2017 ~ Saturday March 11 & Sunday March 12 in Mechelen ~ Contour Biennale 8 Public Programme / ROAMING ASSEMBLY#12 ~ Planetary Records: Performing Justice Between Art and Law ~ curated by Natasha Ginwala and Rachel O'Reilly

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We are delighted to invite you to join us in Mechelen (Belgium) on Sunday, March 11 and 12 , 2017 for the 12th edition of our Roaming Assembly, this time curated and produced in close collaboration with Contour Biennale 8 / Public Programme:

Planetary Records: Performing Justice Between Art and Law

Curators:  Natasha Ginwala (for Contour Biennale 8) and Rachel O'Reilly (for DAI).

When artists engage procedures of witnessing, testimonial production and the performativity of the trial, allegories of justice and modes of theatricality surface to haunt the past and present. These spectral zones must constantly be inspected and contested, just as ghosts must be evoked in order to deal with their unfinished legacy. Film and performance are vehicles among many that carve out alter-civilizational images and conceive legibility for eroding matters of injustice. Working from Mechelen, this co-curated programme invites artists, theorists and filmmakers to explicitly unpack the technicity and asymmetrical power of European legal infrastructure. Over two days the program examines artists’ role in challenging normative legal foundations while transforming our understanding of response-ability to double-meanings of law/lore, and tracing the inevitably formal dimensions of present day struggles.




Saturday, March 11

Venue: Holy Ghost Chapel and House
Onder den Toren 12, 2800 Mechelen 

11:00 Mining for Ringwoodite


11:15 Trace Environments: Sovereignty, toxicity and the littoral


Panel discussion with Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Susanne M. Winterling, Susan Schuppli, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, introduced and moderated by Natasha Ginwala

13:30 Lunch break

14:30 Performing the Trial: Re-enactment, Ritual, Remediation


Panel discussion with Ana Torfs, Judy Radul, and Sven Lütticken, introduced and moderated by Rachel O’ Reilly

17:00 Council presents The Against Nature Journal

Contributions by Aimar Arriola, Buenos Tiempos, Int. (Alberto García del Castillo and Marnie Slater), Grégory Castéra, Carlos Motta, and DAI students. Design by Julie Peeters


19:30 Refracted Spaces: An Archaeology of Optics

Performance-lecture by Filipa César and Louis Henderson, introduced and moderated by Rachel O’ Reilly


Sunday, March 12


Cultural Centre Mechelen
Minderbroedersgang 5, 2800 Mechelen

De Maan Theatre
Minderbroedersgang 3, 2800 Mechelen

11:00 Compost Archive

Screening by inhabitants made in collaboration with Filipa César and Louis Henderson


11:15 Notes Toward a Theory of Transformative Justice

Keynote lecture by Denise Ferreira da Silva, introduced and moderated by Natasha Ginwala


13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Hobby Lobby vs. The Allegory of Justice

Screening by inhabitants


14:15 Deceptive Authoritarianisms: Between Artificial and Discredited Personhoods

Lecture-presentation and panel discussion with Michel Feher and inhabitants, introduced and moderated by Rachel O’ Reilly


16:30 From Left to Night

Screening by Wendelien van Oldenborgh, introduced by Natasha Ginwala followed by a conversation with Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Denise Ferreira da Silva


18:30 Can You Make a Pet of Him Like a Bird or Put Him on a Leash For Your Girls?

Performance by Rana Hamadeh, introduced by Natasha Ginwala Venue: De Maan Theatre


End of Programme



Cultural Centre Mechelen
Minderbroedersgang 5, 2800 Mechelen

De Maan Theatre
Minderbroedersgang 3, 2800 Mechelen

Project Coordination:

Contour Biennale 8: Sofia Lemos

Dutch Art Institute: Nikos Doulos


Studio Remco van Bladel

( & in collaboration with Lauren Alexander for DAI-specific publicity)


Katelijne Lindemans

Online Media Partner:


Online coverage produced by DAI's temporary editorial office: 

e-flux Conversations


A recurring public symposium scheduled to take place once a month, functioning as it were as the DAI-week's 'centerfold' event, this state-of-the-art speculative and hybrid program explores specific themes and topics of contemporary relevance to the thinking of art in the world today. It is considered a key part of the DAI's (version of the) Planetary Campus - an affective community where caring for the earth goes along with the generous sharing of art and research, where complexity can be embraced and intellectual intra-actions are fostered, aiming to endow our praxes, wherever they are operational.

Although closely interlinked with the DAI's academic program, Roaming Assembly editions are not conceived as plain extensions of the regular DAI classes and seminars, but rather envisioned as sovereign happenings, designed to mobilize our bodies, our intelligences.

Framework Roaming Assembly: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Co-ordination Roaming Assembly: Nikos Doulos

Documentation: Silvia Ulloa or otherwise; see our VIDEO ARCHIVE

If you want to receive our DAI-BULLETIN on a monthly base you are welcome to register here

DAI wishes to thank Contour Biennale 8 and Natasha Ginwala for their wonderful collegial hospitality.