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.

During this 3.5 hour radio show you can listen to:

16.05 Natalia Domínguez Rangel, ‘Vienna transition’

16.15 Natasha Papadopoulou, ‘Breathing meditation by The Anastasia Method’

16.30 Rory Pilgrim, ‘The Towel’

16.40 Navild Acosta & Fannie Sosa, live recording of Black Power Naps' ‘Choir of the Slain’

17.35 Natalia Domínguez Rangel, ‘Étude 2 - between the artificial and the natural’

17.45 Emmeline de Mooij, ‘About wool spinning witches, disciplining the body, soothing needlework and reproductive labor’

18.20 Rory Pilgrim, ‘Beyond the Echo’, ‘Waters’

18.30 bi- as Diana Duta, with Julien van Anholt, Radna Rumping, Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Enrico Floriddia and Jérôme de Vienne, ‘Domini abbandonati’

19.00 Naomi Credé with Malissa Cañez Sabus and Aidan Wall, ‘slug like and slow’

19.30 Yoojin Lee, ‘Dormant buds on twigs’

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.

Part II: A conversation on ~ the power of doing nothing, takes place at Framer Framed on June 5th, 17-19h and will also be broadcasted at Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee.

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

Image: Xinan -

Artist / Organisation: Petra Heck & Margarita Osipian
Host: Radna Rumping, Petra Heck, Margarita Osipian
Producer: Monty Mouw
Length: 220 min
Language: English

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

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