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PRAGMA
Festival for Cross-Contextual Confluence

Travel between the different practices, realms of knowledge, modes of operation, movement and dances, sounds and rhythms, thoughts and ideas, and cognitive matrices.


29 — 30 June 2018, Flutgraben, Berlin



This page is the archive of the festival that took place in June 2018.
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How can different contexts activate each other and how can those activations be inscribed into reality?

PRAGMA Festival is a space for exchange between different contexts, ways of thinking, moving, making sound, constructing the vibes and operating.

We seek to create unexpected encounters, which activate something in every approach and every practice, to take ourselves into the flow that we ourselves produce.

The first day of preparation sessions in movement, conversation, music and space is concluded with a 1-hour rehearsal towards the main event (which takes place the next evening).

The next day, after an initiation session by mind-altering psycho-traveler Reggie Watts, we shift towards the collective activation of all the practices and approaches in the context of the Local Prophets party (and beyond).

Lineup
Operating system for bodymind
Disruptive conversational practice
The practice of collective music-making
Mind-altering cognitive stimulation
The photos above were taken during the workshops and the performances that took place at PRAGMA festival on the 29 and 30 of June 2018.
by Vladimir Medvedew

PRAGMA / PREPARATION
29 June 2018 / 10:00 - 22:00
10:00 – 10:30
10:00 – 10:30
OPENING RECEPTION
10:30 – 14:30
10:30 – 14:30
MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

∞OS — Bodymind Operating System:
Assimilation and Adaptation in Movement and in Collective
∞OS is a physical practice based on fluidity, assimilation and adaptation. It is based on Systema Russian martial art, Noguchi Taiso gymnastics, various other movement techniques, as well as surfing and aerodynamics.

During this 4-hour workshop you will be able to experience how we can learn the new patterns of behavior from a combination of all those disciplines, which can be directly applied in everyday life and in a collective — through the physical body. We will observe how group dynamics can change as a result and devise how we could apply those principles in the context of the event (Local Prophets party) the next day.

Learn more on www.8os.io and watch this video

Please, RSVP for your workshop space on pragma.eventzilla.net
10:30 – 14:30
10:30 – 14:30
CONVERSATIONAL WORKSHOP

Circadian presents its new conversational practice: asking each other questions that have the potential to change our perception.
"Conversation is a way of finding out what you think".

During this session we will propose several potentially touching subjects and modes of having a conversation that you can have with somebody you know or a random stranger. These questions provide not only for an interesting conversation but also have the potential to make us all think differently about the things that we take for granted. We want to invite you to be a part of this experiment, which will be both interesting and fun.

Please, RSVP for your workshop space on pragma.eventzilla.net
10:30 – 14:30
10:30 – 14:30
SOUND

Colin Johnco of Local Prophets and Johnkôôl will host a collective workshop on music creation.
Opening the stage up for improvisation we will explore all the different ways that people can collectively fill the space with the music. Bring your own instrument!

The participants will be invited personally.
14:30 – 16:00
14:30 – 16:00
Food and Ambiance

The practice of the collective hosting and eating.
Taking the practice of hosting to the level of performance and life philosophy our friends will serve you with a healthy choice of mind-altering delicacies and propose several strategies for the space-making.
16:00 - 18:00
16:00 - 18:00
∞OS Meets Conversation

Conversational movement practice.
In this collective session, we will put the two practices (∞OS movement and Circadian conversational practice) together.

We will see what happens when we speak when we move and how our movement can affect what we say and how we say it, as well as vice versa.

This will be an experiment in mixing the different practices together, which will hopefully lead to unexpected and interesting results.

Note: if you get a ticket for ∞OS workshop, you will do that workshop first (10.30 to 14.30) and then join the collective ∞OS / conversational session. If you get a ticket for Circadian conversational practice, you will join the conversational session first and then join the collective session after.
16:00 - 18:00
16:00 - 18:00
Local Prophets Ambiance

The collective practice of creating the atmosphere through music and music through atmosphere.
We will explore how we can combine the strategies from the collective music-making and vibe architecture in order to build a context and a narrative for an event.
18:00 - 20:00
18:00 - 20:00
∞OS + Circadian + Local Prophets + Ambiance

All the practices meet and mix together to exchange ideas and try out some new hybrid experiments.
20:00-21:00
20:00-21:00
PRAGMA PREPARTY

We make a very intense, but a very short-lived rehearsal of the event the next day.
PRAGMA / INITIATION
30 June 2018 / 20:00-22:00
20:00 – 20:30
20:00 – 20:30
20:30 – 21:00
20:30 – 21:00
INITIATION

Reggie Watts presents.
21:00 – 21:15
21:00 – 21:15
THEORY OF MUSIC

Reggie Watts presents his point of view on the question of music and the collective music-making practice.
21:15 – 21:32
21:15 – 21:32
ON INTERFERENCE OF HETEROCLYCTIC PATTERNS
IN LOTKA-VOLTERRA EQUATIONS

Reggie Watts will proceed.
21:32 – 22:00
21:32 – 22:00
CONCLUSION

Reggie Watts will conclude.
And this will be the end of this transmission.
PRAGMA / ACTIVATION
30 June 2018 / 22:00-03:00
22:00 – 4:00
22:00 – 4:00
WARMUP
23:00 – 3:00
23:00 – 3:00
ACTIVATION

A live jamming sessions for different music influences to come together and weave each other's narratives into the night. By and with Colin Johnco and Amannen, Paranormall Unfall (Solidstait + Formamentis), Kiara Lanier (live), Reggie Watts (improv), Benoit B, Papepi, Isabel Lewis (guest appearance), Aerodynamika.
What Is It Like?
With PRAGMA we want to make a meaningful festival of practices and experiences, where they can meet, interact, surprise and learn from each other.

The previous events that our team co-organized include 3AM event, Local Prophets, The Waiting Room and ∞OS movement workshops. With PRAGMA we want to integrate this experience in the frame of a two-day event, where the participants first establish a common practice and then have a chance to bring it together into life. Feel out the vibe at our previous events by taking a glance on some photos below!
The photos above were taken by Nailya Bikmurzina on the two days of PRAGMA festival on the 29 and 30 June 2018 — during the workshops, the presentations, and the party. Find more of them on Facebook!
Where Is It?
In 2018 PRAGMA Festival takes place at Flutgraben in Berlin — the beautiful historical building, which used to be a part of the Berlin wall.
Flutgraben
How to get there
Take a S-bahn to Treptower Park or an U-bahn to Schlesisches Strasse. Then walk towards Arena / Badeschiff. Just behind Club der Visionaere you will see a red brick building with an orange door. This is the entrance.
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PRAGMA Festival
29 — 30 June 2018 | Berlin

This event is supported through your contributions only.
There is no external funding and we do not make any monetary profit. All the money we get will be distributed among the artists and the people who make the event possible.
1. Preparation 29/06
10:00 — 20:00
∞OS Movement + Circadian Conversational Practice
Collective Preparation Session
  • You can access any morning workshop session (10:30 to 14:30) and all the afternoon / evening sessions on the 29th of June during the "Preparation" sessions.
  • You will experience other practices and see how they could be implemented in the context of an event.
  • You will also be able to access the activation Local Prophets party for free.
RSVP Preparation
3. Activation | 30/06
22:00 — 5:00
Local Prophets Party
Full Activation Experience
  • Access to the final event
  • The complete Local Prophets experience
  • Preparation session guests (29/06 workshop) get in for free.
RSVP Activation
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FAQ
If you have any questions, you can also write to us on Facebook.
Question:
What is this all about?
answer:
We believe that learning is about exchange — not only between people, but also between different areas of thoughts and ideas. The ability to look at something from a different perspective or to apply a technique from one realm in some other is very tempting. We want to set up a space where everyone can try this approach out, towards constructing the final event.
ВОПРОС:
Why preparation, initiation and activation?
HOLA:
During the Preparation and Initiation parts we prepare ourselves, try out new skills, meet each other, and exchange ideas and tryouts. During the Activation stage we apply them all into real life.
Contact Us
contact@pragma.space
Our Team


Dmitry Paranyushkin
operator
dmitry@pragma.space
Diego Agullo
dementor
diego@pragma.space
Maria Mushtrieva
facilitator
maria@pragma.space
Colin Johnco
activator
colin@pragma.space
Adam Hughe
specialist
adam@pragma.space
Laurence Glynn
specialist
laurence@pragma.space
Jella Dehn
communicator
jella@pragma.space
Marc Lagies
specialist
colin@pragma.space
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