Mårten Spångberg – Anxiety, Affect and Agency - When Time is Running Out

This investigates relations between art and forms of care, in particular in connection to anxiety and exhaustion and their relationship to ecology. Through out the the group will explore theoretical and critical approaches to care but will also inquire into the body’s multiple ways of engaging with care. Care will further be expanded into interspecies care as well as forms of intimacy with non-sentient beings, especially concerning the body, movement, energy-work, breathing and spiritual practices. 

Ecology forms a second dynamic that the group will examine. The perspective will include approaches to climate change and strategies for possible change but will focus on an expanded understanding of ecology and its correlations to artistic practices and in particular performance. 

A third domain that will be surveyed is the notion of affect and its political and activist potentiality in correlation with art and artistic production. Affect connects to care and forms of care-labour but also to aesthetic experience, pleasure, non-linear narratives and indetermination, connections that opens up for the possibility of different aesthetic regimes as well as modes of life. 

In this the group will spend time, share, learn and practice together. The aim of these activities however is not to create a shared work but instead a means to generate agency in the individual participant as well as the group. Care and affect thus become strong momentum for the group although not as a homogenising force but a means to challenge ones own practices and ecologies. 


The BBC session in November will be dedicated to performance, dance and choreography. Key notions such a performativity, collaboration and improvisation will be scrutinised as part of a four days processes of “together” creating a dance performance.

For the this week the group can be expanded. It is however important to participate in all session. 

The world is facing immense changes, transformations concerning mental, social and environmental ecologies. Alterations in front of which it is easy to experience anxiety, exhaustion and apathy. This attempt to open discussions on how art and artistic practice can react to the present and our shared futures. How does art, artists and art institutions respond and issue responsibility? Is activism the only way forward or is this a moment to defend art’s autonomy? In what ways can art and its environments generate forms of agency, agency that can make us active political subjects?