Murmuring Matter

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The event Murmuring Matter rehearsed ways to be attentive, responsive, and empathic to the material murmurings and presences within and around us. The on-going environmental breakdown has made evident the agency of viral, vegetal, animal, atmospheric, and other material manifestations, which have evaded human control and reclaimed an active role in the unfolding of earthly narratives. These conditions urge for a reassessment of human’s relation to the environment, not only from a techno-scientific perspective but also as from an ontological and epistemological one. One that requires a disentanglement from structures inherited from millennia of epistemological violence inflicted against cosmologies rooted in an interconnection with forms of earthly agency. And one that requires special attention to cosmopolitical proposal such as that of Isabelle Stengers who invites us to slow down and listen to the multiple and divergent murmurings of those who do not have, cannot have, or do not want to have a voice in political arenas.

Throughout four-days, Murmuring Matter gathered diverse knowledges and practices, in walks, talks, performances, workshops, screenings, dinners and other somatic explorations, which nurtured processes of (un)learning, exchanging, and relating to and through the matters and environments in and around us. Bridging the analytical and sensorial, the verbal and non-verbal, the cognitive and affective, this collective inquiry traversered multiple scales of materials, bodies, river-, forest- and cityscapes of Maastricht and beyond, as gateways to access wider planetary stories and cosmopolitics.

Murmuring Matter: On the Cosmopolitics of Materials
co-curated with Giulia Bellinetti

14 & 21-23.04.2023
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands

With contributions by:
Amy Auld Pennington, Anastasia Eggers, Arpita Akhanda, Charles-André Coderre, Charlie Clemoes, Clementine Edwards, Cristina Flores Pescorán, Daniel Lie, Dorien de Wit, Eglė Budvytytė, Fabrice Mazliah (with Emmanuel Obeya, Eslam Elnebishy, I-Fang Lin), Jonas Palekas, Juan Pablo Pacheco Bejarano, Kate Pickering, Kim David Bots, Kris Dittel, Maud van den Beuken, Reetu Sattar, Rehema Chachage, Riar Rizaldi, sata taas, Sumugan Sivanesan, Toby Kiers, Wim Peumans, and Zahra Malkani.
Visual identity by Offshore Studio.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the video documentation here.

Future Materials Sound Bank, participatory performance by Kim David Bots and Sumugan Sivanesan. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Future Materials Sound Bank, participatory performance by Kim David Bots and Sumugan Sivanesan.

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Future Materials Sound Bank, participatory performance by Kim David Bots and Sumugan Sivanesan.

You cannot step into the same river twice, performance by Arpita Akhanda, Cristina Flores Pescorán, and Rehema Chachage. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
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You cannot step into the same river twice, performance by Arpita Akhanda, Cristina Flores Pescorán, and Rehema Chachage.

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You cannot step into the same river twice, performance by Arpita Akhanda, Cristina Flores Pescorán, and Rehema Chachage.

You cannot step into the same river twice, performance by Arpita Akhanda, Cristina Flores Pescorán, and Rehema Chachage. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
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You cannot step into the same river twice, performance by Arpita Akhanda, Cristina Flores Pescorán, and Rehema Chachage.

Building a Body of Belief, a performative lecture by Kate Pickering, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netehrlands
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Building a Body of Belief, performative lecture by Kate Pickering.

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Building a Body of Belief, performative lecture by Kate Pickering.

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MaasMosaMeuseMoûzeMaosMûce: a river choreography, workshop in the river Maas by Wim Peumans, Dorien de Wit, Juan Pablo Pacheco Bejarano, Maud van den Beuken.

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MaasMosaMeuseMoûzeMaosMûce: a river choreography, workshop in the river Maas by Wim Peumans, Dorien de Wit, Juan Pablo Pacheco Bejarano, Maud van den Beuken.

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We are not the center of the universe - attempts at other-than-human protagonisms, workshop and lecture-performance by Daniel Lie.

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We are not the center of the universe - attempts at other-than-human protagonisms, workshop and lecture-performance by Daniel Lie.

Fire-fuelled dinner, fish-schooled matters – dinner by Jonas Palekasand Anastasia Eggers. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Fire-fuelled dinner, fish-schooled matters, dinner by Jonas Palekas and Anastasia Eggers.

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Fire-fuelled dinner, fish-schooled matters, dinner by Jonas Palekas and Anastasia Eggers.

Fire-fuelled dinner, fish-schooled matters – dinner by Jonas Palekasand Anastasia Eggers. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Fire-fuelled dinner, fish-schooled matters, dinner by Jonas Palekas and Anastasia Eggers.

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Embodying Bodies, excerpts of a choreography in process by Fabrice Mazliah in collaboration with Emmanuel Obeya, Eslam Elnebishy, and I-Fang Lin.

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Embodying Bodies, excerpts of a choreography in process by Fabrice Mazliah in collaboration with Emmanuel Obeya, Eslam Elnebishy, and I-Fang Lin.

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Moving materials with our ears, a city listening walk with Charlie Clemoes.

Their movements, your absorption, dinner by Jonas Palekas and Cristina Flores Pescorán. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Their movements, your absorption, dinner by Jonas Palekas and Cristina Flores Pescorán.

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Their movements, your absorption, dinner by Jonas Palekas and Cristina Flores Pescorán.