Speculative Fermentation with Making Time/Making Trouble: The Lively Arts Reading Group

Sauerkraut workshop + reading group, December 2016. Donna Haraway’s Sf is ‘speculative fabulation, science fiction, science fact, speculative feminism, soin de ficelle, so far… the patterning of possible worlds and possible times, material-semiotic worlds, gone, here and yet-to-come.’ Like sauerkraut, it is also ‘practice and process; it is becoming-with each other in surprising relays’.

For (no)action(no)space, in residence at Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, we made sauerkraut using the local pointy Weisskohl, while reading Haraway’s new book ‘Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene’. Over the next month the sauerkraut fermented away, its little microbial communities joining the human artists working together in the gallery space. A few weeks and reading sessions later, we filled a set of Weck jars to be sent to places in need of trouble, and cooked the rest up for a film night: ‘(Making) Time and Space in Science Fiction: A night of cinematic potpourri and speculative fermentation’.

The jars took with them favourite quotes from the book, like ‘THE LOOPING OF LOVE AND RAGE. TO MAKE CLOUDY, TO DISTURB’, ‘LEARNING TO LIVE AND DIE WELL WITH EACH-OTHER IN A THICK PRESENT’ and ‘FOLLOWING A THREAD IN THE DARK’.

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