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TOWARDS DOCUMENTARY CHOREOGRAPHY

“Towards Documentary Choreography - Intermedial Approaches in Working with Extra-Aesthetic Materials” is the title of Arkadi Zaides’ PhD research project. Zaides is working within the CORPoREAL research group at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp as well as at the University of Antwerp. The research will be conducted between 2021-2025 and will unfold through a series of workshops, lectures, publications, master classes, and performances focusing on the conceptualization of and the experimentation with the term ‘documentary choreography'. 

‘Documentary choreography’ integrates documents (interviews, testimonies, video materials, existing archival information, and others) in the choreographic work. It strives to weave these types of factual information with embodied practices in order to question social and political realities within which this type of work is produced. Moreover, it aims at transgressing the often-safe space of the artistic field and intervening through the process of creation and exposure of the artistic work in the actual political realm. By conceptualizing the term ‘documentary choreography’ Arkadi Zaides wishes to reflect on his own body of work in the last decade, as well as connect with peers and scholars who work along the same lines of practice and thought.

Credits & Collaborators

Supervisors Annouk Van Moorsel, Timmy De Laet, Thomas Crombez, Christel Stalpaert

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Articles & Reviews

Necropolis – Walking through a List of Deaths

by Arkadi Zaides, for (W)archives: Archival imaginaries, war, and contemporary art, edited by Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, and Kristin Veel, Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press, 12/20

In Europe after World War II, there were massive efforts to search for missing soldiers and citizens, many of which remained unresolved for decades. Only in the early 1990s, after Gorbachev's perestroika, were the Russian archives opened, finally allowing access to information about millions of German prisoners of war who had been previously untraceable. Since 2004, the German Red Cross has digitized two million prisoner files belonging to missing German soldiers and civilians from Russian military archives to create a database with personal information and details about their fates. Germany has not been the only country to conduct such efforts.

25—27 November 2021

In this second consortium meeting in Villa Gillet, Arkadi Zaides is joined by a group of researchers, theoreticians, human rights activists and humanitarian workers to create the Necropolis Virtual Memorial archiving the burial grounds of migrants who lost their lives on their way to Europe.