Stimulans: Circulation and Euphoria - Smoke politics | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
smoke politics
Share this:

One of the most widespread uses of smoke has been the invocation of spirits. Its dense volatility and appearance make it ideal for calling and receiving beings from other worlds. By means of the inhalation of smoke, the spirit penetrates the body of the living to possess it and convert it into the means for its own resurrection. The invaded body is dispossessed of a part of itself and dissociated, allowing it to plot a journey beyond its own individuality, to reach a certain type of transcendental experience. The modern habits turned its inhalation in the most innovative way of consumption of stimulants like tobacco.

As part of the project Stimulants: Circulation and Euphoria, we would like to present "Smoke Politics" a section that comprises a series of conferences from different dead authors, that will be pronounced, commented, staged, by different guest authors throughout 2016. Thereby, the voices from writers, philosophers, politicians, poets, chemicals and artists like Karl Kraus, Simone Weil, Aby Warburg, Albert Hofmann, Jóse Martí, María Zambrano or David Foster Wallace, will be invoked by authors like Asier Mendizabal (artist), Esteban Zamora (philosopher) Gema Intxausti (artist), Xabier Arakistain (art curator), Danele Sarriugarte (writer), Josebe Martínez (anthropologist), Lars Bang Larsen (writer and independent curator) or Valentín Roma (writer and independent curator).

Anthropology notes that possession is intimately related to the belief in the spirits, which are invoked and received as bearers of knowledge. A practice that would not make sense in a world that is able to rationalize just a linear and homogeneous sense of time.

Aby Warburg, historian of images, made use of the term "survival" to redefine our cultural heritage as a giant network of different time frames. In his reflexion, he used to insist in the dissemination of a historical time in multiple layers and densities. A whirlwind in which an endless cross relations occur and where images from the past come back again and again, resurrecting. The vocabulary which Warburg confront the history of images contains key words like strength or power, in a vital dimension way of understanding art.

Activities

  • Cinema
    09-02-2019 - 20:30

    Garai aldakorretako txoriak is dedicated to the memory of Joxan Artze.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 2

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    09-02-2019 - 17:00

    This paper will focus on the tension within Zurich Dada between the fragmentation of language and its reconstruction into a new aesthetic totality.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Performances
    08-02-2019 - 19:00

    The performance is based on the conference that Hugo Ball offered in 1917 to talk about Kandinsky. 

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Presentations
    08-02-2019 - 18:00

    In 1921, after his final break with the radical movement he had helped to found, Hugo Ball wrote a curious note in his diary.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Presentations
    26-11-2017 - 18:00

    Ander Lipus will read Herejeen alaba (The Daughter of Heretics), recently published by Pamiela, accompanied by Medieval music from Khantoria, a group formed by Maider López Delgado (viola) and Ander Berrojalbiz (rebec).

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Presentations
    20-05-2017 - 19:00

    Thoughout 2016, we had several guests in the framework of the program Smoke policies, whose objective was to recount historical speeches. In the frame of the exhibition Stimulanst: circulation and euforia and within the programa of the International Museum Day, there will be a presentation of the first three issues of a new series of publications. These first three issues of Smoke policies will present the speeches by the poet and writer Karl Kraus, the art historian Aby Warburg and the writer David Foster Wallace. The presentation will be attended by Asier Mendizabal, Gema Intxausti and Danele Sarriugarte, authors of publications.

     

    Location: - Exhibition Hall

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    24-11-2016 - 19:00

    Josebe Martínez is Professor of Hispanic-American Literature at the University of the Basque Country will stage the conference by José Martí that is the declaration of the war of independence of Cuba against Spain (1895-1898).

    Location: -

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    27-10-2016 - 19:00

    Esteban Zamora will stage the only talk Simone Weil gave in life, on 23 February 1937 to a public made up of workers. 

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    30-06-2016

    The thinking of María Zambrano has been persistently invoked from three forms of nostalgia.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    26-05-2016

    David Foster Wallace will start the lecture which he gave to graduates of Kenyon College with a fable.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    28-04-2016

    This is a lecture that Albert Hofmann gave in Bilbao on October 18, 1989, in a symposium-homage to the German philosopher, writer and historian Ernst Jünger.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    17-03-2016 - 19:00

    On this occassion of Smoke Politics, Gema Intxausti will play the part of art historian Aby Warburg.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Conferences and seminars
    26-02-2016 - 19:00

    On this occasion Karl Kraus, the Austrian writer and journalist will be resurrected by the artist Asier Mendizabal.

    Location: - Z Hall

    + Info

  • Presentations
    22-01-2016 - 17:30

    Presentation of this section that comprises a series of conferences from different dead authors, that will be pronounced, commented, set in stage, by different guest authors throughout 2016.

    Location: - Prism

    + Info