Listening to ~ the power of doing nothing


Petra Heck & Margarita Osipian
16:00 30-05-2020

“I have been thinking about that: how sometimes we have to stop what we are doing to feel the true impact of something, to let our bodies experience that impact, the fury of an escalating injustice, a structure as well as an event; a history, an unfinished history. Sometimes to sustain your commitments you stop what you are doing.” - Sara Ahmed

The idea of ‘rest’ itself has been commodified and sold to the overworked, the anxious, the sleep-deprived. The commodification and corporatisation of mindfulness, meditation,and self-care problematise the intentions behind these acts—putting into question whether the highly profitable mindfulness industry is much more interested in making us increasingly more productive workers. But what does ‘productivity’ look like through a non- (or anti-) capitalist lens? Can we create spaces and moments of engagement where we can empower ourselves by doing ‘nothing’; by retreating from, undermining, or inverting ideas around (automated) labour, productivity, and laziness.

A radio broadcast to quietly usher in these spaces. Spaces to explore how acts of rest can function as a disruptive or reclaiming power. Shifting away from the production of another layer of content and discourse, the broadcast will guide and invite listeners into seemingly ‘unproductive’ states, putting into question whether ‘unproductive’ actions can be productive and powerful. Through these acts, together, we can quietly reflect on and internalise how we understand notions of ‘unproductivity’, of doing nothing. What does it mean to ‘understand’ in different ways? Through embodied knowledge, through the knowledge of our ancestors, our communities. We will weave through audio contributions from invited artists, each responding in their own ways, through their own practices.

This four hour broadcast consists of:

00:01 Introduction by Petra Heck and Margarita Osipian
00:05 Natalia Domínguez Rangel, ‘Vienna transition’
00:11 Natasha Papadopoulou, ‘Breathing meditation by The Anastasia Method’
00:35 Rory Pilgrim, ‘The Towel’
00:44 Navild Acosta & Fannie Sosa, live recording of Black Power Naps' ‘Choir of the Slain’
01:44 Natalia Domínguez Rangel, ‘Étude 2 - between the artificial and the natural’
01:49 Emmeline de Mooij, ‘About wool spinning witches, disciplining the body, soothing needlework and reproductive labor’
02:25 Rory Pilgrim, ‘Beyond the Echo’, ‘3 Waters’
02:33 bi- as Diana Duta, with Julien van Anholt, Radna Rumping, Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Enrico Floriddia and Jérôme de Vienne, ‘Domini abbandonati’
03:11 Naomi Credé with Malissa Cañez Sabus and Aidan Wall, ‘slug like and slow’
03:40 Yoojin Lee, ‘Dormant buds on twigs’
03:52 end

This event is the first in a set of two events initiated by Petra Heck and Margarita Osipian that explore the act of resting and the politicization of sleep, specifically as a weapon of resistance against "systems of oppression that have controlled and subjugated people of colour, women, and queer and gender-dissident communities"*. We are building on, and are inspired and educated by, the years of work that has been done on these topics by Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa in their Black Power Naps project. Questioning the politics behind who gets to rest, the exhaustion of activism and its necessity, and whether the act of doing nothing can be a productive power by itself.

* the words of Agnish Ray in their interview with Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa.

Part II: A conversation on ~ the power of doing nothing, took place at Framer Framed on June 5th 2020, 17-19h.

Donate & support: In solidarity and support you may donate via PayPal to Color Block: Pandemic Edition 2020. Funds will be used to support costs for BIPOC to engage in Color Block’s physical and online programming for a much needed retreat for healing, rest, and care. Donate here. Or support the work of the artists involved in this broadcast directly:

Support Navild Acosta on Patreon.
Support Fannie Sosa on Patreon.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Stimuleringsfonds.

Credits (in order of appearance):

Natalia Domínguez Rangel
‘Viennese acoustic transition’, 5'02"
From the 15th March till 10th May 2020
Locations and times in order of appearance and listening:
18:15 Sebastian Kelch Gasse
09:30 Schafberwiese
21:27 Stephanplatz
18:35 Stadtpark
21:40 Parkring
20:01 Wiener Staatoper
21:51 Kohlmarkt
21:56 Kohlmarkt
21:01 Hofburg dome - Sissi Museum
17:02 Heldenplatz
17:01 Kreuzeichenwiese
20:27 Sebastian Kelch Gasse
18:47 Kahlenbergerdorf auf den Nussberg
18:12 Margaretenstrasse
17:42 Ameisgasse
21:18 Graben
19:53 Raimundhof
17:56 Mariahilfestrasse
19:58 Neubaugasse
20:02 Neubaugasse U3
23:35 Schottenring U2
20:21 Unfallkrankenhaus- Kundratstrasse


Natasha Papadopoulou
‘Breathing meditation by The Anastasia Method’, 15'16"
2020
Text and voice by Natasha Papadopoulou
Sound editing and sound mixing by Yiannis Loukos
Extra track: Serotonin release - Alpha Waves by Magnetic Minds


Rory Pilgrim
‘The Towel’, 5'4"
from The Undercurrent, 2019
Sung by Declan Rowe John, written by Rory Pilgrim and Robyn Haddon


Navild Acosta & Fannie Sosa
Live recording of "Choir of the Slain", 49'47"
2019
Performance Space New York, Black Power Naps exhibition
Featuring: Navild, Sosa, Najee, Ashley, Jordan
Song Titles: Duerme Negrito; I'm A Monster; Hope There's Someone; Mask Off - Classical Cover; End Men
Text: Black Sleep, Black Dreams, Black Joy, Black Pleasure


Natalia Domínguez Rangel
‘Étude 2 - between the artificial and the natural’, 7'00"
2020

Emmeline de Mooij
‘About wool spinning witches, disciplining the body, soothing needlework and reproductive labor’, 34'42"
2020
with quotes from:
‘A Tradition With a Reason’ by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (from the book The Textile Reader, edited by Jessica Hemmings)
‘The Golden Thread’, Kassia St Clair
'Caliban and the Witch’ (Women, The Body, and Primitive Accumulation), Silvia Federici
songs:
"All of a sudden" by Laaraji
"Soul Alphabet” by Colleen
“My heart's in the highlands” by Arvo Part


Rory Pilgrim
‘Beyond the Echo’, 3'12"
2018
Rehearsal recording from The Resounding Bell.
Sung by Robyn Haddon, written by Rory Pilgrim

Rory Pilgrim
‘3 Waters’, 4'19"
2019
from The Undercurrent,
Sung by Declan Rowe John, written by Rory Pilgrim and Robyn Haddon

bi-
‘Domini abbandonati’, 31'12"
2020
bi- as Diana Duta, with Julien van Anholt, Radna Rumping, Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Enrico Floriddia and Jérôme de Vienne, and the voices of Irene Alecci, Lew Pey Sien, Mio Fujimaki, Benoît Vidal, Maël des Mesnards, Lea Devon Sorrentino, Jördis Hirsch.


Naomi Credé with Malissa Cañez Sabus and Aidan Wall
‘slug like and slow’, 25'15"
2020


Yoojin Lee
‘Dormant buds on twigs’, 7'27''
2018
In collaboration with Giuseppe Termine, lullaby based on the chapter 8 of the publication As long as there is time to sleep (2016).

Image: Xinan - @diaspor.art

Artist / Organisation: Petra Heck & Margarita Osipian
Location of the show: Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee studio
Host: Radna Rumping, Petra Heck, Margarita Osipian
Producer: Monty Mouw
Length: 232 min
Language: English

Broadcasted on 30-05-2020 at 16:00.

  • SHOWS
06.07.2020 Being Imposed Upon de Brakke Grond
07.06.2020 Un/spoken Archives (part 2) Gerrit Rietveld Academie
06.06.2020 Un/spoken Archives (part 1) Gerrit Rietveld Academie
05.06.2020 A conversation on ~ the power of doing nothing Petra Heck & Margarita Osipian
30.05.2020 Listening to ~ the power of doing nothing Petra Heck & Margarita Osipian
01.05.2020 working on/working through/working with Hotel Maria Kapel
03.04.2020 Body/Head STRP x JJJNNN
03.04.2020 CORPSE HALO (2) STRP x JJJNNN
03.04.2020 mo chuisle STRP x JJJNNN
17.02.2020 DeForrest Brown Jr. & Arif Sonic Acts x JJJNNN
10.02.2020 Dissident Pedagogy Qtopia Queer Arts Festival
22.01.2020 Display and displacement If I Can’t Dance
21.01.2020 Lukáš Likavčan & Leonardo Dellanoce Sonic Acts x JJJNNN
18.01.2020 Surreptitious Syrup Kunsthochschule Kassel
09.01.2020 Sadaf & Ivan Cheng Sonic Acts x JJJNNN
18.12.2019 Rituals of the everyday If I Can’t Dance
24.11.2019 Publishing as Critical Practice Printing Plant
23.11.2019 Open Studios 2019 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
31.10.2019 M other Tongues Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
03.10.2019 UU TWOO de Brakke Grond
18.07.2019 Freedom of Movement Radio Roundtable
03.07.2019 Lisa Walker Current Obsession
01.06.2019 The Well (2) De Ateliers
19.04.2019 Architectonic Soundprints I Almanach
03.04.2019 Minimal Music Festival (3) Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
23.03.2019 Et#her New Emergences
28.02.2019 narrowcasting Re:Search:Gallery
12.02.2019 RYBN Offshore Laboratory FIBER
07.02.2019 PUB @ Glass Pavilion Sandberg Instituut
27.01.2019 When She Spoke de Brakke Grond
28.11.2018 Gathering If I Can’t Dance
25.11.2018 What is What Kunstverein
25.11.2018 Rijksakademie Radio 2018 (6) Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
25.11.2018 Sound Art Program Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
21.11.2018 Care If I Can’t Dance
14.11.2018 Embodiment If I Can’t Dance
18.10.2018 Burn-out Het Nieuwe Instituut
13.10.2018 Forward Escape Into the Past de Brakke Grond
11.10.2018 This is (Not) a Love Song Sandberg Instituut
07.10.2018 REDO Brunch Broadcast REDO
28.09.2018 Dear Reader Stedelijk Museum
21.09.2018 ARGO PUB Radio
13.09.2018 Seeds of Dissidence Het Nieuwe Instituut
18.08.2018 Radio 2 Unlimited De Appel
24.07.2018 Club Take Me On
12.07.2018 Life Fixation: From Aromatics to Ayahuasca Het Nieuwe Instituut
07.07.2018 Mushrooms and prize winners Gerrit Rietveld Academie
06.07.2018 Life in the Rietveld bubble Gerrit Rietveld Academie
06.07.2018 How it's made Gerrit Rietveld Academie
21.06.2018 Midnight Florescence, Morning Fruition Het Nieuwe Instituut
17.06.2018 The Voice of the Artist Sandberg Instituut
16.06.2018 PUB Radio Marathon Saturday Sandberg Instituut
15.06.2018 PUB Radio Marathon Friday Sandberg Instituut
02.06.2018 Islas Inútiles Bar None
31.05.2018 Loose Fit Fashion Colloquium
31.05.2018 Tussen de soep en de patatten de Brakke Grond
17.05.2018 Halfway Points Het Nieuwe Instituut
15.05.2018 Tussen de soep en de patatten de Brakke Grond
20.12.2017 The Signal is Strong Radna Rumping
14.12.2017 The Machine To Be Another Misericordia
07.12.2017 What I Wanted To Tell You Radical Cut-Up
05.12.2017 Center for Genomic Gastronomy & Oliver Barstow Hackers & Designers
21.11.2017 On & Off the Grid Hackers & Designers
14.11.2017 Window Almanach
07.11.2017 Sun Take Me On
23.09.2017 TodaysArt 2017 TodaysArt
16.09.2017 Belly Buster Michelle Son
09.09.2017 Meakusma Festival Meakusma
08.09.2017 Anarchists, Squatters, Punks & …Yuppies? Quartair
07.09.2017 The Other Architect Het Nieuwe Instituut
07.09.2017 Fellowship program & Finders Keepers Het Nieuwe Instituut
07.09.2017 Archive Interpretations & Fellows Het Nieuwe Instituut
11.07.2017 Perspectives Academie Minerva
09.07.2017 Diversity Gerrit Rietveld Academie
08.07.2017 BUSY DAY De Appel
07.07.2017 Artistic Research Gerrit Rietveld Academie
06.07.2017 It Work Works Gerrit Rietveld Academie
06.07.2017 Masterclass Online Radio Gerrit Rietveld Academie
05.07.2017 Curatorial Practice Gerrit Rietveld Academie
06.06.2017 The soup is delicious Mauricio Limón de León
21.05.2017 PLAYTIME day one (3) Kunstvlaai
13.05.2017 Modern Love FIBER
13.05.2017 Prima Materia FIBER
22.04.2017 Native Foreigners Unfold
28.02.2017 De toekomst ligt in zee Stijn Verhoeff
11.02.2017 Wie profiteert er van de non-profit kunstinstellin Platform BK
05.02.2017 Rendering Realities Bits of Freedom
21.01.2017 ET Radio
10.12.2016 Mercy & Other Diseases Misericordia
26.11.2016 A Festival of Project Spaces Kunstvlaai
25.11.2016 Rijksakademie Radio 2016 (4) Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
23.10.2016 Age of Wonderland (7) Dutch Design Week
21.10.2016 'Late Night Culture' Talks (4) De School
21.10.2016 Stedelijk Book Club Stedelijk Museum
19.10.2016 Habitat III International New Town Institute
24.09.2016 The Value of Visibility Kunstvlaai
18.09.2016 Sorry We're Open! The Sideroom
18.09.2016 Cultural Policies Kunstlicht
04.09.2016 Dream Out Loud Stedelijk Museum
18.08.2016 Memo: Commune Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee
13.08.2016 Marres Tourist Office (5) Marres
07.08.2016 Summer Talks 2016 Hackers & Designers
19.06.2016 SMBA and Beyond Stedelijk Museum
16.06.2016 Radio Sandberg (4) Sandberg Instituut
14.06.2016 Diversity, Criticism & the Closure of SMBA Kunstlicht
11.06.2016 Opening of Six Exhibitions Het Nieuwe Instituut
05.06.2016 Next Economy (4) IABR
28.05.2016 A Long Conversation with Different People Patty Morgan
17.05.2016 Cracking The Frame Presents Cracking The Frame
31.03.2016 Ja, Mister Morgan Unfair Amsterdam
27.03.2016 SPF '16 Spring Performance Festival
20.03.2016 Richard Sennett Opera Forward Festival
07.02.2016 Luis Rodil-Fernández Gym of Obsolete Technology
01.01.2016 Sunday Broadcasts (6) Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee