Radical Care

Reading group led by Borbála Soós

28 May, 5 pm - 7 pm (local time in Slovakia)

Care is a vital, but under-examined praxis of radical politics that provides spaces of hope in precarious times. Self-care, despite its susceptibility to neoliberal co-optation, has much potential to include other forms that push back against structural disadvantages. This reading group suggests that thinking with a virus, with toxicity and through the state of being unwell invites a recounting of affectivity and relationality. It is a way of learning to stay with the trouble, both personally and in terms of our relationships with other beings, sites and materials. We will consider what kind of structures biopolitics impose upon our bodies and relations, and how radical care can offer modes outside of this system, and different ways to go through the world with one another. What does it mean to care for oneself, to care for and to share the world with others?


Hi‘ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart and Tamara Kneese, Radical Care: Survival Strategies for Uncertain Times

Paul B. Preciado, Learning from the Virus

Dodie Bellamy, When the Sick Rule the World (Chapter 1, pp 25-36, available upon registration)

María Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care (Chapter 4, Alterbiopolitics, available upon registration).

Borbála Soós (b. 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based curator. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London, and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 2012 and 2019 she was director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London. Throughout this period and to this day she maintains an independent curatorial, writing and teaching practice, whilst she has also been an active advocate, participant and organiser of artistic, curatorial and ecological research. Borbála’s recent research focuses on the development of structures found in nature, and explores how these relate to social organisation. Her curatorial practice responds to, disrupts and enriches environmental thinking and related social and political urgencies.

Event will be held in English. Please register until May 27 here

We´ll get back to you with the further info, remaining readings and the video conferencing link. The number of participants is limited to 20.

Reading group is part of Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape, the Word for World is Forest curated by Borbála Soós.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit. Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

Burning Perspectives
Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape
Forest Ecologies
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