The Conscious Effort Fort


An installation by David Bergé for reading and writing in the
proximity of others; with contributions by
Aslı Çiçek, Ioana Mandrescu
and Aemilia Papaphilippou. 

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

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 the vibration of a human being asleep.
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 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 selected books contain multiple journeys, a diversity in narration in
both language and image.
You may find bookmarks in some of the books.
‘The Conscious Effort Fort’ is accessible for free and for all ages and abilities.
People stay as long as they please.

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

The Conscious Effort Fort
installation: David Bergé
glass/wood constructions: Aslı Çiçek, assisted by Oliva De Bree
sound installation: Ioana Mandrescu
string installation: Aemilia Papaphilippou
supervision of production Athens: Yiorgos Koufakis, Maan Halaoui, David Bergé
installation Antwerp: Robin Appels, Ilias Johri, Ben Van Den Broeck, David Bergé
thanks to Katrien Reist, Juan Duque, Carolina Maciel de França
a production by kyklà with the support of the Flemish Government (CAP),
Platform 0090 and PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPAN