IRRUPTIVE CHORA Part I Composition

An exercise in an embodied act of reading and an attempt of conjuring new versions and propositions for artistic, theoretical, curatorial, scholarly and scientific practices.

at Dyson Gallery

In this session Nella Aarne (Of Animacy, ICA) and Olga Koroleva (The Political Animal, The Showroom) share excerpts from Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect and The Second Body to be discussed in relation to the notion of Irruptive Chora. Irruptive Chora, named by Judith Butler and revivified by Rebekah Sheldon, points to a dynamic and autonomous space where ideas have a potential and energy to generate and transmit themselves. In Toxic Animacies, Inanimate Affections Mel Y Chen discusses lead as the toxic protagonist in US-China socio-economic historicity, while Daisy Hildyard puts forward her take on the blurring of physical boundaries in humans and non-human bodies through a series of essayistic investigations The Second Body. No preparation for the session necessary.

IRRUPTIVE CHORA is an encounter between curator Agata Kik and artist Ania Mokrzycka, invited to host a series of events at the Royal College of Art and Chalton Gallery. The programme was conceived as a collective search for and an approximation of the ‘irruptive chora’; a dynamic and autonomous space where ideas have a potential and energy to generate and transmit themselves. Embracing the relation between the material form and content as well as the dynamic intensities that pass through them and transform each other, we will look at the penetrative potentialities of a materialised thought or action and affective spaces beyond the sphere of linguistics. We wish to initiate a conversation about what could be called the ‘internal workings’ of a material form, be it animate or inanimate. We do not aim to disconnect the artistic actions from their aesthetic, political, cultural and intellectual context, but rather to allow the possibility of observing how they also shape and transform their theoretical contexts and understandings. Together with invited artists, curators and musicians we want to explore the collapse of boundaries between the creative and the critical, body of work and the physical body itself, obtaining and performing knowledge or between the producers and receivers of knowledge-experience.

IRRUPTIVE CHORA is a project that was initiated in accordance with the idea of diversification of academic study and it proposes a different model of creating discourses, researching and knowledge and art production and dissemination.

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Opening Times
Event: Tuesday 13 February, 6-8.30pm

Dyson Gallery
Royal College of Art, School of Fine Art, Dyson Building
, Gorvy Lecture Theatre, 1 Hester Road,
SW11 4AN