Online Event: Reading group IV by Borbála Soós


The exhibition opening of Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape, The Word for World is Forest, planned for April didn´t take place due to the current COVID-19 situation. It was partly converted into online events consisting of reading groups, audiovisual contributions and texts, which were curated by Borbála Soós and participating artists.

The fourth reading group “Radical Care” with Borbála Soós will take place on Thursday, 28 May, 5 – 7 pm (CEST). The reading group is related to the project Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape, the Word for World is Forest.

Care is a vital, but under-examined praxis of radical politics that provides spaces of hope in precarious times. Self-care, despite its susceptibility to neoliberal co-optation, has much potential to include other forms that push back against structural disadvantages. This reading group suggests that thinking with a virus, with toxicity and through the state of being unwell invites a recounting of affectivity and relationality. It is a way of learning to stay with the trouble, both personally and in terms of our relationships with other beings, sites and materials. We will consider what kind of structures biopolitics impose upon our bodies and relations, and how radical care can offer modes outside of this system, and different ways to go through the world with one another. What does it mean to care for oneself, to care for and to share the world with others?

Borbála Soós (b. 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based curator. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London, and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 2012 and 2019 she was director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London. Throughout this period and to this day she maintains an independent curatorial, writing and teaching practice, whilst she has also been an active advocate, participant and organiser of artistic, curatorial and ecological research. Borbála’s recent research focuses on the development of structures found in nature, and explores how these relate to social organisation. Her curatorial practice responds to, disrupts and enriches environmental thinking and related social and political urgencies.

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Registration is required. Please register until May 27 here. The number of participants is limited to 20. Event will be held in English.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.