Ash Bulayev

Ash Bulayev

DAS Theatre

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

When Ash Bulayev came to DasArts, he had already worked for over ten years as producer, programmer and artist, with a broad range of European and American institutions at the cross-section of performing arts, new media and research in collaborative processes. From 2002-2011, he was a Co-Artistic Director (in collaboration with Tzeni Argyriou) of, a collaborative platform for experiments in the fusion of performing arts and old/new media. In 2006-07, he was the project initiator and research director for the EU Culture 2000 funded project i-MAP (Integration of Media and Performance) in collaboration with leading media arts organizations in the Netherlands, Germany, Greece and Bulgaria. 
At DasArts, Ash further explored his fascination for "the outsider, the other" and created a live game situation generating dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, with additional subsidies from Amsterdam Zuid. Following his graduation and long-term residency in Brazil (Insitituto Sacatar), Ash became the Senior Curator for Contemporary Performance at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in New York. Besides other artists he has commissioned or worked with at EMPAC, Ash invited several artists and ex-peers he got to know during DasArts for residencies and presentations (a.o. Kris Verdonck, Eric Joris, Rabih Mroué, Igor Dobrocic, Peter Stamer, Maria Kefirova, Miguel Angel Melgares).

Sentient beings who try, fail, and try again, and fail better...


With which theatre company, producer or study programme are you working on a final exam project?
The project is produced by in collaboration with KunstKapel and Virtuel Museum in Amsterdam

With which students are you collaborating with and what study programme do they follow?
The work is a collaborative project between Ash Bulayev, Miguel Melgares (DasArts alumni), Nancy Stamatopoulou, Tzeni Argyriou

What does this project mean to you?
The world we perceive is actually based on a model we have in our heads that is both individual and collective. This model allows us to make sense of the input of our senses. We recognize "truth" when it corresponds with our model. You will agree with what I write here if it "fits" your own model of existence.

Our collective model of existence is rather simplistic; it under estimates the real complexity of what is out there. For instance, we grow up with the reductionist concept that for every effect there is a cause. That is very simplistic. We are, each and every one of us, embedded in multiple recursive systems - work systems, family systems, economic systems, political systems, belief systems, social systems, biological systems, ideology, etc. and each of these exert some torque on our thinking and actions. To isolate a single cause for anything is woefully inadequate - hence the difficult time we have at solving societal problems.


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