PALA LAB – Collective Affairs

International Laboratory & Exhibition

04.08.2018 5pm  - 9pm

Initiated and curated by ZONA DYNAMIC /
Vincent Chomaz & Eliza Goldox

What is the relevance of the collective in the age of competitive individualism?

What does it mean for us—artists and cultural operators—to be working together?

It is a source of empowerment, a reaction, a conscious act of revolt or an accident?

Can we work together and resist a system based on exploitation and domination?

PALA is an artist laboratory with the key aim to explore the nature of collaboration and its politics. The program proposes the creation of a temporary community of artist groups and collectives—a meta-collective—to establish an environment for co-production and co-existence.

ZONA DYNAMIC is initiating PALA—dedicated to the exploration of collaborative and participatory artistic practices and the sharing of knowledge.

It inspired by Palanese culture in Huxley’s utopian “Island”. “Island” illustrates what could be done in a community if it was built on the premise of goodness—sharing—rather than hierarchies of power and exploitation.

PALA will bring together artists and collectives from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Berlin to work on projects based on notions of change, transition, and transformation. PALA will repurpose its host location into a temporary space of co-creation and critical exchange, while proposing an extensive program of public talks every evening, an on-going symposium on and about collective making, collective working, and collective being.

Focusing on performance, sound, and video, PALA intends to highlight and unwind the political, social, historical, or cultural narratives at work within and between African, Middle-Eastern, Asian, and European societies. The collective is here envisioned as a space of struggle, protest, affirmation, change, and hope—a space of social and political transition where territories, identities, bodies, genders, and the everyday can be renegotiated, transformed, or questioned.

At the end on the 4th of August the laboratory becomes exhibition!

Participating Artists:

Cairo Bats

Jeanno Gaussi

The Disrupter X Project/ Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Pamela Sunstrum Phatsimo

Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett

Utopian Union

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Pala’s artists are supported by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Canadian Embassy, Goethe Institute Indonesia, Goethe Institute South Africa, Mophradat