Loraine Furter Whispering Pages & Interrogation Hearts

Over rebelse en empowerende publicaties uit het verleden, heden en de toekomst.

SA 27.04 10:00 - 18:00

Take a deep breath in through your nose, and a deep breath out through your mouth... In a few breaths we will meet in a parallel space-time in which we can share and dream stories of empowerment through publishing, in an expanded understanding of the term, including oral transmission and hybrid~cyborg formats.·՞ ՟ ՚

From (micro-)typography to editorial structures. From gossip to public speech. From ghostwriting to collective pamphlets.

This collective moment is preceded by the opening of the exhibition “Messy Bindings” (and talk by feminist publisher Nina Paim at Rosa on the 26th of April), organized as part of the research project “The politics of publishing: researching encounters between artists’ books and intersectional feminist tools” which addresses artists’ books and the politics of publishing, creating forms to remember overlooked histories in this field, through a critical design approach which includes feminist tools. 




We will open the doors of the space at 10am °⸛⸰ the “silver space” is on the fifth floor of Beursschouwburg, accessible from inside the building by a legendarily infinite staircase and an on-request elevator. The room usually welcomes DJs and dancing bodies, the corridor leads to toilets on one side and a rooftop terrasse on the other. Inside the room are different kinds of seats, from regular chairs to cushions and carpets, on which early guests can come and sit, sip a cup of tea, read booklets and ephemeras, listen to audio pieces, enjoy visual elements and rest.

At 11°° the event starts, with the organizer Loraine and artist Moustapha Guissé on the mic, introducing the space, the program, the sound devices present in the room, making space for oral and audio transmission, making connections with other forms that will be present in the day. 

Then, Loraine and graphic designer Sarah Magnan will then guide everyone in a collective meditation and SF futurology exercise, opening up a a dreamed alternative space-time for publishing practices ⸰⸰⸰ ⋱ 

Coming back to our reality, we will hear invited guests for short presentations of parallel workshops and participatory moments that will take place after the lunch break ⦂ Backstage, a workshop to make (up) one's persona with artists and performers Vinciane Mandrin & Nino André ⎰⎰ an emancipatory science fiction reading group with artist & writer Clara Pacotte & graphic designer Sherida Kuffour ⎰⎰ diasporic memories and publishing with artists and graphic designers Joud Toamah, Garine Gokceyan & Marie Damageux ⎰⎰ an arpentage of the book “Abécédaire d’auto-édition féministe” by book-binder and researcher Lissa Choukrane ⎰⎰ a working table to prototype displays for soft publications, for those who prefer a different way to connect.

At 12⸰30 pm we will take a break, eat, and fill our body and eyes with the food creations of designers Roxanne Maillet and Leo Ren O’faigain.

After the lunch break, at 1⸰30 pm the parallel workshops will start, spread in the room.

At 4°°, we will gather again to listen to slam artist Joëlle Sambi, designer and educator Mio Kojima and asiofeminist podcast creator Mélanie Cao, whose voices will compose a landscape full of tips and shared experiences in bringing different voices together.

The day will end with a mix of recordings from the day by designer, artist and DJ Sarah Saleh (Archival Resistance, Sampling as a Political practice).

A slow ending of the day 5°° to 6°°pm to discuss, conspire, sit or lay down, sip a cup of tea, read booklets and ephemeras, listen to audio pieces, enjoy visual elements and rest.


This is a multilingual event with partial language & accessibility translations in the form of hybrid publishing (projections, prints, audio files ⸰⸰⸰ bring your headphones with you!) 


Organized by Loraine Furter, graphic designer and researcher supported by the PHD program for research in the arts at Sint Lucas Antwerp, UAntwerp & ARIA. Loraine is a graphic designer and a teacher, specialized in hybrid publishing and in love with subversive anti-hegemonic practices. She co-founded the cyber-feminist collective Just For the Record, the typography research group Bye Bye Binary and the project Intersections of Care.


With the support from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and from Antwerp Doctoral School’s Subsidie Omkadering Jonge Onderzoekers (OJO).

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