CCQO at Poetry of the Real, Basel – June 12-14

Poetry of the Real: Imagination – Friction – Transformation explores the multifaceted transfer between extended arts practices and contemporary discourses. For this it inquires into
the conditions of arts and design-based systems of knowledge.
The sections are grouped around the perspectives of “Imagination – Friction – Transformation” and their interferences. This is based on an extended understanding of the generative pro- cesses involving the ability and motivation of the arts to develop or demonstrate changes along with the original and the new in genuine moments. Friction engenders dialogue and critical engagement with the ability to propound changes and herald new perspectives. This forms the discourse of Poetry of the Real, between the real and the arts.



How is imagination triggered? What are the underlying processes that generate imagination as the basis of artistic and creative processes? From the sources of perception and knowledge — how is the imagined synthesized?


Friction forms the basis for a dialogue on changing and emerging perspectives and the genesis of the new.
Can friction, in its diversity of perspectives and opinions, be perceived as positive and does it have the capacity
to generate openness with regard to the current relevant discourses in society and the world of digital media, design, and art?


Viewing transformation includes: disclosing disruptive developments; highlighting examples of art and extended practices; imparting access to methods of transformation; illustrating practices in art and theory that trigger the trans- formation of thought and perception; synthesizing modes of complex understanding.


Tuesday 12th June
Celebrating the Campus of the Arts


6 pm–1 am 6 pm–9 pm

6.30pm–10pm 7 pm–10 pm

Emerging Real — Electronic Music Night
(Outdoor stage / studio building, ground oor, A 0.11)

Student exhibition ‘Constructed Realities’ Supervised by Ludwig Zeller
Opening Reception (A -1.09)

Neu | Now exhibition in collaboration with ELIA Opening reception (D 0.05)

Teresa Solar: Flotation Line Opening Reception (der TANK)

Wednesday 13th June
Symposium Poetry of the Real: Imagination – Friction – Transformation

Room: Auditorium (D 1.04)
Carla Delfos will guide through the day:


9.30am–10am 10 am–12 am

12 am–1 pm 1 pm–3 pm

3 pm–3.15 pm 3.15 pm – 5.15 pm

5.15 pm – 5.45 pm

Opening and Introduction to Symposium Objectives Prof. Kirsten Langkilde


Introduction: Speakers:

Discussion: Lunch


Introduction: Speakers:

Discussion: Co ee Break

Prof. Michael Renner
Asta Wellejus
Prof. Dr. Frederick Tygstrup Prof. Michael Rock
Prof. Marion Fink

Prof. Chus Martínez
Prof. Dr. Pascal Gielen
Prof. Doris Sommer PhD
Prof. Dr. Nicolaj van der Meulen



Introduction: Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke Speakers: Prof. Francesco Erspamer PhD

Dr. Maxa Zoller
Dr. Shermin Voshmgir

Discussion and Summary with Prof. Kirsten Langkilde followed by apéro



Thursday 14th June 2018
ECAM Graduate School Invites
Workshops “Clouds and Rocks – Embracing Friction Through Research in the Making”

From 9 am until 6 pm, followed by aperitif
FHNW Academy of Art and Design
Campus of the Arts, Freilager-Platz 1, CH-4002 Basel Aesthetic Practice Lab (D 2.05 / D 2.06)
Free entry

This workshop series invites participants to collectively create di erent dimen- sions of an imaginary, alien world. It is a chance to re ect on the methodologies of imagining and making as forms of research in a playful and dynamic atmosphere. In response to a speci c scenario, the workshop will follow and develop three parallel but interconnected strands: experiencing alien subjectivity, imagining alien terrains, and exploring the social and ecological relations in this newly imagined world. Over the course of the day the participants will exchange with guest experts from various elds, informing and inspiring the development of experimental sce- narios, and shaping experiences, spaces, and structures as they go along. The workshop concludes with a physical composition, an actual lm set, which brings together the outputs of the various strands: structures, performative objects, and situations designed to transform the senses and shi perspectives.

Please don’t forget to order your ticket via eventbrite.

Workshop Stream I – Imagining Alien TerrainsLead: Joseph Popper & Kambiz Shafeei
Guest: Clemens Winkler (designer)
Room: Aesthetic Practice Lab (D 2.05 / D 2.06)

In this workshop, participants imagine and create alien landscapes out of simple materials. Working roughly at table-top scale, we model and elaborate a series of terrains before documenting them on camera. With the help of lighting and other e ects, we experiment, using our handmade landscapes to create cinematic impressions of other, extra-ordinary worlds. In this hands-on, playful exploration of atmospheres and aesthetics, transforming the familiar into something strange can take on the shape of compelling and inventive imagery.

Workshop Stream II – Experiencing Alien SubjectivityLead: Tena Kelemen & Michaela Büsse
Guest: Patricia Reed (author), Claire Raymond (FHNW)
Room: Aesthetic Practice Lab (D 2.05 / D 2.06)

In this hands-on workshop we practise how to grasp and be grasped by the alien other. Through material experiments we explore organic form making and
take the di erent materialities and outcomes as a starting point for our theoretical investigation: what can ferro uids teach us about systems correlations? How

do non-Newtonian uids and politics relate to one another? How do we interpret the o spring of an accidental encounter between melted wax and iced water?
In this media-philosophy-in-action session we re ect on how the alien other a ects us through its materiality and how we impact on it with our bodies.

Workshop Stream III – Exploring Alien RelationsLead: Felipe Castelblanco & Karolina Sobecka
Guest: Francisco Carballo (Goldsmiths University London) Room: Aesthetic Practice Lab (D 2.05 / D 2.06)

In this session, participants explore new models of governance, production, and coexistence within this newly formed space. Through pseudo-social experiments, lms, and performative situations we imagine and enact new social behaviours, politics, and space logics that take human and non-human beings to a new level

of interconnectedness. An introductory dialogue moderated by two international guests will spark o discussions and creative responses around issues such
as land distribution, postcolonial ecologies, resources, and energy management.

Thursday 14th June 2018
ECAM Graduate School Invites
Workshops “Clouds and Rocks – Embracing Friction Through Research in the Making”


9 am–6 pm 9 am–6 pm

9 am – 6 pm

Workshop Stream I – Imagining Alien Terrains

Workshop Stream II – Experiencing Alien Subjectivity

Workshop Stream III – Exploring Alien Relations



Thursday 14th June 2018
Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship (SCE) invites you to the Workshop “Friction – Transcending Learned Mechanisms”

From 9 am to 4 pm
FHNW Academy of Art and Design
Campus of the Arts, Freilager-Platz 1, CH-4002 Basel
Room: D4.04
Please register with
Free entry
Lead: Jana Eske (SCE, Basel), Mayar El Hayawan
(SCE/swissnex, Boston), Cécile Vulliemin (swissnex, Boston)
Guests: Floor van de Velde (School of the Museum of Fine Arts
at Tufts University, Boston), Harsha Menon
(Tufts University, Medford MA, Boston), Francesco Ersparmer (Harvard University, Cambridge), Susanne Neubauer (independent curator and art historian, London), Armin Blasbichler (Institute Integrative Design | Masterstudio, Basel),
Nicolaj van der Meulen (Co-director Aesthetic Practice and Theory, Basel)

This workshop invites participants to envision the future of Cultural Entrepreneur- ship Education. What is necessary to support artists’ and designers’ ground- breaking ideas for a successful navigation through the economies? By identifying correlations between Art, Design, the Humanities, and Technology, we wish to critically reflect on educational and supportive structures and their impact on future businesses. We want to connect experiences from Basel and Boston and look in and beyond our own environment. Our guests will offer different opinions on how to expand infrastructures beyond the boundaries of single institutions

in order to promote, teach and support Cultural Entrepreneurship. The idea of this workshop is to share techniques, skills, and mindsets that help educators, students, and entrepreneurs to bring together the known and the unknown.

Thursday 14th June 2018
Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship (SCE) invites you to the workshop “Friction – Transcending Learned Mechanisms”


9 am
9.30 – 9.40 am

9.45 am –10.10 am

10.15 am – 10.45 am

Opening statements with Jana Eske and Céclie Vulliemin and moderated by Mayar El Hayawan

Floor Van De Velde
in conversation with Nicolaj Van De Meulen

moderated by

Cécile Vulliemin Space: shifting environments and communication modes in cultural entrepreneurship education

Harsha Menon in conversation with tba

moderated by Mayar El

Media: looking at economies through film and sound

15 minute coffee break

Francesco Ersparmer in conversation with Susanne Neubauer

moderated by Jana Eske Society: reflecting on narrations and systems for culturally driven and socially conscious entrepreneurship

11.30 am – 12 pm
one hour lunch break

11 am


1 pm – 2.30 pm

2.45 pm – 3.30 pm

3.45 pm – 4 pm

Moderated working tables with three different focuses: space, media and society

15 minute break

Presentation of the results from each group.
20 minutes plus 10 minute Q&A

Closing comment, with Jana Eske, Mayar El Hayawan, and Cécile Vulliemin