To Mind is to Care - Exhibition

The group exhibition 'To Mind Is To Care' focuses on the act of caring-for. The featured works by invited artists look at how we take care of other people, other life forms and technology. Alas the exhibition was forced to close after the opening weekend, due to new corona-rules.

Dec 2020
Jan 2021
12:00 to 12:00
location: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
To Mind Is To Care is an interdisciplinary study of care, defined as everything we do to maintain and restore our world so that we can live in it to the best of our ability. This world encompasses our bodies, our selves and our environment, which we all try to weave into a complex and sustainable web.* The exhibition centres on Ellen Dissanayake’s argument that things we do not take care of lose our attention and are therefore get forgotten. According to Dissanayake, art plays a necessary role in directing our attention towards things that are important or should be considered important. Artists do this by "taking care of" these things through their motivation, planning, dedication, strength, persistence, skills and patience.

The exhibition focuses on this caring-for by inviting artists to realize their contributions over the exhibition period and make the public a part of their processes of caring for the works. The show focuses on taking care of people, other life forms and technology. The actions performed by the artists in their processes continuously lead to visible differences in the works over time. The results of these actions offer insight into what caring-for in the practice of artists means and how they use it to investigate care themselves. They provide insights into the preconditions for taking care of something or someone, but they also, for example, reflect on how we care for our technology and how it, in turn, can provide for people. In contrast to other exhibitions, To Mind Is To Care will only be “finished” at the finissage, when all the artworks are completed with care.

* See: Fisher, Bernice, and Joan C. Tronto. “Toward a Feminist Theory of Care.” In Circles of Care: Work and Identity in Women’s Lives, edited by Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson. State University of New York Press, 1990.

Featured artists

Ana María Gómez López
Driessens & Verstappen
Nathalie Gebert

Video documentation


Dates: 11/12/2020 - 10/01/2020
Opening: 11/12/2020

Forced closure from 15 December onwards

(One could still have a look through the window). A special documentation video was made and shared through social media and the website.


To Mind Is To Care

The first phase of the interdisciplinary research project To Mind Is To Care took place in 2018–19 and resulted in the recent publication of the book To Mind Is To Care, with contributions from authors including Ellen Dissanayake, Driessens & Verstappen, Arjo Klamer, Ann-Sophie Lehmann and Frederiek Bennema, Pieter Lemmens, Michael Marder, Frank Pasquale, Jeannette Pols, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and Bernard Stiegler. The project was curated by Joke Brouwer and Sjoerd van Tuinen.

The second phase of the research will take place in 2020–21 and will consist of an exhibition, a symposium and an adjunct program in which artists will further investigate, in a practice-based way and in dialogue with the public, various aspects of and views on care highlighted in the book.

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