Poetics of Relation/Slippery Sessions: The Book

Poetics of Relation/Slippery Sessions

Simon Acevedo, Denise Bertschi, Antonia Brown, Érik Bullot, Nolan Dennis, Leonard de Muralt, Abri de Swardt, Ravi Govender, Paul Guian, Ciel Grommen, Mbali Khoza, Murray Kruger, Bettina Malcomess, Nare Mokgotho, Michelle Monareng, Uriel Orlow, Philip Pilekjaer, Nathalie Rebholz, Julie Sas,Tali Serruya, Mounia Steimer, Nicoline van Harskamp

« Relation struggles and states itself in opacity.
Relation contaminates, sweetens, as a principle, or as flower dust ».
Edouard Glissant

Poetics of Relation has been a collaboration between Uriel Orlow and Bettina Malcomess with 16 artists and postgraduate students from Work.Master program at HEAD, University of the Arts, Geneva, and the Division of Visual Arts (DIVA) at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA), Johannesburg. This is the launch of the publication that is the result of this year-long process that started in 2015, involving an exchange program and exhibition.

The project took Edouard Glissant’s book, The Poetics of Relation as a starting point to work with the aesthetics and politics of movement, exploring relational and errant forms of identity, language and image making. Poetics of Relation began with a week of events in Johannesburg in February 2015. The exchange continued over email, Facebook, Dropbox and Skype over the last few months, producing several collaborative projects and intersections. Finally this culminated in the exhibition, Poetics of Relation/Slippery Sessions, at LiveInYourHead, Geneva.