About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

19 Mar 2024
17:00 - 18:30

Performance: Moddertong

Framer Framed is proud to present the performance Moddertong by Sebastién Hendrickx. Taking place on 19 March 2024 at 17:00, the performance is the result of ongoing research around notions of ‘mother’, ‘language’ and ‘earth’, and takes on a new form in each iteration. Sébastien Hendrickx is a performance artist, playwright, art critic, teacher and activist.

In Moddertong, a kaleidoscopic narrative evokes the everyday life of a community in an unspecified time and place. The performance, in which a narrator sits with the audience in a circle, portrays how everything is magically connected: the sun, plants, animals, people and man-made things. Gradually, a tragicomedy unfolds in which countless creatures support and thwart each other. Influenced by continuous research and ever-changing circumstances, Sébastien Hendrickx keeps on making new versions of the same performance. Moddertong follows his debut performance The Good Life (2021).

Moddertong is organised as part of the seminar series Science and Action, developed by researcher Jorrit Smit on the politics of planetary and climate knowledge production. The seminars take place as part of Planetary Poetics, a master’s programme hosted in collaboration with Framer Framed at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, that enables participants to develop artistic research while exploring key concepts of the ecological crisis. This includes questions of climate justice, land restitution and reparations, reproductive justice, and constellations of co-resistance.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Text, Performance & Scenography: Sébastien Hendrickx
Coach: Willem de Wolf
Production Support: De Kunstenwerkplaats & myotherwork.wordpress.com
Research Support: KASK/School of Arts
Residencies: De Monty, De Grote Post, Workspacebrussels, C-Takt, WP-Zimmer, De Kunstenwerkplaats, KAAP
Co-production: C-Takt, Viernulvier
Thanks to: Katrien Stragier, Jan Ritsema

Planetary Poetics is developed in collaboration with Framer Framed. Moddertong is kindly supported by VUB Crosstalks.

Framer Framed is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Municipality of Amsterdam; and VriendenLoterij Fonds.

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Sébastien Hendrickx

Performance artist