MsHERESIES 3 — AMNIOTECHNICS
Offset printed publication, Amsterdam (December 2020)
Dedicated to the incredible – and incredibly beautiful – publication Triple Jeopardy (1971–75, by the Third World Women’s Alliance), as well as the ideas in Sophie Lewis’s book Full Surrogacy Now! – Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019). Ms Heresies 3 is reprinting the book’s final chapter, the essay *Amniotechnics.*
Each spread weaves edited material from Triple Jeopardy with Sophie Lewis’s essay. These intuitive and meticulous compositions are the outcome of looking at Triple Jeopardy through the lens of collaborative graphic design. Reading, typesetting, collaging, painting, and ornamenting became a way of designing together while attempting an homage, a re-reading, and a cross-publication friendship.
EVERYBODY EVERYTHING, OTHER BIRDS WALK THIS WAY TOO
Offset printed A2 poster, Amsterdam (October 2020)
Posters with drawings and rant together with an excerpt from the poem Walking Like a Robin by Bernadette Mayer. Printed with Raddraaier, Amsterdam. Distributed and shown at the group exhibition All these buildings, the clock and its hour at Kalverstraat 28, with Naomi Credé & Rosie Haward, Philip Coyne, Darío Dezfuli & Simona Koutná, Harriet Foyster, Andrés García Vidal, Miyuki Inoue, Frédérique Gagnon, and Aidan Wall.
MONSTERS RAMPAGE BECAUSE OF A LACK OF CARE — REPRODUCTIVE LABOUR AND GRAPHIC DESIGN
Online lecture at Linneaus University, Kalmar (September 2020)
On MsHeresies, the concept of (full) surrogacy, and how that might translate to a graphic design practice.
From *Amniotechnics,* republished in MsHeresies 3, Sophie Lewis writes: Who holds and catches whose blood? Who rips into whom? Doctor or monster? Gestator or gestatee? What’s certain is that monsters rampage, as Mary Shelley wrote, because of a lack of care. It was probably ultimately the man of science, denied the chance to be a mother, who was the more destructive monster on the rampage.
Offset printed A2 poster for Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (August 2020)
Acetone transfer collage with detail from Lena Cronqvist’s painting The Ice (1975). Text and glossary from the essay *Debt and Study* in The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (2013) by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten:
Credit: keeps track / runs only one way
(Bad) Debt: forgets / runs in every direction, scatters, escapes, seeks refuge
Student(s): a bad debtor threatened by credit / study without an end, plan without a pause, rebel without a policy, conserve without a patrimony / never graduate / just ain’t ready / are building something in there, down there. Mutual debt, debt unpayable, debt unbounded, debt unconsolidated, debt to each other in a study group, to others in a barber shop, to others in a squat, a dump, a woods, a bed, an embrace
SURROGACY, TRIPLE JEOPARDY, MsHERESIES 3
Lecture at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (August 2020)
A lecture about graphic design as a visual dedication to others’ material (texts and images), and how we read and learn and add to our vocabulary through typesetting, drawing, printing, collaging.
GRAPHIC DESIGN IN THE BROKEN MIDDLE
Lecture at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts, Stockholm (February 2020)
About formulating modes of working and ways of building a feminist collective design practice. About adapting and adopting a range of expressions connected to collective design work: reading as design, lust as feminist method, the agency of ornamentation, animal rest, and the broken middle. The broken part reminds us of what we are: not innocent – all the while complicit, acting, trying, working.
DRAFTING A MANIFESTO
Contribution to Girls Like Us Magazine issue 12, Amsterdam/Brussels (November 2019)
A manifesto in flux as a continuing negotiation with ourselves and ideas of the past and present.
We need a good Animal Rest. This is rest in abundance and completely free from anxiety. It can not be achieved on an individual level, it is not a private matter of self-help, wellness, and mindfulness – that’s toiling too. It is the rest that the *beast-like pain,* inherent in all work demands. It’s a collective, radical rest.
Collaboratively printed monotypes, double-voice reading, Amsterdam (October 2019)
The group exhibition Ornamental Rest was initiated following the publishing of MsHeresies 2 at Laurel Project Space. With a reading from MsHeresies 1 and MsHeresies 2, monotype posters printed together with Juliet Aaltonen and Rosita Kaer, and works by Elina Birkehag, Klara Graah, and Asefeh Tayebani.
MsHERESIES 2 — USEFUL WORK VERSUS USELESS TOIL
Offset printed publication, Amsterdam (October 2019)
The second issue of MsHeresies includes collages, paintings, and hommages to the work of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, whose collaboration defied preconceived ideas of both text/image hierarchies, as well as rivalry at the cost of sisterhood. This visual essay is published alongside William Morris’s lecture Useful Work versus Useless Toil from 1884 which introduces the idea of the ornamental and its relationship to work and rest.
The ornamental can only come about under certain conditions: enough rest, agency, and variation of work. The ornamental is never an outcome or product of these conditions; but something intrinsically intertwined therein.
THE VERB IS FILLED BY THE FLESH
Performative lecture and reading, Amsterdam (June 2018)
Projected live designing/reading as part of Preliminary studies toward de nieuwe nieuwsmarkt (initiated by Werker Collective) with Experimental Jetset at De Appel.
The aktiegroep Nieuwmarkt was a group of activists in the 60s and 70s who opposed the planned demolition of the Nieuwmarkt area in Amsterdam. They did so by making use of several media such as a self-organised radio station, actions in public space, posters, pamphlets, and a self-published magazine called DeNieuwsmarkt. De Nieuwe Nieuwsmarkt stems from this history and will be a long-term magazine project dealing with similar issues in Amsterdam today.
Painting, Zürich (June 2018)
Painting as contribution to a publication for Après moi, le déluge, an exhibition by Anna Reutinger, Garance Wullschleger, and Francesca Brusa at Klara Kiss Zip Space.
MsHERESIES 1 – CONDITIONS FOR WORK: THE COMMON WORLD OF WOMEN
Offset printed publication, Amsterdam (May 2018)
MsHeresies is a research through collaborative graphic design into the wide topic of work.
The first issue of MsHeresies joined collaged graphics from Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics and art director Bea Feitler’s work with Ms. magazine alongside an essay by Adrienne Rich – *Conditions for Work: The Common World of Women* from the Heresies Collective online archive.