Yon Natalie Mik presents Farewell to I – Archiving through Dissolution, a work-in-progress performance lecture that practices an elimination-based process of archiving through dissolution guided by the spirits. Though constrained, Yon’s unstable body remains resilient, acting as a repository of its own losses and challenging societal standards of control, able-bodiedness, and identity. A distinct subjectivity surfaces within this act of withdrawal—endured, fragmented, and unaffirmable. This potent form of self-loss fosters a reimagined expression of »I«.
The work culminates in a discussion with the audience that serves as a moment for communal reflection, allowing everyone to engage with the ideas presented and share their own experiences or queries. Farewell to I offers an in-depth exploration of how we remember, how we forget, and how we continue to exist amidst ceaseless changes.
Yon Natalie Mik is a dancer and transdisciplinary artist based in Berlin and Los Angeles. As part of the cooperation fellowship between Akademie Schloss Solitude and Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (ABK) Stuttgart, Yon Natalie Mik co-teaches in the M. F. A. Body, Theory and Poetics of the Performative (KTPP) in the winter semester 2023/2024 with Prof. Dr. Cristina Gómez Barrio and Prof. Wolfgang Mayer.
For her teaching in the M. F. A. KTPP, she puts forward the proposal for a collaborative practice wherein she and the students can engage in the choreographic writing and archiving of vulnerable, fractured bodies by looking at their personal stories and mapping a social choreography for collective repair and resistance.