Day 1: On the notion of 'Pharmakon' in the thinking of Bernard Stiegler

Day 1: On the notion of 'Pharmakon' in the thinking of Bernard Stiegler
Day 1: On the notion of 'Pharmakon' in the thinking of Bernard Stiegler


On the first day of the Pharmakon performative conference we open up the notion of ‘pharmakon’ through dialogues, discussions and bodywork. Bernard Stiegler addresses his notions of ‘savoir faire’ and ‘savoir vivre’ out of a contemporary understanding of how we ‘technologize’ our lives. After his talk, the translators of his Passer à l’acte, Judith Wambacq and Bart Buseyne, will hold a discussion with the philosopher. Pierre-Yves Defosse responds through his engagement with Ars Industrialis: an international association that is seeking an industrial politics for the development of ‘technologies of the spirit’. In tantric and Feldenkrais practices, the body opens up to different ways of relating to itself and the other and relates all this to a contemporary context of crisis, exploitation and the need for a public response.


  • 10:00>11:30: How to re-articulate our abilities to change? Based on Feldenkrais’ Awareness through movement classes, Nevenka Koprivsek (workshop)
  • 11:30>13:00: Tantra Magics, the redistribution of desire, Elke Van Campenhout (workshop)
  • 12:00>16:00: 1 place and 14400 seconds, Maria Lucia Cruz Correia (workshop)



  • Bernard Stiegler – Skype lecture and conversation with Judith Wambacq & Bart Buseyne
  • Pierre-Yves Defosse – Ars Industrialis (lecture)
  • Let’s first get things done! On the division of labour and delegation practices in times of mediated politics and politicized technologies, written by the Darmstadt Delegation* (lecture)



  • 19:00: The Myth of the Great Transition, Pieter De Buysser (performance; € 5)
  • 20:30: 10 journeys to a place where nothing happens, Maike Lond (performance; € 5)
  • 22:00: The Ghost Seminar, Brandon Labelle (lecture performance)



  • 22:00 ONWARDS: The Cabinet (mouse trap), Alexandre Le Petit (one-on-one performance)
  • 00:00: Notes on blindness, Eric Thielemans (lecture performance with live music)
  • 01:00>03:00: Tantra Magics (shared practice)




ONGOING 28>30/11
In the course of the event the rooms will be occupied by ongoing installations, discourse practices, (semi-) public interviews and performance works.

  • Don’t eat the microphone, Veridiana Zurita (shared practice)
  • Ghost notes, Alexandre Le Petit (installation)
  • Investigation on desire, Flora Pilet (installation)
  • Animal whisper, Lilia Mestre (object)
  • Loving Memory: the book of life, Mischa Twitchin (film)
  • Pharmakon: the performative library, Elke Van Campenhout, Lilia Mestre (semi-public live interviews with participants)
  • Libraries (The Political Party Library; Pharmakon research library, Lygia Clark interview archive)


  • Meals at 13:00 & 18:00