It lay like a log
If we’d approach the ways we see, hear, sense and imagine art and the world around us as an ‘ecosystem of attention’ – would we discover a conceptual landscape populated with animals, plants and objects that somehow clarifies the medial character of the cultural ecosystems we embody? To explore questions around composing attention and dramaturgy, cultural immunity systems and ecology, Jeroen Peeters will depart from a single trope looming in the ditch: the crocodile, a predator that devours language and culture to then retreat like a heavy, taciturn creature to the river bottom of many books and films.
Followed by Q&A. Moderation: Sabina Holzer
is an essayist and dramaturge working across the media of writing, performance and publication. He’s published widely on contemporary dance, art philosophy and improvised music, and on issues such as ecologies of attention, embodied knowledge, material literacy and sustainable development. Interested in documenting the ‘languages of making’, Peeters set up several dialogical projects with artists, which resulted for instance in a book in collaboration with Meg Stuart, Are we here yet? (2010).
Publications include a book on spectatorship in contemporary dance, Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies (2014); the essay Reseeding the library, gleaning readership (2018); and the monograph on Mette Edvardsen Something Some things Something else (2019). Peeters regularly engages in artistic collaborations with among others deufert&plischke, Mette Edvardsen, Jack Hauser, Sabina Holzer, Martin Nachbar, Meg Stuart, David Weber-Krebs and Jozef Wouters.
The lecture was invited as part of the research lab Exposure to a community to come initiated by Sabina Holzer.