20 June - 7 July 2013
An individual session of approximately one hour (or more if conversation is good).
A set up for discussing politics that tries to overturn or trick dialectic dynamics by placing a moment of healing in the middle of it.
A room and a body where we formulate a political problem. A question, hitch, ghost present in your life that we want to discuss and make proliferate.
Although the set-up is a therapeutic one, the therapy does not provide solutions of any kind, at best the problem unfolds and multiplies.
A “political problem” is any problem, thought or question that has a political dimension for the person who experiences it. It may be something that bothers or preoccupies you, regardless of whether it is primarily lived out on a practical, personal, ideological, conceptual or existential level.
The session is very simple. At first we discuss the political problem as briefly as possible, just to find a clear and concise formulation of it. The person is then asked to embody the problem – to keep it in mind – as she/he lies down for the physical relaxing part of the therapy. After that, the person sits down and we discuss the problem again, this time starting from the sensations and thoughts that have emerged during the relaxation. The discussion here usually becomes more speculative and less dialectic, thus producing other kinds of language. As we speak we construct together a conceptual map of the problem.
Apart from the map, the sessions are not recorded in any way and take approximately one hour.
Please email email@example.com with your preferred dates and times – it is best to send up to three scheduling possibilities for your appointment anytime between 10 and 23 June, from 10 AM on.
Kunstverein will be back in touch with your reservation ASAP!
Valentina Desideri was best defined by a friend who called her a 20 year old on tour. Although this was meant as a reproach, she found this definition more suiting than performance artist or anything on that tone. Lately she has also been called a psychic,which, if added to the previous description, makes of her a psychic 20 year old on tour. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London, she is doing a MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, she does Fake and Political Therapy, she makes performances, she writes biographies by reading people’s palms. She writes other things too but mostly she’s around.
The POLITICAL THERAPY is part of A Festival of Choices, Master of Fine Arts Graduation 2013, Sandberg Instituut, 3-7 July 2013, various locations throughout Amsterdam.
A Festival of Choices emphasizes upon the relationship and choices made between the graduating student and the diverse range of institutions and organizations offered within the cultural landscape of Amsterdam.
For more information and the full program, please check www.festivalofchoices.nl