Reading On Responsibility I with Tom Viaene, Arnout & Michiel De Cleene

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Reading on Responsibility | with Tom Viaene, Arnout & Michiel De Cleene

images by Michiel & Arnout De Cleene
images by Michiel & Arnout De Cleene

Date:
30.05.2024
7 – 8 pm CEST

 

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

Reading

The last reading circle in the fold #10 on Reponsibility is led by Arnout & Michiel De Cleene and Tom Viaene on Thursday the 30th of May. Together, we will read Eyal Weizman’s introduction to the book Forensis – The Architecture of Public Truth edited by Forensic Architecture and published by Sternberg Press in 2014. This text was suggested by co-hosts who were selected via the open call organised at the beginning of this year.

Arnout De Cleene & Michiel De Cleene are the initiators of ‘the-documents.org’, an online platform, collecting, describing, presenting and generating documents of all sorts. Tom Viaene is an editor-in-chief of Trigger magazine, part of FOMU – the photography museum in Antwerp. As a joined venture of the-documents.org and Trigger magazine, they investigate the meeting ground between photography and the document.

Introduction: Forensis

Defining (the functioning of) a document most likely involves ideas of communication, information, evidence, inscriptions, and implies notions of objectivity and neutrality – but the document is neither reducible to one of them, nor is it equal to their sum. It is hard to pinpoint it, as it disperses into and is acted upon by other fields: it is intrinsically tied to the history of media and to important currents in literature, photography and art; it is linked to epistemic and power structures. However ubiquitous it is, as an often tangible thing in our environment, and as a concept, a document deranges.

It is in the document as a historical agent – to reclaim Weizman’s words –  ‘that the fabric of complex social relations, imprinted political forces, and logics of practice are folded’; and ‘forensis’ is ‘a good model for connecting aesthetic practices, activism, and science because it is structured by the necessity of taking sides in an argument, of fighting for and defending claims’.

The reading and discussion that co-hosts propose revolves around the ‘responsibility for truth as a common project’. ‘(M)aterial forms’, Weizman states, ‘can thus only reflect history in fragments and ruins, and suggest uncertain, discontinuous, and lacunar interpretations. But although we can never know the past as a conclusive, transparent fact mechanically etched into materiality, we should avoid the temptation of an anti-universalist perspective which regards truth simply as inherently relative, contingent, multiple, or nonexistent, and instead view truth as a common project under continuous construction.’.

Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman is the founder and director of Forensic Architecture and professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where in 2005 he founded the Centre for Research Architecture. In 2007 he set up, with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine.

He is the author of many books, including Hollow Land, The Least of all Possible Evils, Investigative Aesthetics, The Roundabout Revolutions, The Conflict Shoreline and Forensic Architecture.

Bio of co-hosts

Arnout De Cleene & Michiel De Cleene are the initiators of the-documents.org’, an online platform, collecting, describing, presenting and generating documents of all sorts. The platform aims to question what a document is and how it functions. A contribution by several authors consists of a photograph, a scan, a screenshot, etc. that you consider a document. A short text accompanies the file. Arnout and Michiel themselves are now working on a series of five documents concerning the motorway car park in Ranst (Belgium). Their take on this reveals some of the connections between the documentary, photography and responsibility – applied to climate migration. Both are also researchers at KASK & Conservatory, School of Arts, Gent.

Tom Viaene is an editor-in-chief of Trigger magazine, part of FOMU – the photography museum in Antwerp. Trigger is a printed and online magazine which has photography as a starting point for critical writing, essays, conversations, artists contributions, and historical research.

The programme of reading sessions:

25.04.2024 reading with Angela Serino & Maja Bekan
28.03.2024 reading with Curated Suitcase
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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