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Tactical Meditations in Vienna – August 9-12th

Swarms, droning and collective contemplation by and for cyborgs in crisis.

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You turn your back to the world and step into a sounding space. You look around. Someone comes up to you with a proposal. You accept. The withdrawal accelerates. You connect to different games, systems and bodies. You explore and produce new tactics. You are droning. You join the swarm. You disconnect. You rest your way into an action. You install a political paradigm. There is a shift of paradigm. You identify, reinforce and modify your strategies for survival. They are now no longer about survival, but about surpassing what you are trying to cope with. You look back at the world from the other side of the black mirror. You touch the screen.

Nyxxx is invited by the street festival Calle Libre to do Tactical meditations in Vienna. The Swedish performing arts collective Nyxxx makes works that the audience experience by participating. In Vienna we host Tactical Meditations in partnership with the artist Vitória Monteiro. The work has previously been shown in Stockholm, Malmö and Copenhagen.

The performance is free and no pre-booking is neccesary. It opens at 4 pm, but you come and go when you want to.

  • August 9th. Running at 4-7 pm. outdoors in MuseumsQuartier, Hof 8.
  • August 10-11th  4-7 pm. outdoors in Emil Maurer park. Westbahnhof.
  • August 12th 4-7 pm. 4-7 pm. indoors at Aber Ja, Gumpendorfer Straße 65.

The performance is supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Podcast #14 – Games & malls

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We spent a week in an empty shop premise in Malmö developing new material. In this episode we talk about games as critique of late capitalism, games played by the police, the games of gentrification and how roleplaying games creates community. We are a bigger group than usual, including parts of the artistic team behind Join and game designer/artist Harry Josephine Giles.

In the end you’ll hear an excerpt of us playing a beta version of the X-dimensional Card Game, developed in semi-public spaces (Malmö Live, Studio and Caroli) this spring. If you are into this stuff, join us during Transistor (se post below) or download the game yourself (soon available)!

Voices: Harry Josephine Giles, Moa Hjärtström, Thom Kiraly, Ebba Petrén, Liv Kaastrup Vesterskov, Gabriel Widing.

Music: Elize Arvefjord.

In order of appearance:

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Ebba, Gabriel & Moa has just returned from a trip to Performing Arts Forum where Lendl and Amy (standing above) organized a philosophy seminar on the occult.

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Rebekah Sheldon gave a talk on queer hermeticism, Crowley’s sex magic and showed us some of Kenneth Angers late 60:s ritual films.

Her talk proposed a lot of nice questions. Like what are we doing, when we do science, philosophy or art? How does it do what it says it wants? How does things change? How are artistic and scientific practices related to magic? What is the benefits of an altered consciousness or opening your body to some kind of force?

There is way to much to say about it to fit on a postcard…

We also had the possibility to try out our new X-dimensional card game. Expect it online any time.

(Postcard #1)

 

Albin gives talk on Nattens gudinna at Interaction | Unfinished

Here comes an invitation from friends in Alibier, Norway!

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Interaction | Unfinished is a one-day event on interaction in arts, larp and entertainment in Oslo, Norway. Daytime, we have short stories told by creators of interactive pieces. Nighttime, we have “tasting pieces” where you can experience or more interactive pieces.

Short Stories

  • The Dinner Party – Anna Karin Linder
  • Larping Into a Museum – Jaakko Stenros
  • Collectively Creating Interaction – Albin Werle
  • Musical Theater of the Future – Cesar Alvarez
  • Co-creating political landscapes in theatre-based larp – James Harper
  • Getting Americans to Touch Each Other – Johanna Koljonen and Bjarke Pedersen
    (more coming soon!)

Experiences

  • Open Movement Concert – Lo Ersare
  • The Eight Palace – Nina Runa Essendrop and Cesar Alvarez
  • Goddess of the Night – Albin Werle
    (more coming soon!)

Facts

  • Place: Kulturhuset Youngstorget 3, 0181 Oslo, Norway
  • 20 February at 11:00–23:00
  • Facebook event
  • Tickets

The event is part of Laivdagene / Week-in Norway organized by Knutepunkt and produced by Alibier. The event is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.

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THE GODDESS OF THE NIGHT

Albin Werle is a visual artist and a member of the Nyxxx collective. He is currently doing his masters degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His work consists of formulating real and imaginary games in a variety of materials, ranging from ceramics and 3D-printing to choreography and conversations.

Exploring the esthetics of interaction and asking how artists, activists and philosophers can turn into game designers, he seeks to merge the “art world” with the “game world”.

Nattens Gudinna (Goddess of the Night) is written to be performed in a traditional theatre institution. In their work, the art collective Nyxxx focus on utilizing non-hierarchical collaborations internally, and strive to invite the workers of the institution and the participants in the performance to take part in formulating its content.

Nattens gudinna in progress

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Our new work for Uppsala stadsteater is developing. The workshops has started to materialize the fantasies of a kind of temple where different shrines will enable the audience to engage with collective rituals.

Albin Werle has proposed the spatial design of the piece. This shrine is the most complicated structure, inspired by shinto architecture that we encountered on our trip to Japan last winter.

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We have also had the opportunity to hang out with a Ellen Norlund and Mira Andersson who will perform in the piece together with Fransisco Sobrado (not in the picture). Nattens gudinna will engage with the hand as an interface between us and the world.

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Foto: Micke Sandström
Foto: Micke Sandström
Foto: Micke Sandström

This table will be transformed into a kind of stage for the hands.

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We are also happy to have producer Sara Fors on the team! Rehearsals starts in December and the premier will be January 26, 2017.

Locus suspectus, intempesta nocte.

Taktiska meditationer på Turteatern & Inkonst & Charlottenborg

Svärmar, drönande och kollektiv kontemplation av och för cyborger i kris

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Du vänder dig bort från världen och kliver in en ljudande och lysande zon. Du ser dig omkring. Någon kommer fram till dig. Du får ett erbjudande. Du tackar ja. Undandragandet accelerar. Du kopplas samman med olika spel, system och kroppar. Du utforskar och tar fram nya taktiker. Du drönar. Du ansluter dig till svärmen. Du kopplar av. Du vilar dig fram till en handling. Du upprättar ett politiskt paradigm. Det blir paradigmskifte. Du identifierar, förstärker och förändrar dina överlevnadsstrategier. De handlar inte längre om överlevnad, utan om att överskrida det du försöker leva med. Du ser på världen från andra sidan den svarta spegeln. Du swipar vidare.

Rummet öppnas kl 18 men du kommer när det passar och lämnar när du känner dig klar.

Stockholm

Premiär 11 februari 2016 på Turteatern, T-Kärrtorp, Stockholm.

Spelar även 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 februari kl 18-21 på Turteatern.

Malmö

6, 7, 8, 9 april kl 18-21 på Inkonst.

Köpenhamn

15, 16, 17 april  18.00-21.00 at School of walls and space. Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen. (Facebook event)

Nyxxx består av Elize Arvefjord, Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén, Kerstin Weimers, Albin Werle, Gabriel Widing. Verket genomförs med stöd av Konstnärsnämnden, Kulturrådet och Turteatern.


Tactical Meditations

Swarms, droning and collective contemplation by and for cyborgs in crisis.

You turn your back to the world and step into a sounding space. You look around. Someone comes up to you with a proposal. You accept. The withdrawal accelerates. You connect to different games, systems and bodies. You explore and produce new tactics. You are droning. You join the swarm. You disconnect. You rest your way into an action. You install a political paradigm. There is a shift of paradigm. You identify, reinforce and modify your strategies for survival. They are now no longer about survival, but about surpassing what you are trying to cope with. You look back at the world from the other side of the black mirror. You touch the screen.

The room opens at 18.00, but you come when you want to  and leave when you’re ready.

The performing arts collective Nyxxx makes works that the audience experience by participating. The collective has previously visited Turteatern & Inkonst with Avatarvaro (2012) and Human Agency (2014).

Stockholm

Premiere 11 February 2016 18.00 at Turteatern, Kärrtorp, Stockholm.

Plays 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 February 18.00-21.00 at Turteatern.

Malmö

6, 7, 8, 9 April 18.00-21.00 at Inkonst.

Copenhagen

15, 16, 17 APRIL  18.00-21.00 at School of walls and space. Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen. (Facebook event)

Nyxxx is Elize Arvefjord, Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén, Kerstin Weimers, Albin Werle, Gabriel Widing.

TM was produced with support from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Swedish Arts Council and Turteatern.

Nyxxx Summer Space

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Elize and Drones

In beginning of june Nyxxx spend a week together at Smoke Screen Studios (Rökridån), Stockholm working on new ideas. Enjoy some photos from the game jam, choreography, concert etc that happened in spaces for tactical meditation!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the work-in-progress and thanks to Konstnärsnämnden and Kulturådet supporting our work!

 

Avsnitt #9 – Ropes & Roles

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Ebba, Tova & Gabriel host a conversation with the Berlin-based choreographers Dasniya Sommer and Frances d’Ath, that visited Nyxxx & KokoroTwo & Rökridån for a working residency the 28th of April-4th of May in 2015. When the conversation starts, we have just participated in a shibari yoga class guided by Dasniya. From this point of reference, we go on to discuss among many other things exoskeletons, religious metaphors and the invention of rope as a parallel to the invention of the wheel.