Friday, 30 June
Book Launch Night: Resonance of a Breathing Bowl
On the occasion of the launch of the publication Resonance of a Breathing Bowl, Suns and Stars cordially invites you to an evening organized in collaboration with Filmhuis Cavia, Sojung Jun, Giulia Bellinetti, Marente van der Valk, Deborah Startman, Hyeisoo Kim, Marjoca de Greef and Anastasija Pandilovska.
The publication sprouted from the ongoing research regarding Onggi earthenware, the unassuming household object that escapes from becoming a mere commodity, and the fermentation processes practiced in the Korean Peninsula. Guided by Sojung Jun's artistic practice and the two films shown, the voices of non-human and human beings, and formatted as a film script-like structure, the book is a way to engage in thinking about how we can instill the knowledge of a breathing bowl and fermentation processes to teach us about becoming bodies that recognize the value of being absorptive and receptive. Insisting that the publication Resonance of a Breathing Bowl is but an invitation for a further study with and through others, during this evening we will engage in an ongoing mode of thinking about worlds of matters touching, matters talking and collaborative forms of world-making.
We open up the evening with the work that started the curatorial research project Resonance of a Breathing Bowl. The video work 불의시 (The Poem of Fire) by Sojung Jun is an aperture which places us amid voices of matters, allowing us to listen to the intimate interconnectedness of the fire, the clay, the wind, and Onggijang Hyun Bae Lee in the process of making Onggi. As we hear the sound of clay spinning between the fingers of the Onggijang, a voice says: “Everything’s among the contradictions of waiting for a coincidence”.
• Welcoming words from the Cavia community by Hyeisoo Kim
• Introduction of the project Resonance of a Breathing Bowl by Anastasija Pandilovska
• Screening of Poem of Fire (11min, 2015) and Something Red (7min, 2010) by Sojung Jun
• Sourdough Economy. How to think more-than-capitalist economies through fermentation?, a presentation by Giulia Bellinetti and Marente van der Valk of the Jan Van Eyck Academie’s Nature Research and Food Lab
• Screening of Last Things (50min, 2023) by Deborah Startman
• Drinks and informal conversations
About Suns and Stars
Suns and Stars are a nomadic art space and a platform for relational art practices and open-ended research. By nourishing material and social interaction and non-prescriptive, process-based and cross-disciplinary alliances, we act as a temporary community in which humans and nonhumans, artists and audiences codetermine which tracks Suns and Stars are heading for. Suns and Stars depart from “a notion of the common that focuses not on identity but on the shared resources and tactics of collective labour.” Attracting artists, researchers, special interest groups, curators, and writers who develop their work in collaboration rather than in an autonomous space, we seek to elucidate processes within artistic practices, and how these practices can become social spaces where alternative potentialities and speculative worlds can be conceived and shaped.
Resonance of a Breathing Bowl is developed in the context of the Arts Joint Fund Programme initiated by DutchCulture and Arts Council Korea - ARKO on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between The Netherlands and South Korea.
Resonance of a Breathing Bowl is made possible with the generous support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Korea and DutchCulture and Filmhuis Cavia.
The Poem of Fire
Sojung Jun | 2015 | South Korea | 11’ | EN subs
We open up the evening with the work that started the curatorial research project Resonance of a Breathing Bowl. The video work 불의시 (The Poem of Fire) by Sojung Jun is an aperture which places us amid voices of matters, allowing us to listen to the intimate interconnectedness of the fire, the clay, the wind, and Onggijang Hyun Bae Lee in the process of making Onggi. As we hear the sound of clay spinning between the fingers of the Onggijang, a voice says: “Everything’s among the contradiction of waiting for a coincidence”.
|Sojung Jun | 2010 | South Korea | 7’ | EN subs
In Something Red, the second work by Sojung Jun for the evening, we enter a kimchi factory where a voice guides us between a “new familiarity” and “old unfamiliarity”. Jun explores the concerns of factory workers about the industrialisation of tradition and their attentiveness to imbue their product with care which gives taste to the kimchi.
Sourdough Economy: How to think more-than-capitalist economies through fermentation?
A presentation by Giulia Bellinetti and Marente van der Valk
Giulia Bellinetti and Marente van der Valk of the Jan Van Eyck Academie’s Nature Research and Food Lab present in a joint lecture, share their reflections on how natural fermentation processes can inspire us to rethink social and economic relations in an ecological sense. What would happen if we reframe economy as a concept related to dynamic processes of livelihood-making, rather than as a purely human framework legitimizing extractive, profit-driven relations? Bellinetti and van der Valk invite us on a collective journey through our minds and taste buds, to explore these questions and related works of fellow artists.
Deborah Stratman | 2023 | USA, FR, PT | 50’ | EN subs
Lastly, from the works of Jun, and the words and fermented matter shared by Bellinetti and Van der Valk, we step into a space that is in part cosmogony and cosmology. Drawing from thinkers who urge to decentralize humankind and human reason, Deborah Startman proposes a pluralist vision of evolution, where imagining prehistory is inseparable from envisioning the future. Last Things animates ecological access to rethink the point of view of being and non-being and their kinship. Because “in the end, it’s particles that remain.”
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