The Conscious Effort Fort

Besides making books, we at kyklà produce formats for being together with each other and with books in post-pandemic times. ‘The Conscious Effort Fort’ is an environment conceived by David Bergé for reading and writing in the proximity of others; with contributions by Asli Cicek, Ioana Mandrescu and Aemilia Papaphilippou. 

How can we be multitude again? ‘The Conscious Effort Fort’ is an environment for reading, writing and mediating tactile perception in gardens and large indoor spaces. Glass/wood surfaces branching out books, writing materials, matts and pillows, all connected by strings, materialize an encounter with books, with reading and with each other. Audible will be a sound installation based upon the vibration of a human being sleeping. The experience of consciously reading and being again in the presence of others, creates connectivity and unity.

At a time of hyperactivity of the world of commerce, escalated by the pandemic, ‘The Conscious Effort Fort’ re-engages its participants into a process of creating connections: between what is printed in the books and what is going on in the space activated by other participants. Creating meaning and knowledge – temporarily, by thinking and being together/apart through books. Writing. Audience members who desire so, can express and share these connections and ideas in writing on large sheets of paper on a wall of the space. This supertext will become the temporary entity of the work, as people can de-attach sheets to take home. 

‘The Conscious Effort Fort’ consolidates a proposal by artists and an architect for modes of being together in the otherwise post pandemic times.

May 20 (3-9 PM), May 22 (1-8 PM), May 23 (1-7 PM), 2021
Zuiderpershuis, Waalsekaai 15, 2000 Antwerp

a production by kyklà with the support of the Flemish Government (CAP), Platform 0090 and PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPANDED.

Iterations in Athens and Amorgos to be announced soon.