Reading on Reimagining | with Doris Hardeman ft. Cas-co
Doris Hardeman, Fit, 2020, photo by Jerlyn Heinzen
7 – 8:00 pm CEST
online and on-site at Cas-co
Vaartstraat 94, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Please register by filling out
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This reading group event is part
of SEA Foundations’ longer-term
research of art and sustainability
fold #06 on Reimagining
The event is free of charge,
organised by artists and volunteers
of the SEA Foundation.
Moderated by Michaela Davidova
The last reading group in the fold VI. on Reimagining is delivered in collaboration with the Belgian project space and artist in residence space Cas-co in Leuven. Their current artist in residence Doris Hardeman suggested the excerpt from the book Breathing: Chaos and Poetry written by Franco “Bifo” Berardi.
As we will have an hour to read and discuss the text through the lens of an artistic practice, we will not read the full text but the selected snippets will be shared by the artist. You can join in person or online.
This time we are grateful to be hosted by team of Cas-co who kindly suggested the cross-border collaboration. We meet on location at Cas-co, Vaartstraat 94, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. The online invitation and the text will be sent to registered online readers.
Breathing: Chaos and Poetry
Doris Hardeman is influenced by the grammatical and mnemonic structures in language when constructing her visual vocabulary. She describes the reading text as a beautiful and dense meditation on finding rhythm through breathing during the suffocating chaos which is brought up by the corpse of financial capitalism.
Breathing as a political act and a poetical therapy is a way to reimagine the return to harmony. Breathing is, according to Berardi, reactivated through poetry which has a power to awaken the social body and unchain communication exchange. Breathing: Chaos and Poetry follows up on his previous text The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi
Franco Berardi, aka “Bifo,” is an Italian philosopher and theorist mainly focusing on media communication and the role technology has in the post-industrial capitalist system. He is a founder of the famous “Radio Alice” in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement. He is a writer, media theorist, and media activist. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan.
Doris Hardeman bio
Doris Hardeman (1993, Rheden, NL) lives and works in Brussels. Through the media of sculpture, writing and installation, Doris’s conceptual and material research departs from the heterotopic space that balances on the borders of both the personal and the commercial structures of society. Through collecting, reproducing, and recontextualising objects, she attempts to create anecdotal yet poetic scenarios that latch onto social issues surrounding today’s industrial manufacturability. Within the creation of these scenarios, which are intertwined with mythical references and set in contemporary frameworks, Doris searches for a means to reflect on how objects can shape the way we relate to time and thereby frame the perception of our surroundings. Paying close attention to the broad versatility of materials in terms of craftsmanship and the mass production industries, her works play with the authenticity, utility, practicality and the original value of her chosen materials, amplifying connotations concerning the industrial manufacturability of our present time.
Doris Hardeman website
Cas-co provides space for visual artists, designers, theater makers and performers in Leuven. Cas-co does this by developing affordable and quality studios, providing sustainable support tailored to the artists, actively creating project and presentation opportunities, and opening up a relevant network. Cas-co Vaarststraat consists of fourteen studios for permanent residents, three studios for temporary project residencies, shared workshops, communal facilities and an artist-run presentation platform.
The programme of reading sessions:
More any suggestions for reading? Check out the Reimagining recommended booklist