Artistic Entrepreneurship argues for an agency that involves and engages new combinations and new forms of cooperation among researchers, concepts and ideas, technologies, resources, and machines. It paves the way for a different kind of entrepreneurship in the truest sense of the word: Rather than just a business model, it is the undertaking or new beginning of acting together across sectors, across actors and across disciplines, to inspire people to tackle the challenges society faces.
Women on Aeroplanes—agency for flying ideas is an artistic research project, based on a framework and network that is necessarily constantly evolving and changing. it aims to gain a broader understanding of what independence and interdependence means.
Looking closely at the long history of transatlantic networks and the struggles for liberation, predating the process of independence on the African continent (and elsewhere), the project explores how women were always central to such networks and struggles, in which they played multiple roles. Their stories are however hardly told and their faces remain widely invisible. We aim to not only frame their various and heterogeneous contributions, politically and artistically, but also create new parameters and premises of narratives. To recall the notion of independence today necessarily means to address the gap between formal independence and a process of decolonisation that was simultaneously national and intranational, transnational and international and which remains, in many ways, incomplete.
The project's title is borrowed loosely from Kojo Laing's critically acclaimed second novel Woman of the Aeroplanes, written in 1988. With its deconstructive syntax and implosion of genres, the novel sets the tone for a historical narrative, in which subordinate subject-object relations are negated. Laing’s method of speculative fiction writing can be seen as a making-of-theory using other means. As a reference point, it opens a pathway to a new grammar that makes re-visiting and re-writing history possible.
Electronic Textures reads, revisited and curated concepts of art, Cold War politics, and history through an encounter with pan-African magazines published from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. All the detours that emerge with every new reading, add to a biography of research, which is changing, depending on who is reading — and which question the reader has in mind. These are the grounds for a collaborative research practice, which doesn't seek to construct one narrative alone, and which preserves the need and the framework for many, sometimes contradictory storylines. But then also suggests a form—a collage, puzzle, map, web—that allows to bring forward these possibilities and connections to the surface, to exhibit them, setting the footnotes loose and not smothering them with interpretation. A form unfinished by nature.
The 13 hours film by Jacques Rivette as a starting point for research, for a screening proposal, a series of “activated” viewings, an invitation to rehearse, to pick a book, read out loud, move your body ....
Notes about editing, following sheep around, notions of research --- following parallel traces, questions, concerns seeded by the activist intellectuals Henri Lefebvre and Ruth First and we will see where they will lead us and if they could meet ... .
Antenne 8 is a test station that wants to address big questions on a small scale, acoustically, visually, performatively, in word, image, sound and time-spending.
Antenne 8 is a satellite of the project "The Art of Counter-Inquiry", in which experimental, essayistic, conceptual artistic approaches and procedures are taken up in order to find out how one can take care of relationships in and to the neighbourhood, in dimensions that, when they come to the surface, are not the same or already representative or representable.