The Nocturnal: from month to month

Seminar 5 (11+12 June) in PAF

info coming soon


Seminar 4 (30 April + 1 May) in PAF, St.Erme

Sleep as a Contested Site, and the Politics of Rest

For our next seminar, we will be delving on sleep and the politics of rest. 


Bigé Emma, "Nap-ins. Politiques de la sieste," Pour un Atlas des Figures, dir. Mathieu Bouvier, La Manufacture, Lausanne ( 2018.

Chapter 4 of Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the End of Sleep. Brooklyn, London: Verso, 2014.


Seminar 3 (25 + 27 March) in Bergamo

Nocturnal Chronopolitics: Ephemera, Ephemerality, and the Ek-static

This third seminar dives the temporal valances, nuances and possibilities of the night; from its fleeting experiences to its residues, and its elongations of the present.


José Esteban Muñoz, “Ephemera as Evidence: Introductory Notes to Queer Acts”, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 8 (1996).

Athena Athanassiou, “Reclaiming Ephemerality: For a Rearticulation of the Living Present,” in Toward The Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice, edited by Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova and Rachael Rakes, Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, 2021.

The Chronic: a conversation between Renate Lorenz, Elizabeth Freeman, and Mathias Danbolt.” FRANK Conversations, 2015.


Seminar 2 (17+18 Feb) in Arnhem

Nocturnal Choreo-Politics, or the Spectre of Idiorrythmy

This second seminar dives into the performativity of collective movements and rhythms at night, discussing its politics, its potentials, its spectres, and its longings.


André Lepecki, Singularities: Dance and the Age of Neoliberal Performance, London: Routledge, 2016. Please read “Introduction,” and the chapter “In the dark.” 

Frederik Tygstrup, “Idiorrythmy,” in Living Together. Barthes, the Individual, and the Community, edited by Knut Stene-Johansen, Christian Refsum, Johan Schimanski. Bielefeld: transcript, 2018.


Seminar 1 (13+14 Nov) in Nida

How to Utter Night

In this introductory seminar, we will make a first approach to the nocturnal as a sensorial and semantic turn, or in Karen Barad’s terms, a diffractive device: that is, “a diffractive methodology is respectful with the entanglement of ideas and other materials” that involves reading insights through one another (instead against another). How do we sense nocturnal and how do we utter night: how do we express it without revealing its mystery, how do we transmit it preserving its potency without fixing or reducing it.


Lucía Jalón Oyarzun, “Night as Commons: Minor Architecture and Dayfaring Citizens.Scapegoat 10 (2017). SCAPEGOAT: Architecture | Landscape | Political Economy, nº10 “Night”, 2017.

Brandon LaBelle “Towards Dis/Appearance.” In A Painless, Effortless Image, edited by Victor Aguado Machuca. Madrid: Community of Madrid, 2020.

María Salgado, Lyric / 5. Based on a version of Aunque es de noche (Though it is night). On Transmission.Programa sin créditos en modo celebración. Otros relatos sobre las comunidades artísticas de aprendizaje, edited by Lila Insúa and Selina Blasco. Madrid: Comunidad de Madrid and Ediciones Asimétricas, 2018.