Workshop 07: Whisper Game: Practising Attention through Caring and Pacing

With Basia Sliwinska and Caroline Stevenson (UAL)


Saturday, 26 June 2021


1:00 – 4:00pm CEST / 7:00 – 10:00pm HKT



Maximum number of Participants

Public radio workshop – no limit


This workshop is fully booked, therefore we no longer accept registrations.


Whisper game opens up spaces in which meaning is created via a collaborative act of passing a message from one person to another. Whether the message changes its original meaning while being retold or whispered depends on the participants. This workshop re-considers our individual and collective relationships and interdependencies in mediating knowledge. It interrogates the methods and instruments participants use to perform care while passing on a message.

Haraway’s (1988) vibrant notion of ‘situated knowledges’ affirms bodies as objects of knowledge whose boundaries materialise in social interaction. We will explore specific positionalities via ‘mapping practices’; the boundaries between messages that are generative and productive of meanings. Whisper game makes visible the multidimensional and incomplete connections in-between and with/in. How can we think with/in positionings that carefully attend not only to boundaries but also thresholds? How are shared meanings materialised?

Participants will take part in a whisper game to approach knowledge from the perspective of movement. Thinking-with others requires a particular form of attention manifested in caring and pacing while making knowledge move. Creative outcomes will be displayed on virtual platform.

About the Speakers

Dr. Basia Sliwinska is Senior Lecturer in Cultural&Historical Studies at the University of the Arts London and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg. She has published on feminist visual activism(s) and transnational figurations in contemporary women’s art practice. Recent and forthcoming books include (co-edited) Transnational Belonging and Female Agency in the Arts (2022); (edited) Feminist Visual Activism and the Body (2021), The Female Body in the Looking-Glass: Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Genderland (2016; 2018) and (co-edited) The Evolution of the Image: Political Action and the Digital Self (2018). Basia is on the research team of the Visual Activism and Sexual Diversity in Vietnam project, supported by the AHRC.

Caroline Stevenson is Head of Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion and a member of the Centre for Fashion Curation at University of the Arts London. She is a curator and writer, working across the fields of contemporary art and fashion. Caroline has produced projects and programmed events for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, V&A Museum, ICA, Arcade East, the Barbican, Tate Britain, Tenderbooks, Kunstverein München, Dutch Design Week and a range of temporary spaces. Her curatorial practice has been recognised through grants from Arts Council England and the British Council. Caroline is co-founder of Modus, a curatorial platform and research network for expanded fashion practice, based at Onomatopee, Eindhoven.