We invite you to join the Jan Van Eyck Academy Alumni Association in Justifiable Versions of Events, during the week of 20-26 July in Berlin. We seek experimental proposals for exhibitions, symposia, interventions, actions, workshops, papers and performances, any of which can be used as nuclei for future collaborative work. The theme of Catastrophe can serve as a possible point of orientation.
The Association is an open platform for theory, art and design built from the assembly of former researchers and participants of the Jan Van Eyck Academy, who are dissatisfied with the debilitating nature of the institutional field, and who reject the prevailing norms of commerce. The idea is to form a mobile framework for collaboration between designers, artists and theorists, one which will bring about a radical probing of disciplines by suspending their borders and provoking their mutual subversions, affirming the need for collective work and engaging in projects which open the possibilities of different domains, whether aesthetic, scientific, or political. We understand the Association as a project continually ‘in the making’: open-ended and multifaceted.
If you would like to join this project then we invite you to submit a proposal for Justifiable Versions of Events. The deadline for submissions is June 30. We will do our best to provide facilities and accommodation for all those interested in participating or attending.
As point of departure. A start which is at once a turn another turn a sudden turn an overturn an overthrow or disastrous end. But in any case subversion of the order of things, not only by accident, as if from the outside, but as a necessary part. Not only or necessarily negative but on the contrary the chance of another beginning.
We invite catastrophic testing of what catastrophe might mean. Take it to the breaking point, the point of disaster, the point at which a breakthrough might take place. Chance – of the good as much as the bad. Putting an end to or reversing the established order, or setting it off on an unforeseen trajectory. As something that was there immanent to the thing all along. The end no longer that which approaches but that which recedes – teleology broken. “That things ‘just go on’ is the catastrophe” (Benjamin); “I wish you every catastrophe” (Bernadette Corporation); “Whatever you write it’s always a catastrophe” (Bernhard); “The first catastrophe is the ignoble archive which rots everything” (Derrida); “The catastrophe is in the fact that arrival cannot really say adieu to derivation” (Malabou); “I like the idea of quiet catastrophes taking place” (Smithson); “Any discontinuity at all occurring within phenomena is a catastrophe” (Thom).