Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia
Winter (Dis)symposium
10, 17, 24, 31 March 2021
Distant and Dispersed

The world is still in crisis and presence continues to be a question and a problem. 

Presence has become immaterial, intangible, ephemeral, fugitive, ungraspable. Presence has become overbearing, unbearable, too near, intolerable, threatening. Longing for old presences; looking for ways to recreate, reformulate and reinvent new forms; returning to presence; leaving presence; searching, unmaking and remaking; undoing, being undone and reassembling. We’re present, we exchange presences, we find ways to speak, without forgetting silences and absences. Where, when and how do we find and lose presence? In what does it consist? What are its elements? How is it formed? How is it communicated and experienced?

We will meet online to have a series of conversations around presence and to experiment with presences.


Register in advance to join the events

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and a password to join the Zoom meeting.

You only need to register once to join all four events. 

Presenters’ abstracts and bios

10 March 18:00 – 20:30 CET

Welcome and introduction

Myna Trustram, Luisa Greenfield, Per Roar, Camilla Graff Junior Presence of the Archive

Tereza Stehlikova and Alexa Wright Being (T)Here

Diane King Presence Through Painting and Writing


17 March 18:00 – 20:30 CET

Renata Gaspar and Alia Zapparova Echoes (reading presence)

Kathi Seebeck Digging in strata, unveiling presences

Tiny Festival Producers (Annikki Wahlöö, Benedikte Esperi and Cia Runesson) Presenting presence in absence

Eleni Kolliopoulou Enabling presence


24 March 18:00 – 20:30 CET

Cau Silva Traces of daily gestures – a reflection on uncertainties and ephemeralities  

Kani Majid The unnatural silence of the invisible Iraqi Kurdish women

Betty Doyle End of the Line: Exploring Silence and Absence in the Poetics of Infertility Poetry

Janhavi Dhamankar Performing presence


31 March 18:00 – 20:30 CET

Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt and Lucy Lyons Suriashi and Drawing as Presence

Ilana Gorban, Raquel Scotti Hirson and Ana Andreatta Presence and dissolution – an online experience

Joanna Sperryn-Jones, Rata Aksornthong and students Collaborative presences through sharing localities: Collaborative online international learning (COIL) between Thailand and UK  

Discussion of presentations

General discussion and plans for the future

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