Reading Residency

Periode: 2019 - 2021

We merken dat er een enorme behoefte is bij kunstenaars (en niet alleen bij hen) aan een plek voor herbronning, bezinning, rust en onbevangen kennisverwerving. Daarom nodigen we in de periode 2019-2021 ieder jaar een aantal kunstenaars uit voor een Reading Residency van een maand in de Stroom bibliotheek. Het gaat om internationale kunstenaars, wiens werk verwant is aan de inhoud van de bibliotheek. Ook zijn we benieuwd naar een blik van buitenaf, om zo nieuwe inzichten op te doen over de waarde van de bibliotheek als kenniscentrum voor hedendaagse kunst en maatschappij.


Meenakshi Thirukode
12 October - 12 November 2021
Meenakshi Thirukode from India is our current Reading Resident in the Stroom library. She is the founder of a platform for radical study - School of Instituting Otherwise, an initiative that seeks to build more equitable spaces and a non-conventional art system.

Private Workshop
On 9 November 2021 she organized the private workshop Restorative Circle for a Brave Space, as part of an initiative to bring together and organize a 'complaint collective' (to quote Sara Ahmed). What the participants share is from their own experience, taking turns to speak and listen. If you'd like to learn more and/or participate in future circles please write to Meenakshi at: Anonymity is valued and prioritized.

Personal Reading list
Meenakshi Thirukode made a personal selection of the books in the Stroom library for a special window display. She added a number of books by Panther's Paw Publication which she brought along from India. >> see the full list

Meenakshi Thirukode is a writer, researcher, educator and feminist killjoy based in Delhi. Her areas of research include the role of micro-politics, culture and collectivity from the POV of a queer femme subjectivity, that's located within the realm of a trans-nomadic, transient network of individuals and institutions. She runs ‘School of IO (Instituting Otherwise)', which is a space of unlearning, dedicated to navigating ‘study', as a radical feminist tool of political agency. Her recent projects include 'Disorganizing Metabolisms' in collaboration with 'FAR (Food, Art, Research) Network' and Marrickville School of Economics, the ‘Here, There and Everywhere' conference at MAC Birmingham, UK as part of the India-UK 70 years celebration (March 2018) and ‘Out of Turn, Being Together Otherwise', exploring performance art histories in collaboration with Asia Art Archive (AAA) at Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India (December 15th-22nd 2018) . Her chapter ‘Towards a Public of the Otherwise', has been published in the Routledge Companion Series for Art in the Public Realm in 2020. She was one of the contributors to US: Shaping Time on 20 March 2021 at Stroom Den Haag. She has actively participated in the #metoo movement within the art world and has been working towards creating conversations, workshops and gatherings in a 'post-metoo' landscape in order to work towards manifesting systems of accountability, in collaboration with other allies. She is looking forward to meeting people working on similar issues during her stay in The Hague. Meenakshi will be bringing a number of books from Panther's Paw Publishing, an Indian publishing organisation founded by Yogesh Maitreya, to read during her stay at Stroom's library.

Mladen Miljanovic
Februari-Maart 2021
Mladen Miljanovic is an artist, researcher and professor who lives and works in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Because of covid travel restrictions his Reading Residency will be partly online. Born in Zenica (Yugoslavia) in 1981, Mladen Miljanovic completed the secondary school in Doboj. He next attended the Reserve Officer Military School where he earned the rank of sergeant and trained 30 privates. After the ompletion of his military term he worked in stonemason workshop on producing tombstones. After few years he enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. Currently he teaches New media art at the Academy of Arts, University of Banja Luka.
At the early stage of his practice he was included in the international selection of artists under 33 Younger Than Jesus - Artist directory by New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Massimiliano Gioni; he participated in the 55th Venice Biennale, 15th Busan Video biennale and recently 13th Cairo Biennale among other group shows. His solo shows and projects were at MUMOK - Vienna, Gallery MC - New York, ACB Gallery - Budapest, A+A Gallery - Venice, Neue Galerie Graz and many others.
"I base my art practice upon a conceptual and provocative approach which is questioning my own social, political, cultural surrounding and living conditions: on the one hand my work is influenced by the experience of growing up during the war and its aftermath in the destroyed, impoverished, ethnically and territorially divided, and externally isolated country. On the other hand, it is my formal education (Reserve Officer Military School, and later work at a tombstones workshop)."

Jules Rochielle Sievert
4 november t/m 30 november 2019
Jules Rochielle Sievert works at the intersection of art and activism. From 2017-2019, Jules was a Creative Placemaking Policy Fellow at Arizona State University through the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. They are also the Creative Director at NuLawLab at Northeastern University School of Law, where they are currently working on a project known as Stable Ground. Stable Ground, is focused on addressing the complex relationship among chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming. Jules also works In New York as an Artistic Coordinator with More Art's Engaging Artists Fellowship and Residency program. They are also providing coaching to the 2020 Art Fellows at Now and There in Boston and teaching a course of Socially Engaged Art at Tufts University in Boston.
Their most recent artist residencies have been with the Center for Artistic Activism at Art Action Academy at the Queens Museum, with the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs and Department of Cultural Affairs in New York, Women With Wings Artists Residency in Boulder, Colorado, and with California State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Jules's scholarship has been published in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and in Engaging Publics/Public Engagements published by Auckland Art Gallery & Auckland University of Technology.
They have earned awards for their teamwork and collaboration with Nulawlab from the Kresge Foundation, awards from Northeastern University, awards from the Legal Services Corporation Technology Innovation Grant Program, and a Hiil Innovative Idea Award from Innovating Justice at the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law. Their work has been in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times.

Jules Rochielle Sievert's Reading Residency plan
During my research residency I will be conducting research, meeting and interviewing with various artists connected to Stroom Den Haag. I am interested in artists and artist collectives at work at the intersection of arts, policy making and activism.
I will  be using some of my time at Stroom to focus on writing an arts curriculum for More Art's Engaging Fellowship Program.  This program  will support and mentor 8-10 emerging artists that have an interest in Socially Engaged Art. My hope is to explore the archives and library at Stroom, I will be looking for texts and materials that can assist me as I develop the Engaging Artists Curriculum and Fellowship Program.
I will also use some of my time here to research and organize for a Boston based project called Stable Ground. Stable Ground is a collaboration among three organizations: Northeastern University School of Law's NuLawLab, which leads the project and has engaged arts-based disciplines since 2013 to imagine and realize new models of legal empowerment; the City of Boston's Office of Housing Stability, which works to prevent displacement and promote housing preservation and stabilization; and Violence Transformed, which fosters creative action to overcome violence and extends trauma-informed training to community-based groups. Collaborations with local artists are central to Stable Ground.
This coming year, through Stable Ground the NuLawLab is engaged with three Artists in Residence (AIR), a Community Storytelling Curator, and expanding its work with local artist, organizer, and educator Anthony Romero. The Stable Ground Artist in Residency program creates an opportunity for visual and performing artists to develop their social-based artistic practice to become engaged in a thoughtful, facilitated dialogue with community members about the personal impact that housing insecurity has on Boston's residents.
At the end of my fellowship my goal is create a Dinner Gathering and Salon that will be focused on learning and celebration through creating a platform for local artists.

Renée Mboya
23 september - 19 oktober 2019
Woensdag 9 oktober, 19:00 uur
A Glossary of Words My Mother Never Taught Me
Renée Mboya geeft een informele presentatie over haar werk en over haar huidige onderzoek. Iedereen is welkom.

Curator, schrijver en filmmaker Renée Mboya (uit Nairobi, Kenia) is onze huidige Reading Resident. Zij doet onderzoek naar de werking van het geheugen en in het bijzonder naar het gebruik van autobiografische elementen in hedendaagse verhalen die worden gebruikt om verkeerde voorstellingen in de (Afrikaanse) geschiedenis te rehabiliteren. Haar huidige project - A Glossary of Words My Mother Never Taught Me -  is er een die één bron onderzoekt, de documentaire Africa Addio (1966). Een gewelddadige en ahistorische bron, maar vreemd genoeg een die de laatste decennia wordt gezien als een manier om over 'Afrika' te leren en te spreken.
Renée Mboya nam deel aan het De Appel Curatorial Program in 2015/2016 en was een van de gastcuratoren tijdens de Stroom Invest Week 2018.
>> Lees meer over haar in het Stroom Invest Interview op Jegens & Tevens (juni 2018).

Katarina Petrovic
17 t/m 28 juni + 8 t/m 20 juli 2019
Volg haar Reading Residency activititeiten online
>> Katarina's Reading log

>> Instagram @stroom_den_haag
>> Katarina op Instagram: @james_blondich

Katarina Petrovic (RS/NL) is an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher working at the intersections of art and science. Interested in the issues of translation and interpretation, she investigates the structures and modes of information organization within different symbolical structures like language, mathematics, and code. Focusing on their universality and fluidity, she constructs narratives ambiguous documents in which the facts and poetics stand side by side. Katarina was part of My Practice, My Politics at Stroom Den Haag in 2018.

Text accompanying image on the right:

my Lady
What day will you have mercy
how long will I cry a moaning prayer
I am yours
why do you slay me

[Betty De Shong Meador, Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000), p.134. Quoted from: Amaranth Borsuk, The Book (Cambridge, MIT Press, 2018), p.9.]

Meenakshi Thirukode
Screenshot Instagram @herdsceneand
Meenakshi Thirukode during 'US: Shaping Time' at Stroom Den Haag (March 2021)
foto: Naomi Moonlion, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Mladen Miljanovic
foto: Wolfgang Lehrner
Jules Rochielle Sievert
foto: courtesy the artist
Renée Mboya
foto: © Camille Blake
Katarina Petrovic
foto: courtesy the artist