Homo Novus 2015


A Site for Affective Learning. The Festival as/is a School

Indeed, by setting conditions for a learning process, festivals also make space for their own learning. For an artistic organization, creating a school is an act of self-determination, a way of expanding its own understanding and practice, a trick to create time when there is no time.

Silvia Bottiroli | 02 09 2020 | Essay

Staging performances in and of the city

... the main effect of programming theater in urban spaces is exactly this: to encourage and support the collaborate efforts of producing - and changing - common urban spheres. In times of shut & lock downs in many cities and democracies under pressures this form of theatre and art constitutes a very high political practice in its core sense.

Imanuel Schipper | 01 09 2020 | Essay

Recipes for Being with Things

Acknowledging the non-passivity or even creativity of things allows us to be different and differently in the world. Repositioning ourselves in this way, allowing to see that things are active and activating does not mean letting go of responsibility. It just makes us add response-ability (as Lehmann says) to it, ability ‘to be’ through dialogue with things, through ‘being with’.

Sodja Zupanc Lotker | 25 08 2020 | Essay

The Borders of a Festival

My body is the archive of the excess and the experienced exception and, after the last night of carnival, I might transport these exceptions into the norm, contaminating it. I walk through a porous city and I suddenly discover to be potentially part of this porosity myself.

Daniel Blanga Gubbay | 20 08 2020 | Essay

Attention as a form of ethics*

There are works in the festival's programme that will appear and disappear from the public space like a mold – silently and invisibly yet leaving the trace. Others are here to stay and will, hopefully, grow and evolve many years after we are gone.

Gundega Laiviņa | 12 08 2020 | Programme intro