Flavia Pinheiro /Engaged Art/

Presenting performance “The Magnificent Bacteria”

The giant bacteria that can be seen by the naked eye celebrates contamination and freedom. Trapped in the evolutionary lineage, they claim disobedience through excessive, explicit, filthy, improper, and tasteless language; and microscopic acts of resistance through touching and sweating.

“The Magnificent Bacteria” is an in vitro experiment that entangles microorganisms and non-human forces in a macro-political shift, which contributes to a wider movement for change on a fractal basis. Tired of struggling to create vital conditions, it unveils a celebration of the living;  one trillion species of microbes on Earth who hold the technology of breathing in their tiny hands.

Where do you place yourself in the ongoing war against the antibiotics?

Flavia Pinheiro is a Brazilian choreographer and performance artist currently based in Amsterdam. Her research foreground networks of resilience and resistance to systems of knowledge by using images and words from technology and science in order to create speculative fabulations. Using different media, she questions the complexity of the colonial modernity by dismantling hegemonic hierarchies. Specifically, science disenchantment of the world on translating everyting that exists in objective, rational knowledge.

She radically explores the roots of Western en colonial knowledge systems and unveils the link between racial, gendered, and sexual belonging, differential ways of knowing and imagining the world, and the overarching governing codes that have created, maintained and normalised practices of exclusion. Her artistic practice is an ongoing attempt to create breathing and vital conditions; in an unstoppable dance, creating improbable entanglements with nonhumans such as bacterias, plants, birds, antelopes, and ghosts

Stimulating and facilitating top talent with affordable living and working space, a budget, and a network – that is the goal of the 3Package Deal. This successful program of the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen in collaboration with renowned Amsterdam institutions is now regarded as the best practice in the field of talent development.

The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) invests in the arts which enrich the experience of life in the city of Amsterdam. The AFK encourages the quality, dynamism and diversity of the arts in Amsterdam, and contributes to the city's strong and richly varied cultural climate. The fund is available to all disciplines within the cultural sector, for cultural organizations and artists. The AFK supports both experimentation and proven quality, established organizations and those that are relatively new, the professional arts and amateur arts - from every district of the city. As a metropolitan cultural fund, the AFK offers support to high-quality cultural activities, it functions as a booster for the arts within the city and is an investor in a sustainable future for the cultural sector.

Bureau Broedplaatsen is part of the municipality of Amsterdam. Its task is to realize more affordable studios and (residential) workspaces for artists and incubator groups. Bureau Broedplaatsen does this in collaboration with target group organisations, city districts, central services, corporations, real estate agents, developers, and banks.

We thank our partners, the renowned Amsterdam cultural institutions listed below who take part in the 15 coalitions that select the participating artists and provide them with guidance and a supportive network. They are of vital importance to the program.

Film and Interactive Media: Filmacademie / IDFA / EYE / Fashion: HTNK / OSCAM / AMFI Visual Art: FOAM / Rietveld Academie / De Appel Arts Centre / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Kunstverein / Rijksakademie / Engaged Art: Veem House of Performance / De Balie / De Ateliers / Urban Realm: NDSM-Werf / Over het IJ Festival / Das Arts (AHK) / Theatre: Academie voor Theater en Dans/ Amerpodia / Theater Bellevue / Dance: ICK Artist Space / Frascati Theater / AHK / SNDO (AHK Dans) / Music: Conservatorium Amsterdam / Muziekgebouw aan het IJ / Melkweg / Cabaret: Academie voor Theater en Dans / De Kleine Komedie / Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival / Interhistoricity: Oude Kerk / Museum van Loon / H401 / Reinwardt Academie / Publishing Performance: Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEz) / If I Can’t Dance / Sandberg Instituut – Critical Studies / Social Design: Waag / Hackers&Designers / Framer Framed / Self-taught: Likeminds / Theater Bellevue / Theater De Meervaart / Bio Art and Design: Waag / Mediamatic/ VU Amsterdam

Event credits:

Curated by Bogomir Doringer.
Event production by Rafael Kozdron.
Felix Meritis production by Rivka van der Berg.
Press contact: Charlie Thole (AFK.
Project leaders: Johanna Brils (AFK) and Naïma Bouchtaoui (Bureau Broedplaatsen).