We are happy to meet you here at Multiple Belongings. 'We'1 are those who came together in the Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design, at Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerpen in the Academic year 2021/22. The platform of this website is one mode of sharing the research we have pursued.
As a group of transdisciplinary artists, designers, architects, scholars and organizers we were granted a space of (un)learning and care. Throughout the year, we have held and expanded it into a space of imagination, solidarity, and genuine togetherness.
We came together, online, at home – or what we had to accept as home – or from the library, our relatives’ homes, studios, or the hallway of a supermarket, where we plugged in our computers, connected to WIFI, and to our environments. We reflected on these digital modes of being together, what they mean for us, their effects on our bodies, our imaginations, how they have seeped into our research practices, as well as how they began to impact on our ways of working together, in real life, with all its limitations and possibilities.
Our methods range from publishing, drawing, foraging, walking, embodied reading to facilitation methods and group rituals, putting an emphasis on documentation and reproductive work as fields of artistic and collective inquiry. While some of us resist the notion of artistic production of ‘works’ as a pre-condition, others focus on artworks as a mode of reflection and encounter. Many of us do ecological research that explores and embodies the unassigned, the unexpected, as well as the non-artistic.2
We understand our socio-politically anchored and/or material practices as research and as epistemically diverse. 3 As part-takers of an academic apparatus, we create, think, rethink, progress, and regress within and against limits of hegemonic knowledge production.
This platform brings together selected documentation of our individual, yet interdependent, (artistic) work and research processes.Throughout the Advanced Master program, we have shared letters, sent postcards, reviewed online session recordings, transmitted audio messages, and created communion tables with replacement symbols for absent bodies. With the website we once again hold the tension, between the expectation of creating a coherent, unified voice, and the polyphony of fragments composing the score of togetherness.
Amelie, Chris, Elien, Hiroko, Jen, Kaisa, Martina, Mona, Nohad, Rachel, Tommi and Vicky
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1 We Throughout the course we became aware of how difficult it is to define a “we”. We share similarities and differ in many ways, simultaneously. Here we mention the heterogeneity of our professional trajectories, but we come from different places and have different ages, sexual orientations, genders, class backgrounds, home countries, interests and many other dissimilarities. What ties us together is the will to learn more about shared questions regarding the decolonisation of the arts and culture; ecology and the anthropocene; dependency and interdependency.
2 Non-artistic Even though the Advanced Masters is in Artistic Research, and therefore claims belonging to the art world(s), some of us are not strongly tied to these fields, or prefer to work in the margins, intersecting with other practices. Whether we emphasize the approaches that are conventionally thought of as non-artistic, or work with the non-artistic deliberately, also reflects back on disciplinary boundaries that we confronted by working together and with others.
3 This means that we have different understandings of what knowledge is: some things may only be understandable with attention to the body, other things are known differently such as through abstract writing.