84 days. The performance as school. The school, performed.
It is now five years since we started this school and it has been five years of countless surprises. It is unclear what we actually thought would happen, but it is very clear that we had not imagined this. Perhaps we had imagined that with time the school would solidify and manifest itself more clearly. That with time it would become clearer to us what a school actually is and the conceptual framing around this whole endeavor would become crystal clear.
That, luckily, has not happened.
The ambition is that it never will.
Briefly put, the LungA School is an independent, artist-led (and student-led) institution and situation where we experiment with artistic practice as a way of doing, thinking and being.
As the name implies it considers itself a school, but if we imagine that we did not only call it a school, but something else such as ‘a work of art’, or ‘a commune’ these terms seem to be able to fit as well, and not only do they fit, but they seem to be able to describe some aspects of this place which we consider to be essential. Apparently, these terms and concept which we recognize through a range of more or less clearly defined conditions, have, in the case of this particular school, several overlapping conditions so that it is not enough to simply talk about this as a school if we wish to describe it in a way that might convey, more fully, the experience of being here. This means that we have been developing several voices that stand on all sides of the school and speak to the aspects that it sees. And together they form a fuller picture.
A program here is a composition, a set of arranged circumstances, notes on a string. Each note is in its right place, which could be any place, but then again, it could not. It is where it is. These circumstances have a beginning, but each of them unfold in largely unpredictable ways, filling out the empty space between the notes, creating a totality in the performance of a composition. And each performance is different from the other, though it is easy to recognize the composition as being a particular composition and not some other.
Currently the program is 84 days and therefore simply called “84”.
84 is the name given to a period of time which can be characterised as being something in between an act of art and a school and neither and both and more.
84 is a composition for a performance. The performance of a school. Or: The performance as a school. Or: The school, performed.
The program 84 moves through different stages. These are characterized by a difference in language, a difference in content and a difference in focus, but also by a similarity which allows for several cycles to occur during the program.
The stages occur chronologically, but are overlapping and seamlessly woven together so that the journey through them becomes one continuous movement.
During the program, besides the individual and collective studio practice, there will be approx 15 guest artists that will be conducting workshops, experiments, investigations and conversations with the participants.
The application process consist of both an application form and a Skype conversation. After filling out the application form you will be invited for a conversation shortly after.
There is limited spots at each program and we go by the principle of “first come, first served”. If you apply after the program is full, you will be offered a spot on the waiting list and/or at the next program.
Where: Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Cost: Total cost including food, accommodation and tuition=545000 ISK (which us roughly 5000 USD)
January 6–March 30, 2019
Application form here