We Just Don't Know - Finding Ways to Loosen Certainties

A Seminar with Kate McIntosh

On January 17, 2017 from 6-9PM at Sector 2337 (2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647)

At this seminar, the group is offered an experiment in thinking. Our questions circle around the apparent clash between the logic of scientific thinking and the imagination of the arts — and how these might disturb and stimulate each other. Both science and art rely heavily on metaphor to concretize abstract ideas — and these metaphors become necessary invitations to re-examine our understanding of reality. The way we name things, and our freedom to do so, is key to our perception of the world. Therefore to engage in any major shift of world-view (or to stimulate one), it is essential that we are skilled and flexible in our use of metaphor — in our naming of things…

How can an artistic thought process be disturbing and useful for our factual, inventive and scientific ideas? What is a healthy suspicion of the poverty of metaphors? What happens when we attempt to ‘show’ what we ‘know’?

In this seminar Kate McIntosh gives an individual and playful provocation on these questions. The event begins with a performance lecture, and concludes with an investigative experiment-game for the participants.

Concept, text and delivery: Kate McIntosh

Originally commissioned by PACT Zollverein (DE) for the ‘Explorationen 10’ conference. This event is co-produced with The Goethe-Institut.


Kate McIntosh is an artist working across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. From New Zealand and originally trained in dance, she has performed internationally since 1995 – appearing in the work of directors such as Wendy Houstoun (UK), Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre,  Cie Michèle Anne de Mey (Belgium), Random Scream (Belgium), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/Switzerland) and Tim Etchells (UK).

Since 2004 Kate has focused on directing her own work – including the solos All Natural(2004), Loose Promise (2007), and All Ears (2013) and the larger performances Hair From the Throat (2006), Dark Matter (2009) and Untried Untested (2012). Her installation works include De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the participatory installation Worktable(2011). In her own work she has enjoyed collaborations with Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Diederik Peeters, and many more.

Kate has directed several short videos which have played at festivals and exhibitions the world over. She was a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni, and she holds an MRes in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University (UK).


She is a founding member of SPIN: the artist-run production and research platform based in Brussels.

For further information about her work please see www.spinspin.be gi_logo_vertical_green_srgb


Bojana Cvejić

Social Choreography and Performing the Self

On Monday, Jan 23 at 7pm, Bojana Cvejić will present a lecture at Sector 2337. This event is co-organized with The Goethe Institut.

Bojana Cvejić (born in Belgrade/Serbia) is a performance theorist and performance maker based in Brussels. She is a co-founding member of TkH editorial collective (http://www.tkh-generator.net) with whom she has realized many projects and publications. Cvejić received her PhD in philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, London and MA and BA degrees in musicology and aesthetics from the Faculty of Music, University of the Arts, Belgrade.

Her latest books are Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performance (Palgrave, Basingstoke 2015), Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score, co-written with A.T.De Keersmaeker (Mercator, Brussels, 2014), Parallel Slalom: Lexicon of Nonaligned Poetics, co-edited with G. S. Pristaš (TkH/CDU, Belgrade/Zagreb, 2013) and Public Sphere by Performance, co-written with A. Vujanović (b_books, Berlin, 2012). She has been (co-)author, dramaturge or performer in many dance and theater performances since 1996, with a.o. Jan Ritsema, Xavier Le Roy, Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, and Christine De Smedt.

In 2013, Cvejić curated the exhibition Danse-Guerre at Musée de la danse, Rennes (in collaboration with C. Costinas) in the frame of which she made videos two videos “… in a non-wimpy way” (with Steve Paxton) and “Yvonne Rainer’s WAR” (co-authored with L. Laberenz).  In 2014, she devised a choreography and lecture program titled Spatial Confessions for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

Cvejić teaches at various dance and performance programs in Europe, she is Associate Professor of Dance Theory at the Oslo National Academy of Arts and Professor of Philosophy of Art at Faculty for Media and Communication, University Singidunum in Belgrade. Her current research focuses on social choreography, technologies and performances of the self, and time and rhythm in performance poetics and Post-Fordist modes of production.