From particle scientists at CERN and shamans in the Peruvian Amazon to sexual practices and bio-activism, off the grids of dominant epistemology other forms of living and knowing are emerging and re-emerging.

Is there a way to develop precise strategies for sharing and disseminating other forms of knowledge that outgrow traditional academic parameters and disciplines? ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE, with Sadie Plant and Red Vaughan Tremmel at PAF - PERFORMING ARTS FORUM (France), is an opportunity for us to explore alternate systems of reason and new ways, forms and methods to engineer our relationship to knowledge.

Often seminars reproduce the same power-structures they speak against, never allowing time for something else to happen, for participants and speakers to meet, for ideas to be put into practice or practice into ideas or let alone study.
If study is "what you do with other people”, as Stefano Harney and Fred Moten put it in THIS interview, then the whole meeting has to be considered as an instance of study: from the meals to how we encounter each other, to the modalities of presentations and their before and after.

Just like any form of information, knowledge is constantly being engineered, it is by nature always shared. It travels on transversal, diagonal and queer routes through times and spaces, bodies and minds, materialities and forms. Knowledge is not exclusively a capacity of the intellect, it is matter itself: permeable, liquid, always and already in relation with other matter, our bodies being the collective location through which knowledge circulates.

During ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE Sadie Plant (techno-theorist/writer/translator) and Red Vaughan Tremmel (historian/gender and sexuality scholar/artist) will hold daily sessions to share their research, GGcooks will provide us with mood altering aromatic cuisine, a daily dose of meditation will be provided by Stéphanie and this is just the basic infrastructure to take us ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE.

The meeting will take place in PAF where all of the participants and speakers will be hosted.

Initiated and run by artists, theoreticians, practitioners, and activists themselves, PAF is a user-created informal institution. It is a platform for anyone who wants to expand possibilities and interests in his/her own working practice.

PAF is located in a former convent school (6.400 m2), in a 1.2 hectare garden in the village of St. Erme, France, approximately 130km northeast of Paris.
The price is 350 EUR per person including seminar fee, accommodation, and all meals including coffee and wine during the whole meeting, 1 year PAF membership, usage of all facilities and Wi-Fi.

The maximum number of participants is 45 people. So please reserve as soon as possible.

PAF can assist you with invitation letters in case you plan to come with a grant. People who attend with a grant are kindly asked to pay 50 EUR more for E&O so the price for the others can stay as low as possible. PAF finances E&O (as everything else) without subsidies or grants.

Sadie Plant is a British techno-theorist, writer and translator and lives in Biel, Switzerland. She has published several books in the 90's including the influential "Zeros + Ones - Digital Woman and the new Technoculture". She has a wide range of interests in the arts, philosophy, literature, communications technologies, urbanism, and cultural theory. In 1995 she set up the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at the University of Warwick and until recently she was teaching at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Over the years she has written for newspapers and magazines as varied as the Independent, the Financial Times, Wired, Adbusters, and the New Statesman, as well as more specialised journals, books, and catalogues in the fields of architecture, the arts, and new technology. She has also made many appearances on radio and TV, including BBC programs such as Newsnight, The Late Show, and In Our Time, and has spoken at a wide variety of conferences, festivals, and symposia in the UK and around the world.

Red Vaughan Tremmel is a professor, filmmaker, performance curator, and installation artist who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tremmel's work explores spaces of play and pleasure, including the body, as historically significant sites of social struggle where people negotiate complex constellations of power. He is particularly interested in the ways marginal erotic bodies (transgender, queer, stripper, etc.) and cultures function as sites of alternative and oppositional knowledge production, re/membering, and healing. He is the director and co-producer of the documentary film Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012), the curator and producer of the Sissy Butch Brothers' live Gurlesque Burlesque shows (2001-08), and co-creator of Subjects of Desire: Objects of Resistance, a multimedia installation commissioned for dOCUMENTA(13). Tremmel earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Chicago. He is current fellow at the Newcomb College Institute and a past fellow of the Social Science Research Council; Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Program; the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies Program; and the James Hormel Sexuality Program. In 2012, he founded the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane University, where he teaches history and gender and sexuality studies.

E&O is organized by Daniela Bershan and Valentina Desideri for PAF 2014

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