Week 2021

Panel Discussion

Crisis of/and Care


Care is omnipresent, even through the effects of its absence. Like a longing emanating from the troubles of neglect, it passes within, across, throughout things. Its lack undoes, allows unraveling. To care can feel good; it can also feel awful. It can do good; it can oppress.

María Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters Of Care

In a moment of multiple crises across the globe, the old feminist topic of care acquires a new sense of urgency not only in social activism, but also in the matters of art and art-making. As a response to the crises in which certain forms of life and even bare life are no longer sustainable, care itself – as an umbrella term for social reproductionand maintenance, attachments to concerns, repair andhealing, listening, attentionand precision– is under fire. Thus, the crisis of sustainability and public life in a broad sense is bound up with the crisis of care. It might seem too sticky a knot of questions (who gives and receives care), approaches and positions (what care can be differentially, according to the unevenly spread precarity, need, and passion), to even start a conversation. Yet we would like to take this panel as an opportunity to untangle the knot along the following questions: How do we care for others beyond the neoliberal imperatives to take care of oneself? How do we care when we speak truth and when we position our speech in the public sphere? What does it mean to take care of, rather than only produce, what one makes, does and works with: art, theory, institution, technology, and public? What are the transpositions of care into artistic research which is itself pledged to the care of art, the care of research, and the care of third parties? These questions are on our list for an artistic conversation given to the care of listening.

In this conversation, hosted by Bojana Cvejić and Theo Barth, four more artists will take part: Mette Edvardsen, Bjørn Jørund Blikstad, Petrine Vinje and Linda Gathu (tbc).

Time needed: 90’


Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

This talk will focus on the first outcome of Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, a tripartite site-specific, where I am pursuing a speculative exploration of the ecology of the city, between the urban and the biological, unfolding its layers and materiality of time. The talk will end in a conversation between fellow researchers and artists in the collaborative project Urban Ecologies, where Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, is generated from.


Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.


TRANSPOSITIONS— JAR, Mette Edvardsen and modular diaries At the start, the idea for an artistic research conversation with Mette Edvardsen did not spring out of the topics shortlisted for the conference—hospitality, vulnerability and care—but a book that she had co-edited, and dropped in my shelf.

Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.