
As artist today, flirt around various disciplines that decisively aid in creating new knowledge and theoretical content –e.a.st bases its foundations in the abstraction of structural ideas, making due with obsolete temporal perceptions of the world around art, theory, daily life and humanity.
And as the e.a.st stations exist in different locations, at different times, with many interlocutors that with their individual interest create articulations around collaboration, dialogue and knowledge, resulting on residue that lives in the realm of the platform.
These connection with the past reflects on Betin's use of the language of museology and memory -creating through sculpture recycled forms of temples envisioning new rituals; Which, establishes a link to Voigner's films e.g. Mokélé Mbembe- a quest to view and re-tell history in post-colonial Cameroon by selecting mythological narratives that via oral narrations, reflect on the past and present.
As Dhlamini looks also, through time into how indigenous African cultures can bridge the gaps in creating new forms of Knowledge. Bringing us to Mornay's reflection on Buchner's screenplay Woyzeck- and how themes such as European disenfranchisement, breed ground for social corrosion.
This sort of divide is being photographically explored in Baurra's Cyprus project Brand - as he wonders between Turkish and Greek parts of the Island, looking through the language of tags (graffiti) for social commentary, that represent a deepening split between the two sides.
And to conclude this process, we look at how mobility through Atangana's research continues to affect how these specific narratives are represented, and the questions of access to space and place, focusing on both virtual and physical forms of movement; to give light to discussions and conversations that aim at framing artistic research practice as a field of new knowledge creation, that is valuable for future historical representations of the many world around us.
e.a.st Journal: a publication dedicated to each space/station will be published at the end of each engagement, it will feature content around the discussions, exhibition and colloquiums.
with Support of Kadist