Delirium & Destiny is a collaboration between Suzanne Wallinga and guest curator Eloise Sweetman with work by Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Chai Siris, K.r.m. Mooney, Nicoline Timmer, Lee Kit, Sofia Caesar, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Basma Alsharif, Himali Singh Soin & David Soin Tappeser and Mia You, among others. The efflorescent program explores alternative modes of reason, through a diversity of voices in art, poetry, and philosophy.
Delirium & Destiny is inspired by the work of Maria Zambrano (1904-1991), a Spanish philosopher and political writer. Zambrano employs fictional, autobiographical, and poetic devices in her writing to engage with themes of time, spirituality, nationality, exile, emotion, and difference. Rather then creating an exhibition that uses Zambrano’s thinking as a tool or as an illustration, Delirium & Destiny is influenced by a few of Zambrano’s concepts – in particular the dream and poetic reason. Dreams are, Maria Zambrano says, ‘not the rehearsal of a past we have already lived, but an opportunity to fashion the future’. Now is a good a time as any to reflect on the dream as an opportunity to ask ourselves how we take account of our own aspirations and recount our actions.
“If one talks with an European, one talks with a conflict,
with someone who consumes himself to live,
who discards himself and creates himself anew.”
– María Zambrano
Delirium & Destiny consists of performances, screenings, lectures, a reading group and an exhibition. All the artists, poets, and writers in this program work politically, rather than work to make political art. In other words, their artistic practices reflect their position and care for the world, representing Zambrano’s idea that personal development contributes to public development overall.
Delirium & Destiny is supported by the City of Rotterdam, the Mondriaan Fund, the VSB Fund and the H.M.A. Schadee Fund and includes collaborations with the Rotterdam Library and the Society for Women in Philosophy.