8:00 pm

(re)designing the body

“Changing power dynamics comes with tactile engagement and bodily change: a transsomatechnical process” Mijke van der Drift

Architects such as Le Corbusier have offered standardized and reductive interpretations of the body. This impacts how public space is assumed to envelop people. However, the experience of our bodies is often different from standard models, and thus we inhabit space differently. This leads to the question of whether we can extend the experience of our environment in such a way that we move beyond reductive approaches. If we can manage to shift our way of being, would it be possible to go further and create a new form of global locality that is non-reductive and remains open?

Reflecting on the experiences of Helena Dietrich’s 22h Bodily Reading Conference and Vivien Tauchmann’s Self-as-Other Training, the evening addresses the question of whether our bodies can be concrete vessels for non-immediate social change and empathy. In the discussion, the fluidity and concreteness of bodies will be explored to find possible answers. What new imaginaries for the space of the Muntplein have (unconsciously) come up while rereading our bodies? Do the non-material structures of Le Corbusier or others saturate the economic complexities and the invisible forms of labor at the Muntplein?

Mijke van der Drift welcomes Dietrich, Tauchmann and Ramon Amaro during an evening program reflecting on the idea that bodily change is central to a changed understanding of the world, a change in ethics and a change in epistemology: “Structural change is always bodily change.”

 

with
Ramon Amaro
Helena Dietrich
Vivien Tauchmann
Mijke van der Drift


location

Prinsenstraat/Rue des Princes 12, 1000 Brussels

Wednesday October 10, 2018
8pm – 9:30pm

 

Ramon Amaro

Dr. Ramon Amaro (@SambaRhino) is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. as well as in the Centre for Research Architecture, where he teaches the MA special subject “Conflicts & Negotiations,” and the BA courses “The Fact of Blackness” and “Space and Time.” Previously he was Research Fellow in Digital Culture at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and a visiting tutor in media theory at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL (KABK). Ramon completed his PhD in philosophy at Goldsmiths, while holding a master’s degree in sociological research from the University of Essex and a BSE in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Helena Dietrich

The German performance artist Helena Dietrich is since six years working and living in Brussels. After her Master in Visual Communication at the Merz Academy Stuttgart, she conducted a research project at a.pass in Brussels. Her artistic approach is often process-based and involves the audience as participants at different stages. She is interested in creating situations, where, through atmospheric installations, objects, images and costumes transformative experiences can take place. Her work has been exhibited amongst others at Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Beursschouwburg Brussels, WoWmen festival, Playground festival, Buda Kortrijk, Something Raw festival, Hors Pistes / Cinema Galeries Brussels. She is currently involved in a research project at Kask Hogeschool and teaches at Luca school of arts.

Vivien Tauchmann

Vivien Tauchmann (b. 1990, Dresden, Germany) is a designer and researcher. She was first trained as a fashion designer at the Faculty of Applied Arts Schneeberg (2015) and graduated with a master’s in social design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018. She investigates how sociopolitical relations are embedded in and affected by dominant logics of material culture and media practices. In the attempt to give alternative forms to debate, she articulates, physicalizes, and activates her position through a performative approach. By positioning her own body as communicative material, she seeks to expose the relational aspects of man-made infrastructures and subvert processes that seem to constitute cultural boundaries.

At the same time as working on self-initiated projects and as a freelancer, she is currently coordinator of communication for Urgent Appeals of the Clean Clothes Campaign at Entwicklungspolitisches Netzwerk Sachsen (ENS) e.V., which is dedicated to improving working conditions and empowering workers in the global garment industries.

Mijke van der Drift

Mijke van der Drift is philosopher and filmmaker. They obtained their PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. They lecture at Goldsmiths, the Royal Academy, The Hague, and the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam. Mijke is currently working on their book Non-normative Ethics: The Dynamic of Trans Formation. They work on Non-normative Ethics and Radical Transfeminism through filmic collaborations with Alex Reuter, talks, and a longstanding cooperation with Nat Raha and Chryssy Hunter.