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Framer Framed

11 Dec 2019
17:00 - 19:30

Reading Room: On Hydrofeminism

Participating artist of Elsewheres Within Here, Sissel Marie Tonn has invited curator Miriam Wistreich to co-lead a reading group on Astrida Neimanis’ text *Hydrofeminism: Or, On Becoming a Body of Water (2012) in her installation Water-thieves and Time-givers (2019).

We are all bodies of water. To think embodiment as watery belies the understanding of bodies that we have inherited from the dominant Western metaphysical tradition” writes philosopher Astrida Neimanis in her essay “Hydrofeminism: Or, on becoming a body of water”.*

Photos: © Betul Ellialtioglu, 2019.

In this text philosopher Astrida Neimanis traces the reciprocal relationship between the constellation of matter and forces, which we call our bodies, and its surrounding environment through the connecting qualities of all the watery exchanges we have with the world. In so doing she asks us to consider the “outline” of the body as a membrane that is much more elastic and malleable, trans-corporeal, porous and leaky than we might at first imagine. Together with the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, we will co-read and reflect on Neimani’s text in relation to the themes of water contamination of bodies and environments stretching over unimaginable timespans, which is being explored in Sissel’s work.

*Astrida Neimanis, ‘Hydrofeminism: Or, On Becoming a Body of Water’ in: Undutiful Daughters: Mobilizing Future Concepts, Bodies and Subjectivities in Feminist Thought and Practice, eds. Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

By Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology.
Please send an email to participate: reserveren@framerframed.nl.
The reading material will be send you after your RSVP.

This event is FREE and in English.
We have limited spots.

About Reading Room

The Reading Room emerged as an event series taking place bi-monthly at Stroom Den Haag between 2015-2018, and was organised by Jonathan Reus, Sissel Marie Tonn and Flora Reznik. Currently it exists as a nomadic format, shape-shifting into new contexts where collective study might provide useful insights.

Feminism / Ecology /


Exhibition: Elsewheres Within Here

Curator: Jo-Lene Ong


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Sissel Marie Tonn


Jo-Lene Ong