Promiscuous Infrastructures Seminar Series 18/09 – 02/11 2023

Social Practices


LocationWdKA, TENT
  • Carmen José
  • Judith Leijdekkers
  • Julia Wilhelm
  • Kari Robertson
  • Michelle Teran
  • Pablo Lerma
  • Renée Turner 
  • Seecum Cheung
  • Skye Maule-O’Brien
  • Sumia Jaama
  • Vivian Sky Rehberg 
  • Yusser al Obaidi
  • Affiliated research project
  • Promiscuous Care Study Group

  • Promiscuous Infrastructures
    A public seminar series on caring infrastructures and pedagogies of care

    The seminar series Promiscuous Infrastructures will gather a host of interdisciplinary and multifaceted conversations devoted to care infrastructure and pedagogies of care. Bringing together art and social practitioners, researchers, and educators, Promiscuous Infrastructures explores the relations between the individual, social and institutional bodies and infrastructures. According to the London-based “Care Collective,” “Promiscuous care means caring more and in ways that remain experimental and extensive by current standards. […] To encourage promiscuous care means building institutions that are both capacious and agile enough to recognise and resource wider forms of care at the level of kinship.”[1]  This seminar series aims to destabilize assumptions around infrastructure and care. It asks: If we are to care in promiscuous, expanded and plural ways, what systems can we use, require, or co-create to support these? Invited practitioners offer insights and conversations around soil politics, mental health and collective care, intergenerational community, and the poetics of imagining otherwise.

    This seminar series has been programmed by the Promiscuous Care Study Group with external partners Reading Room Rotterdam and TENT.  Interviews, conversations and photo documentation from the seminar series will be included within the forthcoming book Promiscuous Infrastructures Reader (Publishers: Research Centre WdKA together with Kiosk and Journal for Aesthetics & Protest).

    Hosted by the Social Practices research program at WdKA Research Center, the Promiscuous Care Study Group gathers under the aegis of study using individual and collective care practices as sites of inquiry. The study group cultivates research around care in the institution, communal responsibility and accountability practices, intimate pedagogies, slow reading practices, hospitality and hosting, soil and contamination, counter-histories, and collective grief. This research connects to the Social Practices study program at Willem de Kooning Academy and thematics exploring the body, the social body and the possibility of living differently.

    Reading Room Rotterdam is a nomadic roaming library traveling throughout the city in a cargo bike. The library functions as a gathering agent for communities to entangle with one another and for knowledge to be disseminated. Through public events and the library service, the RRR offers an exchange of mediums of knowledge, be it through shared dinners, workshops, gardens, or text.

    [1] The Care Collective, The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence, (London: Verso, 2020), 41.

    fall program:

    Yoeri Guépin
    The Smallest Gesture
    Film screening of The Smallest Gesture followed by discussion
    Monday 18th September 2023 12.30 – 13.30
    Auditorium Willem de Kooning Academy (WH.00.116)
    Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam
    Free to attend and open to anyone

    Lola Olufemi
    The Meal is Language and this is a Dinner Party
    Conversation for the delusional, for the imaginative, the ones in this world but not of this world.
    Wednesday 20th September 2023 18.00 – 20.00
    TENT in collaboration with Reading Room Rotterdam
    Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam
    Limited availability. Register here.

    Edwin Mingard
    Praxis: Ethics of co-production
    A screening of a selection of Edwin Mingard’s collaboratively made film works, followed by discussion
    Thursday 5th October 2023, 12.00 – 13.00
     Auditorium Willem de Kooning Academy (WH.00.116)
    Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam
    Free to attend and open to anyone

    A workshop led Edwin Mingard follows the screening
    14.30 – 17.00
    Research Station Willem de Kooning Academy (WH.00.316)
    For students of Willem de Kooning Academy

    Laurence Rassel and Selma Bellal
    Decompartmentalize to prevent isolation, or how conflict can serve to recreate ties
    A conversation devoted to care infrastructure and the potential for systemic change within art and design education, research, and administration.
    Friday 13th October 2023 12.30 – 13.30
    Willem de Kooning Academy (WH.03.155)
    Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam.
    Free to attend and open to anyone

    Jim van Geel, Jacquill Basdew & Czar Kristoff
    It Doesn’t Stop at Images
    A generational conversation on queerness, joy and visibility
    Thursday 2nd November 2023 14.30-16.30
    Research Station Willem de Kooning Academy  (WH.00.316)
    Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam.
    Free to attend and open to anyone


    New publication: Promiscuous Infrastructures: Practicing Care

    The title “Promiscuous Infrastructures: Practicing Care” is published by the Promiscuous Care Study Group. Title launch on 17th May, 2024 at kiosk, rotterdam

    05/17/2024 // 19:00

    New publication: Utterances: Composing a Care-Informed Research Practice in the Cracks 

    Announcing the launch of two books at Kiosk Rotterdam on Friday, May 17th, 2024, 19.00. Plus: dedicated workshop on Sunday 19th, at Kiosk.

    05/17/2024 // 19:00

    How to Continue Self-Organization – prep workshops

    A series of workshops in preparation of the 25th April symposium How to continue self-organization?, for WdKA students and teachers.

    04/17/2024 // 10:30

    Traces Of Power- Talk – 07.03.24

    03/07/2024 // 16:00