Modes of Exhaustion

28Apr2016 30Apr2016

Workshop

Research workshop organized by Halbe Kuipers and Toni Pape ~ It is fashionable to be busy. It is common to be burnt out. Exhaustion is not only a widely shared experience in contemporary societies, but also a starting point for numerous interventions into critical discourse.

Books like Hito Steyerl’s Wretched of the Screen, Harney and Moten’s Undercommons, and Pelbart’s Cartography of Exhaustion think exhaustion both as a precarious condition as well as a space of potential. Exhausted bodies perceive and create differently, thus challenging the business-as-usual of the depleting routine.
This three-day workshop explores the aesthetic and political potentials of exhaustion. We invite contributions of various formats to address the following questions:

  • Which conditions and forms of exhaustion can or need to be thought?
  • What are the materialities and immaterialities of exhaustion (flexibility, plasticity, circulation, modulation, etc.)?
  • How does exhaustion relation to notions of rest, convalescence, and the therapeutic?
  • What are (artistic) techniques that work with exhaustion? What strategies and tactics can arise from exhaustion?

Exhaustion is not only the subject of this workshop, but also informs its practice. The general proposition is to activate forms of knowledge production that engage and work with exhaustion.
This is to tackle the sometimes exhausting aspects of conference participation itself. Each participant will be given a full hour to present something that should be work in progress. This hour can be filled in any way the participant sees fit (presentation, performance, exercise, discussion, etc.).

 

Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, room 1.16

Published by  ASCA