On Falling: Time, Care and Dependency

December 15, 2020
Aanvang: 19.00 GMT+2
Eind: 20.30 GMT+2
Platform: Youtube livestream

Falling head first. Mind split.

How do perceptions of time differ under heightened conditions? And how do bodies and things behave under varying qualities of attention? How to keep the balance, how to wait out the fall? Eyes on the horizon, as up becomes down, falling head first. Mind split.*

In a posthumously published paper titled ‘Fear of Breakdown’ psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott describes an anxious state of mind, one that might first be experienced in infancy, and which might haunt us as a fear of a pending breakdown in the future. This state of mind is an ‘agony’, and may take the form of an experience of ‘falling forever’. It is the outcome of a failure of the infant’s psychosomatic environment, when the infant is in a state of absolute dependence at the beginning of life which is not met by its surroundings. When we fear a breakdown, what we fear is coming to know, in the present, about a breakdown that has in fact already happened, a breaking down of defences against unthinkable anxieties that have to do with survival – annihilation, falling forever, unintegration, the loss of a sense of consistence, reality, or an ability to relate to others.

Lisa Baraitser’s 2017 exploration of the temporality of care, Enduring Time, has been an important source of inspiration in the formation of HMK’s 2020 program Slow Burn and Tamara Kuselman’s new commission at HMK, A Pool Without A Rim. This conversation between psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Lisa Baraitser, HMK artist-in-residence Tamara Kuselman and HMK’s creative director Miriam Wistreich will look at the ways in which time, care, dependency and resilience figure across artistic practice, curatorial methodology and theory. We will screen film works by Tamara Kuselman and try to understand what unexpected situations can awaken, what kinds of knowledge can grow from them, and how to take care of those new ways of thinking and being when they are under pressure to revert to former patterns. 

Lisa Baraitser is Professor of Psychosocial Theory at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and a psychoanalyst and Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Baraitser’s research focuses on time and care, drawing in discussions of gender, sexuality and motherhood from the fields of feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophies of ethics, affect, and event. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009) and Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017) and is currently co-Principal Investigator on an interdisciplinary research project on the relation between time and healthcare called Waiting Times, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She is the co-editor of the journal Studies in the Maternal, and co-founder of the research network MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics). 

Tamara Kuselman
Tamara Kuselman is an Argentinian born and Amsterdam-based visual artist. She received her MFA at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and has been artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck and Delfina Foundation (UK). Her works, mainly research-based performances and video works, have been presented internationally, among others at Corridor Project Space (NL, 2020), Tegenboschvanvreden (NL, 2019),  La casa encendida (ES, 2018), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (NL, 2016), Frestas Trienal de Artes (BR, 2014), and De Appel Arts Center (NL, 2013). She is currently preparing new work for the Bienal de Performance 2021 in Buenos Aires.

Slow burn
Tamara Kuselman’s residency concludes HMK’s 2020 year program Slow Burn, developed by artists Griet Menschaert and Maja Bekan and curator Miriam Wistreich. Through six chapters – Space, Navigation, Work, Endurance, Community and Time – Slow Burn brought together a range of voices to think about the politics of the artist residency and how we can navigate through the landscape of the art world with care.

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*Excerpt from: The New Chronic, written by Tamara Kuselman and Merve Ertufan at Corridor Project Space, 2020.

This project is kindly supported by: Mondriaan FondsGemeente HoornPrins Bernard Cultuur FondsStichting de Hoorn.