This meeting could have been called, maybe too literally, Chain Drive. While doing some research on stainless steel chain drive motors I run into the acronyms ISO and ASA. So far, they have been related for me to photography, but I find out that they actually stand for general standardization models. ISO means International Standard Office, while ASA means American Standard Association, exactly like DIN means Deutsche Industrie Norme and GOST represents a discontinued Soviet standard.
Among all the theatrical conventions, namely our own standardization models, there is an a priori rarely questioned by institutions, audiences, artists, pedagogues or scholars: the idea that the motor or drive that drives the devising practice leads unavoidably to devising stage works or pieces. Not just because taking for granted what a “work” is forecloses every diversity and follows the market’s lead of continuously asking for novelty, but also because that means that the artist that does not produce works risks being denied their condition as an artist.
This meeting hosts Júlia Rúbies Subirós and Salva Sanchis, both artists whose work drive consists precisely on the chain drive of knowledge via a shared practice with a body assembled by dance or choreography at its core. With a distinct and distinctive artistic language, both artists from different generations and yet trained at P.A.R.T.S. propose an alloy that opens up for other drives, since the stainless aspect of movement, that which endures time and corrosion, might not be able to become standardized