at BRUNAKRA

Brunakra offers residency for artists, writers, journalists, or anybody that carries ideas that requires time and space to realize. The period is supposed to end with an exhibit or presentation of the completed work to the public or specially invited guests. This is our log of previous visiting residents.

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Dagie Brundert and Intentionally Coincidental Humorous Universes (ICHU).

Who am I, and, what am I doing here. As a child, you woke up in the night suddenly talking out in the dark, loud out to hidden ghosts. Putting out the most existential question of all. That of randomness and existence. We’re looking forward to have Dagie Brundert from Berlin Germany as resident in March 2020.

Dagie Brundert invites coincidence to participate in her work and uses this for creative potential and humor. Convinced that beauty is everywhere. She burns it on film and steps outside to capture it. No script. Just being aware and awake through the camera. Focusing on the small things. Little stories, one message, one thought that evolves and develops through biochemical processes. Confident that there is a certain humor in the universe.

”I‘m convinced that I‘m in the business of throwing small, short beauty bombs into the world, I cannot help it and I‘ll never stop it. The world is complicated, dangerous and beautiful, people are brutal, greedy and stupid, but also confused, loving and incredibly social.”

Not obviously political (It’s a political statement), her work is always personal and plays in a small, manageable space, bubble, universe. However, you can extrapolate this space.

“I don‘t want to image the world one-to-one, I want to image the insides and the cracked imperfectness and second-view beauty of the world by an imperfect and sometimes out of focus (but in of heart!).”

Dagie Brundert was born in a small town in the middle of West Germany. In her twenties, she moved to Berlin and studied visual arts / experimental film, and Fell in love with her super 8 camera (Nizo) in 1988. Since then she’s been a particle-finder, a wave-catcher, and a good story-teller. She carries her super 8 camera with her traveling, walking around, eyes open and antennas upright. She tries to absorb weird beautiful things from this world. Chews them and spits them out again.

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This residency at BRUNAKRA is financed by Goethe Institut Schweden:

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Call your mom & Say You’re Sorry

When you move, I move! 2020 BRUNAKRA continues to invite physical theatre and dance groups into our residency program. We’re happy to have the dance collective Call your Mom from Baltimore USA, as residents in April. To say sorry is to move harts. Acceptance is everything, look firmly on what you have around you, and adopt, react, interact.

Say You’re Sorry is Call your Moms grandest project yet – a set of collaborative forgiveness experiments spanning four countries and eight US states. In each place we work with artists, faith groups, and social justice movements to formulate questions and solutions on making amends. What does a forgiving future look like? What redemptive tools do we have to lend to one another?

Say You’re Sorry is a multimedia exploration of forgiveness and redemption. From September 2019 through May 2020, Call Your Mom will be developing various aspects of Say You’re Sorry at residencies across the country and world.

Call your Mom: Collaboration is our holy idea.

  • When we are wholly ourselves in creation, new languages and powers are possible.
  • Collaboration requires trust and earnest engagement. 
  • As collaborators, we define the rules of ownership. Ownership is collective and each idea is built from the culture of our togetherness. 
  • Audiences are not only viewers, they are also collaborators. 
  • Collaboration is commitment to one another in resistance to a culture of transaction and individualist gains. It is the practice of learning and yearning to live non-transactionally. Prolonged collaboration means trust in the unlimited giving of each collaborator without needing to reap its benefits. 
  • Collaboration creates its own beauty.

Call Your Mom is a multimedia performance group and making family. Founded in 2014, Mia Massimino, Emma Bergman, Sophie Goldberg, and E Cadoux work in a horizontal structure to make evocative, empathetic, and multimodal art. Our works include THIS CLOSE (2016), an interactive stage show about translation and miscommunication, Household (2017), a large-scale installation about domesticity and emotional ghosts, and Too Day (2018), a fictional holiday celebrating rituals between strangers.

Rabota – Come Fly with the Borderliner

Think of society as a complex structure of rules, where some rules are hidden and not spoken off, while other rules are on full display and in the open, through our daily life we navigate this web of rules, more or less intuitive, not aware of how they operate. This deep web of rules is the agreement that we all subscribe to while participating in society. These rules define both what’s allowed and what’s not allowed. On general terms the net consists both on super levels, but also fragmented into different sub-structures, these sub-structures could be called discourses.

To allow things to change, society needs transformational functions to bind different threads together and make the web ever-growing and ever reform into new shapes.

This transformational function is the author-function. The author-position is charged with a certain sovereign authority to act inside and outside of the structures. To disturb or disrupt the rules of the game. These author-functions may be shaped in different contexts, where art is one.

Artistic practices balance on the border between being inside and outside of given rules and acts by this, trans-discursive. Somewhere there are other powers, that may hide on the super levels that hand out this authority. The artistic authority to declare a state of exception, and to seek to define what’s necessary and urgent. But the sovereign position is never given from above, but always empowered from below. Those who empower the sovereign position are also those who allow the offset to slide outside of the rules. It’s a critical position that needs to be scrutinized and inspected.

We’re happy to have Rabota, from Moscow Russia, in residency May 2020. Rabota was founded in 2014 by artists Marika Krasina and Anton Kryvulia. Relying on the practice of dialogues, they have defined a concept of non-knowledge. This theme unfolds into the idea of «Human as an Arch»: arch is a contour, filled with different content (sky, trees, other arches) that makes it arch visible. Rabota strive to interpret nonknowledge as an incompleteness, unheld, something that didn’t occur, as an incognito companion of human: a trace of the absent.

”We plan to introduce our personal belongings as a material for the construction. The recordings that we collect in our expeditions will become the sound basis for the creation of interactive musical objects, managed in the performative act process. We consider opening our developments for discussion with specialists, colleagues, and an audience is required. For this purpose, we developed media-rave-conference, the format of performative lectures using multimedia technologies. Along with the performative installation, we are going to operate with this format in our future works.”

The result of the project will be public performative and lecture events, theoretical materials and other documentation rendered in a book and art objects created in the process.