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Katya Montaignac & Guests — The Art of Degrowth

Oct. 23rd to 27th, 2023 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate : $85
Drop-in class rate : $25
(available one month prior)
Language of instruction : French
Questions can also be asked in : French
Open to all



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This workshop proposes a collective reflection on our artistic practices in a context of degrowth. Based on readings and exchanges with specialists, the workshop will invite us to slow down and address the following question: How can we value artistic practices that resist the injunction of productivity? Performative practices offer inspiring alternatives to commodification. It’s a question of imagining our modes of creation differently, in order to tie them in with the ecological and social values that preoccupy us. The aim of the workshop is to deconstruct our sense of powerlessness and turn it into a collective force for action.

J1 – Moving from utopia to reality, with Ariane Daoust 
J2 – Dressing the commons
J3 – Imagining a basic income for “collective emancipation”, with Ambre Fourrier
J4 – Cultivating attention as a post-competitive paradigm
J5 – The politics of unproductivity, slowing down and distraction, with Victoria Stanton

Every session will be divided in three parts. First, the workshop will open with a reflexion linked to a reading or a guest (1h15 to 1h30). This reflexion will then be linked to an experimental and performative practice through notions of sharing (45 minutes to 1h). The workshop will conclude with a wrap-up discussion on the practical exercice and the initial reflexion (30 minutes).

As a dance artist and dramaturg, Katya creates and collaborates on choreographic projects she likes to call “unidentified dancing objects”. In situ and participatory works, in(ter)disciplinary seminars and performative banquets, her approach is committed to a practice of invitation and dialogue, involving a diversity of bodies and voices (Pluton and ATTABLER with La 2e Porte à Gauche, Nous (ne) sommes (pas) tous des danseurs with Sophie Corriveau, Sacrer with street dancers and La Pieuvre…). She teaches and writes about dance (De la glorieuse fragilité: l’Abécédaire; Tribunes sur la danse, Journal d’un·e chorégraphe anonyme; and the magazines Percées and Liberté…). Her last articule, publish in Spring 2023 in the magazine Inter, is called “La danse au-delà d’une économie du faire”.

Ariane Daoust practices idleness in the field of art and beyond. She organizes exhibitions and other discursive events that are at once discrete and decreative, while never entirely abstaining from writing on the conditions of possibility and enactment of an art of degrowth.

Ambre Fourrier is interested in political economy. With a master’s degree in social innovation management (HEC Montréal), her dissertation on basic income was published in 2019 by Écosociété: “The basic income in question. From negative taxes to transition revenue.” As a PhD student in sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, she is pursuing her research on work in the context of new discourses on the circular economy. She is also a member of Polémos, an independent research organization on degrowth.

Victoria Stanton is an undisciplined performance artist whose infiltrating/relational works have been shown internationally. She has co-authored two books (Impure, Reinventing the Word, 2001, with Vincent Tinguely, and The 7th Sense/Le 7e sens, 2017, with the TouVA collective) and as a Canada Graduate Scholar, her current SSHRC funded research examines the role of rest and pause in artistic processes occurring both in artworld contexts and everyday spaces like the classroom.