Inclinations #17: Riddled Matter of Practice

December 16, 2014

Or Gallery Berlin is pleased to present Federica Bueti in Riddled Matter of Practice, for our speaker series Inclinations, hosted by Patricia Reed.


Knowing is an ongoing performance of the world. Bodies, words, phenomena, relations, discourses and matter are not things, but a doing; they are boundaries making practices. In her post-humanist, performative account of how matter comes to matter Karen Barad offers a thought provoking reading of the entangled, implicated, embodied, relational and differential nature of practices of worlding through what she calls “agential realism”. This talk flirts with Barad’s riddled idea of agential realism; passionately whirls with affirmative feminist practices, gets involved in the worldly mattering of artistic practices, and slips under the skin of phenomena and discourses, knowing that there is no way back, but only a swing forward.


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The presentation of work revolves around the posing of a question that is the thrust of a guest’s activities. It goes without saying that questions may not be answered, but are grappled with in their unresolvability. An inclination is the force of attraction to a question (without a straightforward response), yet also to each other, as a community who partakes in a common quest(ion).
Hosted by Patricia Reed.


# Arriving at a question is already a departure.
# Questions are a declaration of departure.
# Arriving at a question in thought or activity is also the creation of a trajectory, of inclining oneself towards an unknown goal, yet not without direction.
# A question inclines a departure in a particular way, but a question itself is generic – it propels all modes of seeking some thing. Questions possess the force of bending and swerving ideas/action.
# A question is the confrontation and departure from a lack. To arrive at a question is to arrive at a gap in knowledge, action and speech – a gap that cannot be immediately filled in without the inclination towards something other.
# A question is indisciplinary; the inclining magnetism of a question knows no disciplinary bounds.


In Kooperation mit der Botschaft von Kanada/In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada

Participant Bios

Federica Bueti is art critic, editor, researcher and occasional curator living in Berlin and Oslo. She is founder of…ment, journal for contemporary culture, art and politics ( Her writing has appeared in Frieze and Frieze d/e, art-agenda, X-TRA magazine, Flash Art, Arte e Critica, FLUOR, Three Letter Words Magazine, Performa magazine as well as artists monographs and critical anthologies published by Sternberg Press, Walker Art Center, Book Works, Artwords, Center for Media Art, Taipei, Museum of Design, Miami, Kunstverein Milan. She is a PhD candidate in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, London.