„Asynchronicity – symposium-like-gathering”

reboot: responsiveness presents

„Asynchronicity. A symposium-like gathering“ hosted by Cally Spooner at the Kölnischer Kunstverein and the Ludwig Forum Aachen

With Paul Abbott & Will Holder, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Taina Bucher, Elizabeth Freeman, Hendrik Folkerts, Irena Haiduk, Dana Luciano, Martina Roß-Nickoll, Cally Spooner with Sanna Blennow and Melody Giron, Mark von Schlegell, Jesper List Thomsen, Jackie Wang and films by Pierre Bal-Blanc and Frances Scholz

Free Admission, no registration required

All contributions are in English. In Aachen, simultaneous translation into German is provided.

“Asynchronicity” is a symposium-like gathering of choreographies, lectures, sounds, screenings, and discussions assembled by artist Cally Spooner with reboot: responsiveness at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Ludwig Forum, Aachen.

“Asynchronicity” takes as its backdrop the neoliberal paradigm of an always measurable performance. In this climate performance manifests at once as a regime of disciplinary power and a condition of everyday life, in which subjects constantly quantify, manage and stratify themselves until the social imagination and desire is deadened. “Asynchronicity” probes how such draining quests can be subverted by collectively fostering a resistance towards chrononormativity. Coined in 2010 by queer studies scholar Elizabeth Freeman (one of the gathering’s contributors), the term chrononormativity describes the prevalent use of time to organize human bodies toward maximum productivity.

“Asynchronicity” responds by unraveling the resistant potentials of becoming or remaining asynchronous. Over the course of two days, collaborators–artists, performers, musicians, theoreticians, dancers, curators and designers–are invited to unfold a diverse set of propositions for alternative, fugitive temporalities, affects and bodily practices that bend and subvert familiarity and which deliberately, or naturally, remain out of sync. Jointly introducing the notion of asynchronicity as an alternative, non-sequential mode of time, texts, movements, encounters and thoughts will collide across the partnering institutions in Aachen and Cologne.

“Asynchronicity” is part of Cally Spooner’s long term research project „Deadtime“ (since 2018) in which she finds and handles temporal structures beyond the Clock-Time standardizations that force labor, bodies, nervous systems, and digital technologies into a completely metric-orientated future. Conceived as the first of five assemblies hosted by the artist, that challenge the chrononormative order and the performance imperative implied.

While you may enter the symposium-like gathering in your own time–any moment or time span of preference–we suggest you experience its choreography in its entirety and in both cities, if possible.

Saturday, May 7 2022, 8:59am – 6:30pm

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

8:59am “I GOT UP AT 8:59 AM OCT. 19 2021”

10am “Deadtime“ (Lecture and Introduction to Asynchronicity I)

11am “On Chrononormativity: Histories and Possibilities“

12pm „Carceral Temporalities and the Politics of Dreaming“

1pm and 6pm Rosmarie Waldrop’s “Lawn of Excluded Middle”* read by Will Holder (vocals) and Paul Abbott (drums)

1pm Lunch

2pm “On the right time and Deadtime“

2:30pm “Chromonautics, Then and Now”

3:30pm „FREEEee“

4:15pm “Freedom’s Ammonite: Blackness, Geomorphology, Worldmaking”

5pm “Introduction To Feelings, Studio Feelings“

5:30pm “(A rehearsal for) Unending love, or love dies, on repeat like it’s endless“

Sunday, May 8, 2022, 11am – 8pm

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen

11am “Duration symposium in the spring of 2023; an asynchronous lapse”

12pm “Crip Asynchronies: COVID, Cancer, Climate”

Elizabeth Freeman, Professor of English, University California, Davis

1pm “Captured Voices: Prisoner Voiceprints and the Carceral Laboratory”

2:05pm Rosmarie Waldrop’s “Lawn of Excluded Middle”* read by Will Holder (vocals) and Paul Abbott (drums)

2:05pm Lunch

3:00 pm “Oceanic Time and Black Feminist Futures” 

4pm „Conversation on Meadows“

4pm Rosmarie Waldrop’s “Lawn of Excluded Middle”* read by Will Holder (vocals) and Paul Abbott (drums)

4:30pm “Introduction to YEAR OF THE WRITER, by Frances Scholz, 2004, 17:35 min”

5:10pm “Prop Positions“

6pm “(A rehearsal for) Unending love, or love dies, on repeat like it’s endless“

This symposium-like gathering is part of reboot: responsiveness.

reboot: responsiveness is the first cycle of reboot: – a collaborative, multi-cycle, anti-racist and queer-feminist dialogue encompassing performance and research based practices, jointly presented by Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen.


Conceived by Eva Birkenstock, Nikola Dietrich, and Viktor Neumann

Core Collective: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia

Graphic design by Sean Yendrys


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