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[NA!] Project artists invited to Indeterminacy Festival in Buffalo
Nature Addicts Fund
Above: Courtesy A Tale as a Tool.
Above: Courtesy A Tale as a Tool.

Directed by Stanzi Vaubel, the Indeterminacy Festival, now in its second year, explores the concept of “Emergence” in which an unlikely confluence of things are brought together in the formation of something new. String is used as the primary medium with which to enact the felt-experience of threading, stretching, connecting, and binding new ideas into an interconnected whole.

Theorist Donna Haraway proposed the idea that string can be used both metaphorically and literally to connect an unlikely set of people, places, and ideas: “Alone, in our separate kinds of expertise and experience, we know both too much and too little, and so we succumb to despair or to hope, and neither is a sensible attitude... Neither hope nor despair knows how to teach us to play string figures with companion species.”

From the May 14 to 20, the festival is working across mediums and fields of knowledge in an effort to find new ways of weaving together our relationships between disciplines. The program features workshops, lectures, film screenings, and large-scale performances at Silo City.

In partnership with TechnēInstitute at University Buffalo, directed by Franck Bauchard, [NA!] Project has supported preliminary research for a series of workshops and lectures by Sophie Krier, Aurélien Gamboni, Sandrine Teixido, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro.

A Tale as a Tool is a long-term investigation developed by Aurélien Gamboni and Sandrine Teixido based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story A Descent into the Maelström. Using this novel as a conceptual tool to challenge narratives of adaptation to environmental threats, they have explored past and future resonances of the story, from the South of Brazil to the North of Norway, through multiple formats—editions, installations, public situations. Collaborating with Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro they have investigated environmental changes in Buffalo and the Great Lakes by collecting local testimonies. The research will translate into an archive and several events, such as a writing workshop, a public presentation and a boat tour.

Earth Citizenship Tales is a series of activities led by Sophie Krier. Borrowing from the Principe d’Économie Poétique (the principle of poetic economy) formulated by Fluxus artist Robert Filliou, this 3-day workshop will combine ikebana, memory miming, hand palm landscaping, performance, composting, applied permaculture, lectures and a collective weaving experiment.

Petros A Chytiris, from Greece, has also been invited to create a photographic essay during the festival, and for future developments by [NA!] Project.

Full festival program and registration: www.indeterminacyfestival.com

[NA!] Project is the production section of Nature Addicts Fund founded in 2011 by Bertrand Jacoberger with the objective of supporting artists and arts organizations concerned with environmental and sustainability issues. The mobile academies and projects hosted by NA Fund aim to bring together emerging artists and researchers from all forms of expression to debate, learn from each other and allow new creative impetus to emerge. The traveling format serves as a source of inspiration as each country, each artistic community has its own unique outlook on the world, influenced by its geographic, political, economic and social situation.

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May 14, 2018

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Various locations in Buffalo, NY