June 21: What Passes When Watching ~ presentation of a work in progress by Witta Tjan (DAI, 2012) as part of the Midsummer Eve's Potlatch taking place at Witte de With
On June 21 2014, 20:00 the artist Witta Tjan will give a presentation of her work in progress, as a part of her current art project with the focus on motherhood and mental illness. The project seeks to explore the clinical and community issues, stigma, as well as artistic and literary coverage of the theme. It is positioned at the intersection of literature, the medical field, and visual/ performance art.The project will use the delineation of existing and creation of new textual formats of "embodying" the persona of the mother with a psychiatric illness, as an organizing artistic principle. The presentation is a part of the conclusion of (m)other voices: the maternal as an attitude, maternal thinking and the production of time and knowledge is a long-term research project initiated by Deirdre M. Donoghue (artist, Rotterdam) to reflect on the maternal figure as a thinker and a producer of knowledge, rather than as a subject of representation and as a domestic figure inseparable from human emotions. A monthly reading and discussion group invites the audience to join this open inquiry.
Midsummer Eve's Potlatch
Saturday 21 June, 2014
The Midsummer Eve's Potlatch will conclude the year's workshops and reading groups, and simultaneously launch the internationally orientated m/other voices foundation, whose work will take place under the three headings of 'Art, Research and Theory' 'Dialogue' and 'Community Involvement'.
With the participation of Paula McCloskey (writer and researcher, UK) and Witta Tjan (artist, NL).
Program for the evening:
4.30pm Doors open
5.00pm Welcome toast & launching the m/other voices foundation
5.30pm Paula McCloskey: 'Art, Maternal and Matrixial Encounters'
8.00pm Witta Tjan: 'What Passes When Watching'
8.30pm Midsummer Eve's bonfire
11.00pm Doors close
Witte de With Witte de Withstraat 50 - 3012 BR Rotterdam - T: +31 (0)10 411 01 44