Reading on Reimagining - Doris Hardeman ft. SEA Foundation
Our current Off the Grid resident Doris Hardeman is invited to formulate the content of a reading group, organized by our cross-border partner SEA Foundation (Tilburg, NL). This session marks the last reading group in the fold VI. on Reimagining. Doris Hardeman suggested the excerpt from the book Breathing: Chaos and Poetry written by Franco “Bifo” Berardi.
As we will have an hour to read and discuss the text through the lens of an artistic practice, we will not read the full text, although the selected snippets will be shared by the artist. You are welcome to join in person or online. We meet on location at Cas-co, Vaartstraat 94, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. The online invitation and the text will be sent to registered online readers. Welcome!
Doris Hardeman is influenced by the grammatical and mnemonic structures in language when constructing her visual vocabulary. She describes the reading text as a beautiful and dense meditation on finding rhythm through breathing during the suffocating chaos which is brought up by the corpse of financial capitalism.
Breathing as a political act and a poetical therapy is a way to reimagine the return to harmony. Breathing is, according to Berardi, reactivated through poetry which has a power to awaken the social body and unchain communication exchange. Breathing: Chaos and Poetry follows up on his previous text The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance.
About the writer:
Franco Berardi, aka “Bifo,” is an Italian philosopher and theorist mainly focusing on media communication and the role technology has in the post-industrial capitalist system. He is a founder of the famous “Radio Alice” in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement. He is a writer, media theorist, and media activist. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan.