When the Silence Transforms The Sound / Zen Masters Ji Woo & Sun Woo
Sep
1
10:30 AM10:30

When the Silence Transforms The Sound / Zen Masters Ji Woo & Sun Woo

*Free admission

In this workshop you will learn how to work with sound and your breathing. Through certain body awareness you will go deeper in yourself and relate with silence in different ways.

Sun Woo has been working as a spiritual guide for the last 30 years. He’s trained in South Korean temples for many years. His long practical experience, combined with his Buddhist training led to his extraordinary healing power. He has strong level of empathy, and a loving personality. His guidance made life-changing transfers in his student’s lives. His teachings are not only limited to Zen but also open to all beliefs and cultures. Ji Woo left her successful business career in London to help people in their journey of life. She has a gentle approachable attitude and genuine desire to help, and has enabled many people to change their lives for the better. She has created many personal development programmes. They use sound as the main element in their zen practices. They are currently living in Ida Mountains in West Turkey.

View Event →
When the silence speaks / Zen Masters Ji Woo & Sun Woo
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

When the silence speaks / Zen Masters Ji Woo & Sun Woo

*Free admission

In this workshop you will learn how to relax your body, calm and control your mind and turn your attention to your innerself by converting sound into silence. To be able to control your mind and emotions; the first step is to feel and understand yourself. Through certain body awareness movements first you will experience the real relaxation, then you will learn how to control and calm your mind. You learn how to clear the clutter of your mind and achieve clarity. You will leave the workshop calm, relaxed with full of hope and positivity.

Sun Woo has been working as a spiritual guide for the last 30 years. He’s trained in South Korean temples for many years. His long practical experience, combined with his Buddhist training led to his extraordinary healing power. He has strong level of empathy, and a loving personality. His guidance made life-changing transfers in his student’s lives. His teachings are not only limited to Zen but also open to all beliefs and cultures. Ji Woo left her successful business career in London to help people in their journey of life. She has a gentle approachable attitude and genuine desire to help, and has enabled many people to change their lives for the better. She has created many personal development programmes. They use sound as the main element in their zen practices. They are currently living in Ida Mountains in West Turkey.

View Event →
Choreomania / Performance by Emma Howes
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Choreomania / Performance by Emma Howes

*Free admission / No previous experience required.

Separate the tears from the water …

            they will come back to haunt your trees.

The Dancing Plague of 1518 was a phenomenon of collective dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg. The outbreak began when Mrs. Troffea began to dance fervently in the street. Her manic movements lasted somewhere between four and six days, but within a week thirty-four others had joined, and within a month over four-hundred people were taken by this torrential force. In an attempt to halt the epidemic, the government arranged for an orchestra as accompaniment to the movement. Their efforts failed, and eventually many people died, collapsing from heart attacks, strokes, or physical exhaustion. This dance epidemic happened in silence, yet most likely there was music in their minds. Contemporary performer Emma Howes will present a new piece by taking this historical event as her cue.

Concept: Emma Howes and Ece Pazarbaşı

Emma Waltraud Howes (CA/DE) works as a translator between movement and form. Her interdisciplinary works manifest as multiple reconfigurations of the body and space informed by her background in dance, performance theory, and the visual arts within the framework of a conceptual art practice. Her labour is guided by observations of gestures with a focus on the development of an expanded choreographic practice incorporating public interventions, kinaesthetic and architectural research, and an underlying drawing component in the form of graphic scores for performances as compositions representative of a stage in the development from concept and intention to depiction and effect.
Recent and upcoming solo presentations include: Scores for Daily Living, ZIL, Moscow (2019), The Nine Returns to the One, The Place, London and Centrum, Berlin (2018), dreiküchenhaus: Labour, Ritual, and Civilization, Hamburg (2018), Scores for Daily Living, Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018). She has performed with and for: ‘Ten Days Six Nights’, Joan Jonas, Tate Tanks, London (2018); ‘Dynamis’, Georgia Sagri, Documenta14, Kassel (2017); ‘Liminals’, Jeremy Shaw, Venice Biennale (2017); ‘Symphony for a Missing Room’, Lundohl & Seitl, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2016). Howes leads workshops for artist and dancers alike, including: Alive ... & then Some, Ateneu, Porto, and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2018), and is currently working towards a lucid opera with Just In F Kennedy. www.emmawaltraudhowes.com

View Event →
THE MULTI-SENSORY REALITY -   integrating the existential experience / Lecture by Juhani Pallasmaa
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

THE MULTI-SENSORY REALITY - integrating the existential experience / Lecture by Juhani Pallasmaa

*Free admission

Throughout its history, architecture has been regarded as an art of vision. Altogether, since Aristotle, vision has been our most valued sense. Le Corbusier’s credo, ”Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light”, demonstrates this obsessive attitude in modernism. In the recent history, the preferential position of vision has been reinforced by numerous technical inventions, such as writing, telescope, microscope, mechanical printing, photography and the new digital world. Historically, the most dramatic change in our sensory reality was the shift from oral to written speech and eventually to printing. ”This is an insistent world of cold, non-human facts”, Walter J Ong argues.

The senses have almost exclusively been studied separately in the isolation of the research laboratory. However, in our existential reality, we seek integrated experiences in our encounters with the world. This fusion of sensations and the consequent fullness of experience was pointed out convincingly by Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Our entire reality sense is not based on vision, as it is a result of the fusion of all our senses. There are indications that hearing was the initial sense for man’s constructions, not vision. Recent reasearch also shows that the auditive expercince is often more decisive in defining the character of a situation, space or place. Even our less appreciated senses, touch, smell and taste, are seminal for the fullness and depth of experience and the sense and authority of the real. Yet, these sensory domains have practically been excluded from architecture as conscious and intentional qualities.

We have been fixated to the five Aristotelian senses, each of which has a visible and identifiable organ. But the number of human senses is disputable; Steinerian philosophy and pedagogy posits twelve senses, and a recent study suggest that we have more than thirty systems of sensing. Besides, the crucial significance of our intestinal bacterial universe has only recently been discovered. I wish to argue that vision is not the most important sense in architecture; the irreplaceable sense is our existential sense, the integrated sense of being. Through this sensory synthesis we grasp the existence of the world as well as of ourselves. Besides, there are seminal but neglected composite, diffuse and unfocused ways of sensing, such as the atmospheric sense, which I have called our sixth sense. As Merleau-Ponty suggests, we live in ”the flesh of the world”, and ”our body is in the world as the heart is in the organism; it keeps the visible spectacle constantly alive, it breaths life into it and sustains it inwardly, and with it forms a system”. And as the British artist and psychoanalytical writer Adrian Stokes argues: ”In a way, all art derives from the body”.

The strengthening shift in architectural discourse from form to experience and from visual impression to multi-sensory and fused encounter, suggests a new design consciousness and methodology. It is evident that as architects and designers we need to grasp the essence of the entire human sensorum and to sensitize ourselves to our neglected and nearly lost senses.

Juhani Pallasmaa is a Finnish architect and former professor of architecture and dean at the Helsinki University of Technology. Among the many academic and civic positions he has held are those of Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture 1978-1983, and head of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki. He established his own architect's office – Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY – in 1983 in Helsinki. From 2001 to 2003, he was Raymond E. Maritz Visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and in 2013 he received an honorary doctorate from that university. In 2010-2011, Pallasmaa served as Plym Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and in 2012-2013 he was scholar in residence at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin. Pallasmaa has also lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

His exhibitions of Finnish architecture, planning and visual arts have been displayed in more than thirty countries and he has written numerous articles on cultural philosophy, environmental psychology and theories of architecture and the arts. Many of his articles are first featured in ARK (The Finnish Architectural Review). Among Pallasmaa's many books on architectural theory is The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses, a book that has become a classic of architectural theory and is required reading on courses in many schools of architecture around the world.

Pallasmaa is a member of the Finnish Association of Architects, and an honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. During the spring of 2010, Pallasmaa, along with American playwright Leigh Fondakowski, was an Imagine Fund Distinguished Visiting Chair at the Institute for Advanced Study at University of Minnesota. Pallasmaa was jury member for the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. His architectural work include Kamppi Centre (under the direction of architects Helin & Co), Helsinki, Snow Show, Lapland (with Rachel Whiteread), Bank of Finland Museum, Helsinki, Pedestrian and cycle bridge, Viikki Eco-village, Helsinki, 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juhani_Pallasmaa

View Event →
Rock and Wood Formations / Robert Lippok + Ali M. Demirel Performance Lecture
Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

Rock and Wood Formations / Robert Lippok + Ali M. Demirel Performance Lecture

*Free admission

Born in 1972, Turkey, Ali M. Demirel is a visual artist with educational background in Architecture and Nuclear Engineering. Producing in various formats, he focuses on minimal imagery and structural compositions. His concepts are often driven from science, nature and architecture. Demirel also designs and performs audio visual live shows in collaboration with Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman. Reflecting his background in physics and architecture, he has established a unique visual style with minimal electronic music. Lives and works in Berlin since 2008. www.ali-m.de

Robert Lippok is born in Berlin in 1966. Studied stage design at Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. Member of curatorial board, 4D sound Budapest, Hungary. Member of Institut für Raumexperimente e.v. Tutor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music / NYU Berlin works as musician, visual artist and set designer in Berlin. www.raster-media.net/artists/robert-lippok

View Event →
Nothing Breaking the Losing / Performance by Juliana Hodkinson
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Nothing Breaking the Losing / Performance by Juliana Hodkinson

*Free admission

Juliana Hodkinson works as composer and sound artist, and critical explorer at large. She received her PhD in musicology from the University of Copenhagen with a thesis on silence in music and sound art, and presently teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. She works with instruments, electronics and amplified objects such as matches, threads and water. Recent works include All Around, an orchestral work with distributed musicians and surround-sound field recordings, and the word-score Something in capitals, for voices and instruments. Her work has been commissioned by the BBC, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Chamber Made Opera and Phønix16, amongst others. Her writings have appeared in MusikTexte, Musicology Research, Seismograf and the Bogazici Chronicles. www.julianahodkinson.net

View Event →