Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Scientific research tells us we're at our most creative first thing in the morning. Join us at Vooruit to test this theory, or to blithely ignore it and revel in the creativity of others. While your brain wakes up and the coffee kicks in, we'll watch a short film, listen to some short texts read, hear the thoughts of interesting speakers, and later, if you want to, contribute your own thoughts to a discussion. All while eating some nice pastries. Set your alarm right now!
This edition of ‘Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast’ during WACF focuses on the two concepts of value of care and economy of care: on the one hand the complex system of relationships that the work of care creates, and on the other hand the importance of building an environment that can safeguard these relationships.
To warm up our muscles on Thursday morning around this theme, we present the text ‘I don’t know if we are winning’, commissioned by Vooruit to collect the reflections of the South African artist and scholar Kopano Maroga on the May Events Program; Marwa Arsanios' film “Amateurs, Superstars and Extras, or The Labor of Love” and the work of the artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles and maintenance as arts practice through the gaze of the curator Adrienne van der Werf.
Amateurs, Stars and Extras or the Labor of Love by Lebanese artist Marwa Arsanios looks at invisible care work through different languages and different groups of people talking about domestic work. In a continuous dialectic between work as a representation and the representation of work and its exploitations, the film has an optimistic take on collectivities and collective political projects.
Marwa Arsanios (b. 1978, Washington DC, lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon) received her MFA from University of the Arts London in 2007, and was a researcher in the Fine Art department at Jan Van Eyck Academie from 2011 to 2012. She has had solo exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2016), Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2015), and Art in General, New York (2015). Her work was also shown at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), Home Works Forum in Beirut (2010, 2013, 2015), the New Museum, New York (2014), M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2013), and nGbK, Berlin (2012). Screenings of her videos have taken place at the Berlinale, Berlin (2010, 2015), e-flux storefront, New York (2009), and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011). In 2012 Arsanios was awarded the special prize of the Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize.