within the framework of the residency Program DESVÍO by Planta Alta / Hablar en Arte, in collaboration with the Institute of Radical Imagination, with the hospitality of Museo en Red / Museum Reina Sofia – Thursday May 25th, 17:00-21:00
Res Extensa is a project idea, a hybrid format combining the dimension of critical thinking with the somatic-sensory erotic experimental (experiential) dimension of physical thought; its theme / matter / object / starting point is the body in its relationship with other bodies.
Res Extensa in its experiential form is a participatory event that proposes a framework for experimentation and physical thinking. Res Extensa is proposed as a way to participate in a collective dialogue: enter a choreographic system that does not depend on physical ability, has no audience and only works through its action.
Using choreographic practices, Res Extensa invites participants to reflect from their bodies, to critical thinking, wanting to find the exception to the norm, to active listening, to sharing experiences and perspectives among them. Res Extensa moves from pleasure, it is a strategy to reestablish social bonds, re-eroticize other ways of inhabiting the world, reduce the distance and somatize in action. It does not accommodate, and it does not anesthetize, swimming against the current, it says no to the autonomy of aesthetics, it can only be experienced from the inside.
“I am interested in exploring how dance and choreography can contribute to an understanding of the political in our times. I am interested in Movement and Movements of ideas and of the individual or collective bodies. At its chore choreography moves around the relationship between body, space and time, and the possibilities of their reconfigurations. As a choreographer, my creative and investigative process develops through systems of rules and exceptions to the rule: in other words, I can say that the choreography creates systems and atmospheres where to observe the rupture point – deviations – that transforms them into other configurations. I am interested in this moment of transformation: the manifestation of the rupture, which always seems to me like a form of “withdrawal” to let something different appear, from a need, a desire, an imagination in a process that has something aleatory and necessary at the same time: allowing, welcoming, letting appear, being open to change, transformation, by letting other bodies affirm themselves in space and time. Therefore, as an activist committed with the movement for the commons, I also understand the gestures of reconfiguration of our way of being in the world as choreographic gestures that are manifested through a reconfiguration of bodies or space and tautologically of the law.”
Res Extensa dialogues with the theoretical elaboration of contemporary researchers and philosophers:
– Andreas Philipopoulos Mihailopoulos and his concepts of Spatial Justice, Normorama and Atmosphere;
– Andre Lepecki and his concept of Choreopolitics and Agency in the era of control.
GABRIELLA RICCIO is artist-choreographer, activist and researcher working and living between Madrid and Naples. At present she is artist in residence at Planta Alta within the framework of the Program DESVÍO by Hablar en Arte. As part of the program’s “Practicas Vivas” she is sharing her research around the project RES EXTENSA
Res Extensa received the support of DEVÍO 2021 Program by Hablar en Arte / Planta Alta; in collaboration with the Institute of Radical Imagination and the hospitality of Museo en Red – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.