ANOTHER VERSION Thinking Through Performing

ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing by Philippine Hoegen approaches performance as a method of producing different versions of the self, referred to as ‘versioning’. It explores technologies and processes that produce such versions, and asks the question of how to understand the self within this multiplicity. ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing proposes strategies of versioning as a means of attaching gesture, speech or lived experience to research questions or problems.

It is comprised of 7 cahiers  and contains games, scores, short stories, images, quotes and reflections that are often products of collaborative practices. Each cahier opens up a particular territory or lens, indicated through its title: cahier I Multiplicators, cahier II Pandiculators, cahier III Arena, cahier IV Objectaffilia, cahier V Animalities and cahier VI Ledger.

The content of each cahier is structured into eight categories: conversation, image as score, notes, quote, reference text, report , score and short story. These can be used as the reader/user sees fit, a story, an image or a quote can be used as a score, a score can be reversed or a reflection can be cut up and transformed into a new text.

cahier 0 reflects and expands on the content of the publication and the research from which it springs. It contains a preface, a conversation Multiplicity, Multiplicators and the Supermarket Score between Philippine Hoegen and Sebastian Olma, and an essay Ecstatic Methods — Seven Vectors Adressed to Philippine Hoegen by Kristien Van den Brande.


ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing
by Philippine Hoegen

Onomatopee 159
Cabinet Project


for Art, Design & Technology, Avans University of Applied
Sciences, Breda and Den Bosch, NL)
SUPERVISORProf. Dr. Sebastian Olma
IMAGES OF NOTESby different participants in working sessions
ESSAYcahier 0 Kristien Van den Brande
SUPPORTED BYMondriaan Fonds, NL
Brussels, 2020
COPYRIGHT OFcreative commons
ISBN 978-94-93148-28-4

ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing approaches performance as a method of producing different versions of the self. It explores technologies and processes used to produce such versions, and asks the question of how to understand the self within this multiplicity. In doing so, performance and performative strategies are applied as ways of thinking through the physical. ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing  is part of a practice in which collaboration and teaching are integral parts. It approaches education as  a joint quest rather than handing down (existing)  knowledge, as common and collective knowledge, as researching-through-making/doing and as peer group learning. The project started as an extracurricular exper-iment with a group of students and teachers at AKV|St.Joost (Breda and Den Bosch, NL). Soon, it evolved into a regular series of bi-weekly meetings ti-tled What Happened that consisted of a practical examination of the notion of performative research. Subsequently, during a residency/exhibition pro-ject at Onomatopee (Eindhoven, NL) titled Being as Becoming, this practice converged with the other aspects of the research and with a broader circle of collaborators, resulting in 18 intense working sessions that took place over the course of 2 months (September/October 2018), involving some 25 guests. Defining performance is almost impossible, which gives me the freedom to make my own rules or understanding of what it is. I choose to understand performance as doing something deliberately with an intention, and according to a pre-established set of rules or instructions. Reflecting on and articulating the intention means you can make clear choices on the how, where and when, and in their wake, on the why. Addressing these before-hand contextualises and directs the doing – while you execute your own in-structions, your question or problem will stay with you. It becomes the lens through which you register everything that happens: imbibing, mirroring and steering the situation and vice versa, being imbibed, mirrored and directed. In this way, performance lends itself as a way of exploring ques-tions and problems, as a way of gathering new information on them and gen-erating ‘knowledge-material’– in short, as a way of doing research.  The main objective of ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing, is to reflect the content and strategies developed throughout the research project in the form of 7 cahiers, which can be used by differ-ent  readers  in diverse contexts. It is a practical tool that offers scores and exercises applicable to any kind of research question juxtaposed with short stories, images, reference texts and reports or reflections from past working sessions.  The cahiers, together or separate, propose different lenses as an alternative way to practice, reflect or explore. Therefore this publication is as much an invitation to appropriate a methodology and research practice, as it is a collection or a monograph about an artistic trajectory. ANOTHER VERSION: Thinking Through Performing has been real-ised within the framework of a practiced based research project at the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (CARADT), at Avans University of Applied Sciences. It was developed in close collaboration with other people: many students, artists and art-workers contributed to this pro-ject as mentioned in the sources in each cahier. This publication is greatly indebted to everyone involved and it is dedicated to all the participants, col-laborators and supporters of the project.
Philippine Hoegen, Artist
Brussels, 2020