This year’s edition of CoFestival again features a selection of very different artistic approaches, which intervene into our gaze, pushing us into collective reflection of imaginary figures, which constitute and produce the society.
The events that we are presenting are inscribed each in its own way into the topic of co-living, and by doing so they create a platform for new aesthetics. This is our basis to question vulnerability of naked bodies free of ideology and provocation (Doris Uhlich: More Than Naked), the position of marginalized groups in our society (Per.Art: Prazen glas; Igor Koruga: Exposé), the position of gracious and often silent ballet dancers (Forum za novi ples in Minja Bogavac: Balerine); we are exploring improvisation as a tool, as a procedure and as staging (workshop and performance Andrew Morrish: Oh Well Part 5; Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld: Move-r); we approach archiving as an artistic process (Fabián Barba: Plesni večer Mary Wigman) in relation to archiving of artistic processes (Nomad Dance Institute: Archiving Choerographic Stances in the Region and a Workshop with Daniela Hahn; Presentation of Maska – Performing Arts Journal: Documents & Performance (Nos 172–174)). We are rethinking the format of festivals as an immediate self-critique and potential for a different kind of collaborations (Ivana Vaseva and Biljana Tanurovska – Kjulavkovski: How to Make a Festival with 100 and 1.000.000 euros). And we should also mention artists, as their vulnerable position can also be similarly marginal, ousted or bent, which is particularly visible after a certain time has passed and when topical social issues are being discussed. The festival will therefore conclude with a film screening afternoon (Nicholas Kaufmann, Wilhelm Prager: Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit – Ein Film über Körperkultur; Stefano Liberti, Andrea Segre: Closed Sea), intended to trigger debate and discuss with the audience the potential open relations and connections, as well as the position of our own existence.
In all these ways we are further opening the positions, in which aesthetics is being constituted rather than given. We seek to open this festival as the space of meeting and the possibility of coexistence of various political stances, rather than only the infantile amazement with “perfect bodies” and dance techniques.
The team of CoFestival, Kino Šiška and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija with our partners present this year’s CoFestival as a crossover of the society and arts and as a possible actual step towards co-living.
Production and Implementation: Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija
Artistic Board: Dragana Alfirević, Goran Bogdanovski, Mitja Bravhar, Dejan Srhoj, Rok Vevar, Jasmina Založnik