The Dynamic Archive - Eva Meyer-Keller & Ilya Noé

Eva Meyer-Keller & Ilya Noé - On the long lasting intimacy of strangers

Eventseries "The Dynamic Archive" / 23.10.2019

Lecture Performance “On the long lasting intimacy of strangers”

By Eva Meyer-Keller and Ilya Noé.

Multi-disciplinary artists Eva Meyer-Keller and Ilya Noé started their shared dialogue in summer 2018, and since then have been slowly and consistently interweaving their practices and storylines with pointed intensity, intent and intimacy. In their lecture performance, which draws its title from a quote by Donna Haraway paraphrasing Lynn Margulis about how new life comes into being, Eva and Ilya will reflect on their present shared research located along the blurry boundary between scientific and artistic knowledge production. In addition, they will put a selection of their past works on stage and in conversation with each other as an attempt to share with the audience the unexpected effects and affects of their co-laborings, and to allow for new (re)readings, (re)phrasings, and symbiotic connections to continue to emerge.

23.10.2019, 6 pm
Room 4.15.070 (Großer Theorieraum), Speicher XI, Bremen

+ Lecture-Performance:
12.12.2019, 7 pm
Schwankhalle Bremen, Buntentorsteinweg 112/116, 28201 Bremen


+ Workshop:
25.02. bis 02.03.2020
Großer Theorieraum (Raum 4.15.070), Am Speicher XI 8, 28217 Bremen

Workshop in the context of the Dynamic Archive:
“The best thinking starts with speechlessness”

Informed by their newly established co-laborings and guided by a quote they can’t place, artists Eva Meyer-Keller and Ilya Noé will set up a short-term laboratory in which their research around the limits of what can be seen and what can be known will be used as a method to activate different modes of seeing, knowing, and making.

Participants will be asked to leave behind any predetermined ideas of what they might want to explore or experiment with, and to simply start playing without feeling any pressure to be concise, coherent or even legible, so as to enter in an ongoing process of experimentation, interrogation and mutual exchange that resists clarity or final conclusions. Responsiveness to emergent and/or shifting urgencies will be foregrounded and stimulated, and the extreme difficulty of speaking of things that are new and in process will be fully embraced in the hope that new impulses and ways of (co-)practicing will materialize for all.

The lab is open to artists from all fields with an interest in performance, who like to play and speculate along, (feed)back and forth, get lost, make a mess, and stay engaged.

10-12 participants.



Eva Meyer-Keller works at the interface of performance and visual art. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and visual art in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and Kings College). Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This inevitably lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts. Her works include the performances DEATH IS CERTAIN (from 2002 and performed in more than 200 venues around the world since), PULLING STRINGS (KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, 2013), the installations VOLKSBALLONS (2004 Palast der Republik, 2013 Centre Pompidou-Metz) und HANDMADE (NGBK Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, Palais de Tokyo Paris). Currently she is working on a trilogy of performance works in dialogue with natural scientists focusing on how models do not just describe reality, but rather they create their own. The first part titled SOME SIGNIFICANCE premiered in November 2017, while LIVING MATTERS, the second part, will open in November 2019 in Pact Zollverein in Essen. Eva develops projects alone and in collaboration with other artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller Kate McIntosh and Ilya Noé. She also lends herself as a devisor and performer to other choreographers and works as a dramaturgical advisor/mentor. She has worked with Baktruppen, Jérôme Bel, Christine De Smedt/ les Ballets C de la B (9x9), Juan Dominguez and Agnes Meyer-Brandis. Since 2010 she has ongoing teaching positions at several degree programs across Europe amongst others at the HZT/UdK and Bard College in Berlin, DOCH and the MA course 'The Autonomous Actor' in Stockholm, ZHdk in Zürich and the University of Hildesheim.

Ilya Noé is a former gymnast turned visual/performance artist-researcher, eager collaborator, sporadic curator, compulsive walker, and fan of deer, trees, fungi, foxes, interspecies entanglements, mutualistic processes, slow research, messy theory, intellectual promiscuity, epistemological uncertainty, taoist dialectics, open-ended storytellings, ellipses... Born and mostly assembled in Mexico City, she moved to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts when she was still a teen, and has since expanded her zone of propagation by popping up on all sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific to trace lines and build spaces by hand, on foot, and in co- creation with both humans and non-humans alike. Ilya now lives and loves in Berlin where she was one of the organizers the Month of Performance and is one of the founders of the city’s Association for Performance Art. She often teaches and mentors BA and MA students while engaged in an increasingly erratic and awkward dance with her own (PhD) thesis, which takes its core cue from the non-metaphoric intimacy between roots and rhizomes: the mycorrhizal. The somewhat recently discovered joint tissue produced by the synergetic relationship between plants and fungi, along with her practiced concepts of the sporadic, the sporous, and the eco-particular, keep pushing her subjectivity and relations into more distributed, vulnerable, and co-extensive pathways. Ilya recently showed her work at the 12th Biennale of Shanghai, represented her country in Venice’s OPEN2000, became a UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate, and was recipient of Mexico’s National Young Art Award. A special guest at both the European Landscape Biennial (Spain) and the International Biennial of Cerveira (Portugal), she has also shown at the Boston Center for the Arts (USA), Centre d’Art Santa Mónica (Barcelona), Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), AC Institute (New York), TRAFO (Poland), CAS Osaka (Japan), Excentricités Festival (France), Visions_V (Greece), and PerforMensk (Belarus), among others. She has been artist-in- residence at prestigious institutions such as the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin), Campo Arqueológico de Mértola (Portugal), Museu de Sant Pol (Barcelona), and MacLaughljn Natural Reserve (USA). Her work is represented in European, Asian, and North American public collections.

The Dynamic Archive - Eva Meyer-Keller & Ilya Noé

Room 4.15.070 (Großer Theorieraum), Speicher XI, Bremen

23. Oktober 2019, 18:00

Lecture-Performance at Schwankhalle

Schwankhalle Bremen, Buntentorsteinweg 112/116, 28201 Bremen

12. Dezember 2019, 19:00