To care is to recognize all bonds, between both humans and non-humans; between humans and their systems, their infrastructures and institutions, and to attend to their fragility. Ethics of care challenge us to construct social relations and systems based on situational and contextual morality, beyond abstract or universal notions of justice, to allow us to turn to processes of care, re-pair, maintenance and healing. More information...
Friday, Jun 12
Live stream on hkw.de
The opening day explores, maps, complicates and challenges notions of caring, considered as both, a range of practices and an ethics of being together otherwise. The first day introduces the audience to the history of the concept of care but also to the contemporary discourse around caring and thereby sets the ground for the upcoming contributions of the following days.
Opening Ritual: N E P O <
Audio by Polyphrenic Creatures
In German and English
In Hohenlockstedt, a small community in Schleswig-Holstein, neighbours have been coming together since the beginning of 2020 in the narrative café series Holo Miteinander im M.1. of the Arthur Boskamp Foundation. The central question is how do we want to live together? At the moment when vulnerability is admitted to everyone, a sense of social power of trust is created. The artist duo Polyphrenic Creatures accompanies these talks. In the performative gesture N E P O < they transform, in the way of a carpet of language, the respective subjective experience in a rhythmic reconnection to a collective narrative. N E P O < invites us to engage in new directions of reading in order to release internalized ways of thinking and acting from their rigidity and to learn from each other and to (re-)learn forms of interaction. With N E P O <, Polyphrenic Creatures create a performative gesture of opening through their bodies and voices - and thus initiate the program of #4 Caring with local-situated questions and communal knowledge production.
Caring has recently received increased attention in critical cultural discourses, allowing for new research projects, exhibitions, and publications to emerge. Yet, why now? Why does society seem to be more receptive than ever to a subject as old as humanity? This opening conversation between the two curators and authors Elke Krasny and Helena Reckitt traces the history of care and social reproduction from a feminist and critical cultural perspective and situates it in today’s discourse on caring. By highlighting relevant practices on caring they will question, complicate and reflect on caring as a radical practice towards social transformation.
Atmospheric Escape: Fabulating Care
Audio by Johanna Bruckner
Gaseous substances of the Earth escape into space and form extracorporeal bodies. These structures come into being as their molecular particles mutually support, align with and ripple against each other and the electromagnetic field. Johanna Bruckner calls this state polymorphous care or desire. How can these non-human bodies and their poetics of care be imagined? How can these crystallizations be aesthetically narrated, accessed and diffracted? How can they help us fabulate and perform possible future worlds, languages and practices of care beyond the tangible? The audio offers scores for the listener to approach these questions in aesthetic, sonic and collective ways.