Archive for December, 2008


December 11, 2008




13 January, 19.30

Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices

Book launch and screening programme


“Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices” orbits around the subjects of memory, voice and the body – more specifically around instances where our habitual abilities to sense, remember, and speak are somehow disrupted or suspended. Such shifts and ruptures may occur through experiences such as living under an oppressive regime, migration, trying to make oneself understood in a foreign language, or through physical inhibitions like aphasia or stuttering. It is exactly at moments when we struggle with memory, when language fails us or our voice breaks, when our bodies are affected by inhibitions or prohibitions, that it becomes pertinent what values we attach to memory, voice and the body, and what roles they have in shaping our subjectivity and our status as subjects.

It has become common to understand memory, voice and even bodily knowledge and sensations as something we not simply have, but something we do. But when the ability to remember, feel or speak gets disrupted, even this sense that we are engaged in doing – in interacting with and acting in the world – becomes a question. What happens to our sense of self and our relation to others when we try to relate to places where we are not, to a voice that does not seem to be our own, or to a body that we don’t seem to be in control of?

The publication “Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices” is edited by Anke Bangma, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Lina Issa and Katarina Zdjelar, and contains texts and artist’s contributions by Ernst van Alphen, Özlem Altin, Steven Connor, Mladen Dolar, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Jeroen Fabius, Brigitte Felderer, Gunndís Yr Finnbogadóttir, Lina Issa, Suely Rolnik, Imogen Stidworthy, Jalal Toufic, and Katarina Zdjelar. Design by Johanna Bilak. 

A special screening programme accompanies the launch of this publication, with films and audio works by amongst others Samuel Beckett, Lina Issa & Fanni Futterknecht, Alvin Lucier, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy, Katarina Zdjelar, and Artur Zmijewksi.

Location: Piet Zwart Institute  |  Mauritsstraat 36  |  3012 GC  Rotterdam




December 5, 2008

The Open Office for Words is a cross-disciplinary thematic reference library that comes into being for a few hours every month. Its premise is to function as a momentary culmination and dissemination of (written) knowledge, made possible by the collective act of sharing ones texts whether part of a literary or theoretical tradition. The hopeful wish and intention of The Open Office For Words is to facilitate the pooling together of resources in a friendly, semi-intimate space and to create a situation that can allow for chance meetings and conversations between people across different disciplines interested in similar subjects, as well as quiet reading.   

How it works: Through a mail-out, you will be informed about the next thematic topic. You can then search through your own resources and see whether you have something to contribute. The users of The Office are then invited and welcomed to bring in reading material, such as books, journals, research papers and images related to the months thematic topic. It is also possible to contribute artworks, documentaries and interviews on a dvd-format. Note: the connections between source materials and topics can be loose as well as explicit, however they should not be purely associative.

Inform The Office in advance about any possible material that you may have and wish to contribute. Then bring it with you. You can also mail in text suggestions.

Participants can not lend the material out, but rather use The Open Office as a reading room in order to be inspired, informed and introduced to how ideas and related topics are dealt and covered within various fields, such as literature, cultural theory, philosophy and the arts. Where certain key texts are not present, a readinglist will be (collectively) put together.

There will be a photocopier in The Office, which the users can avail off for the making of max.5 free photocopies each and only of the source material available at The Office.

After the closing hour of the library, the participants will take their personal books etc. back. Every temporary donation will be carefully noted down by The Office, so that each contributor will have their materials well taken care of and safely returned after the two hours.

The Office serves herbal tea and homemade cakes.

Opening Hours:

The Office will be open every first Sunday of the month for two hours between 13.00-15.00, starting on the 11th of December 2008.

Address:            ADA, Area for Debate and Art.

                                Room 207.

                                Houtlaan 21, Rotterdam.                            

Contact:              Deirdre M. Donoghue

                                 The Open Office for Words


                                 Tel: 06-53323708

Tea at ADA, 11.01.2009

December 5, 2008

ADA, Area for Debate and Art will have it’s official opening on the 11th of January 2009.

The opening event masquerades itself as a tea-party, emulating the 17th century Salon tradition, where the upper classes gathered together for conversation and readings about philosophy, literature and art. Besides tea and conversation, the opening includes a filmscreening and other activities, which will be announced closer to the date.

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December 5, 2008

Upcoming: December 2009

Acts of Memory is a joint exhibition of works by Deirdre M. Donoghue and Gunndis Yr Finbogadottir. The exhibition will be on view at the Poriginal Gallery, Pori, Finland. (28.11. – 22.12.2009.)

The exhibition ‘Acts of Memory’ explores the agency of memory production in relation to the construction of identity and the creation of autobiographical narratives. Referring to both imaginary and actual spaces and the passage of time, the works in this exhibition investigate the production, consumption and affects of memory. Bringing these works together under the common title of ‘Acts of Memory’, is an attempt by the artists to create a reflective space to further explore how we as subjects produce and are produced by memory, endlessly constructing our subject-hood, environment and histories through acts of recall and narration, whether individual or collective, purely personal or indeed cultural.

Central to the work of both artists is the idea of memory practices being an important alternative to the criteria of historiographical practice in narrating history, whether personal or collective. Whilst historiography favors radical continuity, and tries to regulate through economic criteria, the criteria of memory practice is immanently free from that. This gives memory practices their potential as an empowering and transformative practice and makes it an invaluable alternative to historiographical models of narrating.  





ADA, Area for Debate and Art

December 5, 2008

ADA is an area for debate and art.

It is a self-organized, independent artists initiative formed in September 2008 to support, nurture, stimulate and to create space for critical reflection and debate in and about art, in an open, cross-disciplinary minded and a friendly environment.
At the core of ADA are the art practices of seven Rotterdam based artists (Maja Bekan, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Loes Hoeijmakers, Gerwin Luijendijk, Margo Onnes, Esmé Valk and Sjoerd Westbroek) who also run ADA’s public program.  

ADA is as much a mental state as it is a physical location. It can be thought of as a multifaceted, porous sphere, consisting of people, thoughts, ideas, knowledge and experience/s, which flow in and out from the Area. A common philosophy of the members of ADA is the simple belief in the value of specifically framed human encounters as artistically meaningful and valuable sites, where new knowledge can be activated and allowed into being.

This belief is also reflected in ADA’s public program, which currently comprises of film screenings (Cinema Sunset), a cross-disciplinary thematic reference library (The Open Office for Words), one-to-one, on-site, studio-based performances (P for Performance (Everyday Exercising)) and semi-public thematic discussions (Conversations in a Cabin).

ADA – Area for Art and Debate is located at Houtlaan 21, at the old scheepsvaartkwartier of Rotterdam.