45 episodes

Can we as humans and other living beings learn to live together, in difference? Can we create a future that actually has a future? Join Sophie Krier and Erik Wong in their search for alternative perspectives, for radical imaginations, for a world in which many worlds can thrive. A search for something that is already present: the pluriverse is all around us.

Wong and Krier have adopted a perspective put forward by Arturo Escobar in his book Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (Duke University Press, 2018). What are the consequences of these pluriversal notions in daily life?

For their search Wong and Krier visit five locations at the fringes of Europe: İstanbul, Casablanca and Berlin (often seen as gateways to and from Central Asia, North Africa and old Europe) and two rural areas: the Isle of Mull and Asturias (as places for self-sufficient living).

For every edition four makers join Erik and Sophie, two locally based, and two based in the Netherlands. Every conversation and encounter builds on the previous one in an effort to create a vibrant network that connects different places, different types of knowing and ways of living.

Listen in, the door is open.

In Search of the Pluriverse pluriverse

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Can we as humans and other living beings learn to live together, in difference? Can we create a future that actually has a future? Join Sophie Krier and Erik Wong in their search for alternative perspectives, for radical imaginations, for a world in which many worlds can thrive. A search for something that is already present: the pluriverse is all around us.

Wong and Krier have adopted a perspective put forward by Arturo Escobar in his book Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (Duke University Press, 2018). What are the consequences of these pluriversal notions in daily life?

For their search Wong and Krier visit five locations at the fringes of Europe: İstanbul, Casablanca and Berlin (often seen as gateways to and from Central Asia, North Africa and old Europe) and two rural areas: the Isle of Mull and Asturias (as places for self-sufficient living).

For every edition four makers join Erik and Sophie, two locally based, and two based in the Netherlands. Every conversation and encounter builds on the previous one in an effort to create a vibrant network that connects different places, different types of knowing and ways of living.

Listen in, the door is open.

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #7 Finale: Body talk

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #7 Finale: Body talk

    Imagine a cold, dark and rainy afternoon in November. The group (Dimitrova, Espinosa, Zahn, Wong, Krier and audiotechnician Robert) gathers under an old amusement park bumper-car-roof. We wear silent headphones with discolights. We are in the shadows of Haus der Statistik, that houses artistic and research based projects during its renovation. We use a score by Mia Habib and walk clockwise in circles. Robert stands in the middle, holding the mic. 

    A walking, searching conversation that covers most subjects we touched upon these past few days: fluidity, violence, urban capitalism, the relation between body, city and health. The tone of the conversation is committed yet bleak. At the end Sophie lights up the space by quoting Puddles the Pelican: “It’s gonna be alright, even if it’s not gonna be alright”. 

    References:

    Glossary of Urban Praxis, Werkstätte Berlin, 2022:
    https://www.urbanepraxis.berlin/glossary-of-urban-praxis/?lang=en
    Modellprojekt Haus der Statistik:
    https://hausderstatistik.org
    Mia Habib: All, a physical form of protest:
    https://www.miahabib.com/?portfolio=all-a-physical-poem-of-protest
    Beyoncé, Formation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ
    Body of Bodies, Stadterweitern:
    https://stadterweitern.de/publication
    A pluralistic universe, William James, 1908:
    https://journals.openedition.org/ejpap/756
    Neue Kreuzberger Kunstverein:
    https://www.nbk.org/de
    Jeremy Wade aka Puddles the Pelican:
    https://showdownpodcast.podigee.io/69-new-episode

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #6 Intermezzo: other voices, other lives

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #6 Intermezzo: other voices, other lives

    We do realise that outside our hyperfocused Berlin bubble, this city hosts many other lives and voices that deserve to be heared and recognised. And that is why – in this short intermission – we make room for Doreen, Vasille, Fluss Puss and Johanna, Berliners we met while walking the streets. What does fluidity mean to them? What brought them here? Who exactly is Berlin?

    Berlin Pigeons:
    https://www.exberliner.com/berlin/berlin-pigeons/
    Fluss Pluss:
    https://soundcloud.com/flusspluss 

    • 12 min
    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #5 Sabine Zahn: Doing the city

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #5 Sabine Zahn: Doing the city

    Sabine Zahn lives and works in Berlin. She investigates how choreographic strategies can help understand how urban space can be lived, expressed and transformed. She creates public research projects and processes which are often based on scripts that set something – often bodies – in motion. In 2021, Sabine was appointed a fellow in the DAS Graduate programme in Amsterdam.

    We had this conversation at Floating University, a place for learning and experiment in a neglected water basin at the fringe of Kreuzberg. Zahn thrives in places like this, where new ways of living and being – human and more than human – can be tried out and ‘rehearsed’.  A talk at dusk, when the light faded and the cold started to creep in. A conversation about the body as a tool to understand words, and words as the start of a choreography. 

    References:

    Floating University Berlin:
    https://floating-berlin.org/
    Fremdgehen:
    http://www.lovelabours.net/
    Stadterweitern:
    https://stadterweitern.de/publication
    DAS Graduate Programme:
    https://www.atd.ahk.nl/das-research/third/third-cohorts/sabine-zahn/ 

    • 46 min
    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #4 Tomás Espinosa: The art of cruising

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #4 Tomás Espinosa: The art of cruising

    Tomás Espinosa is artist and activist. He works in both in Berlin and Bogotá. The tension between the ‘intimate’ and the ‘public’ fuels his work. He installed two hanging mirrors with holes in a Berlin park, where men meet for sex. He filmed the installation and put a soundscape under it in which you hear Espinosa cruising through the greenery, making contact with other male bodies. Is this a disturbance of a secretive meeting place, or an attempt to emancipate? He took this installation to Bogotá where he engages since 2015 with La Red Comunitaria Trans, a trans activist network. Together they develop actions, performances and videos. 

    A talk on a crisp, cold morning about fighting violence, having sex in public places, the urgency of protest, the worth of a life and the darker sides of fluidity. 

    References:

    Tomás Espinosa:
    https://www.tomasespinosa.com
    La Red Comunitaria Trans:
    https://redcomunitariatrans.org
    Cruising:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruising_for_sex
    Necropolitics, Achille Mbembe:
    https://criticallegalthinking.com/2020/03/02/achille-mbembe-necropolitics/ 

    • 48 min
    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #3 Kornelia Dimitrova: Playbook for healing

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #3 Kornelia Dimitrova: Playbook for healing

    Architectural researcher Kornelia Dimitrova co-founded Foundation We Are, a collective of nine creative minds and makers. We had a Warming Up Talk in 2020 with Kornelia and her co-founder Bernhard Lenger. Dimitrova’s analytic and bright approach of the built environment and social dynamics stuck with us, so we asked her to join us for our Berlin edition. In her own practice Dimitrova helps care organisations to address spatial and architectural issues by imagining alternative scenarios for use. In the past years she developed a strategic vision for De Grote Beek, one of the largest mental healthcare facilities in the Netherlands. Kornelia published her proposals in the Playbook for Healing Environments. 

    A talk – with a blazing fire in the background – about the value of mapping, working with what there is, and the art of proposing the right possibilities at the right time. 

    References:

    Kornelia Dimitrova:
    https://www.kodimitrova.com/
    The Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, Berlin (1919-1933):
    https://magnus-hirschfeld.de/ausstellungen/institute/
    Sectie C Eindhoven:
    https://www.sectie-c.com/site/
    Stock photography:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_photography 

    • 49 min
    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #2 Vertical field trip: sensing Fischerinsel

    Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #2 Vertical field trip: sensing Fischerinsel

    We start every pluriversal trip with a joined experience: a vertical fieldtrip, or an ‘acupuncture of place’ as Sophie Krier calls it. Guided by participant Sabine Zahn we (Tomás Espinosa, Kornelia Dimitrova, Benoît Verjat, Sophie Krier and Erik Wong) attempt to ‘feel’ one of the oldest, but now quite nondescript parts of Berlin: Fisherinsel. Sabine invites us to use our whole body and all our senses. We start at motor ship Heimatland that houses Hošek Contemporary, a residency/studio space that functions as our home base. 

    We walk, jump, stumble, roll, smell, touch, listen and observe. At the end you can listen to some personal audio notes. A very physical start of our fluid trip.

    References:

    Fisherinsel:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischerinsel
    Hošek Contemporary:
    https://www.hosekcontemporary.com
    Bei Lydia:
    https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g187323-d15036865-Reviews-Bei_Lydia-Berlin.html 

    • 23 min