Theory — 28 Mar 2019

Excess Swarm (Wild in the Wild) Curated by Hypatia Vourloumis
€ 3,- (excl. museum entrance) / Rietveld students free with registration
Teijin Auditorium, livestream in studio A
28 Mar 2019, 10 am until 5 pm
Main language

The narrative emulates the errant path of the wayward and moves from one story to another by way of encounter, chance meeting, proximity, and the sociality created by enclosure. It strives to convey the aspiration and longing of the wayward and the tumult and upheaval incited by the chorus.

— Saidiya Hartman, ‘The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner.'

In ‘Soldier of Love’ Sade sings of how, in the hinterlands of devotion, she does her best to survive (in) the wild wild west. In Wu Tsang’s film Wildness Flawless Sabrina stands on the bar of the Silver Platter and celebrates the ways in which ‘the fist is still up’, echoing the collective choreographed stance and scene that closes Sade’s video. This day of the conference-festival seeks to incite a tumultuous chorus made up of the encountering of differing yet correlating aesthetic, theoretical and militant resonances swarming across manifold times and spaces. An improvised gathering of diasporic thinkers and practitioners, the day of study will seek to critically reverberate fugitive senses, feelings and transmissions of an uncommon and unknowable in advance, ‘brown commons,’ in the words of José Esteban Muñoz. These staged chance convergences and divergences (including their particular geopolitical, regional, physical, material and sensorial conditions of possibility) explore wayward and errant paths, as Saidiya Hartman writes, to study how, ‘in a minor key,’ ungovernable experiments in the social art of life discrepantly exceed colonial orderings and framings of life and art. Presentations and performances will delve into the aesthetic practices and unruly visons of queer diaspora, sensual excess and brown jouissance, the poetics of emergent aberrations, the magic of science and the intertwining of neurodiverse sensory circuits, futurisms and distorted constellations, the love song, anticolonial time, and the dancing of things and nothingness.


Nwando Ebizie
Gayatri Gopinath
Malak Helmy and Janine Armin
Monsur Mansoor
Amber Jamilla Musser
Sandra Ruiz
Jackie Wang

Program Excess Swarm (Wild in the Wild)


10:00  Walk-in
10:30  Welcome by Jorinde Seijdel
10:45  Hypatia Vourloumis, Excess Swarm (Wild in the Wild)
11:00  Monsur Mansoor, Brown Handbag (performance /dance)
11:30  BREAK

11:45  Amber Jamilla Musser, Sensual Excess: Moving Through the Flesh to Elsewhere (lecture)
12.30  Malak Helmy (with Janine Armin), Don’t Feel the Same: Music Interlude with Voice-Over (music, visuals, reading)


13:45  Nwando Ebizie, Distorted Constellations: Afrofuturist Landscapes, Neurodivergent Possibilities, and Art as Science Playground (performance/artist talk)
14:30  Gayatri Gopinath, Unruliness, Suspension, Deviation (lecture)
15:15  BREAK

15:30 Sandra Ruiz, The Split Aesthetic in Anticolonial Time (lecture)
16:15 Jackie Wang, Attempted Aberrations in the Domain of Emergence (performance/multimedia poetry reading)

17:00 END