Xists:
A Metabolic Laboratory
Inspired by Solomon Nikritin

Performative installation with lectures, workshops and performances
10 – 14 Nov 2021
Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Open Stage
>> Free ticket required

Visual artists and performers Ilya Dolgov, Evgenia Suslova, Anastasya Kizilova and Mikhail Lylov transform the Appia Stage at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau into an installation that changes daily. They seek to rediscover and adapt the ideas of Russian avant-gardist Solomon Nikritin, who developed his conceptual “projection theatre” at WChUTEMAS in Moscow in 1921/22. Instead of stories, Nikritin staged the theatrical exercises of conceptual characters, thus figuring the attempt to situate humans by embodying ideas in organic, technical and social metabolic processes. Taking inspiration from Nikritin, this artist collaboration proposes a set of new conceptual characters: the “Xists” explore the relationships and interactions between humans and other organisms in a planetary metabolism.

A cooperation with Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and Tretjakov Gallery Moscow.

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Solomon Nikritin, Kartogram des Programms, 1924. / Tretyakov Gallery.
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Mikhail Lylov, Two excursions into the Mountains, 2019. / Courtesy of the author.
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Eugenia Suslova. Follow Me, 2021 / Image courtesy of Mikhail Lylov
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Ilya Dolgov, ALIEXPRESSNORDGARDEN, 2019. / Courtesy of the author.
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Emanuel Almborg, Talking Hands, 2016. / Courtesy of the author.
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Mikhail Lylov, Spleiss und Zunge, 2020. / Courtesy of the author.
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Julia Parks, The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk, 2019. / Courtesy of the author.
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Nikolay Tryaskin, Dynamic Ladder, 1924. / Private collection.

#corona
Due to the Corona pandemic, strict hygiene rules apply. Upon entering the event area, visitors must wear a medical mouth-nose protection. The 3G rule applies: Admission can only be granted with proof of a negative Corona rapid test (carried out max. 24 hours before the start of the event; no self-test) or with proof of full vaccination protection or with certification of Covid 19 recovery.


P r o g r a m m e

Wednesday
10 Nov 2021

from 7 pm
Opening

Welcome
Torsten Blume and Mikhail Lylov

Resonating Territories"
// Performance
Students of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Dessau

Using the training techniques developed in Projectionist theater, the performers explore the habits and abilities of insect species with the aim to discover the space around them from a new perspective.


11 – 14 Nov 2021

10 am – 6 pm
Exhibition
// Open Stage at the Bauhaus Museum

In addition to the installations by contemporary artists Ilya Dolgov, Evgenia Suslova, Anastasya Kizilova and Mikhail Lylov, a historical cabinet with reproduced documents from the Tretjakv Gallery in Moscow, among others, is dedicated to the work of Solomon Nikritin and the ideas of 1920s projectionism. In addition, students from the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Dessau and the Kuwasawa Design School Tokyo present updated versions of historical projectionist experiments in a working exhibition. 

2 – 6 pm
Biomechanists
// Photo studio
with Berit Bührmann, Matilda Erwin,
students of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Dessau

The photo studio invites everyone to be inspired by biomechanical exercises of the 1920s and to try out and stage themselves for a photo as a special, biomechanically mobile person. Costumes and props reminiscent of the Soviet-Russian theatre avant-garde are available.


Thursday
11 Nov 2021

3 pm
Sciaponic Vignetten
// Exhibition tour
with demonstration of the project by Ilya Dolgov

6 pm
Material-Sound Transformations: Phonetics of Material and Movement
// Workshop with Willie Gurner, Mikhail Lylov and Víctor del (M)Oral

How are shapes, voice and movement connected? Can we imagine the sound of a word as a sculpture? How can we translate the rhythmic structure of a plastic volume into phonetics and movements? Such and similar questions, which have been asked in the experiments of historical projection theatre, also shape the workshop by Willie Gurner, Mikhail Lylov, and Víctor del (M)Oral.  Starting with experiments in form with ceramic clay, they explore with the participants analogies of plastic forms, sounds and movements, but also how experiencing a connection between these phenomena can change our relationship to them.


Friday
12 Nov 2021

3 pm
Projection theatre
// Exhibition tour
Ideas-explanation of archive material and research

7 pm
Projectionist Etudes
// Performance
Students of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

Under the direction of Katharina Christl, students of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden have studied biomechanical movement exercises developed by Solomon Nikritin for performers of projection theatre. In a performance of about 15 minutes, they show the results of their studies as an experimental re-enactment.

7.30 pm
In Nikritin's Cosmogram – A Performance Theatre
// Listening and acting

With texts and diagrams, the audio and visual play conveys Solomon Nikritin's ideas for a theatre of projectionism and the applied exercise perspectives for people to become different. At the same time, the question is asked whether this perspective can be transferred to mental and physical exercises in which – beyond the fascination with machines of the 1920s – a new coexistence of people with natural, more-than-human existences is at stake. 


Saturday
13 Nov 2021

11 am
Projection theatre
// Exhibition tour
Ideas-explanation of archive material and research

from 3 pm
try to get up: Films about learning and unlearning bodies
// Film programme compiled by Elke Marhöfer

The films by Emanuel Almborg and Julia Parks convey in different ways a vision of pedagogy and learning that knows no separation of the body from thinking.
> Talking Hands / Говорящие руки, 2016, Emanuel Almborg, 48 min, German subtitled.
> The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk, 2019, Julia Parks, 16 min, in English

Inhabitants: Films about the living worlds
// Film programme
compiled by Elke Marhöfer

Habit and inhabitation are similar words. What does this similarity indicate? Perhaps that the environment is not only around us, but that we, with our habits, emerge from the environment? In their films, the artists Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Mikhail Lylov and Elke Marhöfer explore these connections and how body consciousness is interwoven with the materials and rhythms of existence.

> Helga Fanderl
When Helga Fanderl explores different environments in her films, she uses the camera as an additional sensory organ and depicts perceived affects without any post-processing, therefore emphasizing direct encounters with the situations and phenomenas of the world. Fanderl will arrive in person and project a Super 8 film program in a montage of short individual film.

> Becoming Extinct (Wild Grass), 2017, Elke Marhöfer, 23 min.
> Am Meer, 1995, Ute Aurand, 3 min.
> Sakura, Sakura, 2015, Ute Aurand, 3 min.
> Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995, 2020, Ute Aurand, 5 min.

7 pm
In Nikritin's Cosmogram – A Performance Theatre
// Listening and acting

With texts and diagrams, the audio and visual play conveys Solomon Nikritin's ideas for a theatre of projectionism and the applied exercise perspectives for people to become different. At the same time, the question is asked whether this perspective can be transferred to mental and physical exercises in which – beyond the fascination with machines of the 1920s – a new coexistence of people with natural, more-than-human existences is at stake. 


Sunday
14 Nov 2021

11 am
Follow me
// Exhibition tour
with demonstration of the project by Eugenia Suslova

3 pm
Succulent Therapy
// Exhibition tour
with demonstration of the project by Anastasiya Kizlova

from 5 pm
Inhabitants: Films about the living worlds
// Film programme
compiled by Elke Marhöfer

Habit and inhabitation are similar words. What does this similarity indicate? Perhaps that the environment is not only around us, but that we, with our habits, emerge from the environment? In their films, the artists Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Mikhail Lylov and Elke Marhöfer explore these connections and how body consciousness is interwoven with the materials and rhythms of existence.

> Becoming Extinct (Wild Grass), 2017, Elke Marhöfer, 23 min.
> Am Meer, 1995, Ute Aurand, 3 min.
> Sakura, Sakura, 2015, Ute Aurand, 3 min.
> Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995, 2020, Ute Aurand, 5 min.

try to get up: Films about learning and unlearning bodies
// Film programme
compiled by Elke Marhöfer

The films by Emanuel Almborg and Julia Parks convey in different ways a vision of pedagogy and learning that knows no separation of the body from thinking.
> Talking Hands / Говорящие руки, 2016, Emanuel Almborg, 48 min, German subtitled.
> The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk, 2019, Julia Parks, 16 min, in English


>> Free ticket required