Disassemblies 5: Policy People

The Knowledge is a Does In-Lab, organises on 28 March Policy People, a symposium + party, during the exhibition ‘Does Not Equal’ in W139 Amsterdam.

Moderated by Van Eyck participants E. C. Feiss and Karisa Senavitis

Commissioned texts/interviews by Ayesha Hameed, Claire Pentecost, Gillian Harkins + Erica Meiners, Interboro Partners and Jonathan M. Metzl dealing practically or theoretically with policy in a biopolitical realm (food, health, mobility, education, and housing) will generate further dialogue in a symposium of peers, including Egbert Alejandro Martina, Gabriela Quiroga, Hannah Black, Marina Vishmidt, Simone Zeefuik and other guests.

The material produced prior to and the discussion during the symposium will come together in a future publication.

Hannah Black is an artist and writer and contributing editor at The New Inquiry. Her work concerns what it means to have, or not have, something called "a body." Working from a tradition of black philosophy and black critique of white feminism, Black is always trying to drag big geopolitical or historical narratives into the realm of direct individual experience. A desire for change and a desire to give form to some kind of anger/sorrow are both prominent in her videos and texts. 

Egbert Alejandro Martina is a cultural critic, activist, blogger who seeks to map the messy complexities of how Blackness structures our understanding of gender, ability, sexuality, and race. He describes himself as a diasporic Afrarealist. He is currently grappling with the implications of Saidiya Hartman's theorization of the "afterlife of slavery," and what Christina Sharpe calls living "in the wake." He blogs at Processed Life about anti-Blackness in Dutch popular/political discourse, surveillance, and mobility. In his spare time, he is trying to perfect his earthbending techniques.

Gabriela Quiroga Gilardoni is a social scientist and a Consultant for Rural Innovation and Farmers Organizations at ECT Foundation. For her Masters, she did research about an agricultural cooperative in eastern Uruguay, focusing on the organizational capacities to strengthen the social capital of livestock smallholders. She has experience in Uruguay for the national agricultural federation of cooperatives (CAF) and international experience working for worldwide federation of farmer’s organizations International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). She advises organizations in farmer-led participatory policy generation with particular attention to young farmers’ leadership and empowerment as well as gender mainstreaming.

Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer, editor and critic occupied mainly with questions around art, labour and value. She is the author of Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, early 2016) and A for Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Textem, late 2014). She often works with artists and contributes to journals such as Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Ephemera, Kaleidoscope, Parkett, andOPEN! as well as co-/edited collections and catalogues, most recently Anguish Language. She has authored chapters in The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (Routledge, forthcoming) and The ECONOMY Reader (University of Liverpool Press, forthcoming). Her work on debt, social reproduction and artistic entrepreneurialism can be found on libcom.org and in the e-flux journal, and she has also lectured and given workshops on these topics in universities, art institutions and activist spaces. 

Simone Zeefuik is an Amsterdam based writer and organizer whose work focuses on imagery, representation, anti-Black racism and the undocumented communities in the Netherlands. She’s the founder of literary platform RE:Definition, co-founder of UndocumentedNL, co-initiator of #DecolonizeTheMuseum and the would-be chairman of the should-be board of people who have no intention to read the comment section.

Van Eyck participant E. C. Feiss is a writer. Her work has appeared in After all, Open!, Texte zur Kunst, and Radical Philosophy, among others. Recent and current projects include: participation in Re-Materializing Feminism, ICA London and The Politics of Attachment, ASCA (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis). She is a tutor in Critical Studies and the School of Missing Studies, both at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.

Van Eyck participant Karisa Senavitis is a practicing designer/researcher with her partner Kevin O'Neill. The focus of their research is within a realm they refer to as 'way-out-finding': generating and transmitting knowledges that are contained, wayward or lost. Her current projects include: orchestrating a philosophy of public health residency at Jan van Eyck Academie called Foreign Bodies, producing a word core 7-inch series featuring women writers, and developing an ongoing play-list and text about some sounds of subjectivity called "the high risk group."




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