Material Fatigue: Making practice social — Artist talks

With an attempt to elasticise the notion of material fatigue, two panels of artists participating in the art programme will meet on the two last festival days. Inserting the notion of the commons, this is also a further elaboration on what the Material Fatigue programme might mean collectively. The panels take place on Friday and Saturday, 13:00-14:00 and will be moderated by curators Frida Sandström and Aleksei Borisionok.

The structure of feeling refers to the distinct yet shared ways that feelings may emerge. The notion was established by literary scholar Raymond William as an alternative to the social hegemony of common sense, rather pointing out the inner dynamics of the not yet fully worked out thought: feeling. Further developed by cultural theorist Lauren Berlant, it is through these unsynchronised flows of feelings under construction that new formations of thought emerge: collective affect. This formation says Berlant, is different from how political emotion is shaped as it includes converging, parallel tracks in simultaneous movement. For Berlant, the affective commons is the “unstated residue of collective life”, another lived-through architecture.

With the affective commons as a starting point, this conversation investigates the role of collectivity and rupture through the notion of material fatigue and through each of the present artistic practice. Sharing our thoughts on living through “unsynchronized flows of feelings”, we look deeper into how common space is dislocated, recollected and redistributed. The common space is here understood as an affective commons, meaning it is not only physically defined, but also formed through emotional and temporal dynamics. By the laws of material fatigue, the touch of a surface both tears down and sustains its structure. How does this apply to our social constructs?

Friday 29/7, 13:00-14:00 — Stina Nyberg, Kasia Wolinska & Ashiq Khondker
Saturday 30/7, 13:00-14:00 — Dinis Machado, Julia Giertz, Olia Sosnovskaya