Deadline: 30/07/2018

Call for Applications: PROMISCUOUS ANOMALIES: A practical philosophy to encounter and mix with alterity_ Workshop by DIEGO AGULLÓ at AFFECT Summer 2018 Berlin

Research residency + Berlin + 4 case studies + collaboration + methodology + exchange + open-to-all.

The research proposal of this module attempts to investigate the potentiality of artistic practices to provide conditions, strategies and methodologies that stimulate promiscuity between what is usually separated and to inject the anomaly into the heart of the social order.

We will confront ourselves with fundamental questions such as : what is the role that danger plays in your artistic practice? How much do you risk in the process of art making and researching? How much chaos can your practice deal with? How ready are you to deterritorialize your identities?

We will immerse in an intensive collective process with the purpose of encountering and mixing with alterity and, through that, to stimulate the emergence of something new. We will practice promiscuity, understood not in its meaning of sexual alternation but as what the etymology of the word suggests: the mixed or disordered confusion of different things tending to mutual exchange.

The public is understood as that resulting from the transformative process that implies the encounter between the heterogeneous. The concept of promiscuity comes to remind us that, especially in the field of politics, there should be a continuous predisposition to be involved in a process of transformative mixing, that is, a need to confuse different things with the purpose of something else or something new arises from that heterogeneous mixture. Subjectivity has to be understood fundamentally as open reflexivity to alterity and predisposition to disorder.

DURATION: 7 DAYS OF 5 HOURS. I will facilitate a frame for a temporary collective body to engage in the process of promiscuity of practices. We will entangle our practices and confront a practical problems using the methodology of cyclic interval oscillation, a practice that seeks to keep open the relation to alterity. A set of tools will be provided under the form of exercises. Workshops are non efficacy oriented, hence, the goal is not to solve the problems but rather to explore the multiple parameters that a set of problems consist of. The workshop is a process of value finding and artistic practices are considered practical philosophy.

MATERIALS: Diagrams help clarifying how concepts function and how they are articulated. Diagrams represent visually how concepts unfold within a broader constellation of interconnected concepts. The diagrams display a playground where problems and fundamental question will emerge during the workshop. They function as a starting point before the dialectical discussions and after this they are meant to be readjusted or re-conceptualized. This diagrams are graphic tools that can be used, appropriated and reshaped by anybody.

GROUPS are open to 10 - 15 participants. Participants from all backgrounds are welcome to apply

Diego Agulló (Madrid, 1980) Lives in Berlin. Diego Agulló graduated in Philosophy in 2003 without any aspiration or interest to continue an academic career. In 2005, and without any plan, he moved to Berlin. From then on, he works internationally in the context of performing arts where he practices the promiscuity between philosophical research and artistic dilettantism. His work covers different media such as musical improvisation, video art, dance, performance, essay writing, research laboratories, the organization of participatory events as well as the creation of contexts where to continue practicing and investigating the relationship between the body and the event. He is the editor of the Circadian press where he has published Dangerous Dances (2015) in which he analyzes the intimate affinity between dance, the problem, the devil and ballistics, and Betraying Ambition (2017) where he displays a critique to the ideological implications of ambition in the art world. Diego teaches workshops and laboratories internationally and in Berlin he collaborates regularly in educational contexts such as the HZT University, Smash / Roar platform and the Agora collective. During 2016 and 2017 he carried out an interview project under the name Measuring the Temperature of Dance analyzing the ethical and political conditions of the dance context in Berlin. He is also co-founder of Pinpoint Tv, an online platform for the dissemination and investigation of contemporary dance. 


AFFECT is a Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices initiated by Agora Collective e.V. in Berlin, currently in its fourth edition, curated by Paz Ponce.

A hybrid between an educational program and a research-based artist’s residency, the 2018 edition consists this year of a curriculum of 4 modules growing out of the research and practice of 4 Berlin-based international artists under the overarching theme: “Micro-Utopias: Cartographies of Relational Art in Berlin”. 

Each module takes the form of an intensive week-long participatory workshop revolving around a central research question supported by a series of activities proposed by the leading facilitators. Participants will have the opportunity to collectively delve into the proposed research question, bringing in their own sensibilities, practice and experience.

Content wise the modules renew the question about the social function of art, offered as case studies to support residents contextualizing the program’s main question in Berlin, triggering autonomous research strands at AFFECT based on the insights gained through the exchange of practices during their stay.

The residency outcome consist of an e-publication project, with growing contributions by residents issued by topics, shaping a self-styled cartography of subjectivities, encounters and methods within Berlin’s micro-utopias of art+life. 

No previous collaborative experience is required to participate in AFFECT, the unique combination of participatory workshops, studio visits, guided walks, public lectures, open reading groups and series of interventions planned for each module, serve international applicants as a practical research base & capacity network for the implementation of future projects in the city. 

Participation fee is 450€ for each module. A small production budget will be provided for the final event. Our hybrid model between a research and formative type of residency, experimenting with models of art and education, opens up more possibilities to apply for financial support. Previous AFFECT participants have been successfully granted to attend our program by university career departments, academic research fellowships, cross European and overseas mobility funds for artists, etc. Get in touch with coordination and we will provide you a list of funding possibilities. Agora can provide individual acceptance letters with a description of the content and nature of the modules to support grant application processes. Letters can be issued to applicants upon request.

Residents will be assisted by AFFECT Coordination team during their stay, via:

* WEEKLY EDITORIAL MEETINGS / COLLECTIVE EDITING STUDIO: Led by Paz Ponce, AFFECT Project Coordinator / Curator of Education at Agora, the sessions are arranged to support collective and individual research strands along the 8 residency weeks, monitoring and offering curatorial guidance to participants about their contributions to the final publication. 

* DOCUMENTATION: A photographer/videographer with a background in visual anthropology will be engaged in the daily activities of the residency, supporting with tech resources related to research needs.

* AFFECT PUBLIC LAB: A new feature of the 2018 edition. An ongoing mediation lab assisting residents in the involvement of specific communities in Neukölln related to their research along their stay. AFFECT PUBLIC LAB transverses all modules with the aim of extending the discoursive program to local audiences. Directed by Paz Ponce in cooperation with Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln (communication partners for public outreach).

* ADMINISTRATION OF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS BUDGET: every module allocates a budget to cover production costs associated with the organization of public activities, as well as group visits and studio talks with other artists as part of the program of each module.

* RESIDENCY VENUE: AGORA offers seminar rooms for all indoor residency meetings (50% indoor / 50 % outdoor activities), and for the hosting of 4 public activities


The Agora Collective - Berlin-based Center for Contemporary Practices - was originally founded in 2011 by a multidisciplinary team as an independent project space in Berlin. Since then, Agora expands its mission to be a place to conceive and experiment with models of working together; providing stable spaces for artists to engage within collaborative and community-based practices. 

In 2017, the project has been totally relocated to the former Kindl-Brauerei Area in Rollbergstrasse / Am Südhaus, being proudly part of the “Vollgutlage”, a 38.000 sq. meters area acquired by the Swiss Foundation Edith Maryon. This location in the heart of Neukölln, has been secured for initiatives devoted to social, ecological, cultural and artistic projects. 

Under this unique new stage, Agora´s current facilities of 1100 sq. meters basement space are being developed to be an ongoing experimental center for artistic production and presentation.

This includes: exhibition and event programs, month-long workshop projects, a contemporary dance platform, studios for artists, community driven activities and artistic residency opportunities. 

The Agora team is devoted to create cross-disciplinary models of cultural and educational production expressed in a diverse, inclusive program of artistic projects and events that deals with relevant questions of nowadays. Since its beginning, Agora´s focus has ranged from food and hosting practices, co-working spaces, event series, workshops, and programming, as well as with a strong take on visual and performing arts.

Agora means “now”, in Portuguese, language of its Brazilian founders and also coincidentally, in Greek, Agora is the place for encounters and exchange, the assembly and the market-place. 

Size: 7.316 KB

Call for Applications: PROMISCUOUS ANOMALIES: A practical philosophy to encounter and mix with alterity_ Workshop by DIEGO AGULLÓ at AFFECT Summer 2018 Berlin

Call for Applications: PROMISCUOUS ANOMALIES: A practical philosophy to encounter and mix with alterity_ Workshop by DIEGO AGULLÓ at AFFECT Summer 2018 Berlin


Application deadline

Residency starts

Residency ends

More information