For If I Can’t Dance’s Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016), Alex Martinis Roe has been commissioned to produce a new film, Our Future Network.
For Our Future Network Alex Martinis Roe is establishing a network of practitioners, who, in the way they relate to one another and work together, will develop and perform a number of new collective political practices. These political practices will become the subject and methodology for a non-linear documentary film, which will be complemented by an installation, a series of workshops and public events, and a publication.
Our Future Network is the last film in a series of six grouped under the title To Become Two (2014–2016), which maps the relations between and within a number of collectives and currents who produce and distribute feminist theory in Europe and Australia, and who share a common genealogy to, or were part of, the thought and practice of sexual difference in France and Italy in the early to mid 1970s.
The research phase for Our Future Network involved a four-month workshop in Berlin from March–July 2015 at the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, University of the Arts in Berlin within a custom built interior architecture, designed in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. Here a group of women aged 23-42, all interested in finding ways to work collectively on feminist politics, met once a week to do a kind of practical, embodied research into the various strategies explored in each of the films comprising the series To Become Two.
Through practical experiments, and analysis of some feminist new materialist philosophy, alongside the thought of sexual difference, the group developed provisional adjustments, adaptations and departures from these practices, bringing them into new forms. On 8 June, 2015 some of the practices developed were presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in an event called Our Future Network: Concepts, stories and other enactments.
Alex Martinis Roe’s (b. 1982 Melbourne, Australia) current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations, as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. She is currently a fellow of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, University of the Arts, Berlin. Between 2006–2007 she was a resident at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; in 2011 at Seoul Artspace Geumcheon; and from 2009 to 2015 at Kunsthaus KuLe, Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Once I wrote the story of her life, because by then I knew it by heart, curated by Arnisa Zeqo, Rongwrong, Amsterdam (solo) (2014); Making Room: Spaces of Anticipation, curated by Emanuele Guidi and Lorenzo Sandoval, ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2014); A story from Circolo della rosa, curated by Fiona Geuß, Archive Kabinett, Berlin (solo) (2014); NEW13, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2013); Collective Biographies, Bibliothekswohnung, Berlin (solo) (2012); non-writing histories, Artspace, Sydney (solo) (2012); Genealogies; Frameworks for Exchange, Pallas Projects, Dublin (solo) (2011); HaVE A LoOk! Have a Look!, FormContent, London (2010). Previously for If I Can’t Dance she lead the inaugural Summer Open Reading Group for Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2013), and participated in Performance Days (2014) with the performance Their desire rang through the halls and into the tower presented in collaboration with Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory.
Alex Martinis Roe is one of four artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to produce a new work as part of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016). Her current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures.
Over the commission period, Alex Martinis Roe will develop a new film entitled Our Future Network, for the production of which she is establishing a network of practitioners, who, in the way they relate to one another and work together, intentionally develop and perform a number of new feminist political practices, which will become the subject and methodology for the film.
Our Future Network is the last in a series of six film-installations, entitled To Become Two (2014–2016), which map the relations between and within a number of collectives and currents who have produced and distributed feminist theory in Europe and Australia. The project explores the entanglement of theory and practice through compiling a history of the practices that brought about these theories, and, in turn, the practices that emerged from them.
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