COOP ~ On Tradition - Future Ancestors 3: The Mother, The Archival and The Symbolic Order from Month to Month

Seminar 1: 22 - 24 November 2022

Dear Ania, Baoxin, Evija, Gamze, Gleb, Iarlaith, Louis, Maxima, Mara, Pelumi and Theresa we are very happy to welcome you to the study group On Tradition- Future Ancestors!

During our first week together let’s take time to meet one another. We will start our week in the office and archive of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution in Amsterdam. Here Frederique Berghholtz, director, and Anik Fournier, curator, will introduce you to the work of If I Can’t Dance. In the afternoon, we welcome Amsterdam based artist Sands Murray-Wassink. Our study group’s fields of inquiries resonate with Sands’ practice, and he will share with us some ensembles of works. Both lunch and dinner are organized by If I Can’t Dance and in this informal setting we hope there is ample time for us to start getting to know each other. On the second day, the work will focus on a collective thinking exercises in relation to the book The Symbolic Order of the Mother by Italian feminist philosopher Luisa Muraro, lead by Snejanka Mihaylova, and we will try to elaborate further on the study group themes. For the last day we will work on an assignment that connects your own work with the themes that emerged in the study group during the week. In this way we share with each other our practices.

Tuesday 22 November

10:30-11:30 Welcome coffee/tea in the If I Can’t Dance office in Amsterdam, opportunity to visit the library exhibition 

11:30-13:00 Frederique Bergholtz – about If I Can’t Dance; Anik Fournier – about library exhibition Scoring Liveness and archive If I Can’t Dance

13:00-14:00 Lunch

15:00-17:00 Sands Murray Wassink – presentation 

17:00-19:00 Drinks and food

After we return to Arnhem

Wednesday 23 November

10:00-13:00 The Symbolic order of the mother by Luisa Muraro, a collective thinking session lead by Snejanka Mihaylova and the study group.

“I do not speak of the mother metaphorically. I speak of her realistically, and in order to be clear, I will renounce, as much as possible, the beautiful and rich language that develops from the metaphor of the mother and from the symbolism of birth. The symbolism of birth is present in various spheres, from the religious ceremony of baptism to artistic production, or to the conception (conceptus) of philosophy. These metaphors are commonly considered an acknowledgment [riconoscimento] of the magnitude of the work of the mother. But since this acknowledgment too often does not recognize the social authority of women in the flesh, I think that it is rather a way of depriving the mother of her prerogatives” writes Luisa Muraro in her masterpiece The Symbolic Order of the Mother (1982). Today the leading feminist philosopher Luisa Muraro is 82 years old. With great passion she presents books, facilitates discussions and participates in meetings in the Women's Bookstore in Milan which she co-?founded in 1976. Throughout the year we will carefully read parts of this book in which she speaks of the potential of a practice of philosophy (and let us add artistic practice) not as a critical endeavor or as a “love (philia) of wisdom (sophia)” but as “learning to love the mother.” Meeting the mother is meeting the deepest strata in us. Recognizing the symbolic order of the mother is a step towards liberation. And learning to love the mother is... 

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-19:00 Students prepare for presentations on Wednesday 24 November

19:00-20:00 Dinner

Evening: watch film together or starting with the presentations

Wednesday 24 November

Present: Snejanka Mihaylova and Frederique Bergholtz

Students present their practice through the lens of the study groups theme. 

10:00-13:00 Presentations

13:00-14:00 Lunch

15:00-18:00 Presentations

18:00-18:30 Round Around session - a preparation for the next DAI week. 

18:30-20:00 Dinner


Keywords Connection - Matrix of Life  - Relation - Symbolic Order - Unclassifiable - Imaginary – Imagination - Community - Communication 

Starting questions What is a group, what makes us a group, what makes us individuals?  Why do we want to be together? How do we nourish? How do we care? As we work through the year, how do we archive this work? How do we draw upon existing achievements and transform them? How to rethink a symbolic order anew?

Sands Murray Wassink

If I Can’t Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution