Project: Iterations

Iterations #5: talks and performance

Iterations is a collaborative trajectory committed to the future of artistic collaboration in a digital context. On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Operating | Exploitation in Bozar Lab, an afternoon with reflective inputs is organised.

With : Melanie Sehgal, Giulia Deval, Nayari Castillo. Moderation : Shusha Niederberger

Melanie Sehgal : Techniques as a Mode of Relating. Thinking with a
Transdisciplinary Experiment

Melanie Sehgal is Juniorprofessor of Literary, Science and Media Studies at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder. Her talk will explore techniques as mode of relating between participants with heterogeneous disciplinary backgrounds and address questions such as: What are the theoretical and historical necessities and constraints to re-think our modes of knowledge production today? What are the potentials, the gains and losses of considering these modes, and knowledge in general, as techniques? What is the particular relevance of addressing modes of relating?
The talk will intersect theoretical and historical reflections with experiences of the transversal working group FORMATIONS that Melanie Sehgal co-leads with the artist Alex Martinis Roe.

Giulia Deval : Phonotrasparence
Giulia Deval is active as artist and researcher in the field of sound and visual arts. Her performance Phonotrasparence uses field recordings, magnetic tape and a sound suit. It reflects on the body as a deposit and transmitter of sounds, an involuntary reservoir and intersection of trajectories determined by a rest or a walk. The work was born during Trasformatorio, the first phase of Iterations held in Sicily, and evolved over time. It started from the concept of "phonotransparency", the ability of the acoustic fabric to absorb sound by transforming a good part of the acoustic energy that passes through the material into another type of energy, such as heat.

Nayari Castillo
Artist and researcher Nayari Castillo specialises in art in public space that engages with history, time and space. Following examples of artist collectives and collaborations, her presentation will investigate collaboration strategies and modalities of working together, and the common grounds, dialogues and processes they produce.

Shusha Niederberger
Shusha Niederberger is research associate for the SNF funded research project "Creating Commons" based at the IFCAR Institute for Contemporary Art Research, ZHDK. As lecturer on contemporary net culture she is connected to the F+F Schule für Kunst und Design, Zürich. She works as educational program curator at HeK (House of electronic Arts Basel)

  • The afternoon is English spoken. Live translations to French and Dutch will be available.
  • The program starts at 14:00 and runs until 18:00.
  • Followed by the opening of the exhibition Operating / Exploitation
  • Doors open at 13:30, entrance by rue Baron Hortastraat 11, 1000 Brussels, next to Cinematek.
  • Please, reserve through Bozar website:

@ Rotunda Bertouille

BOZAR, Centre for fine arts
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels