The project comprises three program sections across the first five working days: a morning theoretical program titled “Exhausting Theory"; an afternoon creative workshop program “Exhaustive Creation”; and an evening program of artistic interventions and screenings as “Exhausted Pleasure”
The morning ”Exhausting Theory” program will be open to the public via advanced registration, and will feature lectures and seminars from invited theoreticians working at the intersection of Deleuze’s theory and creative practice on the theme of “The Exhausted”. Contributions are confirmed by Patricia Pisters (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), Toni Pape (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University), Halbe Kuipers (University of Amsterdam) and Hypatia Vourloumis (Dutch Art Institute).
The “Exhaustive Creation” workshop sessions across the afternoons will be for a closed group of participants selected through an open call. Selected participants will engage with one of two workshop streams, which together contribute to a group presentation for the final event at Treehouse NDSM on 4 June.The first workshop stream will be led by Clara Saito from the Jacuzzi performance collective in exploration of themes of disassociation, multiplicity of being and character transformation in the “Theatre of Drag” workshops. The second workshop stream will be hosted by Sara Giannini titled "Invisible labour and performances not to be seen". This workshop will focuses on exhaustion caused by the invisibilization of reproductive labour under current cultural, economic and political conditions and exploring the form of invisible performance, a performance that is meant not to be seen, either because it happens without an audience or because it happens unannounced, with an audience who is not being alerted to or aware of it.
The “Exhausted Pleasure” evening program will be open to the public through advanced registration and is a collaboration with representatives from multiple institutions in Amsterdam and beyond. The program features screenings hosted by Kseniia Bespalova, as a representative of the “Programmers of the Future” initiative with the Eye Filmmuseum, as well as a screening from Jeffrey Babcock of Jeffrey’s Underground Cinema. There will be an audio night walk in collaboration with Extra Extra Magazine from Rotterdam, as well as a conceptual canal boat tour by artists Rocco Enzo Ter Haar, Ege Yılmaztürk, Eric Peter and Bethany Crawford. The end of the week of workshops will be celebrated with a club night event in collaboration with the Amsterdam-based music platform Steppin’ Into Tomorrow in the form of a genre b(l)ending Jazz Rave.
The closing event at Treehouse NDSM on 4 June will publicly present the works generated through the workshops. Importantly, it will gather all the program contributors, collaborators and public participants to foster continued connections and transdisciplinary exchange.