On Being With

Curating & Dramaturgy
Project Type:
La Wayaka Current - Atacama Chile; Research in Berlin; Galerie Solène Kerlo Clichy/Paris
Since April 2022
Research - Writing - Curation
In this research project, I am exploring practices of reconnecting to our surroundings and to each other, as well as their translation into the field of curating dance & performance art.

With the research project "Praktiken der Wieder-Verbindung// Practices of Re-Connection" I would like to not only follow, develop and deepen my main interests in eco-ethical
responsibility as a curator and dramaturg in the field of dance and performance, but also to develop them into a well-founded practice. This is based on the conviction that, regardless of the thematic orientation of projects, festivals, formats, etc., ecological, feminist and de-colonial approaches must first and foremost be anchored in the working methods and embodied practices themselves. The aim is to explore and apply principles of curating that promote ecological-ethical responsibility and focus on the relationships between human and non-human bodies and matter in terms of the design of 'art spaces or contexts'.

Building on: "Manifesting Hope. Ecology & Somatics in Curating" supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR. Presented in La Wayaka Current Atacama, Chile & Galerie Solène Kerlo Clichy/Paris.


After my research stay in Chile in April/May 2022, the artists in residence met again in 2023 at an exhibition by the visual artist Solène Kerlo in her studio in Paris. In this context, I created a booklet entitled "On Being With" from text materials from the residency and the research project. In the future, I am planning a larger project at the interface of exhibition, festival and exchange format for this research project.

Elisabeth Leopold [Fellow Resident Artists: Solène Kerlo, Bas Steens, Sophie Høeg, Benjamin Gibert, Michelle McCarron, Giulia Fumagalli, Aran Ndimurwanko, Andreas Sanderg & Adam Haugbak]
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