"Gaan we pingpongen?"

Coproduction 2022

A project on friendship and psycho-social precarities

© Elien Ronse
© Elien Ronse

During three months, Elien Ronse is in residency at the psychosocial day care centre St.-Alexius, in the frame of our collaboration with KAOS:

"I made this collage when I was 10 years old, it pictures all the girls from my back-then class in the village and our two teachers. The drawing shows us as one group whom seems to get along well. I remember it wasn’t always so easy to relate to each other in such a small group for many years. Often there were ruptures in friendships and changes in relational dynamics. Yet we acknowledged our friendships through many signifiers such as sleepovers, friendship bracelets, fashion, friends books,… or collages such as this one. Nowadays, as an adult, friendships are performed and exist in very different ways.

I’m interested in friend-relations and how they are an important space for care for each other. Within late-capitalist structures friendships are rarely recognised in adult lives; there’s a prioritisation of romantic relations and the nuclear family. To me, friendships are important constructions, where the internalised idea of autonomy can be unlearnt. They can be a model for how we might expand conceptions of intimacy, where we can shift ways of living and working together.

In KAOS I’ll proceed the longterm research on the role of ‘friending’ within a late-capitalist society where we are all (made) precarious in one way or another. Through sharing of precarities we can develop intimacies and experience friendships with care. In KAOS I’ll look at signifiers of friendship within the specific context of psychiatry. I try to do this in a process together with interested others, people involved in this framework or its wider environments."


A KAOS Talk took place on 01.12.2022 following this residency. Revisit the talk here!

About the KAOS residencies

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KAOS develops art projects with artists who may or may not be psychologically vulnerable and has a residency programme in psychiatry. In collaboration with workspacebrussels, a number of long term residencies are organized each year.

Research: Elien Ronse — Residency within the frame of a collaboration between KAOS and workspacebrussels



27.09.2022 - 31.12.2022


Past events

KAOS Talk: Elien Ronse

1.12.2022 20:00 - 22:00

De staminee in Sint Alexius in 28 hoofdstukken

21.04.2023 16:00 - 23:00
22.04.2023 16:00 - 23:00
23.04.2023 14:30 - 22:00