Party Studies. Workshop Brandon LaBelle

Friday 16 September 2022
Discoteca Spook
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Party Studies is conceived as a framework for investigating the party as a dynamic and complex means of expression. The party is posed as an experimental scenario of coexistence in which the party, music, delirium, hospitality, aggressiveness and drunkenness stand out as defining principles. As such, the festival marks instances of passage, flight, connection and failure, passing from the social ritual and the ceremonial banquet to the celebratory rupture; from small-scale gatherings to large-scale raves, from weddings to birthdays, from apartments to territories on the outskirts; parties define sociality as transformative and transient.
Following the expressive dynamics of the party, Party Studies works as a series of publications, workshops and events. The central point of the series is the consideration of the party as a fundamentally relational construction that enables forms of sociability and at the same time places tension on them, where hospitality and the inhospitable, pain and pleasure intersect. In this sense, the common world that makes up a party is equally excessive, tending towards rupture, even to violence, and in the end turned into a relic of the next day. Defining a space of affinity, the party equally exceeds itself, giving way to an erotic intensity where relationality moves towards states of delirium. The party emerges as a critical and creative space to re-elaborate the body’s orders, and it is considered in the extreme to feed a movement where good society is put on hold and the presentation of the self becomes disordered.

6.00 p.m. Spook Multispace. Interventions by Brandon LaBelle and Paul Esteve. Brandon LaBelle’s interventions will be in English, with people who will help with the translation to those who may need it.

05.00 h Departure from the headquarters of the Valencian Institute of Culture at pl. from Viriat and return at 9:00 p.m. Capacity limited to places of the bus Requires prior registration here.

Brandon Labelle