Vodou vibrations sounds of memories of fields and burdens living in translations and broken bows balancing on plateaus while speaking to one self and scratching the surface of the raft while drifting away

Tacit or Loud: where is the knowledge in art?
Symposium and festival for artistic research
Nov 16-Dec 3

Nov 29
Whose knowledge? A critical perspective on knowledge production in the arts

Malmö Konsthall

The Alien Within
Keynote: The song and the sap

The Fourth


Inter Arts Center

Cross-gender exploration in traditional Japanese dance theatre
White Room

Choreo Graphia

Inside/Outside: transforming
gestural sonorous objects from
Vietnamese TV-shows
Red Room

Reiterations of Dissent
White Room

Body in street
Red Room

Gynoïdes Project
Red Room

Summing up
Red Room

Post Human
Black Room

Abstracts and program notes

The alien within –
A living laboratory of Western society
Diana Baldon

In response to the prevailing mood of political exhaustion and great instability of the overall political climate in and around Europe, The Alien Within questions the future of Western society, in particular the endangerment of its structures by a conscious deployment and politicization of fear as a new norm. Within such a scenario, many questions arise: Should art practices address inconvenient issues head-on, forcing us to take a position? Can they dominate our demons, exorcise our undesirable fears in good? Does fear form the basis for a 21st-century European cosmopolitanism able to confront the wish for government and ungovernable paranoia? Can a medium-sized Scandinavian city like Malmö epitomize this model, and be celebrated for it?

Keynote: The Song and the Sap
Trinh Minh-ha

The Song and the Sap (The Politics of Forms and Forces)
Power relations lay at the core of normative representations. In the tuning in with the forces of a life event, one can say that form is attained only to address the formless. Reality in its social and historical dimension is not a material for artistic reflection or political commitment; it is what powerfully draws one to creative work and yet cannot be captured without dissolving itself in its fragile essence when one approaches it without subtlety and vulnerability.

The Fourth Dimension

Trinh Minh-ha

Today, when one goes on a journey, the travel is ritualized through the visual machine. The image, coming alive in time as it frames time, is there where the actual and virtual meet. In the process of ritualizing Japan’s “hundred flowers,” it is the encounter between self and other, human and machine, viewer and image, fact and fancy that determines the field of relations in which new interactions between past and present are made possible. Shown in their widespread functions and manifestations, including more evident loci such as festival, religious rite and theatrical performance, “rituals” involve not only the regularity in the structure of everyday life, but also the dynamic agents in the ongoing process of creating digital images at the speed of light.


Jeuno JE Kim / Ewa Einhorn

Krabstadt is a research project, situated in the overlap between animation, performance and the fine arts. The project satirizes current topics such as immigration, integration, unemployment and sex. The series of Krabstadt films takes place in an undefined sub-Arctic small town, populated by Nordic ”Unwanteds”: the long-term unemployed, immigrants, those with too many overdue bills, and with minor to mid-level criminal records. The main characters, SchlopSchlop and KK are two annoying yet funny women. The revolving narrative centers on the exploits of SchlopSchlop and KK and their dealings with peculiar co-workers, bosses, clients, tourists and the town’s residents. SchlopSchlop is a lazy smart-ass, while KK is a workaholic fueled by a potent sense of Lutheran guilt. As colleagues, the two are often in conflict with each other, unless united against their vulgar boss-from-hell named IT. The films use edgy slapstick humor with the aim to create annoying, funny, strong and diverse female characters with quirky side characters.
As an ongoing research project, we aim to produce a series of short films, a musical, interactive performance, and a video lecture. Krabstadt is initiated by artists Ewa Einhorn and Jeuno JE Kim and is an interdisciplinary project where each step of the development incorporates different forms and degrees of collaboration. For the symposium, we would like to address the issues of artistic knowledge production from a post-colonial and feminist perspective, using the language of animation, mass media, and gaming. As our interest also spans towards the potential of character development as interventions, institutional gags, and interactive-story telling, we are also interested to address the theme of ‘Action, situation, performativity and intention’. The presentation is 45mins in total, and comprises of two film screenings (each approximately 10mins long), followed by a 23mins lecture. The goal is to develop and establish a new geographic focus and a new feminist agenda with a focus to create a distinctive image and soundscape.

Cross-gender exploration in traditional Japanese dance theatre, as an extended
artistic expression

Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt / Frej von Fräähsen

Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt, a Swedish performer and originator, phD student, researches Japanese performance techniques, especially the gender codified movements of Kabuki, with and through her own body. She puts herself in the middle of the traditional Japanese theatre training, grasps the tradition of teachers in Japan: masters, geishas and Living National Treasures. Next, she explores the new information, received and embodied, and responds to it in experimental work. The experimental work consists of dance, text, video, and music. She has looked into certain national (Japanese) body constructions, for example the sitting position Seiza, and the walking method Suriashi. What do they consist of, and what happens if they are looked at in a critical way, and analyzed with the help of gender theory and feminist perspectives? Whose knowledge are we discussing? Do the physical constructions loose their nationality and their claim for consanguinity when performed in a transnational, and critical context? Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt invites the participants to a 25 min presentation, followed by a 30 min collaboratory exploration of physical constructions. Ami will perform with her colleaugue, the performer Frej von Fräähsen.

Inside/Outside: transforming gestural sonic objects from Vietnamese TV-shows

Nguyen Thanh Thuy / Stefan Östersjö

The presentation outlines the making of Inside/Outside, an installation built on a concept by Nguyen Thanh Thuy and developed in collaboration between The Six Tones the choreographer Marie Fahlin and sound artist Matt Wright. The concept for Inside/Outside reflects an analysis of the choreography of gender (Foster 1998) in the performance of traditional Vietnamese music: The spectators find three glass boxes containing musicians dressed in traditional Vietnamese queen costume. When the audience moves through the space, the reflections in the boxes create a primary level of being inside and outside the boxes. You see yourself inside the box, and you see the performers reflected in each other’s boxes. The movements of the performers amplify and transform gendered stereotypes from musical performance.
Inside/Outside is part of Music in Movement, a three year artistic research project on musical gesture headed by the Malmö Academy of Music. A conceptual understanding of how musical works can be analyzed in terms of ’gestural sonorous objects’ (Godøy, 2006) became the spark for a series of experimental productions. The presentation builds on our analysis of how gesturalsonorous objects in the installation were created from gesture material found in traditional music performance in Vietnamese TVshows. Perhaps the results of the 1st and 3rd person analyses that we have produced can also contribute to an understanding of the social function of the gesture in the music discussed. And also, taken together, the two analytical perspectives might give insights into the gendered gesture types in traditional music performance and how a resistance towards these societal norms can be expressed in artistic form. Musical gesture can indeed express, amplify or question gendered stereotypes in society. It is my hope that an artistic project like Inside Outside can contribute to an increasing awareness of these issues in Vietnamese society.

Discussion of Reiterations of Dissent
Jane Jin Kaisen

Reiterations of Dissent concerns the suppressed history and fragmented memories of the Jeju April Third Uprising and Massacre of 1948, during which genocide was committed onto the civilian population on Jeju Island by the South Korean military and police, under supreme command of the United Military in Korea. The event marks the beginning of the Cold War in Asia and is crucial for understanding the division of Korea. For those reasons, any mention of the event was systematically suppressed for more than five decades.
The work is composed of six different video narratives – Ghosts, Jeju Airport Massacre, Lamentation of the Dead, The Politics of Naming, Retake: Mayday and History of Endless Rebellion – that, told from the perspective of Jeju Islanders, destabilizes official history and exposes how the event occurred in the nexus of colonialism, military intervention, and nation-building.
Enacting different audiovisual registers and editing techniques, Reiterations of Dissent explores a new language for documentary filmmaking and challenges relationships with text, image and narrative. Each video narrative shows a different aspect, a different attempt at approaching the Jeju April Third Uprising as an unstable episode of modern history by presenting a multi-layered archive of experiences, events and perspectives.

Presentation and discussion of Body on Street

Cecilia Parsberg

The informal politics of distribution on the streets makes visible the faults inherent to the European welfare system. At the same time it contributes to the immediate survival of individuals. Cecilia Parsberg investigates the choreographies of European giving and begging. The begging is fairly new entrant into the street space and there are many who do not know how to relate to this, physically and mentally. How does it feel? I experience a distance, almost a gulf between me and those who are begging. Overall, it feels like the street’s atmosphere has changed; something has happened in the social climate that feels substantial and yet not defined. Is it solidarity, the ability to be touched? How does it feel for you? Would you like to participate?

Gynoïdes Project

Marie-Andrée Robitaille / Maurizio Goina

The Gynoïdes Project raises and examines the question of the women agency in circus art. The project addresses the circus practice through a gender perspective in investigating the representation of women in circus. The research focus’s on the female circus artist and seeks for a better understanding of the structure of the circus practice by studying the ways in which a female circus artist experiences and understands her own practice. 
The project engages in a female-circus making, describes and produces feminist strategies in circus composition.
In collaboration with the University Of Dance And Circus, Stockholm University Of the Arts and the Sound And Music Computing Team at the Royal Institute Of Technology, the project intervenes in the structure of circus practice by developing new methods for enhancing bodily expression. The objective is to explore new forms of artistic expression in circus arts through the use of motion capture technology, enabling performers to interactively control computer-generated sounds by means of their own body. 
The project seeks to demonstrate that sonification methods are possible solutions to overcome the restrictions imposed by the standardized set of rules in composition, production and distribution of circus arts. The proposal for these calls, is to present a body of circus pieces that has been created with the ambition to investigate solutions as to overcome these restrictions.

Summing up.
Critical guest: Gertrud Sandqvist


The Six Tones / Marie Fahlin / Matt Wright

Post Human computation

Pierre Jodlowski


Tacit or Loud

Festival program

– Inside/outside
– Post human computation
Arrival Cities: Hanoi
– The Fourth Dimension
– Vodou [...] 
– Il Se Tourna
Possible Worlds
– Face
– Inde
– Choreo Graphia
– Facet II
– Portraits

– Voices-of-No(i)sense
– [choreo] logy ⏐ carto [graphy]
– Reiterations of Dissent
– Body on street
– För den som i hemlighet lyssnar
– Gynoides project
– Violence and Pedagogy
– Knowing "I"?
– That’s all we shall no for truth
- Through Composition as Explanation
– Synsmaskinen

Symposium Nov 28-Dec 3
– Nov 28
– Nov 29
– Nov 30
– Dec 1
– Dec 2
– Dec 3

– Keynote speakers
– Presenters