Nina Vroemen & Alejandro Sajgalik


Saturday November 3rd, 2018, 7pm @ Studio 303

A collaboration between Studio XX and Studio 303.

The Studio 303 will take part in the 13th edition of the HTMlles Festival, a feminist festival in media arts and digital culture, produced by the Studio XX. From November 1st to November 5th, exhibitions, workshops, round tables, video screenings, and performances will take place in several artists-run centres and research clusters across Montreal.


LOVE SONGS TO FAILURE by Alejandro Sajgalik and Nina Vroemen

“Let’s just be friends” is typically the chorus of failed love. But for Sajgalik and Vroemen, this statement is the source! They are redefining the love song as something that doesn’t limit itself to normative romance, allowing it to become an ode to failure. Unlike romantic relationships, friendship thrives with autonomy and creating space. Like unproductive infrastructure, the place that friendship inhabits is open-ended, undefined with potential. For the performance, recorded memories are remixed with projections, movement, and live musical improvisation.The work aims to create love songs that celebrate friendship as a radical alliance. Opening up the imagination to what becomes possible when romance loses its hegemony.

Artist’s bios

An interdisciplinary artist and energy worker, Alejandro Sajgalik is a descendent of restless blood. His current practice honours the transformative potential of transient deep-rootedness, drawing from his experience with somatic movement, urban voids, queerness, intimacy and holistic bodywork. His work includes dance performances, videos, experimental music and writings.

Nina Vroemen seeks projects that quicken the heart. Working primarily with video, dance, and sonic experimentation, she aims to engage audiences in realizing multi-perspective narratives, unmarked history and the silhouettes of memory. Her interests and research include queer identities, digital humanities, alternative education, storytelling, human rights, and environmental issues.

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