The May Events



The May Events

tue 22 >> sat 26.05 - theater / talk - #guestcurator #think

How do we recognize revolutionary moments when they occur? What defines the event of revolt and revolution in the cultural, social and political sphere? Where are today, in a global scale, the new forms of relationship between performance and political movements? How do bodies create revolutionary alliances? What is the place of fiction and of radical imagination in there? And what the one of representation?

Revolving around these questions, The May Events articulates a platform for art and discourse –a series of events– gathering artists and researchers whose work is situated in or between the contemporary performative scene and the elaboration of political discourse, both within artistic institutions and the social domain. The program emerges from a research in the international artistic field and focuses on voices speaking from different world regions. Next to artistic practices deeply rooted in specific social contexts, it looks, nomadic and displaced artists, whose biography is built in different continents, and whose expression refers to more than one cultural and political contexts –or to none in particular.

Conceived on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of May 1968, The May Events doesn’t aim at celebrating it or at discussing its accomplishments and failures and its European legacy. It is rather a way to use this anniversary as a trampoline to investigate where and how art is today a place for social choreographies to be shaped and performed, for bodies and subjectivities to gather and generate new movements, and for us all to sense the potentialities for revolt and revolution in and through the arts.

The program is curated in collaboration with the KunstenFestivalDesArts in Brussels and with the research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) of Ghent University, as a shared context where art works and theory can work together and where citizens and spectators are invited to experience and encounter them. Silvia Bottiroli is a curator and researcher in contemporary performing arts. She is interested in particular, in the dynamics of collaboration and collective creation, in the political and ethical values of performance, in the societal implication of artistic creation and theatrical spectatorship and in imaginal and instituent practices. From 2012 to 2016 she has been the artistic director of Santarcangelo Festival, one of the most relevant contemporary performing arts festivals in Italy.


curated by: Silvia Bottiroli - in collaboration with: KunstenFestivalDesArts Brussel, S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) & UGent


Installation / Expo / Film:

fri 11 t/m fri 18.05 - CAMPOSAZ (workshop / installatie)
wed 23 TILL sat 26.05 - Notes.The May Events (expo)
wed 23 TILL sat 26.05 - Pamina De Coulon / Printemps On Recommence (installatie)
wed 23 TILL sat 26.05 - Ismail Bahri - Foyer (film)
wed 23 TILL sat 26.05 - Jamila-Johnson Small / Last Yearz Interesting Negro - Meditation Tapes (geluidsinstallatie)

Lecture / Talks / Conversations

thu 24.05 - Lunch Talk #1 - Christel Stalpaert / Boyzie Cewkana - "Precarious Bodies"
thu 24.05 - Apero Talk - Pamina De Coulon / Michiel Vandevelde / Anton Jäger - "Thinking the aesthetic and the political today"
thu 24.05 - Roland Gunst / Sibo Kanobana - The Reign of Afropeanism
fri 25.05 - Lunch Talk #2 - Jamila Johnson Small / Ilse Ghekiere / Margarita Tsoumou - "WHY DO WE KEEP TALKING?"
sat 26.05 - Notes.The May Events - Ivana Muller & Maxime Arnauld, Róise Goan, Livia Andrea Piazza, Laurence Rassel, Christel Stalpaert, Michiel Vandevelde


wed 23.05 - Boyzie Cekwana - I | Movement
fri 25.05 - Alessandro Sciarroni - don’t be frightened of turning the page
sat 26.05 - Michiel Vandevelde / fABULEUS - Paradise Now!

Concert / Party

fri 25.05 - Chino Amobi / Elysia Crampton
sat 26.05 - Nkisi / Faka

Written on 09.04.18