Across the months of October and November 2023, the artistic investigation Not Yet, Still will be developed inside the Museo Reina Sofía. The project by artist and researcher Paz Rojo is articulated via two laboratories, an encounter, a stage experiment and a conversation, research that is part of Rojo’s broader project Morir Bien (Die Well), which draws inspiration from contemporary materialism and ecological thought to explore the encounter with declining historicity in the present time by way of the relationship between dance, the unknown and aesthetic experience. de la historicidad de la época actual, a través de la relación entre la danza, lo desconocido y la experiencia estética.
In the current context, besieged by crisis thinking and successive forms of epistemic violence, Not Yet, Still seeks to explore the dismantling of our time from the conceptual figure of ruin. What senses are opened before the presence of a time, a body and a stage on the verge of falling? Through ruin, we can delve deeper into the aesthetic scope of a time which, catastrophically and tragically, does not belong to us. As temporal and material figuration, ruin dissolves time for us, allowing us to start after the end: to listen to the remains, to what is left in spite of it all. Through ruin we let ourselves fall and contribute to the demolition of narratives and paradigms which weave our era; we open ourselves to the time of everything we are not and situate ourselves on a post-contemporary stage, ultimately experiencing an encounter with the aesthetics of a strange and immensely open time: a time which has, at the same time, a future and spectral quality.
Morir Bien Morir Bien is a project funded by Madrid City Council’s grants for contemporary creation. With the support of the residencies programme Notar, promoted by the MAR Platform (Museo Reina Sofía, hablarenarte and Fundación Daniel and Nina Carasso, Madrid); Radicantes (IVAM, Valencia); Festival Citemor (Portugal); Live Arts Laboratory, Tenerife Lab (Tenerife); the Los Barros Centre of Artists’ Residencies (Madrid) and the Notes for a Time Apart programme (Museo Reina Sofía).
Federico Campagna is a philosopher, and the author of The Last Night (Zero Books, 2013), Technic and Magic: The Reconstruction of Reality (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Prophetic Culture: Recreation for Adolescents (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). He is an associate fellow of the Warburg Institute (London), a critical fellow of Royal Academy Schools (London) and a lecturer in Intellectual History at ECAL (Lausana), as well as the host of the literary podcast Overmorrow's Library, produced by the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. Furthermore, he works as a rights director at the UK/US radical publisher Verso Books and is the co-founder of the Italian philosophy publisher Timeo.
Paulina Chamorro works in the field of performing arts as a producer, performer and programme co-ordinator for theatres and institutions in Chile and Spain. Since 2009, she has worked independently and in collaborative pieces-projects which explore the creation of sensitive knowledge through experimental stage formats, with a particular interest in the relationship between representation, capitalism, expanded stage practices and post-modernism. Notable among her works are Ser Paisaje (NAVE, Santiago de Chile, 2021), Exuberante Hueco Hacer Lugar (Bosque Real, Madrid, 2022), VAHO (The Online Platform of Ongoing Research, 2022) and Una vibración casi imperceptible (CA2M, Móstoles, 2023).
Javier Cruz is an artist who develops his work through collaborative projects, both in his individual practice and as part of collective structures such as Elgatoconmoscas and PLAYdramaturgia. He also works with performing arts professionals, normally as a performer. Alongside Jacobo Cayetano (Zuloark), he created Bosque Real, a platform to safeguard forgotten heritage and to once again narrate it from multiple perspectives of retrieval. Moreover, with Fernando Gandasegui, he runs Bar Yola, an intersection between live art and pedagogies. His work has been part of collective shows such as Querer parecer noche (CA2M, Móstoles, 2018) and individual exhibitions like Trémula (CA2M, Móstoles, 2021), and has featured in art centres, festivals and national and international theatres. (CA2M, Móstoles, 2021), así como en centros de arte, festivales y teatros nacionales e internacionales.
Nilo Gallego is a musician and artist whose work always contains a playful strand, searching for interaction with the environment and everyday life. He designs tools and conducts education workshops based on listening and sound creation. cotidiano. Diseña herramientas e imparte talleres educativos basados en la escucha y la creación sonora.
Álvaro García holds a degree in physics from the University of Salamanca (2011). He is currently an associate professor in the area of Applied Physics at the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid). His research work pivots round non-linear physics and chaos theory, classic electrodynamics and the foundations of quantum mechanics, as well as stochastic processes with applications to biology. His most recent works have focused on studying how extensive electrodynamic bodies generate electromagnetic waves through the phenomenon of self-oscillation. His research has been published in journals such as Chaos Solitons & Fractals and forums that include NoLineal 20-21 (Madrid) and NODYCON 2023 (Rome).
Paz Rojo is a choreographer, dancer and researcher whose interests revolve around dance and its potential to create alternative ecologies that include debates on the ontology of dance in late capitalism and the aesthetics of dance after the end of the future. She attained a PhD in Performance Practices, specialising in Choreography, from the Stockholm University of the Arts with the research thesis The Decline of Choreography and Its Movement: a Body's (path)Way (2019). As part of this research, she published the book To Dance in the Age of No-Future (Circadian, 2020).