AM – presentation – Philippine Hoegen @ An Animal Walks Into An Art Institution, Veem | Amsterdam

On 25 March 2020, Philippine Hoegen will give a presentation within the event An Animal Walks Into An Art Institution at Veem House of Performance about a part of her book ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing.

Presentation about Cahier V Animalities

During the presentation Hoegen will focus on the CAHIER V Animalities of her book ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing, which is about looking at, thinking of or through animals, as a way of doing practical research. Extending the self with an animal identity is one strategy – imagining oneself as a dog, an owl, a leopard – and thinking, acting or speaking from that position or identity about a problem or question, will offer a new perspective. Applying animal strategies or gestures to an exploration is another possibility; hanging upside down like a bat while speaking about a specific subject produces different insights. Animal could be approached as that mysterious other body or being that fills us with fear of what we don’t know, or with a longing to be like it, or to be liked by it. Uncanny, feared and adored, object and subject. If we direct our gaze back at our own body we might encounter similar paradoxes – the bestial and the cerebral, or a frail human frame with animal sociability. Thinking of ourselves as animal, or as part of a ‘multi-species community’ inhabiting the same planet, extends the we, and situates the us.


ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing has been realised within the framework of a practiced based research project at the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt), at Avans University of Applied Sciences. The book approaches performance as a method of producing different versions of the self, referred to as ‘versioning’. It explores technologies and processes that produce such versions, and asks the question of how to understand the self within this multiplicity. ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing proposes strategies of versioning as a means of attaching gesture, speech or lived experience to research questions or problems. It is comprised of 7 cahiers, each one opening up a particular territory or lens, indicated through its title: CAHIER I Multiplicators, CAHIER II Pandiculators, CAHIER III Arena, CAHIER IV Objectaffilia, CAHIER V Animalities and CAHIER VI Ledger. CAHIER 0 reflects and expands on the content of the publication and the research from which it springs. The content of each cahier is structured into eight categories: CONVERSATION, IMAGE AS SCORE, NOTES, QUOTE, REFERENCE TEXT, REPORT, SCORE and SHORT STORY. These can be used as the reader/user sees fit, a story, an image or a quote can be used as a score, a score can be reversed or a reflection can be cut up and transformed into a new text.

An Animal Walks Into An Art Institution

The event An Animal Walks Into An Art Institution at Veem House of Performance compiles works (in progress), performative structures and insights, by students of the MA Approaching Language of Sandberg Institute and invited artists, as Philippine Hoegen, who reflect on the presence and potential of the animal to open up alternative languages. More information and tickets for the event can be found on the website.

Due to the Coronavirus, it might be possible that this event will be canceled or postponed.