Intimacy Manifesto

self-organized school for studying,

learning and being in common 

based in Stockholm (SWE) and Utrecht (NL)


The End of Property Relations

A sleep over and slow cooked meal

with Maria Guggenbichler

Residence Botkyrka

7th and 8th of April 2018

Hortense Spillers thinks about the individual as a “certain kind of formation in relation to property.” Intimacy Manifesto murmurs and mumbles non-normative intimacies. Forms of queer, counter-sexual and boundless relation, community, family and home. Intimacies which understand clearly, yet go unapologetically against and beyond, notions of the individual, property, and relations as restricted to proper-ti-ing or being proper-ti-ied. Against and beyond the institutions of relating and belonging in western racial capitalism: against and beyond the individual, against and beyond property, against and beyond ownership, against and beyond coupledom, against and beyond marriage, against and beyond the nuclear family, against and beyond blood kinship, against and beyond citizenship, against and beyond the nation state, etc. Marriage will never set us free – neither will the individual, or subject status. “Love not as property relations, but the end of property relations.”

twitters Che Gossett.

Intimacy Manifesto is an extended gathering, a listening meeting, a reading group, a loose hanging out, a make shift collective; making a slow cooked (vegan) roast together, sleeping over at the venue, bringing and sharing food, favorite songs and noises, associative samples, humble thinking, laughter, political listening, radical empathy and tentative thoughts.

(Sleep is the great leveler and snoring everyone’s kingdom.)

Maria Guggenbichler thinks and un-thinks, laughs, dances, plays, doubts, tricks, listens, talks, walks, organizes, works and sabotages, publishes, hides, and spoils the broth with too many cooks, partners-in-crime and friends. Projects take place in ongoing and long-term collaborations and friendships. And situate themselves in informal, often domestic and self-organized contexts. Together with her friend Amal Alhaag, Maria initiated and ran the Side Room, a platform for ex-centric cultural practices and thinking (2013-2016). They have been collaborating on many other events, programs, pranks and dances. Maria lives and works between Amsterdam and the mountains.

Residence Botkyrka is Botkyrka Konsthall’s context-specific residency programme active within the interdisciplinary field of art, architecture, food and social practices. The programme encourages new forms of artistic research and art practices that engage in a local context.

Intimacy Manifesto is organised by School in Common as part of a degree project within Curating Art, International Master’s Programme at Stockholm University. Presented with the support of Botkyrka Konsthall and Stockholm University.