This open discussion with Jules Gleeson, Krõõt Juurak and PARASOL participants Nadine Mathis and Yuwol June C. echoes ideas and questions that surround the creation process of SCHOOL, Juurak’s project with PARASOL: What makes us think a dance piece is ‘good’, ‘perfect’ or ‘professional’? How do values of perfection, efficiency and optimisation of artistic work influence choreographic production? What margins of escape from such norms may exist – materially, financially, conceptually, practically? Re-activating these questions beyond choreographic practice and contextualising them in the framework of the expansion of cognitive capitalism, this discussion seeks modes of resistance in the form of ‘de-professional’ or ‘imperfect’ aesthetics and discourses and asks how they might relate to joy, pleasure, or fun. Moderation: Anna Leon (TQW Theory)
is a writer whose work has included interviews, reviews, lectures, and stand-up comedy sets. Her essays have been widely published, concerning topics from communist theory, to gay history, to pop music. She co-edited the Transgender Marxism anthology (2021) and is now writing a book about intersex liberation in the 1990s.
born in 1981 in Tallinn, Estonia, is an artist, performer, stand-up comedian, and dancer based in Vienna. They studied choreography at ArteZ and Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions and performances include the Baltic Triennial 14, Vilnius 2021; You’re So Busy at Shedhalle, Zürich, 2021/2022; Thinking Like an Octopus, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, 2021; Art for Animals: A Perspective Change Opelvillen Stiftung, Rüsselsheim, 2020/2021; Cohabitation, Silent Green, Berlin, 2021.