Sat 26 June until Sun 27 June 2021 (19h - 22h)

If Repeatedly Then Reception

Welcome to rile* for the live readings of If Repeatedly Then Reception, with Bryana Fritz, Quinsy Gario and Stefan Govaart.

The readings start at 19h, 20h, and 21h. Each reading cycle starts on the hour and lasts 30-45 minutes. If Repeatedly Then Reception was conceived by Stefan Govaart in collaboration with rile*.

If Repeatedly Then Reception reads texts repeatedly. More than one, it summons simultaneity and seeks a third sentence. Day one draws together a selection of texts by authors who wrote with devotion unto us the readers. Day two offers devotions the readers wrote themselves. 

Reading and receiving are acts of repetitive labor to which you are devoted. The body charges –– is charged by –– the violence of reception that is its repeated condition of possibility, not its mark of inadequacy. Your repetition and receptivity are not your own. You are beholden. Acts are postures of reproduction –– the forming of the formed –– held by misreadings: always misunderstood. Repetition and reception imply the social dimension of a body, the way it exceeds the one who bears or does it, even as that one remains inchoately singular. Amidst differentially enforced deprivation, abjection and surplus, you are social crafting and socially crafted by. There is no end. The given scission cannot be told apart from its presentation. What's riven and received? What's the transaction? Who's charged? You who over this site I graft, reception is into us is into us.

No reservation required. Please be aware there is a limited capacity in accordance with the current health measures. It is mandatory to wear a mask during the session.

[image credit: Stefan Govaart, you be me for me, 2020]


Saturday 26th

19h00 Stefan Govaart - Psalm 119 and You (The Cow, 2006) by Ariana Reines

20h00 Bryana Fritz - Si muero en la carretera (1970) by Virgilio Piñera
Translation into English: Martin Zicari, Alex Reynolds, Slow Reading Club Translation into French: Cyriaque Villemaux, Martin Zicari, Slow Reading Club

21h00 Quinsy Gario - Cannibalist Manifesto (1928) by Oswald de Andrade
Translation into English: Leslie Bary 


Sunday 27th

19h00 Quinsy Gario - i've been commissioned to talk to you

20h00 Bryana Fritz - Portrait of Saint Catherine of Siena (excerpt from Submission Submission)

21h00 Stefan Govaart - The Center of Grace


Bryana Fritz is a choreographer and dancer based in Brussels. Her work situates itself at the intersection between literature and performance, and often does so in duet with the user interface of OS X. Her work is fed by a continued engagement with medieval history, fanfiction, media studies, feminism, and histories of illiteracy. Currently she is working on a longer-term performance project entitled Submission Submission, a hagiographic codex which seeks to portrait the subversive strategies of Medieval women saints. Since 2016, she has been collaborating with Henry Andersen under the moniker Slow Reading Club, a semi-fictional reading group that deals in constructed situations for collective reading. 

Fritz studied at the University of Minnesota (USA), Folkwang Universität der Künste (DE), and graduated from the P.A.R.T.S. (BE) training and research program in 2014. She has since worked as a dancer and performer for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Xavier Le Roy, Boris Charmatz, and Michiel Vandevelde, amongst others. As a writer, she has published essays in The Floor is Uneven. Does It Slope?, En Plein Air: Ethnologies of the Digital, Extra Extra magazine, Etcetera magazine, a.o. 


Quinsy Gario is a performance poet and artist from Curaçao and St. Maarten. His work centers on decolonial remembering. Gario's most well-known work is Zwarte Piet Is Racisme (2011–2012). As a member of the collective Family Connection established in 2005 by Glenda Martinus and Gala Martinus, respectively his mother and aunt, his current research is looking into cultural practices of refusal, resistance and marronage practiced by people on the islands in the Caribbean that have Dutch colonization in common. 

He is a Utrecht University media studies, gender studies and postcolonial studies alumnus and a graduate of the Master Artistic Research program of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague. He is a 2017 Humanity in Action Detroit Fellow, 2017/2018 BAK Fellow, 2019/2020 APASS participant and a 2020/2021 Sandberg Institute Critical Studies Fellow. Gario received the Royal Academy Master Thesis Prize 2017, the Black Excellence Award 2016, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015, The Kerwin Award 2014 and the Hollandse Nieuwe Theatermakers Prize 2011. His work has been shown in among other places Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), MACBA (Barcelona), Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MHKA (Antwerp), TENT (Rotterdam) and Göteborgs Konsthall (Gothenburg). Gario is also ran for Dutch parliament as a candidate for the intersectional political party BIJ1.


Stefan Govaart engages dance, performance, poetry and theory to draw out histories, gestures and locution that have a convoluted relationship with their own sense of continuity. The focus on syntactical detail, timbre of voice and the ascetic body seek a disciplined grammar held by misreading, performative catachresis, but also negativity. Govaart holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam, with a thesis on post-1970 critique, trans-aesthetics, and a temporality termed "the nonsequitur". Govaart works as a dancer and performer (Eszter Salamon, Mathias Ringgenberg, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Chloe Chignell a.o.) and teaches theory at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels). With Bojana Cvejić, Eleanor Ivory Weber and Nikhil Vettukattil, Govaart organizes SpringMeeting, a week-long event with invited guests across academic and artistic disciplines, held at Performing Arts Forum (France). Oftentimes asked to think along, translate, edit, or conceptualize, Govaart's practice is embedded in a series of collaborations. With Marija Cetinić, a book project tentatively titled Your receptivity is not your own––structured around five concepts: Sentence, Woman, Sex, Negation and Essence––is forthcoming with the new press petites formes. 

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