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Sello Pesa, Vaughn Sadie and William Kentridge at Istanbul International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival iDANS 05: At Work.

Organized and presented by Bimeras Cultural Foundation each year around a curatorial theme, the conceptual framework of the 2011 edition of iDANS is ‘At Work’. The festival runs from 30 September to 28 October. The programme will feature discussions, staged performances, public space interventions and workshops as well as informal meetings in order to interrogate to what extent each step in realizing a contemporary performing arts work can be considered as ‘work’; how the notion of ‘immaterial labour’ as the predominant mode of production in current economies is reflected in the conception, implementation and organization of artistic processes; and how artistic labour contributes to and transforms creativity-centred economic and symbolic production. In contemporary ‘creative capitalism’, we see the emergence of a new type of worker. Similar to a dancer, the ‘new worker’ is expected to be endowed with mental mobility, agility, adaptability, flexibility, and playfulness and should continuously be engaged in the production, circulation, and distribution of images, ideas, affects, codes, sensations and gestures. How does contemporary art work? What works? What kind of a ‘job’ is art? Can we consider the new worker as an artist and the artist as a worker? Has the incitement to creativity become an instrument of exploitation in the contemporary organization of production in general? What are the potential roles that remain for creativity for the development of human agency and emancipation? William Kentridge will be presenting I am not me, the horse is not mine. Meanwhile, South African choreographer and dancer Sello Pesa and conceptual artist and light designer Vaughn Sadie have been commissioned to develop an Istanbul version of their work Inhabitant. German artist Mirko Winkel will accompany them in the research phase in Istanbul.

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