Conference at De Brakke Grond examines past, present and the hereafter

Published on Feb 20, 2019

From Friday to Sunday, the festival’s three-day international conference will take place at Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, with lectures and panel discussions from artists and theorists probing some of today’s most urgent questions, while this year’s film programme, running parallel to the conference, offers several speakers the possibility to expand their lectures with moving images.

Now, more than ever, it is necessary expand the conversation to gauge the complexities and interconnections of today’s crises and re-imagine a different reality. The conference programme helps to look back, re-evaluate and untangle the threads that encumber our thinking outside the sticky terrain of neoliberalism.

The first day of the conference includes among others keynote lectures by Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn, radically rethinking the idea of death through posthuman knowledges and artistic perspectives; and a session with Irit Rogoff, dedicated to artistic research, new practices of knowledge production and their impact on modes of research.

The second day features a panel outlining the current political landscape with Gregory Sholette and Jodi Dean; a talk with Flavia Dzodan and Ramon Amaro about contemporary technologies as tool of exclusion; films and talks by Tony Cokes and Ephraim Asili discussing capitalist marketing tropes, cinematic jazz methodologies, and Afrofuturist concepts; and The Otolith Groups review and revival of the pioneering work of Julius Eastman.

The final day presents among others Elizabeth Povinelli and Louis Henderson talking artistic collective practices: Karrabing Film Collective, representing their lives with film and intervening in the representation of indigeneity’; and The Living and the Dead Ensemble, a collective with artists from Haiti, France and the UK. Stoffel Debuysere present his arguments for the fictions of the real’, and Filipa César will close the HEREAFTER conference with a performative reading Meteorisations, with sound by Jin Mustafa and films by Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes, Guinea-Bissau Cinema Archive.

More information about the conference can be found via the Programme page.

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Rosi Braidotti. Photo by Sally Tsoutas.
The Otolith Group.
Tony Cokes. Photo by Getty Research Institute.
Sonic Acts Academy 2018, Rick Dolphijn. Photo by Pieter Kers