Black Hyperbox in Berlin

September 28, 19h00
Romanian Cultural Institute Berlin

Black Hyperbox started as a frame for performance and text, based on the alienation between practice and conceptualization. Artworks, mostly performances, emerged from its process. They are circulating sometimes independently, sometimes together. Black Hyperbox is also a book that holds incompatible conceptual zones and spatiotemporalities together: Old World and New World, theater and jungle, jaguars and AI, prehistory and futurism, the earthly home and the alien space, Mecca and the North Pole, spaceships lost in cosmos and the politics of Isis, Malevich’s black square and the moon travel, thought and hallucination.

Black Hyperbox is one of the first Artworlds initiated by Alina Popa and Florin Flueras. Artworlds are complex esthetic entities that include artistic processes and products, but their esthetic effects are somehow always beyond their appearances. Artworlds are not objects to be exhibited, not performances to be seen, not texts to be read, not research or experiments, not immaterial art, but they can be all of these and more. They don't have a sharp and clear presence, they cannot be presented as events or finalized and condensed as products. They can take different forms in different contexts and still they maintain their internal chaotic coherence of a world. They are artworks as artworlds.

In the Romanian Cultural Institute gallery in Berlin, Black Hyperbox will have a short apparition in the form of a book and 5 performances.

Black Hyperbox book is edited by Alina Popa and Florin Flueras
Published by PUNCH


You Are 
Alina Popa

You Are" uses the idea of a space, social and affective, that can accommodate forms of therapy, of performance and forms of abstract thinking. The performer is (a) patient and can be activated by the therapeutic touch of audience. Stillness and affect wake up to movement and language, or not. The audience can precipitate either thought or contemplation, they can trigger perspectives or they can have their own. The lecture mode will be a jungle of perspectives: speaking as a patient on behalf of the jaguar, like myself on behalf of a lamprey or another fish, like you in my dreams, like the unknown thing looking at a praying mantis. The rest is still. The therapy is collective and abstraction is both a matter of content and mood. To hold multiple perspectives is to dance between lightness and graveness and dislodge the place of the self and to heal.  

Black Magic Hyper Boxing (and The HyperMagic Punch)
Cătălina Gubandru

Performance on the topic of the black box and its content, using a hyper tool for revealing the emotional state of the artist while being in a black box situation - performing, emotional state that is usually unseen or not so evident for the public but happening inside the artist's body. The performance is also about making special from simple and usual common things.

Adriana Gheorghe

Doubt that subject that you’re shaped into by what is visible and languaged. I devoted myself to hiding most of what I address to you, getting in and out of subjectivities. You’ll be comforted to know that something else is hiding me.
Spoils (n/v): [1] goods captured in times of war;
[2] ruining the character of a child;
[3] booty.
'Spoils? You mean prey and pray, no?'

At the End of the Line
Bogdan Bălan

My Performance is about the impossibility of experiencing somebody else's reality.

Florin Flueras

A performer shifts, from time to time, the attitudes and states about what's happening. Sometimes the reactions seem to be related to the space, sometimes to the visitors, sometimes to shared expectations and conventions… Unexperiences works with the automatisms of having an experience – the implicit attitudes and emotions associated with a situation, in this case, of an audience seeing art (performance). More than presenting something to the esthetic sensibilities of the visitors, Unexperiences is interested in how affecting those sensibilities becomes the work, in their bodies.