Research

Areas of interest include questions of social life, socially produced space, critical spatial practice, collectivity and togetherness, micropolitics, cultural agency and subjectivity; social and holistic art practices, transformative pedagogies; forms of knowledge production; interconnectedness, relationality, listening; alternative structures, immateriality; the creation of fields of action, and the development of spaces for critical engagement.

Practice-based PhD research at Winchester School of Art/Southampton University, UK:

How can the curatorial activate a micropolitical and holistic making of social empathy; an approach on post-representational curation

My practice-based PhD research contributes to the field of contemporary curation –in particular approaching the notion of post-representational curation– with the specific angle of examining how the curatorial can activate a micropolitical and holistic making of social empathy. It investigates transdisciplinary methods that move beyond displaying ideas towards their embodied experiential activation. The research reconsiders and experiments with the notion of “exhibition”, how else ideas can be made experienced beyond curatorial forms of display, representation and beyond the consumption of in particular the visual. It explores how the curatorial can achieve a more self-determined aesthetic and discursive form of practice that actively engages  and dissolves the on looking audiences, and one that strives to nurture agency and partaking stakeholders instead.

The explorations consider transdisciplinary holistic methods for creating “critical consciousness”(conscientization) which is an extended interpretation of, and finds guidance in Brazilian educator, activist and educational theorist Paulo Freire’s learning approach of the 1960s and 70s, to address and experience readings of- and being in the world, moving towards new levels of critical awareness. Micropolitical is understood in the rationale of Brazilian curator, psychoanalyst, writer, art and cultural critic Suely Rolnik as an affective and social process in the production of subjectivity, decolonization and de-subjectivation of the (social) body and its relationality to the Other. The concept of decolonization is approached phenomenologically, to delink from hegemonic and capitalistic appropriations in the process of subjectivation ––which colonize and govern our subjectivity on the micropolitical levels of our desires and imaginaries, smoothing the way for e.g. manipulation, fascism, racism, populism and more.

Holistic is understood here not solely as relating and actuating both body and mind, but as the accentuation of the inter-relational and inter-connectedness of systems as wholes in general instead of divided component parts.