Project Support

Astrological guidance by Luz Peuscovich

Project support by Staci Bu Shea




Luz Peuscovich




Luz Peuscovich is an Artist and Astrologer from Argentina who accompanies Falke Pisano from the astrological cosmovision, focusing on providing an integrative and bonding perspective.
Luz's work focuses on the integration of humans with nature (of the sky) and the development of sustainable human relationships.
The panoramic vision of the sky is used as a tool in the investigation of the internal states of the project participants, seeking to understand the relationships between humans in the current contexts. The metaphors provided by the symbols are poetic doors for the creation of narratives and interpretations that enrich and enhance sensitivity, and the search for shared patterns can help people to feel contained in situations that involve a lot of commitment and exposure. Seeking emotional contact, empathy and dialogue is fundamental to investigate in depth how we function in the social contexts we create and share.

To learn more about Luz’s work, visit luzpeuscovich.com



Staci Bu Shea




Credit: Staci Bu Shea, 2021 [Image description: fresh from being washed, a black t-shirt of a hospice guest, with the printed text "Trust the timing of your life" on the front, hangs on a dollie from a hanger. The shirt is drying faster in the warm space of the boiler room of the hospice, near the laundry machines, storage goods, and tools.]

Staci Bu Shea is a project companion to Where Should We Begin?. Staci supports the main organizers (Falke Pisano, Joanna Zielińska and Anne-Claire Schmitz) in their collaborative process of organizing and hosting the project and gives attention to the interpersonal experiences of their collective work. Meeting at the beginning, middle, and end of the project's span, we discuss roles, expectations, and values for common understanding, as well as topics of preventive care like communication styles, approaches to conflict, and accountability. These discussions are approached with the attitude that care is something incomplete, accessibility and safety imperfect. Instead, it is the intention and willingness to strive toward these “horizons” where deeper connection and transformation can take place in our relationships.

To learn more about Staci's work, visit stacibushea.info.



February

17 February: M HKA opens 2022 exhibitions

26 February: meeting #1

with

Caroline Dumalin ︎︎︎
Katayoun Arian ︎︎︎
Toon Fibbe ︎︎︎
and other invited guests





meeting #1


26 February 2022,  14.00 -18.00

M HKA 6th floor


14:00 - 16:30 Introduction to the project and conversation with Caroline Dumalin, Falke Pisano, Günbike Erdemir, Joanna Zielińska, Katayoun Arian, Toon Fibbe and other invited guests.

16:30  - 18:00 Intervention by Toon Fibbe and informal part in the M HKAFE

In the field of art, similar to other areas of work, the Covid-19 pandemic has emphasized the tensions that exist between the way work is organized and valued within neoliberal capitalism, and individual and collective needs, capacities and desires. As art institutions closed and reopened several times and projects were postponed, canceled or adapted, many cultural practitioners experienced an increase in workload, precarity or both. Where should we begin? is a response to many exchanges during this period, between people working in different capacities in the art field, and wants to further investigate what has come to light during this disruption of ‘the usual’ about the ways in which we practice and produce today.

After a period of conversations being largely restricted to social bubbles and digital platforms, we cautiously celebrate the possibility of continuing talking, in-person and in different group constellations, with a series of meetings on the 6th floor of M HKA. 

In this first meeting invited guests will share experiences and reflections on what is working, and what is not working for them, and how they respond to this within their practice. The audience is warmly invited to participate in the conversation as well.

Rotterdam based artist Toon Fibbe will conclude the conversation with a performative intervention, after which we will move to the M HKAFE to wind down the afternoon informally.




Too big too fail, too small to notice

Toon Fibbe: 
When I received the invitation to, not only take part in the open conversation, but also to do a closing performance - it hit me,  more than before - that during the pandemic I had not performed at all. I had already decided not to before; the tension, the anxiety, the widely varying ways in which performance is facilitated in the art world and the amount of energy it costs had started to feel taxing. But as I received the invitation I suddenly realized that I had missed it - to make something that is shared with other people in a room. I missed the immediacy of it, the heightened energy and to make something that exists here and now, between you and me and in this space only.

Curious, because the performance I’ll do deals with a similar immediacy, but one that exists purely in the service of capital. Set on the Chicago trading floor in the 90s, the work describes how in this frantic environment, two gazes would meet, hand gestures would be exchanged and subsequently a deal struck. Like in the art world, visibility made all the difference here, resulting in strange gestures,  colorful jackets and even platform heels - the taller you were, the more visible. This quest for visibility caused the heels to become so high that traders became more and more unstable, their treads precarious and accidents began to happen. For me there was always already a parallel between the visibility of these traders and the art world, yet somehow it came to feel more pertinent to me over the past two years




January

10-13 January: installation

12 January: zoom meeting led by project doula Staci Bu Shea, with Anne-Claire Schmitz, Joanna Zielińska, Falke Pisano on the attention and qualities of interpersonal, collective working experience in “the life of the project,”. (not public)

14 January: spaces accessible

20 January: zoom meeting led by astrologer Luz Peuscovich, with MC Julie Yu and Falke Pisano on astrology and labour in the context of the project. (not public)


How to enter an institution? In this case, in these times and with the year ahead of us, with deliberate slowness: to inhabit the space lightly and to feel the quality of time of these public spaces on the sixth floor of M HKA.




How has our experience of time been affected by the pandemic? Katja Mater’s series of 79 clocks could speak to this. The clock faces becoming two bodies revolving around each other might also ask us what we what we can do and want to do, within and towards time. How can our bodies become agents in the weird-ing of time within the institute?

Three small series of the clockalikes selected by association and affection:
- heart, brain and body (Time is an Arrow, Error 71, 43, 12)
- the time of work and its slippages (Time is an Arrow, Error 7, 33)
- free time: the warmth of sun, reading a book, a gathering in the grass (Time is an Arrow, Error 39, 60, 30)

More information on Time is an Arrow, Error here.


photo: M HKA Clinkx
From left to right:

Falke Pisano, Going Inside/Going Public (2022), a site-specific public audio installation translated in steps to video, shown in successive versions over first months of Where Should We Begin?. Background text to the work here.

Katja Mater, Time is an Arrow, Error 12 (2020)

Falke Pisano, caption for Going Inside/Going Public (2022)


Photo: M HKA Clinkx
On the left:

Katja Mater, Time is an Arrow, Error 71 and 43 (2020)

Thanks to Wendelien van Oldenborgh, who shared her design for the mobile screen. The screen model was developed for Lecture/Audience/Camera, a 30-minute film that was produced in a public process via a series of three lectures, in these same spaces at M HKA in 2008.

More information on Lecture/Audience/Camera here.

On the right:

Falke Pisano, How did we get here? (2020), vinyl wall drawings that narrate the process up to January and look ahead to the year programme, pointing to elements that will be added. More drawings will be added over time, further narrating and commenting on the evolution of the programme.



Photo: M HKA Clinkx
On the right:

Katja Mater, Time is an Arrow, Error 39, 66 and 30 (2020)



Photo: M HKA Clinkx
On the right:

Katja Mater, Time is an Arrow, Error 7 and 33 (2020)




Falke Pisano, How did we get here? (2020)