Contingent Weirdness - workshop on horror
Presented in the context of residency at wpZimmer with Adrijana Gvozdenović and Sara Manente Luna Park – Our Dreams and Fears under the artificial moonlight, 10-23 April 2023
Contingent Weirdness - workshop on horror is a proposal for a training/hanging-out/sharing/practice for artists researchers focusing on the specific genre of horror to understand each other’s artistic commitments in a constraint, and therefore, generative way. The workshop explores and reshapes historical elements of the genre, such as zombies, gore and torture of ghostly demons, vicious animals and cannibal witches, as well as medieval serial killer monsters, unnatural disasters and Frankenstein projects, and so on. The workshop also foregrounds different scales and registers of horror for reconsideration, ranging from speculative fiction, sci-fi cinema, to medieval bestiaries, inducing “bad feelings” such as fear, uncanny, awe, mania, panic, tension and anxiety.
The workshop is interested in horror as a genre. Horror as genre can teach us how stories gather and stage their matters of care and teach a negatively affected audience to inhabit their world. The workshop is interested in creating experimental and personalized monsters of artistic work in scales that are not necessarily correct and of good intention. The workshop proposes to exaggerate consciously how great art practices are also awful, how the things we do are also often laden with damage and death, to trace our works in the matrix of rage, lure, and desire (and not necessarily in the matrix of truth, urgency, and achievements).