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

Nov 28
That’s all we shall no for truth: a networked performance
The Six Tones
Chris Chafe, celleto

SYNSMASKINEN: 7 fields of contemporary crisis

SYNSMASKINEN is based at the Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Norway as an artistic research project, organised by visual artist, professor in timebased media/performance Frans Jacobi.

SYNSMASKINEN is a new artist-group and an inquiry into 7 fields of contemporary political crisis. The project will consist of 7 artistic research projects, each exploring a certain aspect of contemporary crisis. Together these 7 visions will attempt to unfold a contemporary cosmology; a new political horizon. The project consists of 7 art-projects, each exploring a certain aspect of the contemporary crisis.

The idea of crisis seems the dominant metaphor for describing the state of contemporary societies and is often used to warn against progress and change. Crisis though, also signifies transformation, a system in crisis is on the verge of collapsing and only in this collapse the new can evolve. As the various crises – the climate crisis, the financial crisis, the culture crisis – converge, transitions evolve. It is these transitions that are to be explored through SYNSMASKINEN. How can the transformation of societies be perceived; what kind of visions can be glimpsed at the other side of crisis?

SYNSMASKINEN is an artist-group in the sense that each production is carried out in collaboration between small groups of participants. Each of the 7 projects will consist of a new group of artists and thinkers in order for SYNSMASKINEN each time to transcend into new research groups.

SYNSMASKINEN entails a double agenda:
1: An inquiry into the seemingly permanent state of crisis: What is the meaning of crisis and what kind of drastic changes if any, hide beneath these crises?
2: Research into collective artistic process: What kind of answers can artistic thinking conjure up? What kind of insights does artistic thinking provide? In this aspect SYNSMASKINEN is to probe into the concept of the research-group: Does a group of artists/art-thinkers display a similar creativity as the research-groups we know from scientific research? How can we collectively address the political issues of the 7 topics in a critical manner?

SYNSMASKINEN include a research monitoring device that also constitutes one of the conceptual artistic research-definitions of the project: PERFORMATIVE RESEARCH and IMAGINATIVE RESEARCH

The inaguration of SYNSMASKINEN took place at Rom8 in Bergen in May 2014. Organised as a week-long micro-festival several aspects of SYNSMASKINEN were introduced, centered around a 3hour long remake of the play TONIGHT :-) by the famous, now extinct norwegian performance-group Baktruppen.



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