fold #10 on Responsibility


fold #10 on Responsibility

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Full programme

March 2024 – June 2024


Fold #10 on Responsibility
Ambassador Darya Warner (US)

15.12.2023 – 15.01.2024
Open call to co-host reading group

March 2024
Reading on Responsibility with Curated Suitcase
Roy Voragen and Isolde Venrooy
online and onsite 7 – 8 pm

April 2024
Sanne Kabalt | Artist in Residence
12.04. – 04.07.2024

Reading on Responsibility with Angela Serino & Maja Bekan
online and onsite 7 – 8 pm

May 2024
Sanne Kabalt ft. hosted by Annika Medin
10.05.2024 12 – 1 pm

Reading on Responsibility with Tom Viaene, Michiel & Arnout De Cleene
online and onsite 7 – 8 pm

April – July 2024
Exhibition | glacier mother iceberg child by Sanne Kabalt
12.04. – 03.05.2024 – I. iteration
03.05. – 24.05. 2024 – II. iteration
24.05. – 14.06.2024 – III. iteration
14.06. – 04.07.2024 – IV. iteration

This research text is
part of our long-term programme
on art and sustainability in fold #10
on Responsibility


Find the full reading list on Responsibility here


fold #10 on Responsibility

Talking about each other’s responsibility, collective or individual, is caring for directions that imprint in our own and other’s futures. We all are responsible for something and someone – the well-being of internal and external, inherited or discovered, founded or abolished. The difference in duty comes with the power of visibility, control and privilege.

Within the program on art & sustainability, we want to present artists, curators and writers who dare to name responsibilities towards cultural and environmental sustainment via the concepts and process of making/thinking. The ambassador of this particular fold is US-based artist Darya Warner who creates hybrid matter and space, emphasising the interconnectivity of humans and nature. They focus on the earth-conscious practice and the system theory which is a study describing the effects on the whole system/ecosystem when its parts are impacted. Thus the well-being of each bit from the natural-cultural spectrum is important for sustainability.

Multiple topics could be mentioned in fold #10 on Responsibility such as ethical and political obligations, codes of working, being accountable for past actions, or imparting knowledge. As there is no general recipe for carrying responsibility, humans might need to acknowledge that each member of an earthly community comes with a different ability to carry a load. Further in the text, we will take off from the idea that growing something as nearly together as integral, and in responsible manners, finds itself in different abilities.


How to intervene and how to be involved is a cornerstone in practices revolving around care. In this sense, we must always remind ourselves how to practise hospitality, listening and saying just enough. The struggle when contributing to any collaborative project, in life, in the arts or elsewhere, will always be how to care for and be cared for as well as how to not burden and be burdened neither.

The tensions and contradictions which come with care and responsibility are investigated in the book Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More-than-human World (2017) written by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa. According to Puig de la Bellacasa, the soil is a field of care. And we, humans, are being cared for by the living web of non-human agents living in soil, humus. The ability to care further focuses on practical doings such as the practice of permaculture as a means to responsibly intervene in the natureculture. This methodology puts stress on a fundamental commitment to caring for the home/land/earth mutually. It is then obvious that those, who practice any damage, deprivation and colonization are responsible for taking steps to repair.


Response-ability, coined by Donna Haraway (2016), is a term which brings up the idea that responsibility comes with the ability to respond. Haraway’s approach towards and beyond responsibility comes from making kin with her dog Cayenne and realising that they connect not only via their human and non-human friendship but also via the multispecies bundle of extraction caused by the big pharma industry. ‘It is no longer news that corporations, farms, clinics, labs, homes, sciences, technologies, and multispecies lives are entangled in multiscalar, multitemporal, multimaterial worlding; but the details matter. The details link actual beings to actual response-abilities.’ (2016, p.115)

The ability to respond is a priceless ability which not everybody can afford. It entails remembering who has access and who doesn’t, who lives and who dies. Cultivating response-ability means grieving with countless of those who struggle to survive, and countless places that are lost, mourning in awareness and making further decisions in reciprocity. Rather than providing a defined framework of ethics and politics, it calls for situated responses that rise from relations with and in the more-than-human world. Responsibility as a response, so to say, can be encouraging as well as problematic when it comes to everyday actions. It might leave us disarmed in the overwhelming amounts of situations which are collapsing and need to be accounted for.


The themes of responsibility, adaptability and diversity could be discovered in the dystopian novel Parable of the Sower (1993) by Octavia Butler. The story is set in the background of the struggle for mutual survival which thrives on symbiosis rather than competition. The Earthseeds community of individuals is seeding a reality which is not shaped by a supernatural destiny but whose only nature is change. Here, the meaning is found in the ability to change because what else is there in the future than transformation? 

The meaning we create today will be assessed by the future generations under their conditions, thus the responsibility is the tool to finish any task honestly. Diversifying access to such tools can stimulate a shared sense of responsibility which is necessary in creating a livable future for all.

Finally, practising responsibility as a tool for the future meanings is an opportunity which gives fulfilment to our lives. In Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), writer Milan Kunder questions heaviness and lightness – which one is negative and which is positive – responsibility or freedom? “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.

Reading sources

Butler, O. (1993). Parable of the Sower. Four Walls Eight Windows

Kundera, M. (1984). Unbearable Lightness of Being. Faber and Faber

Haraway, D. (2016). Awash in Urine. in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in Chthulucene. Duke University Press

Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (2017). Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More-than-human World. University of Minnesota Press


This is only a selection of reading resources on empowerment. For the full reading list suggestions, visit the Reading List on Responsibility

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