FOAMING EXERCISES provoked by Sebastian Brandt’s The Ship of Fools (1876) and Peter Sloterdijk’s Spheres trilogy III: Foams, a plural spherology
/inviteur: Maiju Loukola
Ship of Fools (Narrenschiff)
I BELIEVE IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN A SECRET AGENDA,
TO WORK WITHIN THE OPERATION OF SUBTERFUGE AND MISDIRECTION…
WHAT IF WE COULD ORGANIZE AROUND THOSE WHO WERE HEREDICS, REBELS, DISSIDENTS, ATHEISTS, ORPHANS, AND NOMADS?
WHAT WOULD THE PROPOSAL OF ART LOOK LIKE?
Brandt Sebastian. The Ship of Fools, trans. Alexander Barclay. Edinburgh: William Paterson 1876, 8. (Kessinger Publishing’s Legacy Reprint of Brandt’s book)
The final volume of Peter Sloterdijk’s spatial trilogy Spheres I-III is called Foams. The book is described “a phenomenology of spatial plurality”. Inspired by the notion of polyspherical spatiality and its relation to our being in the world and its imaginality, I will open a try-out scene for "practicing (with) foam". These exercises aim at manifesting different ways of polyspherical spatiality, and the possible effects this "bubbly existence" trial will launch and produce.
Sloterdijk's foam contemplations stem from his attempt of sketching "an onto-anthropology which takes into account the metaphorical imagery and visual thinking that shape the contemporary human coming-into-the-world." Sloterdijk’s spherology can be seen as an effort to produce such thought images that can make us see and navigate in the world images of which the (contemporary) world itself is made. (See Jongen, Marc 2018. "On Anthropospheres and Aphrogrammes. Peter Sloterdijk's Thought Images of the Monstrous.") God is in the bubbles?
Foam manifests a continuation of multi-chamber spaces that are separated by a thin layer of membrane. Each space exerts pressure on the next space, that surrounds it. Just like the foam produced by soap, the small bubbles join, and form larger bubbles – aiming towards a more stabilised space, where the pressure from the outside and the inside are in equilibrium.
The micro spaces of the foam are worlds of places that are isolated and fragile. Each space, each microsphere, can ignore its neighbours only to a certain extent – they are immune of nature, but at the same time they are dependant on the spaces that surround them.
Republic of spaces IS AIR
Interconnected workshops IN UNEXPECTED
Nested simultaneous stages PLACES
LINK TO SPRING 2019 READING CIRCLE AT AALTO ARTS:
 Sloterdijk’s Spheres [Sphären] comprises of the following volumes: Vol. 1: Bubbles is described as a phenomenology of intimacy, Vol. 2: Globes a phenomenlogy of globalization, and Vol. 3: Foams of spatial pluralism. The originals in German are written in 1998, 1999 and 2004.