Voicing responsibility: co-creating perspectives on responsibility

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Voicing responsibility: co-creating perspectives on responsibility

Closeup of Cecille Fang sound installation called at the end of the sentence, it rotted. created in 2024 the materials used for the production of this artwork were steel, glass, bio plastic, water, rot, rust, ceramics, pumps and water level sensor.
Closeup of Cecille Fang sound installation called at the end of the sentence, it rotted. created in 2024 the materials used for the production of this artwork were steel, glass, bio plastic, water, rot, rust, ceramics, pumps and water level sensor. Fot the artist this sonic transforming installation at the end of the sentence, it rotted, responsibility is closely attached to response-ability, as I believe in letting materials have an agency of their own - something that is the responsibility of the maker.

Dates:
19.07- 11.08
2024

Virtual exhibition with the participation of:

Meii Soh (DE/NL), Cecilie Fang Jensen (CN/DK),  Islam Abdelkader (EG/NL), Letsgettothepoint (NL), Beatrice Cera (IT/ NL), Sofia Kaloterakis (NL), DIHAN READS (NL), Bhavneet Kaur (IN), Kexin Hong (CN/NL), and Marianna Maruyama & Jan Adriaans (NL).

Curated and collated by Annika Medin and Anna Kudryashova

This event is part of the research programme
on Art and Sustainability in fold #10 on Responsibility.

Exhibition

Voicing responsibility

Practising responsibility as a tool for imagining future meanings is an opportunity to bring fulfilment to our lives. In “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (1984), Milan Kundera questions heaviness and lightness—pondering which is negative and which is positive, responsibility or freedom? Kundera writes, “The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become” (1984, p. 3). Despite its weight, responsibility brings value as a counterweight. It forces us to take a position in the world and navigate accordingly.

Beyond the individual

In the context of artistic practices, responsibility intertwines with the artist’s awareness of their lived environment and often incorporates a sense of duty toward ensuring sustainable futures. This responsibility enriches their practice, bringing it deeper beyond the individual. The virtual exhibition therefore embodies the harmonious integration of responsibility. After all, creating the future we want requires us to.

As an artist-run organisation, we feel a responsibility to support sustainability in artistic practices. Same for providing peers with space, time and a platform to express their perspectives on urgent contemporary topics. This virtual exhibition represents a culmination of our efforts to bring attention to the value of responsibility; to leave things better than when we found them. By hosting this exhibition of expressions on Responsibility on our website, we ensure that it is accessible to audiences worldwide, allowing the messages of these artists to reach and resonate with a diverse and expansive audience.

Co-creation

Ten artists, one artist collaboration and two art collectives have contributed with their work, making this project a virtuality in reality. Each participant has thoughtfully engaged with the theme of responsibility, expressing their unique perspectives. The contributions span various mediums and styles, reflecting the rich diversity within the artistic community of SEA Foundation. By showcasing these interpretations, we aim to explore what responsibility, means while highlighting its significance from multiple angles. Our collaborative effort underscores the importance of bridging dialogue and creativity in addressing complex societal issues like responsibility and its connection to a collective sustainable future.

Participating artists;

Sofia Kaloterakis (Vision Quest) is a poet, artist, and holistic healer who combines these disciplines to create works that help people connect with themselves, nature, and the universe. She primarily works with sound, poetry, ritual, guided meditations, and performance. Vision Quest has been publishing and performing work in the Netherlands and throughout Europe.
Sofia Kaloterakis: website, Instagram

Meii Soh (they/them) is a researcher and performance artist based in between Berlin and Amsterdam. As a result of their upbringing within a family of on land and sea hunters, Meii delves into how movement, sound, and digital tools hold fundamental spaces for interspecies communication. Meii holds a BFA from the University of Lisbon, Portugal (2014-2018) and is currently finishing their Master’s in Artistic Research (2022-2024) at the Dutch Art Institute, in the Netherlands.
Meii Soh: website, Instagram

Cecilie Fang is an anti-disciplinary artist and writer from China and Denmark currently based in The Hague. Her work is a continuous auto-ethnographic research, in which she researches power structures through and with language. She is interested in how language is an ecosystem, when it is plastic, mutable and shaping bodies both ways. Currently, she is working to create work exploring alternative ways of languaging (looking upon meaning production as not fixed, but open-ended and process-oriented) and possible methods of coming together.
Cecilie Fang: website, Instagram

Beatrice Cera is an Italian art worker, curator, and designer who lives in The Hague. Since all forms of life on this planet are interconnected, moving towards a radical manifestation of care feels crucial to her. Seeing art as a means for social communication and political change, Beatrice takes the stance of a collective practice as a process to foster political responsibility. In her work, both as a maker and facilitator, it is important to hold space for collectivity, as a counter narrative to a hyper individualistic way of living. She contributes to contemporary art practices as writer, educator, and radio maker.
Beatrice Cera: website, Instagram

Islam Abdelkader identifies as an architect and an artist. He works and lives in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He completed a Master in Interior Architecture in Maastricht in 2022 and right after, Islam Abdelkader followed his passion by studying Ceramics at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Ranging from clay, wood, paper, plaster, to cement, Islam’s artistic practice focuses on exploring the boundless potential of materials through sculptures, installations and site-specific interventions.   
Islam Abdelkader: website, Instagram

Letsgettothepoint is a collective of three design researchers who have combined their individual practices to explore the meaning of “collectiveness” in both group setting and the wider design world. They develop methodologies and create narratives, finding formats that suit workshop-based research and performative expressions, aiming to challenge and rethink the regulations within the field of design, reflecting society’s evolving views on the subject.  Letsgettothepoint work is a continuous journey of exploring and addressing “caring frictions” within the realm of design.
Letsgettothepoint: Instagram

DIHAN reads is a self-initiated platform open to everyone who are in for experiment and shared experiences. It has been active since March 2023 within the context of DIHAN performative evenings*.Taking Antiquariaat Berger en de Vries (Groningen) as their main location, they let themselves be guided during their encounters by an openness in choice of subjects and textual input in a playful, performative, and experimental manner. Through a number of different approaches they explore together written and unwritten thoughts and reflections.
DIHAN: Instagram

Bhavneet Kaur is an interdisciplinary artist & designer based in India, working across spatial design, publication and artistic research. Her creative practice explores the thematics of body & identity, ancestral memory, colonial narratives and questions of modernity. Deeply rooted in a kinaesthetic inquiry, she manifests through installations, objects, texts and performance. She explores indigenous cultures using methods influenced by everyday and traditional practices, focusing on the diverse cultures in India. Kaur considers her creative practice nomadic and informed by situated learning. Subjective context is invariably universal. Currently, she is part of a Netherlands based collective, Fauxbia.
Bhavneet Kaur: website, Instagram

Kexin Hong was born in China, lives and works in the Netherlands, as a multidisciplinary artist, she employs a variety of media including, video, sculpture, and digital fabrication as tools to explore political issues on digital platform and sociology. Kexin Hong is fascinated by the boundaries between reality and virtuality, as well as the real and the imaginary; Her research delves into the impact of post-colonial trauma on the self- projection mechanisms among individuals in the post-truth era. Kexin intends to investigate how political images achieve a fictional “authenticity” while affirming themselves in reverse.
Kexin Hong: website, Instagram

Marianna Maruyama and Jan Adriaans are actively practising multi-modal artists based in The Hague (Maruyama) and Rotterdam (Adriaans). As frequent collaborators, they meet regularly in person and online for collective writing practices, finding an interesting relationship between consistency and responsibility. Showing up for a group practice is an act of responsibility towards ourselves demonstrating self-compassion and self-respect. At the same time, coming together expresses responsibility towards others because it allows them to find themselves within a larger artistic community.
Marianna Maruyama and Jan Adriaans:  Marianna’s website, Jan’s website

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