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Between Four Walls #2 | our words as space as language

A conversation-as-performance by Kees van Leeuwen and Andrea Knezović.

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Manifold Books 34 Kraijenhoffstraat 1018 RL Amsterdam Netherlands

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  • 2 hours
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our words as space as language is a conversation-as-performance between artists Kees van Leeuwen and Andrea Knezović. Manifold Books’ upcoming 2023 programme titled Resonant Match will focus on ‘resonance,’ relating it to a variety of phenomena, particularly to dialogue, language and translations. our words as space as language will function as a prelude to it, inviting the audience to question and meander along with Knezović and van Leeuwen’s thoughts, annotations, doubts and propositions. The conversation will dwell on the intersection between language, spatiality, neurodiverse sensibilities, institutionalized and intimate systems, and the negotiation of knowledge exchange in the midst of all such circumstances.

We ask ourselves: in what ways do we negotiate as much ourselves as the world around us through language? How else may language materialize, both within and beyond verbal processes? Can one’s somatic sensibilities fecundate a language, and can space – that which surrounds and holds one together – be understood as universal syntax? When faced with an expanded conception of language, what happens to the mythos of certainty? Is there knowledge in the unspeakable? And if there is, what other thought styles and systems can we nurture, in an effort to support a sustainable psycho-cultural dynamic?

our words as space as language is the second event in the nomadic public program, Between Four Walls, co-developed by N.O.H Collective and PrintRoom. It launches the collective's newest publication, 16 10 20, an anthology of performance scores. Over the course of three events, contributors to 16 10 20 share their respective practices by means of talks, performances, readings, and screenings. The anthology will be available for purchase during each event.

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