Artist talk: Animating Thresholds and Unspeakable Forms. Mijke van der Drift in conversation with Mami Kang & Antonin Giroud-Delorme

We warmly invite you to our closing weekend of The Nameless Healer: Threshold.
Join us this Saturday, March 26th for Mami Kang’s performance and an Artist Talk: Animating Thresholds and Unspeakable Forms with Mijke van der Drift, Mami Kang & Antonin Giroud-Delorme

15:00 – 16:30 h
Performance by Mami Kang

17:00 – 18:00 h
Artist Talk: Animating Thresholds and Unspeakable Forms
Mijke van der Drift in conversation with Mami Kang and Antonin Giroud-Delorme

Part of moving between forms and shifting shapes involves the ability to hold space for different logics and animating structures. In this talk, Mami Kang, Antonin Giroud-Delorme, and Mijke van der Drift will exchange insights on holding and letting go of forms, the possibility of unlearning (one’s) limits and finding connections between multiple worlds of sense and meaning.


About the speakers:

Mijke van der Drift is a philosopher and educator working on ethics, transfeminism, technology and performance. Mijke lectures at KABK, the Hague, and the Royal College of Art, London, and contributed to the Revolutionary Papers Project at the University of Cambridge. Mijke’s work has appeared in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, in various independent publications as well as chapters in The Emergence of Trans (Routledge 2020), and The New Feminist Literary Studies Reader (Cambridge UP 2020). Van der Drift’s pursuits in philosophy and theory are conjoined with artistic practices in performance, film, and dramaturgy. Mijke is a founder member of Red Forest, an arts assembly focusing on extractivism and philosophies of resistance.

Mami Kang is a Korean Japanese choreographer and dancer. In her choreographic works, she addresses the experimentation of dance concerning its materiality, sensorial technology, and affect through poetic sensitivity. She often employs quasi-fictional figures to evoke both destabilizing and transformative bodily experiences. Her works explore the notions of mythopoesis, otherness, and contradiction.
Kang graduated from the SNDO – School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2019. Her recent works have been shown, amongst others, at Veem House for Performance, Galerie Noah Klink (Berlin), Theater Frascati, FLAM Forum of Live Art Amsterdam, Dansmakers Amsterdam, ICK Artist Space, Uferstudios (Berlin), and Spider festival (Ljubljana). Further, she regularly performs for other artists and works in collaborative projects. She is the recipient of the 3Package Deal by AFK, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst for 2020-2021, and the danceWEB scholarship in 2021.

Antonin Giroud-Delorme is a French visual artist living in Amsterdam and working between the Netherlands and France. He graduated a Fine Arts Master at ENSA Dijon (FR) and joined a second MFA at the Sandberg Instituut (NL) for the 2016-2018 session.Giroud-Delorme’s work gestures towards processes of amalgamation, obscuration and a series of disturbances. Through careful deconstruction and recombination, his sculptural practice uses poetical assemblages challenging constructs touching on themes of domestic jurisdiction, bodily mutation, politics of domination and privacy.
His work has been exhibited internationally, for example in Berlin (DE), Leipzig (DE), Saint-Etienne (FR), Paris (FR), Lyon (FR), Buenos Aires (AR), Gwangju (KR), Amsterdam (NL) and in Liege (BE). He is currently working on a series of duo exhibitions with Swedish-Amsterdam based artist Josefina Anjou, this project is curated by Jules Van Den Langenberg and will be shown respectively in Amsterdam and Stockholm next year. He is preparing a second collaboration with Mami Kang for the scenography of her next dance piece to be premiered in Amsterdam this year.

About the exhibition:

The Nameless Healer: Threshold is a solo exhibition by Antonin Giroud-Delorme (FR/NL) realized in collaboration with the choreographer Mami Kang. The project embodies the third chapter of the series of works titled The Nameless Healer that are accompanied with a series of performances. Focusing on notions of emergence, transformation and rite making, the project presents new sculptural works by Antonin Giroud-Delorme, long duration performances by Mami Kang, a text by Giulia Damiani.
The cluster of sculptures and the contiguous series of performances will be activating altered forms of reciprocity. The complete show will celebrate the fictitious entity called Nameless Healer and its decay as an emergence area where the beginning and end of bodies overlap, where its identifications are pushed towards the conditions of the rite itself as if they were in the (un)making.

The exhibition is generously supported by Stroom Den Haag.

Antonin Giroud-Delorme, Dweller III (detail)

Mami Kang, The Nameless Healer: Threshold (2022)