xplore 2011 is dedicated to the theme of sublimation. According to Freud all cultural accomplishments are only a transformation, a refinement and a spiritualization of dark desires. Literally SUB LIMEN means the higher level or the next threshold, thus it follows that the lower you start, the higher you can rise. And after all, the journey is the reward, isn’t it???
Regarding physics SUBLIMATION also means the direct transition of matter from solid to gaseous form. In nature this rarely happens since usually there is the intermediate liquid phase. Moreover such direct transition requires the supply of a great deal of energy – which is why I now can not think of any example. Doesn’t matter anyway, I only wanted to introduce the image.
So on the agenda I’d like to have the solid, the concrete, the tangible, but also the ephemeral, the inconcrete, the intangible. The liquefactions in between I’d like to leave to the participants. Thus the xplore-program 2011 is, roughly speaking, moving in two directions: partly into extreme, disputed sexual practice, then again towards the more subtle, artistic transformations of sexual energy. Both concepts will be merged in the program under the terms of ART and ARTISANRY (“Kunst und Konkretes”).
Since we don’t want to bore you, we’re becoming more radical, more confusing and more exertive.
Furthermore we have realized to install a local branch of xplore - in Sydney - with a mixture of established xplore workshop instructors and local lecturers.
Welcome to our playground!
Felix Ruckert, January 2011
Photo: © Peter Hönnemann