Thinking Together

Workshops on Relationality

With Rolando Vázquez

Thinking Together, the festival’s discourse format, is dedicated to time-related issues and questions that lay at the heart of the festival.

Clusters of threads move across the white image area, emerging from a lump-like structure.

Visual concept & design: Eps51, Berlin

  • In English

Past Dates

The "Relationality Work Group" within Thinking Together gives time and space to focus on relationality itself, its politics, different forms, conceptualizations, genealogies, and practices.

We are living under conditions of defuturing, of the loss of Earth (Earthlessness) and the loss of Worlds (Worldlessness). The condition of separation that is at the basis of being an individual person, at the basis of personhood needs to be overcome. Relationality points towards an epistemic and aesthetic turn, a turn in our ways of experiencing and living on Earth and with others. Relationality signals a transition from personhood towards a state of being, towards manners of being earthly, towards Earthhood and Communalhood.

In these series of workshops we will work through the pedagogies of positionality, relationality and transition, to explore this turn from the primacy of the state of being an individual person and the predominance of enunciation towards practices reception and listening, of remembering and hosting, towards forms of earthing and commoning.

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.” (Donna Haraway)

Thinking Together is the discourse format of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues. Dedicated to the materiality of thought – the bodies, minds and senses that share this space –, the format provides time to connect to stories and through questions that lay at the heart of the festival.

Consisting of lectures, workshops, public talks, reading groups and experimental settings, Thinking Together invites artists, participants, guests and hosts to reflect present time related issues through the lenses of sound and vice versa.