Sat 18.06.2016    18:00    map

Dirty and dark - Public lecture Siegmar Zacharias

Madalina Dan's curatorial programme, as associate artist of the National Dance Center Bucharest in 2016 (, began with the workshop "deep listening & make/do/think/say", scheduled between June 13 and June 18 and conducted by Siegmar Zacharias.

She will conclude it with a public talk called "dirty and dark", on June 18, starting at 6 p.m.


"In a practice of dirty thinking I will engage with the question of darkness in phenomenology, ecology and performance. What porduces darkness when the lights are on? What is at stake when we acknowledge darkness? What could be the ethical implications of a philosphy of darkness? And finally How does the aesthetic experience produce and impose darkness. This talk will be crossing paths with, Timothy Morton, Steve Shaviro, David Roden, Sergiu Matis: Keep it real, Jefta van Dinther: Grind, Siegmar Zacharias: The Cloud. It is part of an ongoing research into the Ecology of Artistic Practice that I'm busy with in the practice of theory and the practice of dance related artforms." (Siegmar Zacharias)

Siegmar Zacharias works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She is working in situations of embodied dirty thinking together through matters and matter. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and parascience. Observing and realising the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors in different constellations into a dark ecology of performance. 

Her works develop formats of performances, installations, discursive formats and curation/invitation dealing with questions of agency, the contract of the willful suspension of disbelief and the critical substance it produces.They are situated between labour and humour, do-it-yourself low tech and high tech. They have been presented nationally and internationally at festivals, in theatres, galleries, green houses, clubs, the woods, and up in the sky. 

She is a founding member of SXS Enterprise, a transdisciplinary collective between film/music/text in the field of performance. She initiated WOW (WomenOnWork) - WE WORK HERE, a platform of Berlin based artists for research and exchange, that works on modes and formats of situating artistic research. Siegmar Zacharias studied philosophy, comparative literature & performance art in Berlin, London and Amsterdam, and teaches at MA Level at Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT)DOCH, Dans och Cirkushögskolan/School of Dance and Circus andDAS Theatre.