Reading On Responsibility I with Roy Voragen & Isolde Venrooy


Reading on Responsibility | with Roy Voragen & Isolde Venrooy

Pandan sponge cake
Pandan sponge cake by Isolde Venrooy, made for the Curated Suitcase by Roy Voragen

7 – 8 pm CEST

We read together in person at:
SEA Foundation, Tivolistraat 22, Tilburg

This reading group event is part
of SEA Foundations’ longer-term
research of art and sustainability
fold #10 Responsibility

The event is free of charge,
organised by artists and volunteers
of the SEA Foundation.

Moderated by Michaela Davidova


On the last Thursday of March, 28th, we welcome poet, art writer and curator Roy Voragen and artist Isolde Venrooy into our reading circle at SEA Foundation. Voragen and Venrooy were selected from the open call organised at the beginning of this year. As co-hosts of the reading circle in the fold #10 on Responsibility, they will bring with them a Curated Suitcase sharing the excerpts from the publications from Southeast Asia, related to their practice and the theme of the fold.

During the public conversation at the SEA Foundation, Isolde Venrooy will serve a pandan sponge cake on ceramic plates which she produced at EKWC in 2023.

Curated Suitcase

Curated Suitcase creates an itinerant space to attempt to understand the many ways we read, write and share. Curated Suitcase is a platform for critical and playful conversations about publications and publishing as a discursive practice. Curated Suitcase wishes to address a wide range of questions on the relevance and scope of publishing, writing, reading, seeing, knowing, feeling, eating, etc.

For SEA Foundation, the suitcase brought to Tilburg focuses on publications from Southeast Asia. We will read excerpts from titles such as:

  • Down South, Outgazing Our Views and Serving Suggestion: A Magazine Reading into Culture through Food published by Further Reading Press;
  • 3 zines by Singapore-based artist Ila;
  • Domestic Notes – 2 zines by Nuraini Juliastuti published by Reading Sideways Press;
  • Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation written by Vicente L. Rafael;
  • Ultimatum Orangutan by Khairani Barokka,

A meandering conversation on the reader’s responsibilities will be highlighted: how to read critically, emphatically and carefully and how to read with care – in solidarity – across seas and oceans (oceans of apathy)?

Kiri Dalena‘s short film will be screened during the event. Dalena is a visual artist, filmmaker and human rights activist who lives and works in the Philippines.

Bio Roy Voragen

Roy Voragen is a poet, art writer and curator based in Maastricht. He lived in Southeast Asia from 2003 to 2019. He has curated exhibitions and artistic projects in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Kuala Lumpur, Maastricht, Cologne, Heerlen, Diepenheim, Aachen and Athens. His practice delves into the multitudes of relationships between porous bodies, stuttering languages and ambiguous spaces.

When living in Manila Voragen founded A Curated Shelf at community bookstore Kwago, and for an iteration at museum Kunsthaus NRW (Aachen, Germany). In early 2023, in collaboration with artist Isolde Venrooy, the shelf became a suitcase to signify that discourse is an unstable territory.

Roy Voragen website

Bio Isolde Venrooy

The visual arts practice of Isolde Venrooy consists of objects, interventions and walks and is rooted in ecological thinking and making. She experiments with forms of collaboration, exploring, giving and receiving with friends, co-authors, and strangers. In a critical yet playful way, her work questions the relationship between humans and other entities, such as plants and fungi. Paintings, installations and walks invite active sensory experience, shared reflection and the exploration of alternative possibilities. This extends to the public programmes and publications Venrooy develops.

Her work has been exhibited at TENT in Rotterdam (NL), IKOB Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst Eupen (BE) and Kunsthaus NRW (DE), among other places. Her artistic practice continues to evolve through residencies, such as at the European Ceramic Work Centre, De Fabriek Eindhoven and Greylight Projects.

Isolde Venrooy website

The programme of reading sessions:

30.05.2024 reading with Tom Viaene, Arnout and Michiel De Cleene
25.04.2024 reading with Angela Serino and Maja Bekan
in fold #10 on Responsibility

22.02.2024 reading with Lotta Petronella
25.01.2024 reading with Eva van Ooijen
30.11.2023 reading with Danae Theodoridou ft. Fontys Akademy of the Arts
in fold #09 on Empowerment

26.10.2023 reading with Barbora Trnková ft. Vašulka Kitchen
28.09.2023 reading with Pam Virada
in fold #08 on Spirit

22.06.2023 reading with Golnar Abbasi
25.05.2023 reading with Charlotte Jarvis
in fold #07 on Solidarity

30.03.2023 reading with Doris Hardeman
23.02.2023 reading with Risk Hazekamp
26.01.2023 reading with Gladys Zeevaarders
in fold #06 on Reimagining

27.10.2022 reading with Anna Zvyagintseva
05.10.2022 reading with Jun Zhang
25.08.2022 reading with Christopher van Ginhoven Rey
in fold #05
on Awakening

02.12.2021 reading with Laura Castro
18.11.2021 reading with Sophia Holst

16.09.2021 reading with Amy Franceschini
in fold #02 on Commons

08.07.2021 reading with Sheng-Wen Lo
17.06.2021 reading with Katarina Jazbec
20.05.2021 reading with Mari Kesi-Korsu
in fold #01 on Empathy

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fanzine made by Khairani Barokka it is calle Ultimatum Orangutan
suitcase filled with fanzines on a stool
fanzine Domestic Notes